After a spectacular showdown at Pipeline and Backdoor in 2016 that saw Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on an impressive display of skill and bravado to take the win, 2017 sees the return of the prestigious Stand Up Paddle component of the Backdoor Shootout in memory of Duke Kahanamoku. The holding period will run from the 4th – 14th January, with one of the 4 days of competition being dedicated to the Stand Up, Longboard and Bodysurf divisions and it will all be live broadcast at
Caio Vaz from Brazil is the 2016 Stand Up Paddlesurfing World Champion, maintaining his position on top of the World.
Izzi Gomez is the 2016 Stand Up Paddlesurfing World Champion, continuing her reign on the World Championship Tour.
Connor Baxter is the 2016 Stand Up Paddle Racing World Champion, collecting his 2nd World Title after a fierce battle.
Fiona Wylde is the 2016 Stand Up Paddle Racing World Champion, proving herself to be a serious double threat in surfing & racing.
James Casey finishes on the top of the Overall leaderboard for Surfing & Racing, as a new World Title will be introduced in 2017.
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It time to head back to Turtle Bay for the prestigious World Series Finals that will take place from the 14th – 16th October. With all new event components to be introduced in 2016 to compliment the existing and dramatic World Series Sprints and Long distance (modified for 2016 with a finish at Waimea Bay) formats, it will be a weekend to remember on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore with sports, music and entertainment for all the family. www.watermanleague.com
The World Series will then head south for a World Series Sprints event as part of the 2016 US Open to take place in San Diego from the 4th – 9th October (the Sprints will take place on the final day of action on Sunday 9th). The World Series Sprint format in the California beach breaks is definitely a crowd favorite so stay tuned for Official information on the US Open to follow this month, together with the opening of entries, course info and much more. www.watermanleague.com
Learn from Jimmy Lewis the best way to rail tape your SUP paddleboard. Check out this post by 101 Surf Sports.
Check out this post by Distressed Mullet with tips about how to travel with your paddleboard.
Following right on from this World Class downwind race in Oregon, the holding period for the Red Bull Heavy Water in San Francisco will kick off on the 1st September for this groundbreaking Invitational event that will pit the World’s Best against each other in one of the most challenging arena’s imaginable – for more on this event, go to watermanleague.com/red-bull-heavy-water