American Canoe Association Forms Stand Up Paddling Competition Committee to Select USA Stand Up Paddling National Team - ACA

Jun 11, 2024

American Canoe Association Forms Stand Up Paddling Competition Committee to Select USA Stand Up Paddling National Team

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The American Canoe Association (ACA) is excited to announce the collaboration with USA SUP to establish a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Competition Committee, tasked with a number of vital responsibilities, the first being the selection of the USA Stand Up Paddling (SUP) National Team to represent the United States in international ICF (International Canoe Federation) competitions. 

As Stand Up Paddling (SUP) continues to gain popularity and recognition as a thrilling water sport, the collaboration between ACA and USA SUP signifies a significant step forward in advancing the competitive landscape of paddleboard racing in the United States.

The newly elected ACA SUP Competition Committee brings together expertise and insight from both organizations, leveraging their collective knowledge and resources to ensure a fair and transparent selection process. Composed of experienced paddlers, coaches, and officials, the committee will uphold the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in evaluating athletes for the national team.

“We are excited to enlist the help of USA SUP in the creation of the SUP Competition Committee,” said Risa Shimoda, Chair of the Competition Committee of the American Canoe Association. “This collaboration underscores our shared commitment to supporting and promoting excellence in stand up paddle racing, while providing athletes with a clear pathway to represent the United States on the international stage.”

The establishment of the SUP Competition Committee marks a significant milestone in the development of stand up paddling as a competitive sport, offering athletes a structured and merit-based approach to earning a coveted spot on the USA Stand Up Paddling National Team.

“We are proud to partner with the American Canoe Association in the formation of the SUP Competition Committee,” remarked Kristin Thomas, President of USA SUP and Chair of the newly formed SUPCC. “Together, we will work diligently to identify and support the most talented and dedicated athletes, ensuring that the USA Stand Up Paddling National Team is well-prepared to compete at the highest level.”

The SUP Competition Committee will begin by overseeing the selection process for the national team, taking into account factors such as performance, potential, and character. By fostering a culture of inclusivity and excellence, the committee aims to inspire and empower athletes to pursue their passion for paddleboard racing with dedication and determination.

The 2024 USA Stand Up Paddling National Team Selection Event at which the National Team will be named, will be the USA SUP National Championships at the Olukai Low Country Boil in Hilton Head, South Carolina from September 6 to 8, 2024. The National Team will compete in the ICF World Championship in Sarasota, Florida from November 19 to 24, 2024. 

Stay tuned for updates as the SUP Competition Committee begins its work to select the next generation of paddling champions to proudly represent the United States on the global stage.

For more information about the Sport of SUP and the ACA SUP Competition Committee, visit

ACA SUP Competition Committee:

  • Chair:  Kristin Thomas (President of USA SUP, Athlete Representative)
  • Vice Chair: Andrew Surles (Athlete Representative)
  • Secretary: Grant Cooper
  • At-Large Representatives:
    • Mike Wang (Athlete Representative)
    • Rob Cynowa (Athlete Representative)
  • ACA Support Staff: MacKenzie Holbrook


About the American Canoe Association

The American Canoe Association (ACA) was founded in 1880 and is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the National Governing Body for Canoe/Kayak as well as serving the broader paddling public by providing educational programs, supporting stewardship initiatives affecting paddlers, and offering competition opportunities to athletes of all abilities. The ACA has over 15,000 members and 300 paddling clubs and affiliate organizations spread across all 50 states and over 35 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit

About USA SUP:

USA SUP is the governing body for stand-up paddling in the United States, dedicated to fostering the growth and development of the sport at all levels. To learn more, visit

Media Contact:

Kristin Thomas