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.


Taking place at the heart of Hamburg, the race course will be contained within a spectator driven space that will draw in upwards of 40,000 people on site over the weekend. It will also provide an arena like no other and promises to be one of the most exciting stops yet on the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Stay tuned to for the build up, live broadcast, highlights and much more.



Chicago to kick off US Trilogy of events on the 24/25th Aug

Following directly on from Hamburg, the Chicago World Paddle Challenge will mark the opening of the US Trilogy of events and mark the return to the bustling city of Chicago and its unique beach culture. With 10s of 1000s, of people a day visiting North Avenue Beach, this City of sports enthusiasts will be lining up to watch the world’s best in action in front of the unmistakeable city scape that Chicago provides.

In addition to the World Series Elite racing, there will be an Amateur division, a youth division and a Celebrity Relay, as well as entry level fun events and much more. The fun doesn’t stop at the beach, as the W Hotel will be hosting some cool parties, as well as Castaways our partner at the Beach, as Chicago opens its arms to the sport of stand up paddling.


So make sure to stay tuned to for the build up, live broadcast and highlights, as the Mid West becomes the place to be on the weekend of the 24th/25th August.



The America’s Cup of Stand Up Paddling in San Francisco

The Waterman League is proud to announce that an official stop on the 2013 Stand Up World Series will be run in conjunction with the America’s Cup of Sailing this year on Labor Day weekend. What does this mean? A multi-million dollar event site, stadium seating for over 5000 and a world class race course broadcast to the world.

The World Series event will consist of a long distance that will run from Baker’s Beach, under the Golden Gate Bridge and down through a course to arrive at Marina Green Park, the event HQ for the America’s Cup. Meanwhile the World Series Sprints will run directly in front of the Stadium set up at Marina Green itself, providing a dynamic display of World Class Stand Up Paddling in conjunction with a world renowned event, steeped in both tradition and now, mindblowing innovation.

It will be an event not to be missed, so stay tuned for entries and the trailer this week, as well as build up, live broadcast and highlights at:



Athletes to watch out for at upcoming World Series stops

Amongst those to watch out for at the upcoming high profile stops on the 2013 Stand Up World Series:

  • Connor Baxter (Starboard) is currently leading the World Rankings ahead of Arch rival Kai Lenny, and is seemingly unbeatable this year, looking to maintain this lead through the US Trilogy and onto the Finals. However, he has a target on his back and this makes him the man to beat
  • Kai Lenny (Naish) is a man on a mission – currently trailing Connor Baxter (Starboard) in the ratings, he will be looking for a solid win here in Germany to keep himself in contention for the World Title
  • Casper Steinfath (Naish) will be looking to continue his great 2013 roll: currently lying in 3rd place overall in the rankings, it is all to play for for the young Viking, and he is in a great position for the European Series Title
  • Eric Terrien (Bic SUP) is always dangerous and has been consistently placing at the top of the fleet – he will be looking for a strong finish here in Germany to better his overall positing in the rankings
  • Gaeten Sene (Starboard) is on a roll after a great performance at the last stop in Spain and is a powerful contender in the inland water conditions found in Hamburg
  • The Aussies are coming: Beau O’Brien (Starboard) and Paul Jackson (Fanatic) will be looking to put on another powerful performance in Hamburg, as they proudly represent Australia on the international stage. They will be joined in Chicago by Jake Jensen (Fanatic), another strong contender
  • Others to watch out for are of course Zane Schweitzer (Starboard), Mo Freitas (Focus/Body Glove) and Noa Ginella (Naish) from Hawaii, Leonard Nika (Starboard) from Italy, Fernando Stalla (Rogue) and Ryan Helm from Mexico and Dylan Frick (Starboard) from South Africa. It is also reported that Danny Ching might well be attending the America’s Cup in San Francisco, so stay tuned as we build up to an epic 3 weeks of racing here on the Stand Up World Series




Women Competition to intensify over the coming month

While Annabel Anderson (Starboard) has a clear stronghold over the World Rankings after the initial events of the season, as we come into Stop 5 on the 2013 World Series and final leg of the European Trilogy, the competition is clearly intensifying, as we see a whole host of women, from Europe, the US and Australia, stepping up to give her a run for her money.

At home in Gemany, Sonja Honscheid is sure to be a real threat, as is Olivia Piana (Fanatic) from France and top contender on the World Series in 2012, not to mention Manca Notar (Naish), Laura Quetglas, but also the ever strong Aussie, Angela Jackson (Fanatic), looking  to make her presence felt over the next few events.

As we head back to the US for Chicago, San Francisco and Huntington Beach, expect some big upsets by the likes of Morgan Hoesterey, Candice Appleby and many more of the US’ leading female paddlers

So make sure to stay tuned as we pick back up with Stop 5 of the Stand Up World Series in Hamburg, from the 16th – 18th August live at:



The Starboard Movie to premier worldwide this month

The long awaited Starboard Movie will be released on August 18th across digital platforms worldwide, and primarily at the Waterman League’s content portal:, so stay tuned for details.

You can also watch premieres for the Movie coming up in Hamburg Germany, New Zealand, Chicago, San Francisco, Huntington Beach and many more. Stay tuned for more information at

In the meantime, check out the trailer by clicking on the link below:



Turtle Bay to host winners from European & US Trilogies

Turtle Bay, the headquarters for the Waterman League on the North Shore of Oahu is proud to present the overall Man and Woman’s winner of the European and US Trilogies of events with a stay at the unmatched Turtle Bay Resort for the World Series Finals in October.

The first prize will be presented in Hamburg at the conclusion of the European Trilogy, while the US Trilogy will start in Chicago, head to San Francisco and then culminate in Huntington Beach in September.

Turtle Bay is also hosting a sweepstakes to win an additional stay at the magnificent resort found on the fabled North Shore of Oahu, so go to the following site to register for a chance to win:



Summary of relevant links for the above events & media

Here is a summary of the relevant links for entries, trailers and event information:


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