2014 Appalachian Challenge Stand Up Paddleboard Race

The Inaugural Appalachian Challenge will take place at 9:00am on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Butler, TN, in conjunction with the Watauga Lake Triathlon. The Appalachian Challenge Race is a World Paddle Association Official Sanctioned Event. Electronic Chip Timing will be used.

Kid's Fun Race will be held after Short & Long Course races are complete. Race is open to any length paddleboard for competitors 12 yrs and younger only. Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes.

ONLINE REGISTRATION will be available until Thursday, August 21st at midnight.

Upper Watauga Long Course: 5.4 miles
Lower Watauga Short Course: 2.2 miles

  • WPA 2013 Points will be awarded to all participants.
  • A Personal Flotation Device is required to be with competitor but it is not mandatory that it be worn. Any competitor on the water without a PFD will be disqualified.
  • The United States Coast Guard recommends and many states require wearing lifejackets while operating personal watercraft (PWC) such as a Stand Up Paddle board.
  • All WPA Rules Apply (please be familiar with the WPA Rules)

Entry Fee is $50 per contestant regardless of course or class, and includes:

• Entry into the Race
• T-Shirt
• BBQ Lunch
• Event bag w/goodies

First, Second, and Third Place Medals will be awarded on each course in each class for both men and women.

Lower Watauga Short Course Classes:

WPA SUP Surfboard Class
12' 2" Maximum
Men & Women

WPA SUP 14 Foot Class
14' Maximum
Men & Women

Upper Watauga Long Course Classes:

WPA SUP 12'6" Class
12' 6" Maximum
Men & Women

WPA SUP 14' & Over
Over 12' 6"
Men & Women

Email with questions or comments to


WPA Level 1 SUP Instructor Training

Friday, August 16 • 8am–2pm

Official WPA sanctioned event to be held at the Triathlon/SUP site at Watauga Lake on Friday, August 16 from 8am until 2pm. Event is limited to 10 people.

Class I
Certified to give lessons to instruct paddlers.
Fee: $295.00 ($75.00 yearly fee included)
5 hours of class instruction, 80% on class examination.
Yearly Instructor fee: $75.00 (included)
Instructor requirements: First Aid and CPR certification, water sports liability insurance, 18 years of age and 3-5 years of instruction experience.

Patricia Miller, Lazy Dog PaddleYoga Instructor
200 RYT Yogic Arts System
World Paddle Association Class Level 2
PaddleFit Certified Level 2
Certified Special Olympics SUP Coach 
Lazy Dog Elite PaddleTeam Rider

Trish joined Lazy Dog in the summer of 2010. It was through PaddleYoga that she was introduced to the lifestyle of the Lazy Dog Paddle Team and SUP racing. Trish happily joined the adventurous team’s last-minute paddle excursions throughout Florida, North Carolina, along the Napali Coast in Kauai, southern Puerto Rico, California and the infamous 26-mile SEA NYC Paddle. She’s been able to contribute to the dissemination of SUP in her local area under the umbrella of Lazy Dog activities such as weekly PaddleYoga classes, SUP instruction, race training, eco-tours, and working closely with athletes and volunteers to help develop Monroe County’s Special Olympic SUP Program. Most recently she has been able to co-lead Lazy Dog’s PaddleYoga Teacher Training Program endorsed by the World Paddle Association (WPA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Contact Trish at Lazy Dog Key West to secure your registration and space in this class, as it is limited to the first qualifying 10 applicants. Visit to fill out your application and get paddling!

Patricia Miller: 305.587.1571,

SUP Race Clinic

Friday, August 16 • 3–5pm

To be held at the Triathlon/SUP site at Watauga Lake on Friday, August 16 from 3pm until 5pm. Cost is $50.00. Clinic is limited to 20 people.

  • Paddler safety
  • Board discussion (displacement hull vs planing hull (surf style)
  • Paddle discussion
  • Stroke technique
  • Review 5 phases of the stroke
  • Review drills for each phase
  • Race prep and race strategy
  • Pre race training
  • Fueling your body
  • Hand out covering all clinic topics

William Pope, Instructor: Learned to paddle in Kauai in 2005, WPA region 6 director, WPA level 2 certified instructor, trained by Larry Cain on stroke technique and have continued that training with Michael Metzger. William has been competitively racing since 2008, placed first in board class and age in 2010 at Battle Of the Paddle.

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