The Shonan Chigasaki Pro Japan will kick off next week, from the 15th – 17th August, setting the stage for an exciting future for the sport of Stand Up Paddling in Asia.
A selection of the World’s best paddlers will descend upon the surf town of Chicagasaki to meet up with a massively growing local contingent, as well as paddlers from all over Asia, for an unforgettable weekend and a US$20,000 World Challenger Series Race.
Make sure to check out previews for this groundbreaking event, as well as the low down on the athletes to watch out for, daily highlights, special features and much more at www.watermanleague.com
There is no doubt that the ever rising star from Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore, Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) will be a major player to watch out for in next week’s Challenger Series event in Japan.
However he will have to watch out for a few powerhouse Aussie Racers that will be there to do business: Beau O’Brian (Starboard) has been a serious threat on the World Series over the past year, as has Paul ‘Jacko’ Jackson (Fanatic), who will be looking for a strong finish in Chigasaki. Eyes will also be on Toby Cracknell (Naish), who will be looking to make his presence felt.
Leonard Nika (Starboard) from Italy is coming off a strong finish in the European Cup and is sitting comfortably in the Top 10 in the overall rankings on the World Series, so will be looking to continue his great momentum. ALso to watch out for is the US powerhouse Chase Kosterlitz (Bic SUP), making his maiden appearance on the 2014 World Challenger Series in Japan.
Meanwhile in the women’s Angie Jackson (Fanatic) has been home and training in preparation for the upcoming World Series events, so will be looking to kick her campaign off strong with a win in Chigasaki. Make sure to stay tuned for all the updates news and more at www.watermanleague.com
The biggest run of events yet for the sport is about to go down in September / October, with both Stand Up World Tour and Series events bringing the world’s very best from across both disciplines to do battle on the West Coast and in Hawaii for a dramatic close to the World Series season and the next chapters of the World Tour Season prior to its Final in France at the end of October.
Entries are now open for Huntington Beach and Turtle Bay, with details of Stop 2 of the US Trilogy to follow next week, together with logistic and transport information. Make sure to stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com
The Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam will bring the World Tour and Series back to Surf City USA for the most complete showcase of the sport of Stand Up Paddling:
- World Tour Surfers will be putting it all on the line for Stop 4 of the Stand Up World Tour, as excitement mounts towards competition picking back up after a long summer break. The World Tour event will run from the 16th – 19th, with a full Trials event, Men’s and Women’s Pro events and a high profile exhibition event on Sunday 21st September
- World Series Racers will once again step up to do battle at the World Class Race course that Huntington Beach provides, as Stop 4 of the 2014 Stand Up World Series and Stop 1 of the US Trilogy will get underway. Saturday 20th will see the World Series Sprints in full effect under the Pier, while Sunday 21st will watch the Long Distance Race Course, made famous in 2013, come to life. An open fleet race course will also be created to provide an easier access race for everyone.
Entries are now open for the Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam, featuring both World Tour and World Series events and taking place from the 15th – 21st September. Reserve your place at this prestigious and all encompassing event by going to:
Full and final details on Stop number 2 of the US Trilogy to be released next week, with transport and logistic support and much more.
Turtle Bay will once again open its arms to the World of Stand Up Paddling for the prestigious and dramatic World Championship Finals for the Racing side of the sport. With an unmatched venue providing the most spectacular racing imaginable, the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay will once again make history with its iconic long distance race from Turtle Bay to Haleiwa and the world famous World Series Sprints at the Pool Bar right in front of the Resort.
In 2014, we saw some of the most spectacular racing the sport has ever witnessed: in a rising swell that saw dramatic rides and even more eye catching crashes, in particular the dramatic wipeout by Kai Lenny (Naish) on the final leg of the Final heat of the Final event of the year, (where we saw him come from behind to secure his second Racing World Title), this year’s Final event promises to be no different, as the World’s best and the viewing public prepare themselves for another dramatic battle in the world’s premier racing venue at Turtle Bay.
In addition to the elite level racing, we are proud to build out our Open division for the Long distance race (for both 14′ and Open class racers), but also a prone and OC1 division, to make for a more complete Ocean Sports gathering for this final event of the 2014 season.
The final piece is the continuation and build out of the Na Kama Kai Youth Division, where we will see the the stars of tomorrow stepping up to do battle inside the protected waters at Kuilima Cove.
So a full weekend of action in store for the stand up paddling world as an exciting 2014 season comes to a close on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore from the 10th – 12th October. Accommodation specials available (while space is available and by presenting your entry receipt to Reservation staff) and entries are now open by going to: worldseriesfinals.eventbrite.com
The Location X window has been pushed back to October, as we prepare to release details of this exciting stop on the 2014 Stand up World Tour.
So make sure to stay tuned for news and build up for this year’s Location X right here at www.watermanleague.com