AWP - Association whitewater professionals

AWP is going to announce the events every year that deserve the title of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (by AWP).

From 2019, AWP has started the Ranking for all the athletes that compete in the "Ranking Events".


King of the Alps

Moso in passirio (ITA)

1-3 June 2023 - Sprint race

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Oetz Trophy 

Oetz - AUT 

21-24 September 2023 - Sprint race

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to be defined...

Ranking Race for 2023


Pyrénées / France

April 29th, 2023 - Sprint race

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OKE Ossau Kayak Extrême

Pyrénées / France

May 13th, 2023 - Sprint race

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Voss / Norway

June 25th, 2023 - series of races for Qualification + Sprint race

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Devils Race 

Lipno / Czech Republic

September  2023 - Sprint race

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Ranking Race for 2024

Chirripò Steep Creek Race

Rio Chirripo Pacifico/ costa rica

January 13-14 2024- Sprint race

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What is AWP?

AWP is a none profit organisation founded by professional whitewater athletes, for the global whitewater community. 

Members of AWP are paddlers who have had experience in the international race environment for at least 10 years. Directors are people not involved in organization of the main kayaking events. 

Directors for 2019-2023:

  • 1 President
    Michele Ramazza (ITA)
  • 2 for Europe
    Eric Deguil (FRA) , Dag Sandvik (NOR)
  • 2 for North America
    John Grace (USA), Trevor L'Heureux (CAN)
  • 1 for South America
    Marcos Gallegos (CHL)
  • 1 for Asia
    - vacant
  • 1 for Oceania
    Mike Dawson (NZL)

If you would like to take part in this project for the year to come, please contact us!

Aim of AWP

Our aim in AWP is to coordinate world class events of extreme whitewater kayaking to increase media visibility of our sport on a global scale and provide our athletes the opportunity to progress on personal and international levels.
This goal can be achieved if the paddling community support our intent!

How the races are going to be selected?

The event organizers can submit an application with their events.

The directors of the AWP are going to vote for the events that deserve the championship title on the base of:

  • Race Guidelines
  • Location of the event (to assure a rotation over the years)

Kayak standard

The kayak used for racing must fulfill set rules and standards. These standard have been used for the ‘Sickline’ events for many years and have been approved by the majority of the athletes that competed.

Kayak rules

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