As the California-Hawaii racing season comes to a close, the North Shore Paddle Challenge, presented by Turtle Bay Resort, will set the stage for the 2012 Standup World Series. The event is to be held at the gorgeous Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's north shore Oct. 14th through 16th, with a new course, $15k in prize money, clinics with top watermen and more.

It all starts Friday, with registration and welcome drinks to kick off the weekend's festivities, as well as a presentation of the event. The new sprint format for the 2012 Stand Up World Series will be introduced on Saturday, with prone and standup paddlers competing only on stock boards (12'6). Competitors will race through the surf in 10-minute sprints around the slalom course in an elimination format. The sprint surf slalom course will be directly in front of the Turtle Bay Resort pool and Hang Ten Bar, making this event the perfect stadium for spectators.  The sprint surf slalom race will be broadcasted live online and live on Hawaii TV (OC 16).

After Saturday's sprint surf slalom course, competitors will enjoy the Waterman's Concert and celebratory dinner with performances by renowned waterman Titus Kinimaka, Ekolu Kalama, and Mel Pu'u.

Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic will be held first thing Sunday morning, providing underprivileged north and east shore kids with the opportunity to try standup paddling. The long-distance downwind race will start in the early afternoon with competitors racing either stock or 14', from Turtle Bay Resort to historic surf town, Haleiwa. The downwind run takes competitors west, past the infamous beaches of Oahu's north shore, including Kawela Bay, Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea. The weekend will come to a close Sunday evening after the distance race, with awards and celebrations back at Turtle Bay Resort. – Shari Coble

Weekend Details

Friday, 10/14:
– 5:00 p.m.: Registration and welcome drinks (with event presentation to follow)

Saturday, 10/15:
– 9:00 a.m.: Sprint Surf Slalom races begin
– 6:00 p.m.: Waterman Dinner and Concert (covered in race registration fee; $45 for non-competitors)

Sunday, 10/16:
– 8:00 a.m.: Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic
– 12:00 p.m.: Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic ends; Check in for Downwind Race begins
– 1:00 p.m.: Downwind Race starts

Event Fees:
– Surf Slalom Sprint + Long Distance race discount: $100
– Surf Slalom Sprint: $60
– Long Distance race: $60

Turtle Bay Resort's North Shore Challenge Rates:
– Competitor rates: $150 + tax/night (must provide race registration at check-in for competitor rate)
– Spectator rates: $200 + tax/night

Prize money and Category Split (top 3 in each division):
– SUP Sprint: Men: $3,500
– SUP Sprint Women: $1,500
– Prone Sprint: $875
– SUP 12’6 Long Distance Men: $2,000
– SUP 14′ long distance Men: $875
– SUP Open Long distance Men: $875
– SUP Long distance Women: $1,500
– Prone Long distance: $875

Overall (only stock competitors considered):
– SUP Overall Men: $2,125
– SUP Overall Women: $875
*Under 16 and Masters divisions will be awarded with product prizes and trophies

For more info: Standupworldseries
To register now, click here.
Turtle Bay Resort event rates and reservations: or 1.800.203.3650