The Standup World Series will return home to Turtle Bay Resort from August 11th – 12th. Featuring an epic long distance run on Saturday, August 11th from Hukilau Beach, Laie to Turtle Bay and a sprint course in front of the pool bar on Sunday, Turtle Bay provides an unsurpassed backdrop for this next stop on the Standup World Series.
Featuring amongst the world’s leading racers, from Connor Baxter, Slater Trout, Noa Ginella, Kody Kerbox, Belar Diaz Andrew Locgreco, Kaeo Abbey and Mo Freitas, to a strong women’s fleet that includes Standup World Series’ leading lady, Annabel Anderson from New Zealand, Jenny Kalmbach and Oahu born Halie Harrison, the competition promises to be intense for this spectacular combination of World Class courses.
This race is open to everyone, with the World Series Class on 12’6s for both races, but the long distance featuring 14′ and Open Classes as well. There will also be a prone division for both sprint and long distance races, as well as an OC1 division for the long distance. The Turtle Bay Summer Paddle Challenge really has something for everyone and will be a true celebration of the summer paddle culture here in Hawaii.
You can register online at Register.StandupWorldSeries.com and please go to StandupWorldSeries.com for more information and detailed schedule.
Hukilau Beach Celebrations: A Community Gathering
Beyond the racing, the community of Laie is welcoming the paddling world to its treasured beach of Hukilau on the morning of the 11th for a unique get together showcasing the historical ties and community togetherness found in this special part of the world.
Hukilau Cafe will be providing breakfast for the athletes from 10am, as the local fishermen will bring the community together for a reenactment of the Hukilau, a traditional Hawaiian fishing practice that became so prevalent in this community that the beach adopted the name as its own.
The Iosepa voyaging Canoe will also be in the Bay for the festivities and will follow the athletes out on their journey down to Turtle Bay, adding to the excitement at the race start. The start for the race will be at 1.30pm.
Celebrations and Social Activities At Turtle Bay Resort
As the racers and supporters arrive by land and sea to Turtle Bay, they will be greeted by a festive atmosphere at Turtle Bay, with food provided to athletes courtesy of Ola’s Restaurant, our host on the east side of Turtle Bay and Pacifico on site to celebrate the run with athletes and spectators alike. Ekolu Kalama will be playing live at the beach as a taster for his evening performance at Surfer the Bar.
Opening the evening at Surfer the Bar will be ‘Men in Grey Suits’ coming on at 7pm, leading to Ekolu’s featured performance at 9pm, with Pacifico beer specials all night.
There will also be a silent auction and raffle to benefit the North Shore Lifeguard Association featuring prizes such as boards, sunglasses, a night stay at Turtle Bay Resort and much more, so be there for your chance to win at Surfer the Bar on Saturday August 11th.
The Cocoa Beach Paddle Classic To Run September 8 – 9
The Florida stop of the 2012 Standup World Series in association with Pacifico has been moved up to Cocoa Beach, just 45 minutes from Orlando, instead of Miami as originally planned.
We are excited about the move, not least because it ties so well into the Surf Expo taking place on the 6th – 8th September, but principally because of the location and appealing surf culture that exists on this beautiful stretch of coastline.
The long distance course will run the length of Cocoa Beach’s main beachfront, looping back by the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier and the sprint course will feature the World Series heat elimination format, providing an exciting display of fast paced technical racing.
The event will also feature Surf expression sessions, with attendance from some of the Standup World Tour’s leading figures….stay tuned to StandupWorldSeries.com for more information, news, previews and course maps – coming soon.
Registrations are already open, so go to Register.StandupWorldSeries.com. Discount rates are also available at our official host hotel and HQ for the event: the International Palms Resort at Cocoa Beach. You can call 1.800.206.2747 and quote the following booking code to take advantage of the special event rates: PADDLEBOARD.
The Huntington Beach Pro will bring World Series to CA
The Huntington Beach Pro, stop four of the Standup World Surfing Tour will also feature a Standup World Series leg consisting of a long distance from Huntington to Newport Pier and a dynamic sprint slalom right under the Pier itself.
As one of 2 major Grand Slams for the 2012 season featuring both World Tour and World Series events, the Huntington Beach Pro in association with Pacifico and Starboard promises to provide some of the most exciting action of the year and a display of the complete scope of the incredible sport of Standup Paddling at both elite and entry levels.
The whole event will run from the 2nd – 8th October, with the Racing component running from the 6th – 8th October, just south of the Pier.
Entries will open within the next few weeks and a microsite will go live shortly, so stay tuned to www.standupworldseries.com for the latest news and information on this dramatic California event, taking place at Surf City USA.
The 2012 World Series to culminate at Turtle Bay Resort
The Standup World Series and Pacifico will then come home to Turtle Bay for the climactic finals for 2012 running from the 12th – 14th of October. Featuring the very best in the world from 16 different countries, these World Championship Finals will pave the way for the evolution of the Standup World Series looking ahead to 2013 and beyond.
Accommodation specials are already available for the weekend of the race and reservations can be made by going to TurtleBayResort.com or by calling: +1.866.827.5321
Whether you are a competitor or not, enter to stand a chance of winning an all-inclusive trip for 2 to Turtle Bay Resort for yourself by entering their SUP Winner’s Circle contest by either:
visiting www.turtlebaysup.com or,
by texting your email to: +1.206.855.5230
Good luck and see you at Turtle Bay!
The 2012 World Title is still very much an open playing field on the Standup World Series: current standings
For 2012, the World Champion for both men and women will be crowned based on the following criteria:
50%: Their best 3 results in 2012
50%: Their Finish in the Final climactic event
The current Top 10 standings (men) for 2012 are as follows, with details of the Top 100 being updated online next week:
Kai Lenny (HI), Naish
Connor Baxter (HI), Starboard
Slater Trout (HI)
Jake Jenson (AUS), Naish
Eric Terrien (FRA), Bic SUP
Gaeten Sene (FRA), Starboard
Casper Steinfath (DK), Naish
Leonard Nika (IT), Starboard
Zane Schweitzer (HI), Starboard
Ryan Helm (MEX)
The Top 5 women:
1. Annabel Anderson (NZ), Starboard
2. Faustine Merret (FRA), Naish
3. Jen Scully, (US)
4. Liz Wardley, (AUS)
5. Maja Soderlind (SE)
With 3 more events here in the US / Hawaii in advance of the Final, it is all to play for as athletes gear up to close the 2012 inaugural season of the Standup World Series in style. Stay tuned to StandupWorldSeries.com for the latest news, information, highlights and more from the Standup World Series.
Puerto Rico To Open the 2013 Season December 1st-2nd
Puerto Rico and more specifically, San Juan will open the 2013 Standup World Series season in style this December with the Paddle Royal, the Caribbean’s premier Standup Paddle Race.
With $15,000 committed to the Standup World Series purse, the world’s best will visit the beautiful Condado Lagoon, a true Caribbean gem for the first stop of the 2013 season.
More information on the event can be found at www.paddleroyal.info and through our local event partners, Velauno Paddleboarding. In addition, event trailers, build up content and official information will follow at StandupWorldSeries.com.
Official Information regarding all stops on the 2013 season as well as format, guidelines and official rulebook will be released at the Surf Expo in Florida on the 6th of September, 2012. From there it will be posted on StandupWorldSeries.com as we build up to the new look World Series for 2013.
For more information, visit: StandupWorldSeries.com