Early entries must be received Tuesday August 2, 2016. Entry fee is $110 for solo, $75 per person for two person teams, $75 per person for three person mix SUP and Holopuni Teams. Late entry fee price is an additional $40 per person, per division. Last call with late fees is online at 5 pm August 5th, 2016.

For in depth rules view the WPA rulebook. New posts will be added to this page in regards to specific rules for the Na Pali Race about having enough entrants to make a trophy division, and also about having enough entrants to meet this race’s requirements for a prize purse race divisions.



These rules will be strictly enforced with penalty of disqualification.

The Na Pali Race Staff and Event Organizers have the right to refuse or deny entries to any paddlers who seem to be un-capable, or unfit of participating in this event. This opinionated decision will be made by the event director and staff and will be biased and subjective.

Main events are 14′ and under SUP, Stock Paddleeboard, OC-1.

Board specs and clarification:

SUP Surfboard CLASS:
Length – 12’2” ft maximum
Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.
Board Design – Board must be a surfboard style in shape with the minimum dimensions, Nose 17” wide(12” back from nose), 14” tail (12” up from the tail) and maximum thickness of 5”.

SUP 12’6” CLASS:
Length – 12’6” ft maximum
Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.
Board Design – No minimum dimensions.
No rudder

Length – 14’ ft maximum
Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.
Board Design – No minimum dimensions.
No rudder

Length – No Length Restriction.
Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.
Board Design – No minimum dimensions.
Including those with rudders

12’-no rudder

-any size board including those with rudders

Race Directors have the option to omit any of the categories if they so choose depending on regional challenges such as number of entrants, conditions, length of race, etc. These are recommended guidelines from the WPA and are categories that WPA will both sanction and rank against.

The Course:

Each division will begin on the beach at Haena Beach Park in front of the lifeguard tower with a line-up start. Make a left turn for the Na Pali Coastline. Continue down the Na Pali towards Polihale. Just off the beach at Polihale make a left turn around the 1 and only final buoy and head towards the finish line. The finish line is near the high tide line and contestants must pass through two marker cones in the sand. For SUP there is a paddle rule, which means you have to carry your paddle with you as you cross the finish line.

OC1/2, Surf Ski, and canoe paddlers finish by crossing past the 1 and only final buoy. This group are the only ones that finish in the water.

You do not need to cross the finish line with your board.

There will be board caddies helping retrieve boards as paddlers make it to the finish line.

Paddlers are not allowed to touch, hang on to any boats, or paddle anywhere near wake of escort boats or any other boat. This is a race under personal and paddle power only.

The Na Pali Race will not be enforcing the typical standing while moving forward rule for SUP’s. You may kneel or prone paddle your SUP and get to the finish line in whatever form you choose. Good luck.

A SUP competitor must be standing while paddling once a race has started until crossing over the finish

line. A competitor is allowed to sit, lay or kneel to rest without making forward progress. If a

competitor takes more than five strokes while sitting, laying or kneeling once a race has started the

competitor may be disqualified (DNF). The exception with this would be for safety reasons where a

competitor needs to avoid or may be put into a potentially dangerous situation that would put

them or others at risk of injury and or property damage.

A competitor shall only use the paddle, waves and wind to propel the board forward during a race.

No outside assistance drafting a vessel not in the race, form of a sail, clothing designed to catch

wind, or any other speed device not considered the norm to SUP racing is allowed. Boat wakes are

considered natural conditions unless a competitor is deemed as getting an unfair advantage over

other competitors as with drafting (see drafting rule 4b).

The safety of all participants and competitions is the number one priority of the race director and

the WPA. Participants shall attend all competitor meetings and race postings to keep themselves

informed with the typical conditions for the race and also the day of conditions to be expected.

Race Directors need to warn the competitors of any dangers that could occur and where all safety

personal will be located on the course during the pre-race competitors meeting. Competitors shall

be mindful of the hand signals to be used if someone is injured, danger (paddle in the air, waiving

or erect) or in need of help but not injured (hand in the air). All competitors should be mindful

with any persons that may be in danger during the course of the race and should assist or help get safety staff

attention. The United States Coast Guard recommends and many states require wearing life jackets while operating personal

watercraft (PWC) such as a Stand Up Paddle board.

Drafting is not allowed.

Any paddlers who have not reached the Miloli’i Beach area by 3:00 pm will be picked up by escort boats and delivered to Polihale.

Any cheating or un-sportsmanship behavior will be means for disqualification.

Escort boats must adhere to all terms and conditions of event and sign and acknowledge that they understand safety precautions, conditions of the Na Pali Coast, the course, communications, and emergency procedures.

All contestants need to complete course to be awarded.

If you want to learn more rules and regulations of the World Paddle Association (WPA), please ask event staff to make a copy of the WPA rulebook available.

7 Responses to “Rules”

  1. Brenda Scott Rogers says:

    Aloha, How about including a mixed gender (man/women) open catagory for the relay team? It would be nice to paddle with spouse, son or friend. SUP UNLIMITED CLASS: Keep it simple. I’ve heard more peole talk about forming a relay this year than solo.
    Length – No Length Restriction.
    Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.
    Board Design – No minimum dimensions.
    Including those with rudders

  2. Catharine says:

    I agree… A mixed relay division, please! (Though we no more unlimited board. Having a stock SUP or surfboard SUP mixed relay opens it up to teams that may not have the fastest (most expensive) racing boards but would still like to do it for fun.

  3. admin says:

    I added the mix category for the event. I think it would be good to partner up as you said. The thing about the relay divison is that it is important to enter early so that I can make plans for this group because seating on relay escort boat is limited. Aloha.

  4. admin says:

    For now I am keeping the board specs unlimited. I would enter the relay on any board I could get my hands on just because the change location is so epic! Sometimes good boards are hard to find here onK, but they are around. Aloha.

  5. Stricko says:

    Have you decided on the board size for the 50+ group. What about a 60+ group?? cheehee

  6. admin says:

    unlimted or less=any board

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