Abu Dhabi to host the All Stars Invitational: April 3 – 7
Abu Dhabi has long been a host to global sport at its highest level, from Formula 1 car racing, to golf, and even the world’s premier yacht races. However, from April 3rd – 7th it will open its arms to a whole new kind of sporting excellence: the world’s leading standup paddlesurfers, as they congregate for the inaugural Abu Dhabi All Stars Invitational presented by Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club and in association with UAE SUP and Wadi Adventure. Watch the trailer here.
Elite 18 athletes announced for the All Stars Men
An elite selection of 18 athletes have been announced for the Abu Dhabi All Stars Invitational. These athletes are both leading athletes from the Standup World Tour and World Series, but also young stand outs and established legends that deserve their place here and a shot at being an All Star.
Leco Salazar (BRA)
Sean Poynter (US)
Caio Vaz (BRA)
Benoit Carpentier (FRA)
Zane Schweitzer (HI)
Beau Nixon (AUS)
Noa Ginella (HI)
Ian Vaz (BRA)
Kody Kerbox (HI)
Connor Baxter (HI)
Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
Kieren Taylor (AUS)
Daniel Hughes (US)
Remi Quique (FRA)
Paul Jackson (AUS)
Fernando Stalla (MEX)
Ryan Helm (MEX)
Additional Wildcard to be announced….
Absent due to prior commitments are current ratings leader Kai Lenny from Maui and Justin Holland from Australia.
Wadi Adventure will host the paddlesurfing showdown
The Wadi Adventure Park located in Al Ain will host the widely anticipated paddlesurfing component of the All Stars Invitational in their globally acclaimed wave pool. With mechanical consistency providing the most level playing field ever witnessed in professional surfing, the All Stars Invitational will provide the world with a showcase of performance standup paddlesurfing via the live broadcast on Standupworldtour.com
With each surfer able to perform on an equal amount of rights, lefts and closeouts, the performance level will be pushed through the roof as history is made in Abu Dhabi.
The surfing component will take place on the Thursday, April 4th – Friday, April 5th, so make sure to tune into the live broadcast and to Standupworldtour.com for the detailed schedule of events.
Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club to host the Racing
Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club is situated right opposite the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, providing one of the most striking backdrops in the world with its impressive skyline of high-rise buildings. However, it also provides the perfect set up for World Series Racing, with the next stage of the Abu Dhabi All Stars to take place in front of the Yacht and Sailing Club, as the athletes will congregate to compete in the sprint racing component of the event.
With a fast-paced, action-packed course, as well as nations’ team racing, Saturday, April 6th will provide its fair share of thrills and spills as the world’s best battle it out for the win here in the city, but also the prestigious overall title for the event (combining surf and race).
Abu Dhabi Beach Games opening SUP to everyone
The Abu Dhabi Beach Games centers around providing the opportunity for people to get out on the water and try all the water sports, an initiative by Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club to encourage watersport participation in the UAE.
As a part of this annual event, the All Stars Invitational will also support an open racing event prior to the All Stars Sprint Race on Saturday, April 6th. The event will provide an opportunity for everyone to get out on the water, including men, women and youth divisions. The top placed athletes will earn their place to advance through to take on the All Stars.
All those interested in entering the Open division of the All Stars Invitational should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday 7th, a mass demo day and clinics will take place at Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, celebrating the sport in all its glory before the city of Abu Dhabi. Make sure to join us throughout the event at Standupworldtour.com and also look for live updates at Facebook.com/standupworldtour.
One to One Hotels support the All Stars Invitational
One to One Hotels is a chain of high-end hotels in the UAE and will play host to the Abu Dhabi All Stars throughout their stay. While in the city, the All Stars will be staying at One to One’s ‘Village’ property in the center of town, and while competing at Wadi Adventure Park, the All Stars will stay at the Al Ain property, ideally located just minutes from the pool.
Make sure to make your reservation to join the All Stars at One to One Hotels to watch history in the making for yourself at this groundbreaking international event.
A big thank you to our hosts of the Abu Dhabi All Stars
A big thank you in particular to the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club for hosting this incredible event in the UAE, but also to UAE SUP, the fundamental building block for the sport in the region and our Wave pool host, Wadi Adventure Park.
The UAE has so much potential as an eye-opening destination for Standup Paddling and we are excited to write the first chapter of a long story here in the United Arab Emirates.
Watch the highlights from Stop 1 of the World Series
Make sure to watch highlights from Stop 1 of the Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge presented by Standup Latino and powered by Big Foot Adventure, where Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny battled it out to the bitter end, with the Viking Casper Steinfath and the wild man from Maui, Zane Schweitzer right behind them.
Click here to watch the highlights from this incredible adventure into the unknown.
For more info: StandupWorldTour.com