APP Announces Launch of City Paddle Festivals | Sports Destination Management

APP Announces Launch of City Paddle Festivals

Jun 18, 2018
NYC Stop to Take Place in September

The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) announced the launch of City Paddle Festivals, a participatory three-stop Standup Paddleboard experience and celebration that connects some of the World’s most high profile Cities (London, New York, Paris). City Paddle Festivals pulls into New York for the New York SUP Open on Saturday, September 15th, 2018.

The New York SUP Open is the United States’ largest SUP festival and celebrates the community spirit and immersive nature of water-sports. The inaugural event will be held in London, UK, July 7th – 8th, followed by New York, September 15th and capped off with Paris, France, December 8th – 9th. All the action for the New York SUP Open will be at Pier 25, Hudson River Park, New York City, 8am – 9pm on Saturday, September 15th.

An inclusive, participatory experience for seasoned athletes, passionate enthusiasts and newcomers alike, City Paddle Festivals is a true celebration of water-sports and aspirational lifestyle. The New York SUP Open features SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) participation at every level, as well as live music, entertainment, yoga, food offerings, and much more. What sets this event apart is the ability to observe the world’s best battling it out on the water against the iconic backdrop of New York City, in an APP World Championship Tour race, coupled with the bucket list experience for paddle enthusiasts from all over the globe. Rounding out the festivities are youth clinics, demonstrations and a festival experience with beer garden, food fair and activities galore, making the New York SUP Open the ultimate outdoors and water festival in the Big Apple.

Tristan Boxford, CEO of APP said, “City Paddle Festivals are a showcase of the evolution, passion and growth of the paddle and water-sports world, and we’re thrilled to bring the excitement and energy to New York City and its breathtaking waterways. Some of the world’s best athletes such as Slater Trout, Kai Lenny and Candice Appleby will be out in force, right alongside potentially the next generation of watermen and women, and we encourage everyone to come out, get involved, get inspired, and see why SUP is one of the most approachable all-round sports and activities possible.”

As a showcase of the athleticism of the sport, a Race Around The Statue of Liberty in an iconic, challenging and spectacular 11km SUP around Lady Liberty herself, will be a key highlight of the event, and open to three categories for both Men and Women; Amateur Race, Pro-Am and Pro. Team Racing with multi-person craft is open to all, and Under-16 youth are invited to participate in unique youth clinics for an enjoyable and educational introduction to SUP.

The Festival also features immersive experiences on dry land for all, including Morning Yoga, Live Music, Food and Beverage vendors and a Pilates Evening Session. Along with SUP Yoga, the full-day event will see numerous exhibitions throughout the day, inclusive of a showcase of the spectacular hydrofoil craze that has swept through the watersports world. Promoting entertainment, participation and an introduction to SUP and watersports, the New York SUP Open is an inclusive participatory and exciting day out for the whole family and water enthusiasts and athletes.

The New York SUP Open, along with all City Paddle Festival events will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

More information on the City Paddle Festivals can be found at and specific information on the New York stop is (


The APP World Tour and City Paddle Festivals are both properties of Waterman League International, an event and media production firm specialized in all things water. Headquartered in Ericeira, Portugal and with offices in the US mainland and Hawaii the APP World Tour celebrates the World’s best athletes and promotes the sport of Stand Up Paddling across its global events and through its international media deliveries across many of the World’s premier sports TV networks. Stay tuned for official broadcasts from the APP World Tour and for regular news, special features and entertainment at and here at

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