The Standup World Series continues its 2012 inaugural lineup with a stop at the Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii on August 11th and 12th.
Although this stop was not on the original schedule, this event will be a World Series event. As a premier destination for ocean sports of all kinds, Turtle Bay will open its doors to international, national and local paddlers and will feature an epic long distance course from Hukilau Beach, Laie to Turtle Bay and the world series sprint course in front of the Hang Ten Pool Bar at Turtle Bay.
The Stand Up World Series provides a professional competitive platform for the world’s best Stand Up Paddle Racers to determine the legitimate Men’s, Women’s and U16 World Champions as a result of a WQS Series that spans the globe. The series culminates at the World Championship Finals at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu from October 12-14.
The first U.S. leg was last month at Lakeshore in Chicago (June 30 – July 1), which was the biggest event to have hit the mid west of the US in the sport’s history.
Each Stand Up World Series event consists of 2 racing formats:
Long Distance: Anywhere from 7 – 20 miles, and either downwind coast run or course race, subject to location and local conditions
Sprint Course: Heat elimination format sprint course featuring 10 – 12 minute sprints customized to suit the surrounding environment
The overall result from long distance and sprint races combined will provide the qualification points and Final result from each event. Long distance and sprint races will be weighted equally.
This Turtle Bay stop has a $5,000 prize-purse, with the long distance course event planned for Saturday, August 11th, and the sprint course on Sunday, August 12th.
The current Top 5 standings (men) for 2012 are:
- Kai Lenny (HI), Naish
- Connor Baxter (HI), Starboard
- Slater Trout (HI)
- Jake Jenson (AUS), Naish
- Eric Terrien (FRA), Bic SUP
The Top 5 women:
- Annabel Anderson (NZ), Starboard
- Faustine Merret (FRA), Naish
- Jen Scully, (US)
- Liz Wardley, (AUS)
- Maja Soderlind (SE)