2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championships

2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championship

Hennessey’s Inc. and the World Paddle Association (WPA) are proud to announce the 2013 World Paddle Championships to be held at the Westin Lake Las Vegas, NV on September 20 & 21, 2013. Lake Las Vegas, a picturesque man-made lake next to the mountains 20 minutes east of the Las Vegas strip has 10 miles of shore line that will host the world’s best stand up and paddleboard athletes vying for World Championship status.

Event Qualifying Update

No pre-qualifying required to enter the 2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championships for the following races to be conducted:

  • Open Race (3.5 miles)- Men/Women SUP Surfboard, 12’6, 14’ and paddleboard stock.
  • Long Course (8.5 miles)- Men/Women SUP Unlimited, Paddleboard Unlimited and Stock.
  • SUP Slalom Race- Men 14’ only and Women 12’6 only, qualifying races (3 miles double elimination) and one final race 4.5 miles.

Given the unique stadium amphitheater the Westin lagoon provides competitors will NOT need to pre qualify to enter this year’s race as there will be multi-lap qualifying races that all competitors need to participate in the SUP Slalom race. Men will compete on 14’ boards and Women will compete on 12’6” boards. The Open race (SUP Surf, 12’6 & 14’ board classes) and the Long course with Paddleboard (Stock & ULT) and SUP Unlimited races will not need qualifying races given the course format. See the course maps (courses may change due to wind conditions).

Please find the following 2013 World Paddle Championship information including travel, hotel and registration for all participants. All participants will enjoy inclusion with clinics, races, welcome party, awards party, transfers and event discounts.

Event Information


Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

101 Montelago Boulevard • Henderson, Nevada, 89011 | Ph: 702.567.6000

WPA Discount Booking Code: World Paddle Championship (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)


  • Deluxe Guest room Double occupancy $129.99 USD per room, per night plus $10.00 resort fee.

RATES include:

  • Welcome Party
  • Awards party transportation
  • Access to the resort
  • Board Storage
  • Clinics

Competitors not staying at the hotel will get resort access to the Welcome Party and day of race.

*Non hotel guests will be required to pay a resort fee to access the Pool and Beach areas.


Click on the following link that will give you access to book your room at the WPA event discount rate:

World Paddle Championship (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)


Board & Equipment Shipping

Board transportation will be provided for all registered competitors from the Dana Point, CA area to the Westin Lake Las Vegas only. Rates are per board with other equipment that can be included in the board bag and reservations are required by September 7th or as space is available.

  • $50 round trip (Dana Point area to Westin Lake Las Vegas and back only)
  • $35 one-way
  • Payment must be made upon booking:

Truck will leave to the Westin Lake Las Vegas by Tuesday, September 17th and arrive on by Wednesday, September 18th.

Board Rentals

Board rentals will be available for the event as follows:

  • SUP Surfboard- $125.00
  • SUP Race 12’6 & 14’- $175.00

Board rental fee can be applied toward the purchase of the rental board. A credit card damage deposit of $250 will be held on each rental board. Damages to any board will be taken from the deposit as needed.

Event Registration

Sign up for Events on www.paddleguru.com/races , select “2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Championships”. Registration will cut off on Thursday, September 19th at 12am. All entries after September 19th will incur a $50.00 late fee for all races (except the relay races).

  • Open Race (3.5 miles): $75.00 per competitor
  • Long Course (8.5 miles): $130.00 per competitor
  • SUP Slalom Race (4.5 mile Final): $130.00 per competitor
  • Pro Relay Race: $100.00 per 4 person team
  • Open Relay Race: $60.00 per 4 person team (non Pro athletes)

Entry Fee INCLUDES (except relay race):

  • Welcome party
  • Awards Party
  • Goodie Bag
  • Resort Access to Welcome Party and Beach on race day (Hotel guests receive full access all days)
  • Clinics
  • Board Storage
  • Awards/Prizes for age divisions- 17u, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • Prize money awarded to first across the line by board class and gender in
    Pro Long Course, SUP Slalom and Pro Relay races only. (age groups winners receive medals)


  • 3 Men/1 female per team minimum
  • Open relay race competitors not to have competed in the Long course SUP or SUP Slalom races.

Awards party Transportation (must be a registered guest at the Westin)

  • Reservations are strongly recommended for transportation from the Westin Lake Las Vegas to the Awards Party at Hennessey’s/Downtown (starts at 6:30pm, 7:30pm dinner) and returning or based on availability
  • Buses will depart at 5:00pm and 5:45pm on Saturday, September 21st to the Awards Party and 10:00pm to 11:30pm back to the Westin Hotel only (no other stops).


FRIDAY, September 20th

7am: Board Storage opens

12pm – 6pm: Registration/Check-In, Hotel Pool area

10am – 4pm: SUP clinics at the Westin Lake Las Vegas

7pm Board Storage closes

6pm – 9pm: Welcome Party/Registration/Check-In, Hotel Pool deck

SATURDAY, September 21st

7am: Board Storage opens

7am – 9:30am: Registration/check-in, Hotel Pool area

8:45 am: SUP Slalom race meeting, Westin Lagoon Beach

9am: Men/Women SUP Slalom qualifying- Heat 1

9:30 am: Men/Women SUP Slalom qualifying- Heat 2

10:00am: Long Course Race meeting

10:10am: Open Race meeting

10:15am: Long Course Race Start

10:20am: Open Race Start

12:00pm: Men SUP Slalom- Last Chance Qualifier

1:30pm: Men/Women SUP Slalom Final

3pm: Relay Races

5:00pm: First bus to Awards Party

6:30pm: Cocktail reception- Hennessey’s Downtown

7pm: Board Storage closes

7:30pm: Dinner- Hennessey’s Downtown

8pm: Awards- Hennessey’s Downtown

10:00pm: First bus to Westin Hotel

SUNDAY, September 22nd

7am: Board Storage opens

8am: Boards loaded on truck to California

11am: Truck departs for California


2013 World Champ Course Map