KAI LENNY (HI)
Kai Lenny put on a clinical performance this weekend in Hamburg, Germany to win both the World Series Sprints and long distance racing at Stop 5 of the 2013 Standup World Series, the Camp David World Cup of Standup Paddling. Kai's performance on the first day saw him lead from start to finish in every heat of the World Series Sprints, earning him the all-important victory and the confidence boost to match.
While on Day two, a great start saw him take the lead immediately and maintain it for 10 grueling laps, before breaking away from the 10-person pack of paddlers to secure a convincing win in the long distance, and overall. Also impressive to note, was that on this flat water course in the center of Hamburg, Kai reached a top speed of 14 miles per hour: a great feat by the young champion.
This phenomenal result allows Kai to close the gap slightly on archrival, Connor Baxter, from Maui, as they head to Chicago next weekend for the nail-biting stop on the Standup World Series, and get one step closer to the World Championship Title for 2013.
BEAU O’BRIEN (AUS)
Beau O'Brien from Australia put on a gutsy performance in the Long distance to secure 2nd place, which, combined with his 4th place in the World Series Sprints, puts him in 2nd equal overall for the event.
Having battled it out for 9 1/2 laps, rounding the last buoy, Beau knew he would have to give 110% to keep ahead of the core pack of elite paddlers…and that he did, as he put every last shred of energy to edge just ahead of Casper Steinfath before crossing the finish line to earn him a very worthy 2nd place in the long distance and 2nd equal overall.
This was Beau's second event on the Standup World Series, but with a 3rd place in France and this second place here in Germany, Beau is proving himself to be someone to watch out for moving forward. This was a great performance from Beau, the powerhouse from down under.
LEONARD NIKA (IT)
Leonard Nika of Italy once again shows that he is a major force to be reckoned with as one of Europe's leading paddlers. In the sprint racing, Leonard looked strong and powered his way through the heats to the final, putting it all in to finish second behind Kai Lenny.
In the long distance, the athletes moved up and down between 2nd and 9th place, as a core group developed, all battling for position in the technical race that consisted of 10 laps around an island of pontoons, passing under bridges and around buoys in the process. Leonard was often leading this pack, but ended up having to settle for 4th in one of the most dramatic finishes of any long distance race on tour.
After a strong performance that turned heads in Brazil and a solid result in France despite being a little ill, Leonard is climbing up the ratings with his finish here in Germany, now sitting in 6th place overall in the World Rankings.
CASPER STEINFATH (DK)
The Viking, Casper Steinfath from Denmark continued his great form this weekend in Hamburg to secure a well earned 3rd place in both the long distance and Sprint racing disciplines, and 2nd equal overall for the event.
Casper's sheer determination in the closing leg of the long distance was not enough to edge ahead of Beau O'Brien, but kept him in podium position for the second day in a row, as he continued to prove he is one of Europe's leading lights and a serious contender on the global stage.
Casper also won the Overall Title for the European Trilogy of Events, with a 4th place in both France and Spain to add to his 3rd place overall in Germany. The young Dane put on a great performance and will be hosted at Turtle Bay for the prestigious World Championship Finals taking place from October 11th – 13th, 2013.
GAETEN SENE (FR)
After an impressive 3rd place overall in Bilbao, Spain back in June, Gaeten Sene once again stepped up to do battle amidst the fierce competition to finish in a very respectful 5th place overall here in Hamburg.
With a 6th place in the sprints, he managed to fend off fellow countryman Eric Terrien to secure 5th place in the long distance earlier today, propelling him up to 5th place overall for the event and strengthening his position in the overall World Ratings.
After the European Trilogy, he is now lying in 7th place overall in the world, as we move on to the US Trilogy of Events; a great result for this impressive French athlete.
ANNABEL ANDERSON (NZ)
The undefeated Annabel Anderson from from New Zealand put on another incredibly impressive performance as she continues to blaze her unbeaten trail around the world.
Annabel convincingly won the first day in the World Series Sprints, with a show of grit and determination, while in the second day, she not only won the women's division by a considerable distance, but also powered her way to a time of 1hr and 27 seconds, just a couple of minutes behind the leading men.
The Kiwi not only strengthens here unbeaten streak on the Standup World Series, with three bullet wins across the European Trilogy of events, but also wins herself the stay at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's Fabled North Shore for the prestigious Finals of the Standup World Series.
ANGELA JACKSON (AUS)
Australia's Angela Jackson put on a great display of performance paddling this weekend in Hamburg, Germany, taking 3rd place in the sprints after a fiercely fought out battle with Manca Notar from Slovenia and 3rd place in the long distance after an intense and long-lasting battle with Gemany's Sonni Honscheid that played out through the entire race.
This impressive result puts Angela in 2nd overall for the event, strengthening her position on the World Series and propelling her to 2nd place overall in the current World Rankings coming into the next event in Chicago, Illinois.
There is no doubt that Angie is a major force to be reckoned with and we look forward to seeing her do battle again this coming weekend in Chicago for stop 6 on the 2013 Standup World Series.
MANCA NOTAR (SLOV)
Manca Notar once again showed her performance paddling skills here in Hamburg Germany, battling with Angie Jackson throughout the day of World Series Sprint racing to end victorious, in 2nd place on Day 1. Meanwhile, on Day 2, Manca managed to power her way through the grueling long distance to finish in 5th place, and as a result, 3rd place overall for the event. There is no doubt that Manca is someone to look out for on the Standup World Series, and is a phenomenal talent in every respect.
HAMBURG & THE RACE
There is no doubt that Hamburg provided a phenomenal arena for this all-important stop on the 2013 Standup World Series, as a unique atmosphere was created for both athletes and spectators. The intimate nature of the racing and the 360-viewing platform provided the ultimate recipe for one of the most spectacular showdowns yet on the Standup World Series.
Paul Jackson called the long distance race "one of the most exciting races" he has ever done, as the 10-person core pack battled it out for positioning over the 10km course, going stroke for stroke, clashing blades and boards, and putting it all on the line for the win at Stop 5 of the World Series. Beyond the competitive nature of the paddling, the unique surroundings that the cosmopolitan City of Hamburg possesses provided yet another spectacular backdrop for the 2013 Standup World Series.
A big thank you goes out to all our partners in Germany as we celebrate an amazing event in 2013 and look forward to an even brighter future here on the Standup World Series.
CHICAGO NEXT WEEKEND: AUGUST 24TH – 25TH
So after an incredibly successful European Trilogy, the World Series now packs up and heads off to the USA for the first stop on the US Trilogy of Events in Chicago, Illinois. Running from August 23rd – 25th (with racing on the 24th and 25th), Chicago provides yet another incredible backdrop to world-class racing, as well as a unique platform for all levels with open racing for everyone.
Join the Standup World Series next weekend in Chicago, or catch all the action live at: WatermanLeague.com and SUPtheMag.com