Preview | World Series Finals On the North Shore

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Expect some big surf for the Standup World Series finale this weekend. Photo: Waterman League

World Series Finals On the North Shore

It’s not just baseball that has a world series in the month of October. The 2015 Stand Up World Series Finals will be taking place this weekend at Oahu's North Shore at Turtle Bay.

The last three years have seen drama unfold over the course of the weekend and this year is expected to bring more of the same. A solid forecast is expected to bring big swell and perfect conditions to crown a men’s world champion.

Current ratings leader Kai Lenny and 2014 World Champion Connor Baxter are considered favorites—especially in the sizable surf—but a talented field of paddlers has driven the competition to an all-time high.

Add to that mix North Shore local Mo Freitas, Maui native Zane Schweitzer, and Aussie Jake Jensen and there will be a battle that should go down to the wire.

Candice Apppleby has been unstoppable in 2015, wrapping up the World Series title at the last event in Huntington, then dominating the female competition at the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games. It’s never easy, though, and she’ll face off against Fiona Wylde and Angie Jackson, both of whom had good showings last weekend at #PPG2015.

Saturday’s races will kick off the weekend with the grueling 13-mile pro long distance from Turtle Bay to Haleiwa followed by the open long distance from Turtle Bay to Sunset. On Sunday the show continues with groms battling in the Na Kama Kai youth race, followed by a open sprint race and finishing the competition with the show stopping, head-to-head World Series sprint race through the surf.

Tune in to the Waterman League website to watch the LIVE webcast, and keep tabs on the action with the SUWT’s live blog. Also, visit the SUWT Facebook page and follow them on Instagram @standupworldtour.

And, keep updated with daily recaps, behind-the-scenes event coverage and athlete interviews at SUPthemag.com.