Waterman League Finds Financing to Expand Standup Paddle World Championship Tour!

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Waterman's League creates new partnership to expand it's World Championship Tour series in 2017
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A BIG step forward into the FUTURE of the sport of standup paddling!  The Waterman League hits upon financing to expand it’s World Championship Tour.

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Waterman League creates new partnership to develop it’s World Championship Tour series in 2017

Waterman League Steps UP

The Waterman League Group, a well known entity for it’s professional standup paddle world tour series events, has announced it has received investor financing from a private equity firm AID Partners (AID) LLC and Darren Shaw, a Hong Kong based investor. These investments will enable the League to expand it’s existing standup paddle World Championship Tour events.

“We have passionately endeavoured to build the Waterman League with integrity and authenticity” – Tristan Boxford

Tristan Boxford, Chief Executive Officer of the Waterman League said, “Standup paddling is one of the world’s fastest-growing participatory sports and … I am extremely proud to have attracted investors of this caliber and excited to begin working with our new partners to strengthen and expand our business.”

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Celebrating a generation of “dynamic” young athletes, the newly formed APP will host the 2017  Standup Paddle World Championship Tour

‘An Exciting Competitive Platform’

AID is a leading private equity firm based in Asia with a primary focus in the media, technology and lifestyle sectors. This infusion of new financing, according to Kelvin Wu, Chairman of AID will “help grow the sport of standup paddling in Asia … and increase digital media coverage of the APP World Tour.” The World Tour series has events scheduled for both Japan and China in 2017

I have been impressed by the Waterman League and what Tristan has achieved with limited resources, “ notes Darren Shaw, the second investor. “He has created an exciting competitive platform and attracted a dynamic group of young athletes for this relatively new sport, highlighting the timely attributes of adopting healthy pursuits, being out in the elements and bringing awareness to our oceans and waterways.”

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The APP World Tour produces live and post produced broadcasts of all it’s events with distribution in over 100 countries.

APP to Host 2017 World Tour

Creating a new organization in conjunction with the new investment, The Waterman League has established the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP).  The APP will align the two disciplines of standup paddle racing and standup paddle surfing under a new “APP World Tour” series which will cover 8 events in 2017 in Oahu (Hawaii), Maui (Hawaii), Tokoyo (Japan), Scharbeutz (Germany), New York (NY), San Francisco (CA), Hainan (China) and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Information is available at appworldtour.com and fans can follow events @appworldtour on Facebook and Instagram.

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.