APP World Tour Pushes Back Start Date To August To Secure Full Season of Events

Ericeira, Portugal, Thursday 18th February: The APP World Tour is excited to report that it is still on target for a full season in 2021, but at a slightly later start date than anticipated, which will be early August as it stands. The first event is scheduled for the 6th – 8th August, allowing time for things to calm down globally and for global travel restrictions to ease.

A slightly adjusted schedule for 2021 will be released in the coming weeks which will outline the updated details of our incredible lineup of events. Details on the APP Ride of the Season and Fast Track finals will also be released soon, following on from our virtual competitions in the summer. The two events are still pending approval based on current Covid restrictions, as we remain at the mercy of the effects of the pandemic.

The APP had planned 5 major Qualifying events for the 2021 season, but all of them have been pushed back until later in the year due to current Covid Restrictions. As a result, we are opening up a wildcard submission process for the remaining spots on Tour, with all candidates to be screened by the APP Committee, led by Race Director, Anthony Vela, based on track record, racing history and commitment to the Tour.

To be considered for one of these coveted wildcards please email The APP is working on the new process to be adopted for qualification for the 2022 season, as it expands its global presence, inclusivity, and impact with more detail to follow.

The APP is Ramping Up Its Media Output to Keep You Entertained Until the World Tour Action Commences

In the meantime, to cure your SUP withdrawals, the APP is ramping up its media output through the first half of 2021 as we build up to an exciting season that will see the World’s best back in action on the APP World Tour. Regular features include Tech Tip Tuesday, a Health and Wellness show, a monthly installment of Immersed TV, and a Day In The Life vlog airing every friday. Your favourite APP athletes will be providing advice and tips as well as insight into their everyday lives as pro SUPers.

As we come up to International Women’s Day, we will be spotlighting some of SUP’s most incredible women in our new Inspiring Women series. Every Friday, interviews with the likes of Dominique Miller and Fiona Wylde will be published on our website with the first installment coming tomorrow with a piece on Stand Up Paddling and motherhood. This will culminate with a special Immersed TV episode on the 8th March, don’t miss it!

We have an exciting year ahead on the APP World Tour, as we look forward to the return to competition, coming together once again as a global community, and looking towards a brighter future.

About the APP World Tour & Waterman League International

The APP World Tour is the Professional World Championship Tour for the Sport of Paddle surfing (also known as SUP / Stand Up Paddling / Paddleboarding), officially sanctioned by the IOC recognized Federation for Surfing Sports, the ISA (International Surfing Association).

Re-branded in 2017 as the APP World Tour (previously known as the Stand Up World Tour and Series) the APP has been crowning the sport’s World Champions for both Men & Women across Racing and Surfing since 2010.

The APP World Tour produces a complete inventory of programming, including live and post-produced broadcasts from its events, with distribution to over 100 countries worldwide via premier global networks such as CBS Sports and Fox Sports Asia & Australia.

About the Author

Laura Desmit

A student in an engineering school and also passionate about water sports, Laura is first a swimmer and discovered Stand Up Paddle in 2019, she was hooked. Today she mixes boardsports (surfing, SUP, canoe) with her passion for swimming by doing SwimRun.

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