Standup World Tour and Series Head to Brazil
After an impressive showing at the Standup World Tour’s season openers on Oahu, the World Tour and World Series come together for a new event in Brazil, the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam, scheduled for March 29 – April 6. With Brazilians Caio Vaz and Nicole Pacelli currently leading the World Tour rankings as they head home, we expect to see a strong showing of support for the Brazilian competitors.
For the past few years, the Standup World Tour and World Series have have congregated on the shores of Itamamabuca Beach for the annual Ubatuba Pro Grand Slam, but as the Tour celebrates its fifth year running, it’s changing up the game with a new Brazilian location, Praia do Frances, just 15km from the airport. Also new to this year’s Brazil Stop, is the inclusion of the National Championships and Trials, which will serve as an entry point into the prestigious World Tour event.
The Men’s side of the World Tour surfing event will include the world's top 32, eight wildcards and the top eight from the Open Trials. The Women’s side will include the world’s top 32 female paddle surfers, without an Open Trials event.
The Main event is scheduled to run through to April 4th, when racers and surfers join together for the opening of the World Series’ first race of 2014, which will be held at the same location as the World Tour event, with racers competing in sprints and long distance courses. The World Series race is open to all, with multiple divisions offered, including: Entry level, Open, and Pro.
Check out the schedule of events:
Friday, March 28th:
Saturday, March 29th:
6am: Opening Ceremony / athletes meeting
7am - 6pm: National Event / Trials
8pm: Opening Party
Sunday, March 30th:
6am: First call for both Nationals and Main event
5.30pm: Prize-giving for the Nationals / Trials
Monday, March 31 - Thursday, April 3rd:
6am - 5pm: Main Event Competition
Friday, April 4th:
8am - 7pm: Registration and check in for the World Series Racing
Heats to be drawn up for the Sprint Racing
Saturday April 5th:
10.30am: Opening Ceremony
11am: First possible start for the Sprint Racing
8pm: Party event
Sunday, April 6th:
10.30am: Check in
11am: First possible start for the Long Distance Races
Tune in to SUPtheMag.com Saturday, March 29 to Sunday, April 6, for all the event updates and recaps, as Brazil’s finest meet the top standup paddlers in the world for the first stop of the 2014 World Series and the second stop of the 2014 World Tour.
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