Saturday 24 August
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.
Kai Lenny bolted off the start line and led for the entire race, but Connor had left reserve in the tank and powered the last leg of the course to hit the sand at the same time as Kai, and despite almost stumbling, powered his way over the finish line to take the victory in the sprint racing component of the Chicago World Series.
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However, it is far from over, as tomorrow is another day and the long distance will determine the overall Champion here at Stop 6 on the 2013 Stand Up World Series.
Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com for the live broadcast from day 2 of the Chicago World Paddle Challenge, presented by Pacifico and Starboard.
Jake Jensen (Fanatic) finishes in 3rd and Paul Jackson (Fanatic) in 6th, doing their country proud here in the Windy City, and secure solid rankings for tomorrows long distance.
Jake was one of the strongest off the starts all day long, while Paul consistently powered his way through the heats to feature in this exclusive World Series Final.
No strangers to fierce competition, Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) finishes 4th with Ryan Helm on his heels in 5th, giving the cameras and crowds the show they were hoping for.
Ryan Helm turns heads in the semi finals, ousting one of the event favorites, Kody Kerbox (Naish) in the process in a dramatic finish.
Meanwhile, the inexhaustible Schweitzer, amping fellow teammates and instructing the amateurs between the killer heats, still had energy to give us a little acrobatic demonstration from the podium… the classic expression says it all.
Though it looks it, yards in the lead here, Annabel did not enjoy the effortless leisure in a league of her own. The female competitors here in Chicago did not enter for photos and gear, they were out for the win and gave each other a good run for their money.
Annabel did put on another impressive display of performance paddling, yet again showcasing her dominance on the world paddling scene.
2nd in each round behind New Zealand born World Champion Annabel Anderson (Starboard), like in Hamburg Germany, Australia’s Angela Jackson (Fanatic) kept the Champion on her toes and showcased her world class ability.
Meanwhile, in 3rd, the highly driven Noelani Sach (Starboard) from Germany and in 4th, superwoman Kristin Thomas, the ladies competition was was definitely not lacking for challenge.
The Amateur / Open competition, saw Chicago’s finest paddlers step up to do battle, putting on a great performance in front of a home crowd. Winning the men’s division was Dimitri Burukhin, while in the women’s it was Stephanie Richey stole the show.
A kids (boy and girl) event was also held, seeing the stars of the future take center stage here at North Avenue Beach. Meanwhile, in the Elite division, we saw standout performances from the likes of Matt Lennert and Basil Tidings amongst others.
The Fiat promo girls, riling the crowd with infectious energy, started an impromptu dance party via wireless headphones that, led by their DJ, lasted through the day.
Annabel Anderson (Starboard), high off her win, and commentator Rocky Cannon, amongst others, stepped up to the challenge to raise the bar….
So it will all come down to tomorrow here in Chicago to determine the Champions at Stop 6 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series, so make sure to tune into the Morning Show live from North Avenue Beach at 12.30pm CST (10am PST), as we build up to the culmination of this all important stop on the 2013 World Series.
Remember also to head to www.watermanleague.com for highlights, photo galleries and much more