ICF announces partnership with Carolina Cup


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The International Canoe Federation is thrilled to announce that it has partnered with one of the biggest stand-up paddleboarding events on the planet in an incredibly busy 2022 SUP season. .

The Carolina Cup on the US East Coast attracts hundreds of paddlers each year, and this year will also be an ICF ranking race for technical and long-distance courses as part of the ICF World Series.

Under the MoU, athletes participating in the Carolina Cup will have the opportunity to pre-qualify for the main draw at this year’s ICF World Championships in Gdynia, Poland, bypassing preliminary qualifying before the event.

Carolina Cup race director Mark Schmidt said teaming up with the ICF was the perfect fit.

“With the International Canoe Federation‘s long-established base in paddle sports, we look forward to being the first step in the ICF points series that qualifies for their championships,” said Schmidt.

The Carolina Cup from April 30 to May 1 will kick off the 2022 ICF World Rankings Series. Athletes will then travel to Thun, Switzerland for the opening ICF World Cup, followed by events in Prague, Salzburg and Budapest.

Start of the 2021 Carolina Cup graveyard race. | Photo Courtesy: Carolina Cup

Full details of the 2022 ICF SUP season are available here.

ICF SUP coordinator Hoichan Kwon said he was proud to have the Carolina Cup on the ICF SUP calendar.

“We have an exciting event schedule for this season, and now the Carolina Cup is going to take it to another level,” Kwon said. “Since 2015, the Carolina Cup has rightly been considered one of the most important SUP events in the world. It will attract many of the best paddlers in the world, so we are delighted to give these athletes the opportunity to book their tickets for our World Championships.

The SUP World Cup scheduled for Moscow has been canceled, but Kwon is confident a replacement venue will be announced soon.

Board rental and transportation services will be available at all European events.

About the International Canoe Federation

The International Canoe Federation is responsible for the worldwide sport of canoeing and has 167 affiliated national associations and 13 disciplines – Sprint, Slalom, Paracanoe, Wildwater, Marathon, Canoe Polo, Freestyle, Ocean Racing, Dragon Boat, SUP, Rafting, WaveSki and Canoe Veil. Canoeing has two Olympic disciplines, with sprint introduced at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and slalom at the Munich Olympics in 1972; Canoeing also made its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with Paracanoe. To learn more about the International Canoe Federation, visit canoeicf.com


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