News from the Stand Up World Tour & Series: Hawaii Opener & Finals, EU Cup update, Brazil, Japan and US news
Sunset Beach and Turtle Bay register over 2.8million minutes watched and 270,000 unique views, as the fanbase for the sport grows and the Waterman League steps up its live broadcast reach and impact.
With challenging weather that delivered a wide array of conditions, Stop 1 of the Stand Up World Tour saw phenomenal events and impressive results, as Caroline Angibaud took her first World Tour victory in the women’s and current World Champion Kai Lenny (Naish) secured his 4th Sunset Beach Pro Title, kicking off their respective World Title campaigns for 2015.
Make sure to watch the highlights, replay the broadcasts and see the full results as well as galleries and much more from the 2015 Hawaii World Tour Opener at www.watermanleague.com
Final details of this dramatic Grand Slam event in Brazil are still pending, with Official information to follow early next week. Brazil has been a mainstay on the World Tour Schedule since its outset in 2010 and will celebrate its 3rd year for the Series in 2015, having seen well over 600 participants last year across surfing and racing for a show of just how much the sport has grown in this sports mecca.
Stay tuned for the Official Release next week and trailer for what will be one of the most exciting and complete events of the year at www.watermanleague.com
The European Cup is strengthened in 2015 to provide a dynamic 5 event Series spanning 5 countries and consisting of 2 full status World Series events.
With athletes’ 3 best results counting out of the 5 events for the European Cup Title, events will be weighted in points according to their stature (i.e. full World Series stature or Challenger event).
The stops remain the same for 2015, with Oleron in France opening the campaign from the 19th – 21st June, Sieravuori, Finland providing the Northern European stop from the 3rd – 5th of July and Rome, Italy providing the mid summer mayhem from the 24th – 26th July in conjucntion with the acclaimed Surf Expo held right at the water’s edge.
The 2 World Series stops for this year will see a return to Fehmarn, Germany this year, which will also be the Final of the European Cup, held from the 7th – 9th August. While the new addition for 2015 is an exciting new stop in Spain that will run from the 26th – 28th June as a full status World Series event in one of the most popular and ideally suited locations in the country.
Full details on this Spanish event will be released next week, so stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com for the latest from the Stand Up World Series and European Cup as we look forward to a dramatic season of World Championship Racing.
After a successful first showing in Japan in 2014 with the Chigasaki Pro Challenger Series event, 2015 will see a full blown World Series event hit the shores of Japan in a new and exciting location found in the prefecture of Kanagawa, just outside Tokyo.
The Kanagawa Pro will be an exciting next step for the World Series globally, as Asia becomes a major global force in Stand Up Paddling. With $30,000 of prize-money on offer, the World’s best will head to Kanagawa from the 4th – 6th September for a weekend to remember, where World #3 Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) and top contender Paul Jackson will look to repeat the exceptional form they found in the 2014 edition, but this time to be joined by World Champion Connor Baxter (Starboard), World #2 Kai Lenny and the complete cross section of international talent on the Stand Up World Series.
Also watch out for an increased Women’s fleet in 2015, as increased prize-money and a growing fleet will provide a spectacular display of Women’s racing in Kanagawa.
The Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam has established itself as not only a reference point for performance Surfing over the past few years, but also as one of the most exciting racing venues of the season, as Surf City USA provides the perfect amphitheater and race course for both long distance and sprint racing.
With a new Title for 2015, the US Open of Stand Up Paddling at Huntington Beach Pier will take place from the 26th September to the 4th October and provide the most comprehensive showcase of the sport for the whole world to see. Featuring both World Tour Surfing and World Series Racing, coupled with youth surfing and racing and non profit introductory clinics in the safe waters nearby, from the last week of September running through the first weekend of October, Huntington Beach will be the place to be, as the World Tour & Series come to the USA.
Stay tuned for the build up, news and trailers for the 2015 US Open of Stand Up Paddling at www.watermanleague.com
This year’s annual pilgrimage to Oahu’s fabled North Shore for the spectacular close the World Championship Racing season will take place from the 16th – 18th October, as the Winter swells start to show and the Point at Turtle Bay turns into the world’s most exciting racing arena imaginable.
Reserve your room now for what will doubtless be a weekend to remember as World Championship Titles are crowned right here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore. Stay tuned for the build up and Live action right here at www.watermanleague.com
With Stop #1 in Hawaii now complete, the world’s best athletes’ sights are now set on Brazil (with details to follow next week) for stop #2, as the action will heat up once again, and a now familiar rivalry will intensify with World #1 Kai Lenny (Naish) and #2 Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) battling it out on Caio’s home turf.
Also watch closely for the young guns to make their presence felt, as Hawaii’s Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) secured his first win on the World Tour in Brazil and is half Brazilian, not to mention the other rising star, Poenaiki Raioha (F-One), who will be excited to return home to Tahiti at the end of the May for the Sapinus Pro.
However, it is not only about the kids, as Justin Holland (Starboard) showed at Sunset, putting it all on rail and demonstrating some real power surfing to earn his place in the Final 4 at Stop 1.
The talent runs deep here on the Stand Up World Tour, and with the most exciting line up of high profile events yet for the 2015 season, coupled with the most exciting line-up of World Class athletes, it will be a year to remember, as the World’s best battle it out for the World Championship crown.
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