Tuesday 12 February
Abu Dhabi may seem like an unlikely location for a World Class Stand Up Paddle Showdown, but it has all of the ingredients to become a World Class destination for the sport. From flat water cruising in the warm waters and continual sunshine, to the waves, yes, you did hear right, waves found at one of the world’s premier wave pools (Wadi Adventure), Abu Dhabi has something for everyone from entry level paddler, to high performance surfer.
In conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Beach Games, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club are teaming up with UAE SUP, Wadi Adventure and the Waterman League to produce the Abu Dhabi Surf & Paddle All Stars Invitational from the 4th – 7th April 2013.
The official Invitees will be announced later this week, but it will include the World’s leading and most well rounded Stand Up Paddlesurfers, and athletes that can cross over between the two disciplines: Surfing and Racing.
These athletes will be taken on an adventure they will never forget: from exploring the sites of Abu Dhabi by board and heading into the desert for dinner with the Bedouins, to high performance surfing in the wave pool and racing in front of the World Famous Corniche, the invited athletes are in for it all.
While this event will not count for points, it is an exclusive and groundbreaking exhibition event that will boast US$20,000 and bring a selection of the World’s best men and women to compete in this completely unique location.
Wadi Adventure in the city of Al Ain has put itself on the global surfing map over the past year with its sensational wave pool that is set against the desert backdrop, making it one of the most striking and unusual surf destinations imaginable.
With 3 different settings featuring a right, a left and a close out, the wave pool will provide the most level playing field ever witnessed for competitive surfing as the world’s best will battle it out…..in the pool.
Each athlete will get to surf on their backhand, forehand and shoot to boost progressive manoeuvers off the closeout, allowing us to further push the cutting edge of stand up paddlesurfing and adopt the most progressive format yet on the Stand Up World Tour. This part of the event will take place on the 4th and 5th April and will be streamed live at www.standupworldtour.com
The Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club sits opposite the Corniche in the center of Abu Dhabi, providing the perfect location for the World Series Sprint Racing format. With the incredible backdrop, warm ocean water and beach front positioning, the scene is set for elite racing at its best in the United Arab Emirates. Featuring the World Series Sprint course, the heat elimination format will provide exciting racing for competitors and spectators alike and providing a tangible display of World Class Stand Up Paddling.
The Beach Games will also incorporate an Open event, with Top Finishers advancing to face the invited international athletes for this dramatic showdown in the City.
As with all Waterman League events, we will be bringing the Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic to this event, opening up the wonders of stand up paddling to Abu Dhabi’s youth, and supporting UAE SUP’s mission to further the development and growth of the sport in the country.
Beyond the competitive action on the water, the World Tour & Series athletes are in store for one of the most dramatic Cultural experiences of their lives, as they will immerse themselves into the Emirati way of life and explore the wonders of Abu Dhabi both on and off the water.
Stay tuned for the journey into this unique event at www.standupworldtour.com
In line with their support for world sport, Abu Dhabi has opened its arms to the world of Stand Up Paddling and embraced its potential for the area, as their official organization UAE SUP introduces local races and events for its ever increasing base.
The Abu Dhabi Surf & Paddle All Stars Invitational is set to make waves in the UAE’s capital, as the World’s best will expose the Emirates to the wonders of Stand Up Paddling at its highest level.
The Waterman League is proud to be able to support their mission for SUP in the UAE as well as to bring the eyes of the Stand Up Paddling world to this unique, completely different and alluring destination.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the Invited athletes as well as for build up features and specials in the lead up to this dramatic event. Also, make sure to watch it all live from the 4th – 7th April at www.standupworldtour.com
In the meantime, the Sunset Beach Pro, stop 1 on the Stand Up World Tour, is set to pick back up again tomorrow morning, wednesday 13th February, with a new swell hitting tonight, and East tradewinds set to maintain clean and high performance conditions for tomorrow’s conclusion of this dramatic World Championship Opener.
Make sure to watch it go down live at http://sunsetbeachpro.standupworldtour.com/stream.php