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WPA and SIC Maui to Intro “ONE CLASS” Race Class

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.

“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."