LEGACY OF THE APP WORLD TOUR
The APP World Tour has been crowning Professional World Champions for the sport of Stand Up Paddling since 2010 when it officially launched the World Championship Tour. It has produced World Tour events across 6 Continents and nurtured talent from across all 4 corners of the World in the creation of a dynamic sports property that is truly global.
2009: Launch of the concept for World Tour with Contenders Exhibition, a roving Stand Up Paddlesurfing adventure in Tahiti aboard Moorings Yachts
2010: Launch of Stand Up World Surfing Tour with events in Oahu, France, Tahiti, Brazil and the Big Island. First World Champion for the sport of Stand Up Paddling crowned in the form of Kai Lenny from Maui
2011: Addition of California as a stop on Tour at Huntington Beach and launch of Racing Series with inaugural Turtle Bay Race event (Men & Women) and first event of the 2012 season in Fiji
2012: Full World Championship season for both SUP Surfing & SUP Racing, with crowning of World Champions for both Surfing and Racing. Introduction of a unique, roving Location X concept that is 100% waterbased in the British Virgin Islands
2013: Racing World Tour expands dramatically, with 10 events across the globe, Women’s World Surfing Tour is launched and first Women’s Surfing World Champion is crowned. World Tour hits the Middle East with a ground breaking “All Stars” exhibition event in a Wave Pool
2014: Continued expansion for both the World Surfing & Racing Tours, together with the launch of the European Cup and a new Location X roving exhibition event in Morocco
2015: Return to Tahiti after 2 years off the schedule and continued legacy in Hawaii and California for Surfing, while Racing World Tour kicks off in Barcelona and presence in Asia grows with flagship Japanese event
2016: Spectacular conditions for the 7th annual Sunset Beach Pro in Hawaii, and introduction of a Maui Race event providing spectacular World Championship Tour Racing. Introduction of the all new Red Bull Heavy Water Racing concept in large surf in a unique partnership between the APP World Tour and Red Bull
2017: Re-branding of the Tour into one unified property that celebrates both Surfing and Racing as the APP World Tour. World Champions are crowned for each discipline, but also now for the Overall Title across Surfing and Racing for both Men and Women. Red Bull Heavy Water goes XXL
2018: Shifting of focus toward the World’s major Cities and the introduction of the @citypaddlefestivals concept that brings the World’s best to these major Cities and celebrates the sport with a true mass participation, music and entertainment in the creation of a real unique urban beach lifestyle festival. Schedule brings the Tour to London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Gran Canaria, with a mixture of flat water racing in iconic locations, surf and extreme heavy water racing to surfing in unique locations across the globe. Stay tuned for it all right here at www.appworldtour.com
2019: Building on the success of the City Paddle Festivals concept from 2018, the Tour adds Osaka to the line up with a great inaugural edition at the heart of this historic City, with Red Bull Heavy Water delievring another spectacular edition in giant and challenging conditions. Meanwhile for Surfing, it was back to Sunset to kick off the year and the welcomed addition of Barbados to complete a solid 4 event line up for 2019 and amazing action across the whole Tour
2020: No events due to Covid-19, but the introduction of two new virtual formats in the form of Ride of the Season for Surfing and Fast Track for Racing: unprecedented response with over 500 participants from 54 countries and record online engagement.