City Paddle Festival Kicks Off Week of Immersive SUP Experiences in NYC | Sports Destination Management

City Paddle Festival Kicks Off Week of Immersive SUP Experiences in NYC

Sep 12, 2018

City Paddle Festival, the all inclusive SUP (Standup Paddleboard) festival coming to the heart of New York City, will kick off an exciting week of paddle sports events on Saturday September 15th at North Cove Marina in Battery Park, below the Freedom Tower. City Paddle Festival marks the beginning of the New York SUP Open, The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals’ (APP’s) second stop on the World Championship Tour.

Outlined below are the key components of the 2018 New York SUP Open that are open to the public, together with relevant registration links and helpful information regarding each event.

Paddle Around Statue of Liberty: The Iconic New York City Race

The Paddle Around the Statue of Liberty promises to be one of the most iconic races in recent times, featuring the majestic backdrop of the Manhattan Skyline, Ellis Island and Lady Liberty herself.

The event is a 10km distance race that leaves from North Cove Marina, in the shadow of the Freedom Tower, heading across to Ellis Island, under the Ellis Island footbridge, around Liberty Island and back home to North Cove Marina, where participants can enjoy a full day of activity and fun at the APP venue on land.

There will be a demo pool, stage, music, large screens and all day activations on site and at the water’s edge with one of the most spectacular views in all of New York, encompassing a great event for all ages.

The APP is offering board transport from Long Beach to the venue and back, as well as transport for the Pro Fleet on the morning of the race and back that evening. For full logistic and transport info, please see the competitor packs included below:

Download Pro Competitor Pack

Download Standard Competitor Pack

Please visit for maps, schedule and further information on this unique, bucket list opportunity and to register today. Registration closed on September 10th and there are 100 spots for open participation, 50 for the Pro Men and Women. Secure a spot today:

APP World Tour Sprint Racing: Pro & Pro-Am divisions: Sept 18th

As a culmination to stop #2 of the 2018 APP World Tour for racing, Long Beach will host a dramatic Sprint Racing elimination through the surf, right at the heart of the City of Long Beach at Hurley Surf Club, powered by Skudinsurf (1 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach, NY).

This Sprint Racing elimination will take place on Tuesday afternoon, the 18th September at the APP World Tour venue right in front of Hurley Surf Club. For all course details and general information, please go to

Long Beach will also host a special Red Carpet Opening event on Monday evening the 17th September, as well as the podium for both sprint results and the Overall Racing Event Awards for the 2018 New York SUP Open. All entrants will receive an official invitation to all events, with registration for the Racing component of the New York SUP Open available HERE.

Surfing to take center stage in Long Beach from September 18th – 23rd for Stop #1 of the 2018 APP World Surfing Tour

The 2018 Surfing Season will kick off in dramatic fashion at the New York SUP Open in Long Beach, as the world’s best will step up to do battle in the East Coast’s premium venue, just a stone’s throw from New York City.

The event will consist of an Open Trials event to provide competition and fun for all participants, but also a chance to qualify for the prestigious Main Event at Stop #1 of the 2018 APP World Tour. The Top 4 from the Trials Event will qualify for the Main Event.

The Main Event will consist of the Top 24 Men and Top 10 Women in the World based on the 2017 World Tour Rankings, with an additional 8 Men Wildcards and 4 Women Wildcards being awarded to stand out competitors from across the globe.

Fun, 5.5m Downwind Community Paddle benefitting Surf For All Charity to take place on Saturday September 22nd in Long Beach

To cap an epic week of action and further engage in the local community in Long Beach, a special 5.5 mile downwind paddle, from the tip of Long Beach back down to the APP World Tour venue in Long Beach, will be held on September 22nd. The spirit of this event is fun and to raise money and awareness for the work that SURF FOR ALL do to make surfing and the water accessible to everyone. It is a chance for Pro Athletes to paddle with the community and have fun in a race that is for the people, capped off with a celebratory party at Ted’s Fishing Station for final weekend of the New York SUP Open.

For more on the Surf For All Downwind paddle, please go to or can enter directly byCLICKING HERE (tickets also available for non participants wanting to be a part of it, attend the party and support the cause).

New York SUP Open to be broadcast LIVE throughout, from the Statue of Liberty Paddle to the Long Beach Surf & Race events

The entire New York SUP Open will be broadcast live at and simulcast on the @appworldtour facebook page, with a full broadcast production providing complete coverage of the action, replays and more. This will be in place for the Statue of Liberty Paddle, the Long Beach Surf Racing and Surf Competition, with action-packed commentary from the APP Team.

All the action will then form part of two shows for global TV broadcast (CBS Sports, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports Asia and other global distribution channels), with one focused on the surfing event at Long Beach and one on the racing action from New York City and Long Beach.

Stay tuned for more information on where you can catch all the action from the APP World Tour and its City Paddle Festivals at and @appworldtour.

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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