| Organized in the fall of 1994 to address several issues facing the growing Paddlesports Industry in Virginia, the Professional Paddlesports Association (VAPPA) began to implement industry wide standards and safety procedures. After adopting the highest operational guidelines for
safety in the nation, VAPPA focused its energies toward the industry's lack of direction for informing not only the recreating public of their growth and professional development, but also, all the associated organizations and governmental agencies that influence the industry. Membership has risen from six members in 1994 to 30 in 1997. Thirty thousand VAPPA brochures were distributed in 1997.