SAN CLEMENTE, California - SIC Maui and the WPA (World Paddle Association) announce the debut of the “ONE CLASS” race class that officially kicked off at the 2019 Salt Life Cup in Columbus, Georgia this past weekend (May 4, 2019). The “ONE CLASS” is now recognized by the WPA and will be included as a recognized race class at select events in 2019, and will have an expanded race schedule in 2020
The goal of “ONE CLASS” racing is to attract paddle enthusiasts to the competitive side of paddling while keeping it fun, fair and affordable with an emphasis on FUN to best grow the sport. The ONE CLASS course is a short and easy one to two-mile course, depending on the event. The ONE CLASS includes identical boards and dimensions with the SIC Sonic (12'6” x 30") which has a nice glide, is very stable, and is suited for paddlers of nearly any age, size, and ability.
Photos Courtesy: SIC Maui
“ONE CLASS is leveling the playing field within racing and is opening the doors to new paddlers whether they are male, female or youth paddlers. It also allows paddlers who are so inclined to graduate up into open and elite-class, but we all had to start somewhere” states, Anthony Scaturro, Global Brand Manager for SIC.
The ONE CLASS format will be a series of heat races at each supported event with 6-12 paddlers per heat all using the identical SIC Sonic board, and the Sonic’s predecessors, the BIC Wing and OXBOW Explore.
“We believe this is a great way to get more people introduced to stand up paddling and in a fun race format with a board that can be used in everyday fitness and touring. This gives everyone a chance to feel what it is like to race without a whole lot of pressure,” states Byron Kurt, President of the WPA.
"This is arguably one of the greatest things in SUP for 2019," says Supconnect Publisher Andre Niemeyer. "The ONE CLASS concept has a really good shot at rekindling all the grassroots excitement around SUP and introducing lots of new folks to the sport. Everyone can, and is welcome, to participate."
Photo Courtesy: SIC Maui
About SIC Maui
SIC is the stand up paddling industry’s premiere manufacturer of high quality, race proven stand up paddleboards and accessories. Founded on the island of Maui and cultivated on a legacy of world class open ocean racing, SIC is an authentic stand up paddleboard maker proud to lay claim to a heritage of designing the most winning board. Share together with our team of elite athletes, brand ambassadors and customers around the globe. Five Star Performance is our motto and we wear it with pride each day through our commitment to extending the SIC experience on and off the water to our growing family. SIC is committed to delivering the very best paddling can offer; for any condition, discipline or ability level. For more information please visit www.sicmaui.com
About WPA (World Paddle Association
The mission of the WPA is to provide a comprehensive voice, fair and equal access and organizational structure to the sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and its participants in a manner that benefits the collective paddling community for the best growth of the sport. Since 2009, the WPA was the first paddling organization to offer rules and guidelines so events would be fair and fun. For more information, please visit www.worldpaddleassociation.com