Zane Schweitzer and Noelani Sach claim victory at Stop 3 of the European Cup in Finland

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Zane Schweitzer makes it 3 from 3 on the European Cup by taking the win in Finland

Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) puts on another impressive performance at Stop 3 of the European Cup presented by Starboard by winning the long distance race and placing 2nd in the sprints, earning him his 3rd straight win on the Cup. This result has made him now untouchable on the European Cup Ratings.

Set in the beautiful region of Sieravuori, this stop saw Zane match up against Europe’s leading racers in an elite field and a very unique course given the location.

In the long distance, the dramatic scenery was all around and the racing between the Top 5 was intense, as they battled for position right up to the beach, with Zane capturing the win.

In the sprint racing, 2nd was enough for Zane to secure the overall win, and to continue his momentum coming into the next big event for the World Series, to take place in Fehmarn Germany from the 18th – 20th July. This will be Stop 4 of the European Cup, but also Stop 3 on the 2014 Stand Up World Series, as the World’s best will once again congregrate to do battle.

Make sure to check out the highlights from both days by going to www.watermanleague.com on the video section of the home page.

Leonard Nika steps up on Day 2 to take the win in the sprints and 2nd overall

Leonard Nika (Starboard) has been on great form this year and it shows with his Top ten ranking on the World Series (currently 8th) and 5th on the European Cup ratings coming into this event.

With a 4th place to kick things off in the long distance, Leonard knew that he would have to put it all on the line in the sprints to have a chance at a win here in Sieravuori. This he did and more, taking the win in the sprint racing, and while it was not enough for Leonard to secure the win, he did secure a well deserved 2nd place behind Zane (Starboard).

So a great result for the Italian Stallion, which now moves him into 3rd place overall in the Cup Ratings (2nd European) as he will now put his mind to Germany, and then of course when the European Cup heads home for him to Rome, Italy from the 25th – 27th July at Santa Severa Beach.

Make sure to watch the long distance and sprint highlights now online at www.watermanleague.com

Casper Steinfath continues to assert his presence on the European Cup

Casper Steinfath (Naish) continues to show that he is one of Europe’s leading lights and one of the World’s most consistent paddlers, once again posting a great result here in Finland with a 3rd place overall.

The Viking had to feel more at home than the rest of the crew here in Scandinavia and this showed in his 2nd place finish in the long distance.

In the sprint racing, a 3rd place finish was enough to secure his 3rd overall for the event, unable to surpass Leonard Nika (Starboard) with his win getting the edge to secure 2nd.

Casper is now sitting in 2nd place in the European Cup Ratings and leading European with a string of good results in Bilbao, Oleron and now Finland.

Stay tuned for the next stops of the European Cup in Germany and Italy and keep it right here at www.watermanleague.com

Eric Terrien continues his strong form here on the European Cup, finishing in 4th

Eric Terrien (Bic SUP) once again shows his strength and competitive edge with a 3rd place in the long distance and a 3rd= in the sprints placing him in 4th place overall in the SIeravuori SUP Masters.

This result allows him to maintain his 4th place position in the European Cup Ratings (3rd European) and clearly demonstrates how dangerous he is on the Race Course.

Eric will be looking to strengthen his position both on the European Cup, but also on the Stand Up World Series as all eyes turn to Fehmarn, Germany for the next stop from the 18th – 20th July. Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com

Dylan Frick finishes 5th in Finland, moving up into 6th place in the Cup Ratings

Dylan Frick (Starboard) has been on a European adventure this past month, following the European Cup and fine tuning his racing amidst the best in the world. He has become increasingly competitive and a real threat at any race, as well as one of the more entertaining characters on the Series.

Now moving up to 6th place in the European Cup Ratings, Dylan will be looking to consolidate on his position over the final 2 stops in Germany and Italy so watch out for this young talent from South Africa. Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com

Germany’s Noelani Sach reigns supreme at the Sieravuori SUP Masters

Germany’s Noelani Sach (Naish) has been on the radar for several years now, going from strength to strength at all the competitions she enters, from dominating the German SUP racing scene, to strong finishes on the Stand Up World Series.

While it was a small field of women taking part in Finland, Noelani demonstrated that she is on great form as we come into the next stop on the Cup and the World Series in Fehmarn Germany. Here she will once again match up against the best in the world for what is destined to be an unforgettable showdown.

Stay tuned for build up, highlights and much more at www.watermanleague.com

Sieravuori proves to be a stunning & truly unique destination for stop 3 of the Cup

Taking the European Cup right up to the extreme north of Europe was an exciting prospect in 2014, as Sieravuori proved to be a stunning location for stop number 3 of the European Cup, presented by Starboard. WIth the World Series racing formats, the midnight paddling and phenomenal weather, it was a amazing weekend for all the athletes as Finland opened its arms to the world of SUP.

So far the European Cup has provided a little bit of everything, from the inner City location in Bilbao, Spain, to the Open Ocean downwinder conditions in Oleron, France to here in Sieravuori, that saw different surroundings again and a completely different set of conditions. The Lake provided its own challenges, and saw the athletes dig deep to come out on top.

The goal of the Cup and indeed the World Series is to test the athletes across a complete cross section of conditions, so that at the end of the Cup Series / World Series season, the best man wins.

Make sure to stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com as we build up to the next stop of the European Cup presented by Starboard and stop 3 of the 2014 Stand Up World Series.

Next up: the World Series picks back up with the Camp David World Cup of SUP

Next up after Finland, the World’s best will congregate in the beautiful region of Fehmarn, Germany for Stop number 4 of the European Cup, but also Stop number 3 of the 2014 Stand Up World Series from the 18th – 20th July, the $25,000 Camp David World Cup of SUP.

After a break in the Series since its last stop in Abu Dhabi, all eyes will be on the World’s very best paddlers as they visit a new location in 2014 for this German stop of the Series. Fehmarn and our local partners will transform this event into a major global festival for the sport, as the World’s best step up to do battle.

WIll the current yellow jersey Connor Baxter (Starboard) be able to hold on to his Ratings lead? Or will Kai Lenny (Naish), last year’s winner in Hamburg step up a gear to take the top spot? Then there is the on form Zane Schweitzer (Starboard), now in 3rd and on a major roll in Europe, not to mention the ever dangerous Jake Jenson (Fanatic), who will be looking for a strong finish in Germany to put him right back into contention.

Meanwhile in the women’s fleet, will Annabel Anderson (Starboard), be relaunching her campaign for a World Title in Germany, or will Angie Jackson (Fanatic) be able to defend her current ratings lead. You also have to wonder if Sonni Honscheid will take advantage of her home crowd to boost her to a much deserved win, not to mention the young phenom Manca Notar (Naish) from Slovenia and the wealth of European talent such as Olivia Piana (Fanatic), Laura Quetglas and others.

One thing is for sure, it will be a major showdown for the storybooks as the World Title Race will intensify here at the mid point of the 2014 season. Make sure to stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com

Shonan Chigasaki Pro to make waves with $20,000 prize-money & international draw

The Shonan Chigasaki Pro is destined to be one of the most exciting events of the year, as amongst the World’s best will make their way for the sport’s first major international event in Asia.

The venue will see 10s of 1000s of people flock to its shores to watch the World’s best in action just 1hr from Tokyo. With $20,000 at stake and an experience to remember, this unique Challenger Series event will make its mark on the World Series Calendar as Japan steps up to be counted.

Make sure to check out all the travel and logistics information online at: http://watermanleague.com/events/2014-shonan-chigasaki-pro

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