Waterman League Finds Financing to Expand Standup Paddle World Championship Tour!

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Waterman's League creates new partnership to expand it's World Championship Tour series in 2017
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A BIG step forward into the FUTURE of the sport of standup paddling!  The Waterman League hits upon financing to expand it’s World Championship Tour.

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Waterman League creates new partnership to develop it’s World Championship Tour series in 2017

Waterman League Steps UP

The Waterman League Group, a well known entity for it’s professional standup paddle world tour series events, has announced it has received investor financing from a private equity firm AID Partners (AID) LLC and Darren Shaw, a Hong Kong based investor. These investments will enable the League to expand it’s existing standup paddle World Championship Tour events.

“We have passionately endeavoured to build the Waterman League with integrity and authenticity” – Tristan Boxford

Tristan Boxford, Chief Executive Officer of the Waterman League said, “Standup paddling is one of the world’s fastest-growing participatory sports and … I am extremely proud to have attracted investors of this caliber and excited to begin working with our new partners to strengthen and expand our business.”

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Celebrating a generation of “dynamic” young athletes, the newly formed APP will host the 2017  Standup Paddle World Championship Tour

‘An Exciting Competitive Platform’

AID is a leading private equity firm based in Asia with a primary focus in the media, technology and lifestyle sectors. This infusion of new financing, according to Kelvin Wu, Chairman of AID will “help grow the sport of standup paddling in Asia … and increase digital media coverage of the APP World Tour.” The World Tour series has events scheduled for both Japan and China in 2017

I have been impressed by the Waterman League and what Tristan has achieved with limited resources, “ notes Darren Shaw, the second investor. “He has created an exciting competitive platform and attracted a dynamic group of young athletes for this relatively new sport, highlighting the timely attributes of adopting healthy pursuits, being out in the elements and bringing awareness to our oceans and waterways.”

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The APP World Tour produces live and post produced broadcasts of all it’s events with distribution in over 100 countries.

APP to Host 2017 World Tour

Creating a new organization in conjunction with the new investment, The Waterman League has established the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP).  The APP will align the two disciplines of standup paddle racing and standup paddle surfing under a new “APP World Tour” series which will cover 8 events in 2017 in Oahu (Hawaii), Maui (Hawaii), Tokoyo (Japan), Scharbeutz (Germany), New York (NY), San Francisco (CA), Hainan (China) and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Information is available at appworldtour.com and fans can follow events @appworldtour on Facebook and Instagram.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.