WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, North Carolina - United States of America Stand Up Paddle (USA SUP) has opened its first-ever membership drive. Following a months-long series of strategy sessions and information meetings with key stakeholders, membership now opens to enable the community to grow the sport in the United States through safe, fair and inclusive events.
Membership levels include student, individual, family, and corporate as well as premium levels for members to take a prominent stance in this inaugural year. All levels are recognized as founding memberships with special recognition for supporting the important early work USA SUP is doing to build and strengthen SUP communities across the country.
“I’m super stoked to invite all of my SUP family to join us in finally creating a cohesive and inclusive paddling community” said Harrison Withers, President of USA SUP.
To achieve their mission, USA SUP is focusing on grassroots communities by including as many event participants as possible. From local 20-person races to internationally recognized races like the Carolina Cup, USA SUP aims to provide guidance for; competition and event participation and organization; strategies to promote and embrace diversity, and community; stakeholder resources to grow the sport on the local and national stage.
"There are so many passionate paddlers in communities around the country and we can see the opportunity to come together for the benefit of the sport," said Fiona Wylde, board member and Youth Outreach committee co-chair for USA SUP. "Together, we can create an organization that supports all participants, from the grassroots up."
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About USA SUP:
Founded in 2022, USA SUP’s mission is to grow the sport of SUP by engaging and informing participants and championing safe, inclusive, and fair communities and events. The organization is governed by eight volunteer board members with SUP industry and community backgrounds. Membership in the organization is open to all US based paddlers. USA SUP is not affiliated with any other sports governing bodies.