3x Racing World Champion Kai Lenny and 40 of the World’s Top Athletes to Compete in the San Francisco Bay in September 2016
San Francisco, Calif. (June 16, 2016) – Red Bull Heavy Water, arguably the most intense stand up paddling event in the world, is announced as part of the 2016 Stand Up World Series circuit, with an event window from Sept. 1 to 28. The location will guarantee 40 of the world’s best SUP athletes, waves over 10ft. high, and consist of an open course that stretches 12km (7.5 miles), starting at Ocean Beach and finishing just past the Golden Gate Bridge.
The race begins at Ocean Beach where competitors will have to paddle out and back through the surf twice before paddling out and around Lands End, heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Competitors will have to overcome treacherous open ocean conditions as they make their way past the iconic bridge and battle towards the finish line.
These extreme conditions will allow only the world’s top athletes to compete, including: Kai Lenny (HI), one of the world’s most accomplished waterman and current World Champion, Connor Baxter (HI), the 2014 World Champ, Casper Steinfath (DK), Zane Schweitzer (HI), Leonard Nika (IT), Arthur Arutkin (FR), Mo Freitas (HI), Jake Jensen (AUS), Travis Grant (AUS), Eric Terrien (FR), Kody Kerbox (HI), Slater Trout (USA), Fernando Stalla (MEX) and Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen (San Francisco local). In addition, there will be 15 wildcard spots available for open entry, subject to a screening process to ensure safety standards are met.
“I think Red Bull Heavy Water is going to be my favorite event, especially because the course is by far the most intense on this circuit. The waves here in the Bay Area are huge and consistent. It’s going to take a lot of patience to get through this course,” said 3x World Champion, Kai Lenny.
A total of $50,000 in prize money, with $20,000 going to the first place finisher – the highest first place prize in the sport to date – will further the stakes and excitement.
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Join us in Jimmy’s shop on Maui for a little classroom session on board construction. In this short, two part video series Jimmy talks about different types of board construction used in the SUP industry. He will show examples of these different types of constructions and explain how they are made. He also performs some tests to demonstrate each of their strengths/weakness, how they compare to each other and why Jimmy Lewis Boards are the best boards made!
First video is about basic board construction (core and outer “shell”). The second video talks about the fin boxes and all inserts in JL boards.
The ever popular Italia Surf Expo will return in 2016 as stop #2 of the 2016 European Cup from the 22nd – 24th July in Rome, ItalyApril 14th, 2016
As one of the favorite destinations on the global calendar, the Italia Surf Expo is back again in 2016 with its festival event at Santa Severa Beach, held under the magnificent and unmistakable Medieval Castle that provides an unparalleled backdrop for this iconic European Cup stop.
With special appearances confirmed by Garrett Macnamara among many other big names from the world of Ocean Sports, the Italia Surf Expo will not only celebrate surf culture as Italy’s single biggest surf event, but also world class racing as an official stop of the 2016 European Cup.
The event will take place from the 22nd – 24th July at Santa Severa Beach and promises to be the biggest and best yet, so make sure to stay tuned as we build up to the European summer at www.watermanleague.com and for more information on the event go to www.italiasurfexpo.it
Mercedes-Benz to headline stop 2 of the 2016 Stand Up World Series in Scharbeutz, Germany from 24th-26th JuneApril 14th, 2016
We are proud to announce that Mercedes-Benz is to headline the 2016 SUP World Cup in Germany that will take place in an all new location for this year, just outside Hamburg from the 24th – 26th June.
Scharbeutz is the new home for the Mercedes-Benz Sup World Cup as the foundations are laid for an exciting future for the venue for years to come as one of N. Germany’s premier beach destinations just 1 hour from Hamburg.
With a full schedule of activities that includes the World Series Pro Racing, but also Pro-Am and Amateur divisions, mass demos, youth racing and a Celebrity showdown on the Opening Day featuring well known TV personalities in Germany, it will be an exciting moment for the sport and the World Series as Scharbeutz and Mercedes-Benz open their arms to the world of SUP.
Stay tuned for the build up to this flagship World Series event at www.watermanleague.com
Victoria Cup, Japan to open the 2016 World Championship Series season in style at Zushi Beach in the Kanagawa PrefectureApril 14th, 2016
In just over a month’s time, the Waterman League and World’s best Stand Up Paddle racers will return to the beautiful Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan for the Opening event of the 2016 World Series, the Victoria Cup to be held at Zushi Beach, by Hayama Harbor.
Now in our 3rd year in Japan and as we witness exponential growth for the sport in the country, we are excited to return to Zushi Beach for what will be a groundbreaking event in 2016 and set the tone for a breakout season for the World Series as a whole.
Taking place from the 13th – 15th May, the Victoria Cup will host Pro division Long distance and Sprint Racing as part of the World Series circuit, but also Pro-Am and Amateur racing, with 6km, 3km and 1km courses, not to mention youth racing and the now famous, Na Kama Kai Clinic.
Entries are now open for all divisions, with all international entries to go to: http://watermanleague.com/events/2016-victoriacup-japan and click on the entry link embedded on the event home page while local entries should enter through the Japanese SUP Industry Association.
One thing is for sure, it will be a weekend to remember and a dramatic Opening event to the 2016 season. Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com as we build up to the 2016 Victoria Cup Japan.
Stand Up World Surfing Tour & Racing Series recaps to air on NBC this Sunday at 1:30pm EST on World of Adventure SportDecember 16th, 2015
Coming up this weekend is a unique look back at both the Stand Up World Surfing Tour and Racing Series this Sunday on NBC at 1:30pm EST / 10:30am PST / 8:30am HST, as we recap the journey to the World Title for both Men’s & Women’s Surfing and Racing Champions.
From Hawaii to Europe and California to Japan, the World Series and Tour challenges the World’s best SUP Surfers and Racers across all four corners of the World.
Join us for this look back on NBC and more programming to come on Fox Australia, Outside TV and many more global networks over the coming months as we build up to an all new and built out 2016 season that will take this professional platform to a whole new level.
Stay tuned for all the news and updates from the Stand Up World Surfing Tour & Racing Series at www.watermanleague.com