Archive for August, 2013

2013 Chicago Paddle Pro – Recap by Zane Schweitzer

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The 2013 Chicago Paddle Pro was awesome this year, with a great turnout of amateurs, children and of course the world’s top racers! It Is always such a pleasure to travel to such amazing places all over the world with the Waterman League! Once Again we found ourselves in a jaw dropping arena to hold the standup World Series in the beautiful city of Chicago! There was a beach party, a kids clinic, amatuer races, kids races, and the highlight of the event the Pro Division!
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Connor Baxter & Annabel Anderson make it a clean sweep at the World Series in Chicago

Monday 26 August

Connor Baxter battles with Kai Lenny to take the victory

The rivalry between Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) only intensified this weekend as the two once again embarked on a battle of epic proportions. After a dramatic finish in the World Series Sprint Racing where Connor managed to edge ahead of Kai to take the win, it was all down to the crucial Long Distance Race yesterday for the Event Title here in Chicago, but also, vital ranking points on the 2013 Stand Up World Series.
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2013 Hawaii Paddleboard Championship – Duke’s Race

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This year’s Duke’s Oceanfest had incredibly nice weather…lucky we live in Hawaii. After a long trip through Alaska, it was nice to be home, although I must say we were blessed with super good weather in Alaska too. The SUP distance race during the Duke’s Oceanfest is called the Hawaii Paddleboard Championships and started off as a lie down paddleboard race but with the explosion in the popularity of stand up paddle (SUP) racing the race has a majority of SUP racers. Christian Bradley said the conditions were pretty good for the majority of the race with decent 10-20 mph trade winds but the tide was going in the wrong direction which made it a bit slower than normal. Continue reading ‘2013 Hawaii Paddleboard Championship – Duke’s Race’

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The Starboard Movie

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Caren from Starboard just sent us a link to the full version of their movie called “The Starboard Project 2013″ which is now on youtube. The movie highlights the Starboard SUP team and is 48 minutes so grab a drink, sit back and watch. Check it out below.
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Connor Wins Overall Title in Chicago

Connor Baxter Wins Overall Title at the Stand Up World Series – Chicago
His 5th Straight Overall Title!

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ReCap of Event by Connor

The 2013 Stand Up World Series Event in Chicago was a good turnout. We had some of the best paddlers show up from all over the world. And the interest from the beach goers from last year was significant. Loads more spectators.
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Connor Baxter & Annabel Anderson step up at the World Series in Chicago

Saturday 24 August

Connor Baxter just edges ahead of Kai Lenny to win sprint

Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) have another battle of the ages today at Stop 6 of the Stand Up World Series with Connor Baxter just getting the edge in the sprint across the finish line making for a showdown of epic proportions.
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Connor Wins the Ultimate SUP Showdown

CONNOR BAXTER WINS THE “ULTIMATE SUP SHOWDOWN”!

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Recap of Event by Connor

The 2013 Ultimate SUP Showdown was a huge success. This event took place on Oahu and it was a part of the famous Duke Kahanamoku Event. This event was alittle different in the sense that when I signed up I was in both the surf part and the race part. All the competitors had to compete in both the race and surf – which made it a fun day at the beach.
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Kai Lenny & Annabel Anderson make it a clean sweep in Hamburg

Sunday 18 August

Kai Lenny dominates Hamburg to take well deserved win

Kai Lenny (Naish) put on a clinical peformance this weekend in Hamburg, Germany to win both the World Series Sprints and long distance racing at Stop 5 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series, the Camp David World Cup of Stand Up Paddling.
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2013 Da Hui Race

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Da Hui always has a super fun, family friendly race on July 4th. This year was no exception. I think they had over 700 participants. Continue reading ‘2013 Da Hui Race’

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Hamburg to go live this weekend and Chicago to set new standards

Wednesday 14 August

Action Live from World Series in Hamburg this weekend

Make sure to tune in live and for daily highlights this weekend to www.watermanleague.com for the Camp David World Cup of Stand Up Paddling, Stop 5 on the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Watch as Kai Lenny (Naish) and Annabel Anderson (Starboard) headline an all star line up for this final stop on the European Trilogy of events in Hamburg, Germany.
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Duke’s OceanFest 2013

The 12th annual Duke’s OceanFest will be held at venue sites throughout Waikiki, from Saturday, August 17, through Sunday, August 25, 2013. The 9 day event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart: Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and more. For more information visit dukesoceanfest.com.
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2013 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard Race

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This year’s Molokai to Oahu SUP race dodged the bullet of Tropical Storm Flossie. Luckily for the racers and spectators they got sunny skies and some trade winds. Unfortunately though, Flossie was still messing up the wind and water conditions which caused the race to be one of the hardest in M2O SUP history. Continue reading ‘2013 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard Race’

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The World Series picks up again with Hamburg, Chicago & San Francisco

Monday 5 August

Hamburg kicks off 3 weeks of racing for the World Series

From the 16th – 18th August, the World’s best will head to Hamburg, Germany for Stop 5 on the 2013 Stand Up World Series: the Camp David World Cup of Stand up Paddling. This final stop on the European Trilogy events will provide vital ranking points towards each athlete’s title campaign, but also, the winning Man and Woman from across this European sub Series (France, Spain & Germany) will win their free stay at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu for the prestigious World Championship Finals on the 11th – 13th October.
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SIC Standamaran Race SUP – After 3 years it’s finally here!

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When Mark Raaphorst first told me about the SIC Standamaran in 2010, I knew I had to try it out so I flew from Oahu to Maui and got a chance to test the first version on a South Shore Kihei downwinder. The Kihei downwind conditions were amazing. It was like the best Hawaii Kai run I’ve been on with wind directly at my back, making it feel like a train ride. It was super fun. The V1 Standamaran felt really light weight and it was the first time I was able to comfortably paddle a SUP upwind. Even though the flat platform in the middle would drag when catching larger bumps, I still wanted one so I put in an order. Seven versions later I finally got one! Introducing the SIC Standamaran Version 8. Continue reading ‘SIC Standamaran Race SUP – After 3 years it’s finally here!’

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