The Standup World Series Finals at Turtle Bay Resort
In just a few days, all eyes will once again turn back to Hawaii, and more specifically, Turtle Bay Resort for the prestigious Finals of the 2012 Standup World Series. With $15,000 up for grabs, and the prestigious World Title from this inaugural season on Pacifico’s Standup World Series to be decided, tension is mounting as we come to the close of an exciting racing season.
Long distance course to follow Oahu’s 7-mile miracle
The now legendary long distance course will leave from Turtle Bay and pass some of surfing’s most celebrated spots: from Sunset Beach and Pipeline, to Waimea and finishing in Haleiwa’s Ali’i Beach Park, the 12.5-mile course will provide an epic challenge for the World’s best on Saturday, October 13th.
In 2011, it was Hawaii’s dark house, Andrew Logreco who came out on top, finding the right line and storming to victory on this challenging course. However, hot on his heels then was current rankings leader Kai Lenny, who will be looking to finish his incredible run this year in the racing world with a win not only at this race, but overall for 2012.
Whoever is battling for pole position on this long distance race, it will provide some of the most exciting racing of the year. As Hawaii’s winter swells start to kick into gear, this World Championship Finals marks the end of the racing season and the start of the surfing season here in Hawaii.
World Series Sprint Course to be broadcast live: 10/14
The unique Standup World Series sprint course will once again provide an intense spectacle at Turtle Bay as the action unfolds right in front of the Hang Ten Pool Bar. With an amphitheater-like setting, athletes will follow a triangle course that will take them out through the surf zone and allow them to jostle for positioning after rounding the last mark by surfing into the finish.
This high-octane racecourse will provide the ultimate proving ground for the world’s best as it all comes down to the wire on the last day of the 2012 season. And if you can’t make it to Turtle Bay to watch it in person, you'll be able to tune in live at finals.standupworldseries.com
Winning this course in 2011, Zane Schweitzer will be looking to finish off his season well, while the leading contenders will be looking to capitalize on this 'paddle-cross course’ to have the edge over their fellow competitors and claim victory here in standup paddling’s home.
Local Heroes to be celebrated here at Turtle Bay
With prone paddle and open SUP divisions providing something for everyone, Pacifico’s Standup World Series Finals at Turtle Bay, presented by Naish, will celebrate its local heroes as well as the world’s very best.
With a prone paddle division, as well as an open SUP division for the long distance, local paddlers, both prone and standup, will step up at this world-class arena at Turtle Bay.
North Shore resident Kai Hall will be looking to continue his flawless performance here in both sprints and long distance, but he will not be without competition. The North Shore has not only spawned some of the world’s very best surfers, but a Waterman Community adept in all forms of ocean riding. The arena has been set to challenge and celebrate this community right here at Turtle Bay.
The Kai Lenny / Connor Baxter rivalry intensifies
Kai Lenny will be wearing the yellow jersey coming into the Finals at Turtle Bay, following his win in Florida last month. However, fellow Mauian Connor Baxter will be looking to win back the yellow jersey and finish the year on top here at Turtle Bay.
These two incredible athletes have been battling it out all year, trading off wins and having faced two tiebreakers already in 2012, making for one of the most fiercely contested Titles imaginable as it all comes to a close at Turtle Bay.
With 50% of the overall Series results based on their performance here at Turtle Bay, combined with their top three results from across the World Series, the pressure will be on these two athletes to step up and take the title.
Slater Trout looking for redemption at the Series Finals
Slater Trout will be looking for redemption here at the Finals of the Standup World Series for 2012. With a string of consistent results, Slater will be looking tor a win to put his mark on the 2012 Series, shooting for gold.
Here we see him battling with Jake Jensen, one of Australia’s leading talents, and also someone to look out for at the World Series Finals as he strives to bring the Title home amidst this star studded field of athletes.
Europe to stand strong at Standup World Series Finals
From Eric Terrien’s blistering form this past few months and his consistently strong performances on the Standup World Series, to Casper Steinfath’s phenomenal performances throughout the year, Europe promises to be well-represented out here at the Standup World Series Finals here in Hawaii.
Anther strong European force to watch out for is Bart de Zwart from Holland, now resident on Maui. As Connor Baxter’s training partner, Bart has made a name for himself as a phenomenal competitor and an incredible endurance athlete.
Also, to represent Spain will be Belar Diaz who will be looking to post another consistent performance on the Standup World Series towards a strong overall finish.
North Shore talents to shine at home in Turtle Bay
North Shore talents Noa Ginella and young phenom Mo Freitas will be looking to shine at home for the Standup World Series Finals. Noa has been solidly representing the North Shore for some years, but has been plagued by injuries this year, preventing him from achieving the results he deserves. This Final event of the year could well prove to be the turning point for this young athlete poised for great things.
Meanwhile, young Mo Freitas has been achieving giant strides all year both on the Standup World Tour and World Series, as he prepares to stake his claim to this all-important finale.
Also to watch out for is Kaeo Abbey, who is always strong at home in Hawaii, as is Kody Kerbox, who is on a phenomenal run these past few months, as his eyes are now set on the finish line.
The Napoleon Family legacy to continue at Turtle Bay
From the legend himself, Aaron Napoleon, to his young and incredibly talented son, Riggs, to cousins Joey and Sepa, the Napoleon family will be out in force and will be a danger to any and all competitors that stand in their way.
Central and South America to be represented at the Finals
From leading Mexican athlete Fernando Stalla and resident Ryan Helm, who has been taking the world by storm this past year, to our Brazilian contingent, our Central and South American crew are all looking to stamp their mark on the 2012 Standup World Series.
As it comes down to the wire, Turtle Bay’s amphitheater will provide the setting for one of the most spectacular showdowns of the year.
Annabel Anderson headlines a stacked women’s field
Current yellow jersey, Annabel Anderson will be looking to complete her flawless performance this year on the Standup World Series with a win at this prestigious Finals event at Turtle Bay. However, she will not be without fierce competition to do so, with the likes of Morgan Hoesterey, Jenny Kalmbach, Talia Gangini, Rachel Bruntsch and many more. Will Annabel be able to stand strong amidst this formidable competition? Stay tuned to finals.standupworldseries.com to find out…
Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge to provide racing format
Consistent with the Na Kama Kai Challenge created for the Standup World Surfing Tour, this prestigious Finals at Turtle Bay will host the first ever Na Kama Kai Racing Challenge: open to all U15 youth, this dynamic heat elimination sprint format will celebrate both entry level paddlers, but also budding young pros in the making, as Na Kama Kai stays true to its mission of empowering youth through ocean sports.
The Na Kama Kai Race Challenge will take place from 8:30am on Saturday, 13th October to the east of the property at Turtle Bay. For more information about Na Kama Kai, please visit NaKamaKai.org
Pacifico brings you Live Music, Luau and more at Surfer the Bar and Kuilima Point at Turtle Bay
Beyond the action on the water, there will be a complete program of live music and entertainment throughout the weekend, from Paula Fuga and Mike Love live at Surfer the Bar on Friday, following the pre-registration event that starts at 5pm, to Ernie Cruz on Saturday following the dinner function at Surfer the Bar from 7pm.
It will all then culminate with a beautiful Luau and Awards Ceremony held at Kuilima Point on Sunday, the 14th from 5:30pm, featuring Braddah Mel Pu’u and the Step ups. Pacifico Beer will be flowing throughout the weekend at Hang Ten, Surfer and the luau event, so be sure to come by and celebrate with the world’s best.
Stay tuned to the Finals Microsite for latest
For all event registrations go to register.standupworldseries.com or click through from the microsite. For all other information and to watch as the action unfolds, keep an eye on finals.standupworldseries.com
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