2015 Standup World Tour Kicks Off on Oahu
The Standup World Tour kicks off its 2015 season in epic fashion on North Shore Oahu from February 6 to 18, 2015. Oahu’s fabled North Shore will play host to the most complete SUP Surfing spectacle of the year, featuring Men’s and Women’s World Tour opener events, the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge and Clinic, as well as the Tribute to the Legends, honoring the leading figures and pioneers of ocean sports.
Turtle Bay Pro to Kick Off 2015 Women’s World Tour
The Third Annual Turtle Bay Women’s Pro will bring the world’s best women back to Oahu’s fabled North Shore for a dramatic opening event to kick off the 2015 season. The event will take place from February 6 to 12, 2015.
2014 saw epic conditions at Turtle Bay, as the women’s division stepped up to the plate and embraced the North Shore surf. In the end, it was 2013 World Champion Nicole Pacelli from Brazil who repeated her 2012 victory at Turtle Bay, followed by Candice Appleby from the USA in second and Sophia Tiare Bartlow in third, also from the USA.
Following the 2014 Turtle Bay Pro, 2014 World Champion Izzi Gomez won every event on the 2014 Tour. Will Izzi be able to take the Turtle Bay Pro win over 2013 Champion Nicole Pacelli? Or will it be local talents like Mariko Strickland, Halie Harrison and Vanina Walsh to cause upsets at the opening event of the 2015 season?
Follow all of the upcoming action out of Oahu on SUPtheMag.com.
Sunset Beach Pro to Kick Off 2015 Men’s Standup World Tour
The Sixth Annual Sunset Beach Pro is one of the jewels of the Standup World Tour, producing some of the most impressive conditions of any event, with high surf Advisories running through four out of the five events, and some of the most immaculate Sunset Beach you could ever hope for.
In 2014, it was a more challenging playing field as wind and stormier surf played into the equation. Athletes had their work cut out to make it through to the elusive finals, and, in the end it was Brazil’s Caio Vaz who made history as the first non-Hawaiian to take the prestigious Sunset Beach Pro Title.
As we look ahead to 2015 after the most competitive year on the Standup World Tour, we see world class talent stepping up from around the globe, as the best paddle surfers will take the first step in the fight for the 2015 World Title.
Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge and Clinic
Na Kama Kai, the non-profit organization that provides ocean sports learning and environmental education opportunities for Hawaii’s youth has been a partner of the Waterman League since its inception. The League has taken this valuable message worldwide with clinics and unique U16 events promoting youth participation in the sport. Previous Champions include Mo Freitas, Poenaiki Raioha, and Benoit Carpentier, while the reigning Champion from last year’s Turtle Bay event is Ridge Lenny, brother of 4x World Champion Kai Lenny.
The Na Kama Kai Special Clinic will be held on February 7, in the cove at Turtle Bay with the support of the attending Legends, the world’s leading athletes and the incredible Na Kama Kai volunteers.
Watch out as the future of SUP steps up to do battle at the 2015 Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge at Turtle Bay Resort from February 7 to 9, 2015.
Honoring Tradition and Legacy with a Tribute to Legends
The Tribute to the Legends is back, as we await to hear who will join our Legends for this unique event taking place on the weekend of the February 6 to 8, 2015 at Turtle Bay Resort.
The event will consist of a Talk Story Special at the infamous Surfer the Bar, a prestigious opening night with current champions and stars of the future, and an on the water showcase like none other.
Stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com for coverage of the 2015 Standup World Tour.