Location X announced, World Series Finals coming up & look back at the Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam
We are proud to announce that Morocco will host this year’s Location X event, following directly on from the La Torche Pro France and running from the 8th – 16th November. Final details are still being confirmed with all travel, logistic and broadcast details to be released next week.
While it will not be a rankings event this year, it will adopt the exhibition status, with full prize-money and featuring the Top 20 athletes on the Men’s Stand Up World Tour, plus 4 wildcards.
There will then be a Trials event for international athletes, from which the Top 4 will advance into the Main event and a Moroccan Trials, to celebrate the emerging local talent, again from which the Top 4 will advance, making it a 32 man event.
The most unique part of this event will be the roving component – with hundreds of kilometers of coastline to choose from and pristine untouched pointbreaks during Morocco’s prime surf season, the foundations have been laid for an unparalleled experience for athletes and spectators (media) alike and the ultimate close to a spectacular 2014 season.
Stay tuned for more details and build up to follow next week at www.watermanleague.com
Next up is the prestigious World Series Finals at Turtle Bay, that will conclude the 2014 season for the Stand Up World Series. Watch as the World’s best will return to Stand Up Paddling’s birthplace here in Hawaii for the dramatic close to the season, as World Champions are crowned and one of the most spectacular showcases of performance racing gets underway.
Entries are open at www.watermanleague.com for both Open and Elite level competition and make sure to stay tuned for news, full schedule and build up to this climactic close to the 2014 season.
An incredible weekend of racing at Huntington Beach this past weekend saw some of the most dramatic Sprint Racing yet on the Stand Up World Series, as well as a long distance race to remember.
Connor Baxter (Starboard) wasn’t going to make any mistakes this year, and put on a dominant and strategic performance at the Huntington Beach Pro, edging to victory in the sprints ahead of a star studded field, and then again in the long distance, just ahead of Australia’s front runner, Jake Jensen (Fanatic).
This meant not only the event win, but also that Connor Baxter has secured the 2014 World Title ahead of the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay – an incredible achievement from the young Champion from Maui: a big congratulations from all of us here at the Waterman League.
Watch the highlights from both days of racing by scrolling down to the video player on the home page at watermanleague.com
Izzi Gomez (Starboard) has already made the history books, by winning more events on the World Tour than anyone over the past 2 years. She missed out on the Title in 2013, but this year, after a slow start at Turtle Bay, she turned it on, winning the next 3 events back to back in dominant fashion.
WIth 3 bullet wins out of 5, she has rendered herself untouchable with just one event to go, thereby securing the well deserved 2014 World Title. An incredible achievement in itself and not least given just how young she is. It is clear that Izzi Gomez has an incredible future ahead of her and watch out for her at the La Torche Pro France next month for the culmination of the 2014 Stand Up World Tour.
Watch the highlights from each day of the World Tour event at Huntington on the video player at www.watermanleague.com
The scene is now set for one of the most dramatic and exciting closes to the 2014 Season for the Stand Up World Tour, as Kai Lenny (Naish) regains the lead on the World Tour rankings for the first time this year, but just by a matter of points. An epic performance at Huntington Beach allowed Kai to secure his second win of the year, setting himself up for a real Title run.
The battle between Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) and Kai Lenny (Naish) is one for the history books this year, as they both have 2 wins, with Kai holding a 2nd and Caio a 3rd as their counting results. As we come into the Final event, they will be starting at opposite sides of the draw, and given their form so far this year, it is not a shot in the dark to predict that they might well end up in the Finals together.
The scenarios are that if Kai or Caio win the event, they win the Title. If Caio finishes in 2nd, but ahead of Kai, he wins the Title. If they both go out before the final, Kai wins the Title.
So intense stuff, as the battle will be on in La Torche, France as it all comes down to the wire here on the 2014 Stand Up World Tour. Make sure to watch the highlights from Huntington and stay tuned as we build up to the Final rankings event in France right here at www.watermanleague.com
With a dominant performance to take the win in the World Series Racing this past weekend and a solid 3rd place finish in the surfing, there is no doubt that Candice Appleby is a serious double threat on both the Racing World Series and Surfing World Tour.
As Grand Slam winner here in Huntington, Candice will be coming into the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay and the La Torche Pro France with confidence and momentum, hoping to bolster her rankings across both.
Check out the highlights from the women’s Racing and Surfing at www.watermanleague.com and as we build up to what will be a spectacular close to the 2014 season.
Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) has established himself as an unprecedented threat on both the Surfing World Tour and Racing World Series.
His committed rail to rail surfing has long impressed the world since his first World Tour win in Brazil a few years back, but his Racing is now also coming into its own, as he demonstrated this past weekend in Huntington Beach, with an outstanding 2nd place finish behind the 2014 World Champion Connor Baxter (Starboard).
As he will head back to Turtle Bay for the World Series Finals, all eyes will be on Mo as he takes on the best of the best in this last dramatic race of the season, before heading out to France for the Finals of the Surfing World Tour.
Check out the highlights of Mo in action and as we build up to the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay by going to www.watermanleague.com