FINALIZED: 2021 APP World Tour SUP Race & SUP Surf World Championship schedule

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Julien Bouyer compresses off his bottom turn setting up his next move in Barbados on the APP World Tour.
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The APP World Tour finalizes dates for the 2021 World Championship Stand Up Paddle Racing and SUP Surfing Tours. During the coronavirus lockdown, APP CEO Tristan Boxford spent his time fine-tuning an already extensive program to maximize the global reach and participation of the APP World Tour. This is the finalized schedule.

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Iballa Moreno slashes off the top in near perfect conditions at Soup Bowls in Barbados, a regular stop on the APP World Surfing Tour. Photo by: Brian Bielmann/ APP World Tour

APP World Tour Finalizes 2021 Tour Dates & Venues

A few changes have been made on the APP World Tour 2021 finalized schedule. Most notably both the paddle surfing opener in Maui and stand up paddle race in Denmark have been postponed until 2022. We await final word as to which venue will hold the kick-off event for the 2021 APP World Tour. Restrictions on travel due to COVID19 drive many of these decisions.

Below is the finalized lineup of the APP’s Stand Up Paddle Tour Dates and Venues for this year’s World Championship Racing and Surfing Tours!  From Europe to Asia to Hawaii, French Polynesia and the United States, check out the lineup for an incredible year to come.  Stay stoked, folks!

SUP Racing World Tour
Late May-June 2021:  World Tour Open, location to be announced
July 30th – August 1st, 2021:  London, U.K.
August 6th – 8th, 2021:  Switzerland
September 24th – 26th, 2021: Osaka, Japan
October 1st – 3rd, 2021:  San Diego, USA
October 14th – 17th, Maui Hawaii
December 3rd – 5th, 2021:  Paris, France

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From Spain to Switzerland, Japan, London and Paris, the APP World Tour criss crosses the globe in search of a new world champion in 2021. Photo: APP World Tour

The APP announces that Barbados is replaced by Portugal as the competing venue for the 2nd Stop on the World SUP Surfing Tour. But, the exciting news is that Tahiti will be the Tour opener in 2021. The dates are stacked and surf is on tap!

SUP Surfing World Tour
September 11th – 18th, 2021:  Tahiti, French Polynesia
November 9th – 14th, 2021:     Portugal
November 20th – 28th, 2021:   Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Who is your pick for SUP world champions in 2021? Give us a shout on social media to tell us your opinion.  We are excited as ever to watch the action unfold!

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April Zilg charges the sprint course in London as a central stop on the APP World Tour. Photo by: APP World Tour

APP Updates for 2021 Tour Schedule: What to Look For

City Paddles Festivals:
The APP announces that we can look for defined regional legs to run alongside their already determined World Tour Championship calendar. The City Paddle Festival concept adds participation opportunities for paddlers at each venue that is holding a tour stop. This offers paddle enthusiasts a chance to engage in the World Tour excitement in some of the world’s most recognizable cities for a memorable time at each stop.

European Triple Crown:
This year’s APP World Tour is excited to include a European Triple Crown with three high profile and World Championship World Tour stops in the dynamic cities of London (July 31st – Aug 2nd), Switzerland (August 6th – 8th) and wrapping up in the City of Lights: Paris, France (December 3rd – 5th).

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Vania Olivieri Torres chases down her scores at El Loret in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Photo by: APP World Tour

United States Tour Legs:
In an exciting development, the APP World Tour finds a new home in their stand up paddle racing tour schedule in San Diego, California (October 1st-3rd).  Long known as the SUP Capital of the World, the San Diego region is home to the former Battle of the Paddle and Pacific Paddle Games. The APP fills the gap here by offering a popular SUP Racing Tour stop with participation through the City Paddle Festival to bring back the excitement with a locale which offers both flat water and surf race courses. Stay tuned on this one!  SoCal is revitalized through this exciting Tour stop.

In an additional power move, the APP World Tour adds Maui to the SUP racing schedule (October 14th – 17th) with a dynamic Downwind Racing and Surf Sprint Racing leg at Ho’okipa Beach on the famed island. Using an open 4-day holding period for this stop, we will see two days of action to be held on the best days for each respective discipline. We expect the Maui event will deliver some of the most spectacular stand up paddle racing action of the year held on the sport’s most infamous natural racing arenas.

Containers for Athletes to Move Equipment around the World Tour
Lastly, the APP offers a container solution for athlete’s boards as a way to support transport of equipment in 2021.  Athletes will be able to load their boards from Europe in May and the APP will move them to each stop throughout the event until the final stop in Paris. This goes a long way towards facilitating the use of equipment and offers athletes a more manageable way to participate in each leg of the Tour.

Say tuned at Standup Journal Online for more updates from the 2021 APP World Tour!

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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.