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Water warriors battle it out at the inaugural event of the Tahiti Nui Tour, the Water Warriors Amphibious Assault at Camp Pendleton. Photo: Water Warriors Amphibious Assault

Waterman World Tour To Kick Off With Water Warriors Event At Camp Pendleton

This Saturday, September 12, men and women of all ages are invited to take part in the inaugural event for the Air Tahiti Nui Waterman World Tour, taking place in Camp Pendleton, in Southern California. The event will be held in conjunction with the Hard Corps Race Series' Water Warrior Amphibious Assault event, and offers a unique array of aquatic challenges.

The event is open to water athletes of all ages, who will have the opportunity to compete alongside hardcore Marines and elite Tahitian athletes. Competitors who enter the three main races of the Waterman World Tour—a 1-mile swim, a 10k prone/stock race and the Amphibious Assault competition—will have a chance to take home a portion of the $5,000 prize purse, as well as one of six plane tickets to Tahiti to compete in the Bora Bora Ironmana Waterman Championship race this December!

The Hard Corps Race Series is composed of six separate events that allow both military and civilian athletes to participate in various endurance competitions. The events take place in USMC Base Camp Pendleton, which is normally closed to civilians.

The Waterman World Tour will bring elite Tahitian athletes to compete alongside Marines from the Hard Corps Race Series, so needless to say, competition will be stout. However, public participants of all ages are welcome to sign up and test their strength against some of the best water warriors in the world.

"People can expect to compete in several different water events, to test whether they are a real waterman," said creator of the Waterman World Tour, Stephan Lambert.

The event will feature standup and prone paddleboard races, outrigger canoe and surfski races, an open harbor swim, a vendor village, kids races, in addition to SUP yoga and instructional sessions.

The tour serves as a qualification series for the main event—the Bora Bora Ironmana Waterman Final—coming up this year December 1 through 6 (We competed in the event last year—read our recap). This special event is held in the spectacularly scenic waterways surrounding Bora Bora island, and it includes five days of competition focused on intense aquatic events. Each year the events change, so athletes are never sure what to expect.

"The Ironmana Waterman Final is a big challenge and personal journey," Lambert said. "Locals say to 'Expect nothing and be ready for anything,' because you do not know what will happen next."

In fact, those who qualify this weekend will get round-trip airline tickets to participate in the five-day celebration of waterman culture.

"With these qualification events, we are giving all international watermen a chance to celebrate the spirit and join the party in December," Lambert said.

Get more information and sign up for the Water Warrior Amphibious Assault event at the event website.

Check out last year’s recap of the Bora Bora Ironmana Waterman Final.

Craving more Southern California SUP racing? Find out about SUP mag’s highly anticipated new elite and open race event, the Pacific Paddle Games, coming up October 11-12 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.