Barcelona to Open the 2015 Stand Up World Series in 2 weeks and kick off the European Cup

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Barcelona will kick off the 2015 World Series in style in 2 weeks

In 2 weeks time, Barcelona will take center stage as it hosts the Opening event of the 2015 Stand Up World Series. From the 26th – 28th June, Barceloneta Beach in downtown Barcelona will witness the prestigious opening of the 2015 World Series as the World’s best gather for a groundbreaking weekend of racing, vital ranking points towards a World Championship Crown and $25,000 of prize-money.

After this first stop in Barcelona, the 2015 World Series will head to Brazil from the 14th – 16th August, before stopping in Japan from the 4th – 6th September. The Series will then head to the US Open of Stand Up Paddling in Huntington Beach California before returning home to Oahu’s Fabled North Shore at Turtle Bay, for the World Series Finals.

A 5 event World Series from which athletes will be allowed one discard, meaning that their best 4 results will count towards their overall 2015 standings and their quest for a World Championship Title.

It will all start in just over 2 weeks, so stay tuned as we build up to what will be a groundbreaking year for the World Championship Series at www.watermanleague.com

The condensed European Cup will see 3 stops in 2015 all ending with the unique Surf Expo event in Italy, from the 24th – 26th July

This year’s European Cup has been condensed into a 3 event Series, starting in Barcelona in 2 weeks time, then heading North to Sieravuori, Finland from the 2nd – 4th July, before heading far south to Rome, Italy for the European Cup Final at Santa Severa Beach for the Surf Expo from the 24th – 26th July.

There will be no discards, but ranking points will be awarded according to event stature, with Barcelona accruing the most points in the quest towards the European Cup Title.

With just under $50,000 at stake across the 3 event European Cup, a TV special and a compilation of video shorts from across the Series documenting athletes quest for the Title, the European Cup will once again make its mark in the European Paddling Community and span from North to South across the European Continent.

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

Who to watch out for on this year’s Stand Up World Series (Men)

With a wealth of talent and a winter of training under their belt, the performance level from the world’s best is sky rocketing as we anticipate the tightest competition yet on the 2015 Stand Up World Series.

There is no doubt that the 2014 World Champion Connor Baxter (Starboard) from Maui is on stellar form and will be the man to beat, but watch out for the return of 2x World Champion and arch rival Kai Lenny (Naish), as he will be back on the start line in Barcelona, ready for battle in the quest to take back his crown. However, it is far from a two man battle in 2015, as we see a wealth of talent stepping up to make their play for the Title this year.

Watch out for Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) in Barcelona: fresh off his win at the Sapinus Pro Tahiti in the surfing, Zane is looking fitter and more focused than ever this year, as he will have his sights set on the Racing Title this year. Another long time contender is looking primed for great things in 2015, Jake Jensen (Fanatic) from Australia, who has proved himself again and again on the World Series, but hasn’t been able to post the results he has needed across the complete series. There is every chance that this powerhouse from down under will step up in 2015 and it will be his year.

Then there are the Europeans: Casper Steinfath (Naish) from Denmark, Leonard Nika (Starboard) from Italy and Eric Terrien (Bic SUP) from France, but also increasingly, Arthur Arutkin (Fanatic) from France, Titouan Puyo (Starboard) from New Caledonia and Roman Frejo (Starboard), the local favorite for Barcelona. There is no doubt that the level of talent coming out of Europe this years is mindblowing and we expect great things, especially at this first stop in Barcelona in just a couple of weeks.

Finally, watch out for the rising talent from outside of the HI / US / AUS / EU regions in the form of Dylan Frick (Starboard) from South Africa and Vinicius Martins from Brazil, both set to take down some giants in 2015.

The talent pool runs deep, and we look forward to witnessing stand out performances from across the whole field in 2015, with new talent rising to the top and established stars looking to consolidate. It is an incredible line up of global events this year and will without doubt be the most exciting year yet, as we kick off an all new Title Race in just 2 weeks in Barcelona. Join us for all the build up, Pre-Game Shows, highlights and much more at www.watermanleague.com

Who to watch out for in the Women this year on the World Series

The Women’s division is intensifying on the Stand Up World Series, as we see an immense pool of talent stepping up to do battle in 2015. We see established Contenders looking to consolidate and new stars stepping up to make their presence felt as it will be without doubt, the most exciting year yet on the Stand Up World Series.

We wait to see if we will see 2014 World Champion Lina Augaitis and 2x World Champion Annabel Anderson on the startline in Barcelona, but watch out for Angela Jackson, who was so close to a title in 2014 and will be back for redemption this year, as she will be looking to make a statement.

Meanwhile, the American Candice Appleby has been on a major role this past year and will be looking to consolidate this year on the World Series to take the Title in 2015.

The European talent, as with the men, is developing fast, as we see the likes of Sonni Honscheid, Celine Guesdon and Olivia Piana stepping up, especially as we look ahead to this first stop of the World Series in Barcelona. And then there are the young guns such as Fiona Wylde (Starboard), a well rounded competitor who has proved herself over the past year across both Surfing and Racing.

Whoever comes out on top, it will be an exciting year on the World Series in 2015, as the performance level promises to shoot through the roof, and the women step up to be counted. In addition, an increased prize-purse for the women this year will further incentivize the World’s best in their quest for a World Title so watch it all go down at www.watermanleague.com

It is not all about the Elite Racers this year, as the Open fleet expands and youth competition becomes a major focus in 2015

While the Stand Up World Series does provide the professional platform for the World’s best, our 2015 event line up will provide an equally exciting and dynamic platform for Open and pro-am athletes looking to make their presence felt at the prestigious global stops on the Series.

Barcelona will set the standard in 2 weeks, as 14′ and 12′ and under Open Class divisions and varying course lengths will allow the opportunity for everyone to participate and be involved in this prestigious World Series Opener in Europe.

In addition, the Na Kama Kai Youth program and Races will expand considerably in 2015, with unique awards and dynamic race courses providing U16 and U14 racers with the opportunity to showcase their skill as the future generation of racing talent. More information to follow on this as we look towards a unique Series Title in 2015 and beyond.

This will be uniform across the whole World Series and European Cup Races in 2015, as grass roots to Pro athletes will be welcomed for gatherings like no other. So make sure to join us for the build up and all the action at www.watermanleague.com

Stay tuned for a full recap from the #SapinusPro Tahiti, as well as a continuous flow of content @ www.watermanleague.com

Stop #2 on the 2015 Stand Up World Tour in Tahiti, the #SapinusPro was spectacular in every sense, with great surf and the magical Tahitian surroundings making for an unforgettable week of action in the South Pacific. From the Moorings boat trip to Moorea, to a cultural expedition to the interior of the island and both free surfing and diving action, the Tahitian stop on Tour is back and is here to stay.

Make sure to check out the content already online, from highlights to waves, to insight into Zane Schweitzer’s historic win this year, but also for a wealth of content still to come over the next few weeks at whttp://www.watermanleague.com

Next up: The Brazilian Open of Stand Up Paddling to take place from the 14th – 23rd August – final details to follow shortly

Stay tuned for the final details of the Brazilian Open of Stand Up Paddling that will take place from the 14th – 23rd August 2015, with World Series Racing on the first weekend (14th – 16th) and World Tour Surfing from the 18th – 23rd August.

Final details will follow over the coming weeks, with accommodation, logistics and race course info to go live at www.watermanleague.com

A reminder of World Tour & Series Schedules for 2015

Stand Up World Tour Schedule:

  1. Hawaii: 6th – 18th February (Complete)
  2. Tahiti: 31st May – 6th June (Complete)
  3. Brazilian Open: 18th – 23rd August
  4. US Open: 26th September – 1st October
  5. France: 24th October – 1st November
  6. Morocco: 7th – 14th November

Stand Up World Series Schedule:

  1. Spain: 26th – 28th June
  2. Brazilian Open: 14th – 16th August
  3. Japan: 4th – 6th September
  4. US Open: 2nd – 4th October
  5. Hawaii: 16th – 18th October

European Cup Schedule:

  1. Spain: 26th – 28th June
  2. Finland: 2nd – 4th July
  3. Italy: 24th – 26th July

Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com

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