Waves Reach Optimal Conditions for San Francisco-based Elite Standup Paddleboard Race

WHAT: Red Bull Heavy Water is officially in the green light phase. This weather window schedules the event for Tuesday, October 18, with Wednesday, October 19 as the alternate day in San Francisco Bay. As an official stop in the 2016 Standup Paddleboard World Series, Red Bull Heavy Water challenges 40 of the world's best watermen to a demanding 12km (7.5 miles) race starting at Ocean Beach and heading under the Golden Gate Bridge before concluding at Crissy Field near the iconic San Francisco Yacht Club. With rough swell, strong currents and numerous obstacles, the Red Bull Heavy Water route is perilous and unforgiving, a true test of will and athleticism for the competitors.

WHO: Featured athletes from the 40-strong lineup include Red Bull athlete Kai Lenny (Naish)—multiple times Racing and Surfing World Champion—Red Bull athlete Casper Steinfath (Naish), current yellow jersey / No. 1 on the 2016 World Series Connor Baxter (Starboard), 2014 World Champion and current No. 2, San Francisco Bay Area local (El Cerrito, CA) Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen and Mexico's Fernando Stalla, who recently took gold in the Air Tahiti Nui Spartan Race. These athletes and 35 more will prove to be worthy challengers at Red Bull Heavy Water.

Full athlete list can be found here.

WHERE: Official Vendor/ Event Viewing Area: Little Marina Green
Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, with Wednesday, October 19 as alternate day. Anticipated start time of 10am whether it be Tuesday or Wednesday that ends up being the day.

DIGITAL: Be part of the conversation using: @redbull #RedBullHeavyWater


Kai Lenny breaks down the first-ever Red Bull Heavy Water