Standup World Series Finals This Weekend

Standup World Series Finals This Weekend

The Standup World Series Finals hit Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore this weekend, October 10 – 12, 2014. The annual event will showcase some of the top competitors from around the globe competing in World Series Sprints and a Long Distance race, with female athletes battling to secure the World Title and male athletes fighting for the event win.

With the World Title already secured by Maui’s Connor Baxter at the recent Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam, Baxter will have to dig deep to take the event win over recent BOP Champion and rival Kai Lenny, as well as 2013 Finals Champion and second place BOP finisher Jake Jensen. Both Lenny and Jensen will carry momentum from last weekend’s event into the Finals and fight to maintain their second and third place rankings in the World Series.

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Currently ranked fourth in the World Series is European Cup Champion Zane Schweitzer, who’s been having an incredible year, followed by Mo Freitas who finished in Huntington with a solid second place. Casper Steinfath is also looking to wrap up a great year with a top finish in the Finals to secure his sixth place ranking ahead of Leonard Nika, Kody Kerbox, Eric Terrien, and Arthur Arutkin, who round out the top ten in the Men’s Standup World Series Rankings.

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Meanwhile, Lina Augaitis and Angie Jackson will be fighting for the women’s World Series Title, as the two have strong leads over the rest of the field, and only a small margin to separate their first and second place World Rankings. Augaitis will carry the momentum from her top finishes last weekend at BOP (where she won the Long Distance and placed third in the Elite), but in order to maintain their leads, both Jackson and Augaitis will have to hold off a tough international field as well as local dark horses, including Mariko Strickland, Rachel Bruntsch, Halie Harrison, Vanina Walsh, and Talia Decoite.

Building excitement for the Finals weekend, Robby Naish and team riders will be featured in a special Talk Story at Turtle Bay Resort’s Surfer the Bar. Talk Story with Robby and Team Naish will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. with a live stream available at WatermanLeague.com.

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

In addition to the Finals, the weekend will also feature a Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic for North and East shores kids on Saturday, followed by a Na Kama Kai U16 Sprint Race on Sunday morning to showcase and celebrate youth participation in the sport.

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Men’s Standup World Series Rankings

1. Connor Baxter
2. Kai Lenny
3. Jake Jensen
4. Zane Schweitzer
5. Mo Freitas
6. Casper Steinfath
7. Leonard Nika
8. Kody Kerbox
9. Eric Terrien
10. Arthur Arutkin
Hawaii
Hawaii
Australia
Hawaii
Hawaii
Denmark
Italy
Hawaii
France
France
30,000
23,000
19,500
18,000
16,250
15,500
11,000
10,800
10,500
7,400

Women’s Standup World Series Rankings

1. Lina Augaitis
2. Angie Jackson
3. Olivia Piana
4. Manca Notar
5. Kelsa Gabehart
6. Candice Appleby
7. Caroline Angibaud
8. Barbara Brasil
9. Laura Quetglas
9. Carla Schellert
Canada
Australia
France
Slovenia
USA
USA
France
Brazil
Spain
Holland
25,750
23,000
14,500
12,500
11,500
10,000
9,000
8,000
6,500
6,500



Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Photo: Hank Foto/Waterman League

Stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com to catch all the action out of the 2014 Standup World Series Finals, with event coverage presented by SIC Maui.

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