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SUP Open

SEPT 20 -22

The beautiful City of Osaka will welcome the World's best Stand Up Paddle athletes to its beautiful waterways in 2019, while celebrating the sport through a mass participation and Festival experience like no other.

Join us for a weekend to remember, as Osaka rolls out the red carpet for Stand Up Paddlers from all over the world to take in the wonders of the City from the River.

The Osaka SUP Open is stop #3 on the APP World Race Tour, and the 3rd iconic City on the 2019 schedule (following on from London and New York). The event will feature APP World Tour Sprint and Distance Races for the World's Best, Pro-Am, Amateur and Entry level participation opportunities.

It will all kick off with an opening event on the evening of Friday 20th September on the beautiful Nakanoshima Island right at the heart of Osaka. Athletes and guests will then head down the River to one of the most recognizable areas of Osaka, Dotombori Canal. Here the World's best will take to the water to open the event in style, on the eve of what will be a true celebration of SUP in Japan.

Saturday 21st will then see all kinds of Festival and participatory experiences at the Event Village on Nakanoshima Island such as SUP Yoga, Kids Demos and short (1km), fun round the Island Races, not to mention programming with the World's best on the Main Stage.

The afternoon will then feature both Pro-Am and Pro Sprint Racing eliminations that will deliver fast paced and non stop action to audiences on site and online.

Sunday will once again provide a full day of fun and entertainment for all the family, with a full array of participatory experiences, mixed in with programming featuring the World's best and live music and entertainment.

The signature race of the Osaka SUP Open will headline, as Pros, Pro-ams and Amateurs will race around the main Island in its entirety for the culmination of this all important stop on the 2019 APP World Tour.

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The Osaka SUP Open will feature:​

  • APP World Tour Sprint and Distance Racing

  • Pro-Am Sprint and Distance Racing

  • Amateur Distance Racing and fun 1k courses

  • Food, Music, Yoga, Paddle Clinics & Entertainment for all



Competition Divisions​

APP World Tour Racing:

  1. World Tour Sprint Racing

  2. World Tour Distance Racing

Pro-Am Racing:

  1. Sprint Racing

  2. Distance Racing

Amateur Racing:

  1. Distance Race

  2. 1km around the Island Race

Youth Racing:

  1. Sprint Racing

  2. Distance Racing

  3. Round the Island (1km)

Village Activities:

  1. Yoga / SUP Yoga

  2. Youth Clinics in APP Pool

  3. Paddle Clinics

  4. Team Racing

Provisional Schedule


Friday September 20th 

15:00 - 17:00: Athlete Registration

18:00: Opening Event at Nakanoshima Island

19:30: Boat Parade, Dotombori Canal

Saturday September 21st 

07:00: Check in for morning races

08:00: Yoga Session

08:00: Amateur Around the Island 1km Preliminary Heats

10:00: Kids Demo activities in APP Pool

10:30: Amateur Around the Island 1km Final

11:30:Programming with athletes on Stage

12:00: Pro-Am Sprint Racing: Preliminary Heats

13:30: Pro-Am Sprint Racing Finals

14:30: Pro Sprint Racing: Preliminary Heats & Finals

18:00: Awards on Main Stage

18:30: Movie on big screen / Live Music & Entertainment

Sunday September 22nd 

06:00: Check in for Racing

06:15: Briefing for Amateurs

07:15: Amateur Distance Race Start

08:00: Yoga Session 1

08:30: Briefing for Pro-Am and Pros

09:15: Pro-Am Men's Distance Race Start

09:18: Pro-Am Women's Distance Race Start

09:20: APP Pro Men Start

09:22: APP Pro Women Start

10:00: Kid's Demo Pool for programmed activities

12:00: Youth Around the Island 1km Race - preliminary heats

13:30: Fun Team Racing

14:30: Programming with Pro Athletes on Stage

15:00: United Sports Foundation Fun Racing

16:00: Pro Exhibition

16:30: Awards on Stage

17:00: Live Music and Entertainment



Venue Address: Nakanoshima Island, Osaka, Japan

Closest Airports: 

  • Kansai International Airport

  • Itami International Airport



  • By Car: Parking lot at Castle Hotel (opposite venue)

  • Closest Public Transport: TBA




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