History to be made at the Magallanes Paddle Challenge, Chile

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Thursday 28 February

Magallanes Paddle Challenge to open 2013 World Series

This year’s World Series Opener will venture into uncharted waters and tread new ground for the sport of Stand Up Paddling as a whole. Set in the dramatic surroundings that the region of Patagonia, South Chile provides, from the 14th – 17th March the Magallanes Paddle Challenge will see a selection of the World’s best athletes battle it out for the $20,000 prize-money below the Glaciers for the first stop on the 2013 Stand Up World Series.

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Arch Rivals Kai Lenny & Connor Baxter to meet again

After an intense rivalry that saw Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) switch off the lead throughout the year on the World Series in 2012, both acclaimed competitors will be down in Chile for this dramatic opener for the 2013 season.

Kai Lenny is fresh off his win at the World Tour Surfing Opener at Sunset Beach and looking to defend his 2012 World Racing Title, while Connor Baxter will be looking to reassert the dominance that he has enjoyed in the SUP Racing world with a win at the first stop on the World Series with a view to regaining the coveted yellow jersey and the ratings lead from Stop 1.

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Casper Steinfath looking to continue his roll on global stage

Casper Steinfath (Naish) from Denmark has been on phenomenal form this past 6 months, with a 3rd place finish at the prestigious Stand Up World Series Finals at Turtle Bay and more recently, making it through to the 4th Round at the Stand Up World Tour Opener at Sunset Beach amidst the world’s very best surfers.

Casper will be heading to South Chile to reassert his presence on the Stand Up World Series and start as he means to continue.

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Other talent from Maui to be represented in Chile

From racing powerhouse Bart de Swart (Starboard) from Holland, Connor Baxter’s (Starboard) training partner, to Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) and even the young Ridge Lenny (Naish), Kai Lenny’s (Naish) younger brother, Maui will be well represented up in the glacial region of Patagonia.

The islanders will have to adapt to the colder surroundings, but they will be armed with their hard earned skills in Maui’s ultimate training ground to do battle at World Series stop number one in Chile.

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Brazil to demand a strong presence at Stop number one

Brazil will have a strong presence at this unqiue opener for the World Series in the form of the young phenom Vinnicius Martins, Bruno Pitanga and several others. Being a relatively close neighbor to Chile, the Brazilians will be looking to earn valuable points on the South American leg of the Stand Up World Series that starts here in Chile and then moves onto Brazil in April.

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Final entries are coming in and final call to all athletes

As we see the final entries drop in for this prestigious opening event of the 2013 Stand Up World Series, we issue a final call to all athletes for entries to the Magallanes Paddle Challenge, Stop one on the Stand Up World Series. Special all inclusive rates for all transfers and accommodation are available from Big Foot Patagonia Adventure, with board carriage support from LAN, making this trip of a lifetime a reality for all athletes.

Email entryrace@watermanleague.com for more information, entries and details on accommodation and travel logistics.

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Abu Dhabi All Stars Invitational to run from 3rd – 7th April

The Abu Dhabi All Stars invitational will feature the very best athletes in the world for the first exhibition event of its kind, featuring a surf event in the Wadi Adventure wave pool and a World Series Sprint format race in front of the Corniche in Abu Dhabi City center itself.

With $20,000 prize-money and set in yet another dramatic location, the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club and UAE SUP bring you one of the most groundbreaking events yet, as the world’s best go east and showcase the global reach of the incredible sport of stand up paddling. Stay tuned to www.standupworldtour.com

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A big Mahalo to all our World Tour and Series Patrons

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