Monday 25 March
Abu Dhabi has long been a host to global sport at its highest level, from Formula 1 car racing, to golf, and even the world’s premier yacht races, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club. However, from the 3rd – 7th April it will open its arms to a whole new kind of sporting excellence: the World’s leading Stand Up Paddlesurfers as they congragrate for the inaugural Abu Dhabi All Stars Invitational presented by Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club and in association with UAE SUP and Wadi Adventure.
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Elite 18 athletes are announced for the All Stars Men An elite selection of 18 athletes have been announced for the Abu Dhabi All Stars Invitational. These athletes are both leading athletes from the Stand Up World Tour and World Series, but also young stand outs and established legends that deserve their place here and a shot at being an All Star.
- Leco Salazar (BRA)
- Sean Poynter (US) Starboard
- Caio Vaz (BRA) Art in Surf
- Benoit Carpentier (FRA) Starboard
- Zane Schweitzer (HI) Starboard
- Beau Nixon (AUS) Naish
- Noa Ginella (HI) Naish
- Ian Vaz (BRA) Art in Surf
- Kody Kerbox (HI) Naish
- Connor Baxter (HI) Starboard
- Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
- Kieren Taylor (AUS) Starboard
- Daniel Hughes (US)
- Remi Quique (FRA)
- Paul Jackson (AUS) Fanatic
- Fernando Stalla (MEX) Rogue
- Ryan Helm (MEX)
- Additional Wildcard to be announced….
Absent due to prior commitments are Current ratings leader Kai Lenny (Naish) from Maui and Justin Holland (Starboard) from Australia.
The Wadi Adventure Park located in Al Ain will host the widely anticipated surfing component of the All Stars Invitational in their globally acclaimed wave pool. With mechanical consistency providing the most level playing field ever witnessed in professional surfing, the All Stars Invitational will provide a showcase of performance Stand up Paddlesurfing to the world via the live broadcast on www.standupworldtour.com
With each surfer able to perform on an equal amoung of rights, lefts and closeouts, the performance level will be pushed through the roof as history is made in Abu Dhabi.
The Surfing component will take place on the 4th – 5th April (Thursay & Friday), so make sure to tune into the live broadcast and to www.standupworldtour.com for the detailed schedule of events.
Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club is situated right opposite the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, providing one of the most striking backdrops in the world with its impressive skyline of high rise buildings. However, it also provides the perfect set up for World Series Racing, with the next stage of the Abu Dhabi All Stars will take place in front of the Yacht and Sailing Club, as the athletes will congregate to compete in the sprint racing component of the event.
With a fast paced, action packed course, as well as nations’ team racing, Saturday 6th April will provide its fair share of thrills and spills as the World’s best battle it out for the win here in the City, but also the prestigious overall title for the event (combining surf and Race).
The Abu Dhabi Beach Games centers around providing the opportunity for people to get out on the water and try all the water sports, an initiative by Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club to encourage watersport participation in the UAE.
As a part of this annual event, the All Stars Invitational will also support an open racing event prior to the All Stars Sprint race on Saturday 6th April, providing an opportunity for everyone to get out on the water and consisting of men, women and youth divisions. The top placed athletes will earn their place to advance through to take on the All Stars.
All those interested in entering the Open division of the All Stars Invitational should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday 7th, a mass demo day and clinics will take place at Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, celebrating the sport in all its glory in front of the city of Abu Dhabi. Make sure to join us throughout the event at www.standupworldtour.com and also look for live updates at www.facebook.com/
One to One Hotels is a chain of high end hotels in the UAE and will play host to the Abu Dhabi All Stars throughout their stay in Abu Dhabi: while in the City, the All Stars will be staying at their ‘Village’ property in the center of town, while once out at Wadi Adventure Park, they will stay at their Al Ain property, ideally located just minutes from the pool.
Make sure to make your reservation to join the All Stars at One to One Hotels to watch history in the making for yourself at this groundbreaking international event.
A big thank you in particular to the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club for hosting this incredible event in the UAE, but also to UAE SUP, the fundamental building block for the sport in the region and our Wave pool host, Wadi Adventure Park.
The UAE has so much potential as an eye opening destination for Stand Up Paddling and we are excited to write the first chapter of a long story here in the United Arab Emirates.
Make sure to watch highlights from Stop 1 of the Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge presented by Stand Up Latino and powered by Big Foot Adventure, where Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) battled it out to the bitter end, with the Viking Casper Steinfath (Naish) and the wild man from Maui, Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) right behind them.
Click here to watch the highlights from this incredible adventure into the unknown