SUP Magazine is announcing it will not hold the 2019 Pacific Paddle Games (PPG). Despite its decision to no longer produce the event, SUP Magazine is working with its sanctioning partner, the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP), and California State Parks to explore options to bring PPG back in 2020. As a result of this decision, the APP is reluctantly forced to withdraw the PPG from the line-up for the 2019 season.
However, the APP World Tour has been working closely with the new management of SUP Magazine to ensure its successful future and is committed to working on the return of this prestigious event for the 2020 season.
While it is disappointing not to be celebrating the Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny Beach this year. The APP World Tour has a full season of high profile events ahead of it (kicking off with the London SUP Open on the17th May ), so it has poured more resources and focus on its Long Beach, NY beach festival taking place on Labor Day weekend (31st August – 2nd September) to deliver much more this year at what is a prime US venue.
The withdrawal of the Pacific Paddle Games means that what was a 6 event season, has been reduced to 5 events for 2019, with 4 Main stops plus Red Bull Heavy Water, as the Wildcard. This means that the athletes best 3 distance and best 3 sprint results will count towards the World Title in 2019, with Red Bull Heavy Water once again serving as a Wildcard event to replace one of other distance results where relevant. This means that athletes will be able to discard one result for both sprint and distance from the 2019 season.
The high profile line-up of Race Events with a prize-purse of over $200,000 for the racing season is as follows:
- London SUP Open, UK: 17th – 19th May
- New York SUP Open, USA: 5th – 7th September
- Osaka SUP Open, Japan: 20th – 22nd September
- Red Bull Heavy Water, USA: 15th October – 7th November
- Aloha Spirit Festival, Brazil: 22nd – 24th November
For more on the 2019 APP World Tour go to www.appworldtour.com and for more on City Paddle Festivals and the broader experience, please go to www.citypaddlefestivals.com