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After 3 days of intense action at Wadi Adventure Park in the UAE, it all came down to one final heat: 3 lefts, 3 rights and 3 closeouts as 3x World Champion Kai Lenny (Naish) from Maui stepped it up a gear to secure his first win of the season here at the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam.
The final was one to remember, as the 2 on form surfers of the event, Sean Poynter (Starboard) from Florida and Kai Lenny (Naish) battled it out to the bitter end, going wave for wave in the completely unique format that the Abu Dhabi All Stars provides.
- Clash of the Titans in the Final of the Abu Dhabi All Stars
Despite considering himself weaker on his backhand, Kai rode 2 flawless lefts to start off the exchange, with scores in the excellent range, making it a chasing game for the on form Sean Poynter, as Sean attacked the rights and closeouts with everything he had to achieve the 9.27 he needed to take the win. But it all came down to a last wave of Sean to get the score, as Kai waited for his last wave and turns of the event. In the end, Sean's score was not enough, as Kai executed a perfect air reverse into 360 by way of a victory lap before getting carried out of the pool by his team mates. A great result for the 3x World Champion after a disappointing finish in Brazil, relighting his competitive fire as we move into the World Series component of the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam.
- Sean Poynter, the on form Surfer of the event posting high scores throughout
Sean Poynter (Starboard) was without doubt the on form surfer of the event, posting some of the highest scores of the event through all his heats, linking critical and controlled turns together for an explosive display of progressive Stand Up Paddlesurfing. In the quarters, he took down fellow teammate and Abu Dhabi All Star in 2013, Zane Schweitzer, before dispatching the young phenom Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) in the semis. In the Finals, he put up a good fight, but didn't find the flawless form he had had through the event, unable to match this year's Abu Dhabi All Stars Champion.
- Mo Freitas puts on a performance to remember reaching the Semi Finals
Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on a clinic of full rail surfing here at this year's Abu Dhabi All Stars, driving full power turns off the bottom through the lip, and carving roundhouses like no-one else. He made it all the way to the semis, only falling short by the smallest of margins to Sean Poynter (Starboard). Once again, a real testament to his potential on the World Championship Tour - at just 17 years old, he has a bright future ahead of him.
- Caio Vaz keeps his momentum through Stop 3 of the 2014 Stand Up World Tour
Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) put on a stellar performance throughout the event, with progressive surfing propelling him through the rounds, only falling short to Kai Lenny in the Semi Finals (Naish) by 0.23. Coming off 2 back to back wins on the Stand up World Tour at Sunset and then in Brazil, Caio kept his momentum and with a 3rd place finish here at the All Stars, is still sitting on top of the world with 2 firsts and a third. An impressive scoreline in his campaign for a World Title in 2014, as we hit the midpoint of the year and every point starts to count.
- Other Standouts at the 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam
Other standouts of the event included Zane Schweitzer (Starboard), Abu Dhabi All Star in 2013, who fell to team mate Sean Poynter (Starboard) in the quarter finals, but also 2nd place finisher last year, Ian Vaz (Art in Surf), narrowly missing out on advancing through against Mo Freitas (Focus SUP).
- Kody Kerbox and Poenaiki Raioha make their presence felt in Abu Dhabi
Kody Kerbox (Naish) continued his great form this year, taking out Keahi de Aboitiz (JP Australia) in Round 3, but just falling short to Caio Vaz in the quarters, and Poenaiki Raioha (F-One) from Tahiti once again demonstrated his incredible talent, getting all the way to the quarterfinals only to come up against eventual Champion Kai Lenny (Naish). In a last hail Mary, Poenaiki pulled off an impressive air reverse into 360, getting the crowds to their feet, but it was not enough to take down Lenny, who advanced on to win the contest.
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- Izzy Gomez comes from behind to take victory at the Abu Dhabi All Stars
Coming off an impressive win at the last stop of the Stand Up World Tour in Brazil, Izzy Gomez (Starboard) started slower at the open of the 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars, but soon found her stride and gained momentum through the rounds to take victory at stop #3 on the 2014 Stand Up World Tour. With an incredible winning record (2 out of 3 this year and 4 out of 7 since the beginning of 2013), Izzy is proving herself to be a dominant force in the sport of Stand Up Paddling and a true Champion.
Izzy Gomez' road to the Finals was exciting, as a slow start saw her build momentum through the rounds, to overpower the new talent on Tour and 3rd place finisher in Hawaii, Sophia Bartlow and then the on form Aline Adisaka (New Advance) from Brazil. In the Final, she seemed up against the ropes with Iballa Moreno (Starboard) opening strong with a couple of high scoring lefts. However through the rights and closeouts, Izzy was able to post scores in the excellent range, taking her to victory in this prestigious Abu Dhabi All Stars. An incredible performance by this young Champion, as she continues to strengthen her position on the World Championship Tour and as one of the very best Stand Up Paddlesurfers in the World.
- Iballa Moreno puts together a solid event campaign, narrowly missing out on win
Iballa Moreno (Starboard) has shown flashes of brilliance over the past year on the Stand Up World Tour, with displays of radical performance surfing in a wide variety of conditions. Unfortunately, she hasn't until now been able to piece these moments together for a strong heat performance, meaning that she has often been knocked out earlier than perhaps her talent would indicate. However this changed at the Abu Dhabi All Stars, as Iballa Moreno (Starboard) turned it on and powered her way through the rounds to the final, taking down current Ratings leader and 2013 World Champion Nicole Pacelli from Brazil in the process. Despite just falling short in the final against Izzy Gomez (Starboard), Iballa can return home proud of the fact that she has turned a corner with her competitive surfing and has shown she is capable of taking down the very best in the world and is now lying in 4th place overall: clearly a name to watch out for through the 2014 season.
- Nicole Pacelli goes down in the Semi Finals, but not without a fight
Nicole Pacelli puts on an impressive performance at the ABu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam, notching up the highest heat score total in Round #1, then blazing her way through the quarterfinals to the semis, where she was finally stopped by the on form Iballa Moreno (Starboard) from Spain.
Even though Nicole would have wanted a win here in Abu Dhabi, she has to be happy with 3rd place finish, to complement her 1st and 2nd in Hawaii and Brazil respectively. She is now tied for 1st overall in the rankings with Izzy Gomez (Starboard), so it will be interesting to see how the final 2 events of the year will play out.
- Aline Adisaka excels and moves up to 3rd overall in the ranking with a 3rd here
Aline Adisaka (New Advance) has been continuously improving over the past few years and is now seen as one of the leading talents on Tour. She reaffirmed this with another strong finish here at the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam. Taking out the ever powerful Candice Appleby in the quarterfinals, Aline went onto meet her great friend and eventual event winner Izzy Gomez (Starboard) in the semis, and while she wasn't able to make the finals, she put up a good fight and it was a closely fought battle. Aline is certainly a talent to look out for on the Stand Up World Tour as we pass the mid point of the year and look towards potential World Title scenarios.
- Other Standouts at the 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam
As the level of women's surfing on the Stand Up World Tour continues to go from strength to strength, our international talent pool continues to grow as the women are stepping up to be counted. In this event, we saw the welcomed return of Olivia Piana (Fanatic) and Caroline Angibaud from France, but also Candice Appleby and Sophia Bartlow. As the competition intensifies, the level of women's surfing is getting supercharged as this dynamic competitive platform continues to drive the performance level forward.
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Europe is the place to be this summer as the European Cup will be a highlight of the Summer Racing scene for the World of Stand Up Paddling.5 spectacular events, a mixture of World Series and World Challenger Series events make up the Waterman League's European Cup, encompassing both northern and southen Europe for a line up of events like no
other. Here are the Stops:
1. Bilbao, Spain: 6th - 8th June (Prime World Challenger Series)
2. Oleron Island, France: 13th - 15th June (World Challenger Series)
3. Sieravuori, Finland: 3rd - 5th July (World Challenger Series)
4. Fehmarn Germany: 18th - 20th July (World Series: $25,000)
5. Roma, Italy: 26th - 28th July (World Challenger Series)
Aside from each event's significance on both the World and Challenger Series, athletes' results across this European Series will count towards the Overall European Cup Title.
Athletes' best 3 results from the 5 events will provide their overall ranking on the European Cup, as athletes will be putting it all on the line to lift the European Cup over there head in Rome, Italy in July. Watch it all unfold right here at www.watermanleague.com
Bilbao to continue to build its iconic event in the Basque Country of Spain
The Bilbao World Padde Challenge put the Basque Country on the map for SUP last summer with a breakout event that brought the world's best to the center of this magnificent City for a dramatic battle for the ages. With hundreds of participants taking part in the 2013 edition, it was Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Annabel Anderson (Starboard) who took the honors in this historic race as the foundations were laid for a great future for the sport and the World Series in Spain. In 2014, from the 6th - 8th June the Bilbao World Paddle Challenge will once again put the Basque Country on the map with this prestigious Opener for the European Cup and one of the biggest events on the Global Calendar. It will be an event not to be missed, so make sure to stay tuned as entries are opened online and tension mounts for the most exciting summer yet for SUP. Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com
The Oleron Island Paddle Challenge is back in 2014 as a Challenger Series event and one of the prestigious stops counting towards the 2014 European Cup. Over the past few years, it has welcomed the world's best to its shores to celebrate the beginning of summer in a unique SUP destination at the heart of Europe. In 2013, it was a familiar story with Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Annabel Anderson (Starboard) taking the victories. While in 2014, the island will once again opens its arms to Stand Up Paddlers of all levels for this year's edition of the Oleron Island Paddle Challenge. Stay tuned as entries open for this stunning stop on the 2014 European Cup: www.watermanleague.com
Finland steps up to join the global stage for Stand Up Paddling in Sieravuori
As an all new stop on both the Challenger Series and as a part of the newly formed European Cup, the Sieravuori SUP Masters is an exciting addition to the high profile line up of events this summer, as Finland showcases the allure of the destination and opens its arms to both the World's best, but also paddlers of all levels. Lomakeskus Sieravuori is a stunning part of Finland that has long been a popular holiday destination, but that also provides the perfect backdrop for a paddling adventure and a unique location for this exciting new stop on the World Challenger Series and European Cup.
Entries will open for this $10,000 stop on the Series this week, so stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com and go to the event's facebook page at: Sieravuori SUP Masters
Fehmarn, Germany to serve as Stop number 3 of the 2014 Stand Up World Series
Fehmarn Germany will be the destination for stop number 3 on the 2014 Stand Up World Series, and stop number 4 of the European Cup. This high profile stop on the World Series has moved home in 2014 to the beautiful new venue of Fehmarn.
Apart from the appeal of the location at Fehmarn, the reason for the move is to allow our German partners, in conjunction with us here at the Waterman League, to fulfill our vision of establishing this event as one of the largest SUP Festivals in the World for years to come.
The location will provide unique access to the sport for all, combining high profile World Championship competition with mass demo opportunities, unique hospitality elements and social activities to make it a weekend to remember.
With $25,000 prize-money for the pros and a full Open division providing something for everyone, the Fehmarn World Cup of SUP will be an event to remember in 2014, as entries open this week for the event that will run from the 18th - 20th July. Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com
Italia Surf Expo to host Challenger Series & European Cup Final
Now in its 16th year and well established as Italy's biggest Ocean Sports event and gathering, the Italia Surf Expo will now host a prestigious World Challenger Series event with $10,000 in prize-money, but also the climactic Finals to the 2014 European Cup.
Taking place at the beautiful Santa Severa beach in Rome below the Medieval Castle of Odescalchi from the 25th - 27th July, the Italia Surf Expo brings the Ocean Sports community together for a weekend of unforgettable action both on and off the water, as the World Challenger Series, European Cup and Waterman League arrives in Italy.
Entries will open this week for this $10,000 Challenger Series Stop at www.watermanleague.com and for more information on the event as a whole, please go to: www.italiasurfexpo.it
It was a picture perfect ending to what has been an amazing event here in Morocco today as the last 4 battled it out in pristine groomed surf that saw the highest scores of the contest posted in these last 4 heats (semis, consolation finals and finals). In the semis, Sean Poynter (Starboard) went into overdrive in the perfect righthand point break conditions, methodically driving critical turns down the line to post a 9.0, a 9.25 and a 9.85, meaning that he was throwing away a 9.0! This put his oppponent James Casey in a combo situation, allowing him to advance into the Finals. Once there, Sean found himself up against friend and team mate Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) and once again put on a flawless performance, to post 2 scores in the excellent range securing the well deserved win here at the Location X Special event in Morocco. After his emotional win in France that secured his 3rd place overall in the World Rankings, capping the year off with a win here in what were without doubt the best conditions we have seen all year on the Stand Up World Tour, Sean Poynter ends his 2014 season on a high and $10k richer.
- Zane Schweitzer wraps a phenomenal year with a 2nd place & the Pioneer award
It has been an incredible year for the now seasoned Champion from Maui Zane Schweitzer (Starboard): starting it all off with a finals finish in Sunset Beach, Zane then went onto post strong finishes throughout the year, concluding with a 3rd place in France and now a well deserved 2nd place here in Morocco, just falling short of the win to team mate Sean Poynter (Starboard). Zane showcased real versatility at this event, performaning in all forms of conditions, from mellow lefthand beach breaks to pumping right hand point breaks, earning his place in the Finals alongside Sean. Meanwhile in the Racing Season, he has had an equally outstanding ride, with solid finishes throughout the year on the World Series that had him finish in 5th place overall for the year, and secured the European Cup Title for him this summer with some dominant performances across both Challenger and World Series events. The final accolade for the year came in the form of the 'Pioneer Award', presented to him for his commitment to breaking new ground in the sport across all four corners of the world through his passionate willingness to take it all to new heights. His presence at all the groundbreaking moments for the World Tour & Series, from Patagonia to Abu Dhabi and from the European Cup Racing to the Location X in Morocco, Zane is a consummate ambassador for the sport.
- Bernd Roediger finds his rhythm to secure a perfect 10 point ride & 3rd place overall
Bernd Roediger came into his own here in Morocco, as his smooth and casual style and impeccable wave lecture ideally suited the pristine point break conditions on offer here on Morocco's wave rich coastline. Making it through to the semi finals in yesterday's epic big surf, Bernd re-callibrated, but was unable to find the waves he needed to overcome the onform Schweitzer (Starboard) in their semi final battle. However, this was far from the case in the Consolation Final, where we saw Bernd turn it on to post the single highest wave score of the event (a perfect 10 point ride), which coupled with his back up score of an 8.4, put him in a pretty untouchable position. This final victory secured his 3rd place overall for this Location X event, but also solidified his position as a real threat here on the Stand Up World Tour moving forward.
- James Casey proves himself in the full size surf, advancing through to the semifinals
James Casey (JP Australia) put on another solid display in Morocco today, strengthening his confidence coming into the 2015 season and putting on a performance to be proud of. He started off strong against Sean Poynter (Starboard) in semi final number 1, posting an 8 point ride off the bat, but then falling victim to Sean's assault with a string of 9 point rides. Unfortunately for James, he then came up against a similar situation in the consolation final where he met a fired up Bernd Roediger who proceeded to post the highest single wave score of the event, and then backed it up with an 8.4. James comes away from Morocco with not only an incredible experience and an impressive 4th place finish, but the knowledge that he is capable of big results on the Stand Up World TOur, as we look forward to seeing him back in action in February at Sunset.
- Women are represented in Morocco through World Champ Izzi Gomez & Sophia Bartlow
While there was no official girls' competition in Morocco, we were proud to have representatives from the Women's Stand Up World Tour with us to showcase just how far women's stand up paddling has come, as both Izzi Gomez (Starboard) and Sophia Bartlow stepped up to do battle with the men here at the 2014 Location X special event. With a World Title now in her hands and 4 event wins out of 5 on the Stand Up World Tour, Izzi is no doubt destined for great things in 2015. Meanwhile looking at Sophia's surge in the final event of the year, the La Torche Pro France where she finished in 3rd place and put on some of the stand out performances of her year, the future is bright on the Stand Up World Tour and we are looking forward to an exciting 2015.
- Morocco steps up to be counted, both by hosting the event & through its athletes
Morocco not only showcased itself to be a World Class destination for Stand up Paddling by hosting this Location X Special event, but it also allowed its athletes to step up and be counted, as their leading lights made their country proud in both the inaugural national Championships, but also when coming up against full size swell and the very best athletes in the world. It was an amazing experience for the visiting athletes, but also for the Moroccans, as they were able to exchange on surfing and culture, as new friends were made and a bright future for the sport is now abundantly clear: they have had their first taste of performance stand up paddling at its best and they want more. I have no doubt that in 2015, both the number and level of Moroccan talent will sky rocket as we look ahead to our next adventure in this beautiful country.
- Shokran to the country of Morocco, its people, Sidi Ifni, Mirleft & Aglou
It has been a phenomenal week of competition and discovery here in Morocco, as we have immersed ourselves into the Moroccan way of life and stepped away from the confines of traditional competition through the completely roving venue and more of a surf trip vibe. The athletes were given an unsurpassed welcome, from their stay up in Tagazhout at Paradis Plage, to Aftas Trip down here in Mirleft and from Sidi Ifni to Aglou, outside of the surfing, the place and the people created a magical experience for all concerned. Meanwhile in terms of surfing, we saw the most spectacular conditions we have seen all year on the Stand up World Tour, with epic, world class surf that provided the ultimate canvas for our World Class athletes. A big Mahalo or 'Shokran' (thank you) to the Region of Souss Masa Draa, the Commune of Mirleft, Audi, Paradis Plage, Aftas Trip and all our local partners for making this event a reality and for laying the foundations for what promises to be an incredible future in the country. Our hearfelt thanks also to our new friends here in Morocco, as we look forward to many more adventures in this magical country in the years to come.
Make sure to stay tuned for more highlights, a full recap and event specials, but also for news on TV airdates and much more at www.watermanleague.com
Spot: Sardegna La Ciaccia
Vento: brezza 7/11 Nodi
Ala: Flysurfer Speed 4 15 Lotus
Tavola: Slingshot Glide 2006
In acqua di cose strane ed a volte pericolose con il windsurf, il sup ed il kite ne ho fatte e la session odierna potrebbe rientrare in quel contesto. Qui, lungo la North Shore sarda, il potente freddo e piovoso fronte perturbato è passato ed il vento di maestrale è in calo. Difficile trovare uno spot accettabile per il windsurf, forse a Cala Pischina si poteva fare qualche cosa ma le onde frangevano pressochè sulle rocce a sinistra ed a Bomba Point, ragion per cui decidiamo di spostarci alla Ciaccia dove la situazione potrebbe essere migliore. Quando arriviamo veniamo presi dallo sconforto, il vento non è sufficiente neanche per uscire con i kite da 12 mt.. E’ così debole che anche con il 15 cassonato potrei aver problemi. Ciò nondimeno decido di provare. C’è solo un “piccolo” problema: alcuni rari set di onde superano i due metri: affrontarli con l’ala scarica ed un twin tip come la Slingshot Glide potrebbe essere molto, molto difficile e.....pericoloso. Non oso immaginare un wipe out con lo Speed 4 in quelle mucche. Beh, come disse il prode Ammiraglio David Glascoe Farragut “al diavolo le mine avanti tutta”, decido di entrare in acqua senza indugi. Nel fratempo Marco prende la sua tavola da SUP Naish Raptor e raggiunge l’infido break di destra. Altri surfisti si uniranno sul tadi alle danze e si disporranno sul break di sinistra. Per quanto mi riguarda inizia una delle kite session più strane della mia onorata carriera e non certo priva di rischi. Il vento è davvero poco eppure il Flysurfer Speed 4 15 Lotus non fa una grinza ed anzi mi consente anche di saltare chiudendo alcuni tricks aerei, molti dei quali sfruttando le ripide rampe per guadagnare altezza. Il fatto che la Slingshot Glide sia pressochè priva di pinne mi consente di esplorare i tavolati rocciosi a sinistra ma in una circostanza rischio di essere sbattuto sulle rocce da un set anomalo di onde che superano i due metri. Pensare di surfare le onde con un 15 in 8 nodi di media ed una tavola come la Glide è impensabile. Allora mi diverto a scenderle cercando di evitare l’ingavonamento ed il giochino riesce senza errori. Insomma dopo due stranissime ore di kite esco dall’acqua con un sorriso degno della pubblicità Pepsodent. Ecco una session che, nata in modo del tutto trascurabile, andrà ad incastonarsi tra le esperienze più particolari mai vissute con il kite.
Aloha and Godspeed
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As we prepare for the official launch of and announcements for the new look World Series for 2016, we are excited to release the key locations for the 2016 World Championship Series, that will test the very best Racers in the world across a complete cross section of conditions. From flat water battles, to pumping surf, the World Series will boast it all, complemented by the most competitive and exciting racing imaginable. Make sure to join us as the 2016 Title Race unfolds here at www.watermanleague.com
1. San Francisco, USA: Specialty Long Distance event (Men) - March
2. Hayama, Japan: Full World Series stop - May
3. Hamburg, Germany: Full World Series stop - June
4. Barcelona, Spain: Full World Series stop - June
5. Toronto, Canada: Full World Series stop - September
6. S. California, USA: Full World Series stop - Sept / Oct
7. Turtle Bay, Hawaii: Full World Series stop - October
Spot: Sardegna Porto Pollo
Vento: supergusty 8/25 nodi
Tavola: Flyboards Flyradical M
Ala: Flysurfer Cronix 10
Vento forte e rafficatissimo di levante sulla North Shore sarda. Al mattino il golfo della Maddalena pare quasi San Francisco con le bassissime nubi che assomigliano alla nebbia della Bay area....manca solo l’isolotto di Alcatraz al centro della baia. Fa anche piuttosto freddo tanto che una felpa per passeggiare nella ridente cittadina di Palau è pressochè obbligatoria. Nel primo pomeriggio facciamo tappa a Vignola ma il vento è troppo offshore, decidiamo così di rientrare al Pollo dove in acqua ci sono già molti kiters e windsurfisti. Ora si tratta di decidere la misura dell’ala e osservando il mare opto per il 10. Le raffiche sono rabbiose ma seguite da improvvisi e quasi totali cali di vento. Il picco dovrebbe essere gestito con un 8, il calo con un 17! Quando entro in acqua comprendo ancora di più quanto difficoltosa sarà la session. Cerco di partire ma il vento è davvero poco e se riesco a farlo è solo in virtù delle elevatissime performances del Flysurfer Cronix 10. Possiedo tutte le misure di questa ala che, non mi ha mai deluso. Piano piano inizio a carburare ma non è raro iniziare una manovra con una certa intensità di vento e chiuderla con un’altra. Evito di provare nuovi tricks ma mi baso sulla varietà delle manovre che ho appreso, con saltoni in rotazione e grabs, alternati ad altri più bassi condotti a media e bassa altezza. L’ala risponde meravigliosamente agli input di barra e, quando mi cade in un buco totale di vento, la faccio ripartire tirando le back lines in reverse. Questa è una dote fantastica del Cronix. Lift ed hang time sono imbarazzanti ed uniti ad una capacità di loopare in tutto controllo partecipano, a mio avviso, a fare del Cronix uno dei migliori pump in commercio. In una circostanza chiudo un inverted high jump molto alto guadagnandomi l’applauso di alcuni bagnanti in spiaggia! Devo dire che la chiusura in down loop è risultata necessaria per atterrare in modo pulito la manovra. Dopo un’ora e mezza il vento diventa ancora più raaficato ma ormai sono più che appagato. Non ho fatto nulla di straordinario ma mi sono divertito tanto e se ciò è avvenuto lo devo soprattutto a questa fantastica ala: il Flysurfer Cronix.
Aloha and Godspeed
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In attesa del primo evento ufficiale delle SUWS 2015 che si disputerà a Barcellona a partire dal prossimo 26 Giugno, rendiamo il giusto tributo a Connor Baxter, Campione del Mondo dello scorso anno.
Spot: Foce Verde Latina Lido “Cancun”
Vento: ponente 5/8 Nodi
Ala: Flysurfer Sonic FR 18
Tavola: Flyboards Razor
Una breve session rilassante, in questa giornata di fine Agosto, condotta con una brezza davvero flebile e che ha esaltato le doti del Flysurfer Sonic FR 18; pur con l’ala un pochino scarica sono riuscito a fare qualche bordo nel quale però saltare era pressochè impossibile. Dopo mezz’ora il vento è morto del tutto lasciandomi nel bel mezzo del mare. Fortunatamente il Sonic, se ben portato, riesce ad assicurare un pò di tiro residuo anche in condizioni ultramarginali e, seppur scadendo, ho raggiunto un’area di spiaggia idonea per calare l’ala. Come dire.....meglio di niente!
Aloha and Godspeed
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- 30 of Pipeline's most respected Surfers will step up to do battle at the 2016 Da Hui Shootout in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku
With the coming of the New Year, we see the return of the Da Hui Shootout in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku. Now in its 20th year, Pipeline is set to deliver in what is a holding period that is stacked with back to back WNW swells. With 30 of the most respected Pipeline Surfers in the unique format featuring up to 6 rounds of non elimination competition, where the absolute best waves will decide who is the 2016 Shootout Champion, a prestigious title indeed.
There is no doubt that the likes of Jamie O'Brien, Mason Ho and Bruce Irons are going to be some of the leading contenders, but the depth of local talent is astonishing, mixed with a few mainland and international stars such as Bobby Martinez, Dean Morrison and Jay Davies.
The Teams represented in this year's Shootout are as follows:
3. Da Hui Wax Team 1
5. Da Hui Wax Team 2
7. North Shore Surf Shop
- Prestigious SUP Invitational to provide a dynamic showcase at Pipe
10 Hawaii born athletes have been selected to take part in the prestigious SUP Invitational to take place at Pipeline as a part of the 2016 Shootout in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku. With a dramatic forecast in place, the performance level promises to be mindblowing, with Keali'i Mamala stepping up to defend his Title, while 4x World Champion Kai Lenny (Naish) will be looking for redemption, having won the initial showcase last year.
Other names to watch out for are the young Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) from Haleiwa, but also Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) from Maui and not forgetting the rising star from the Big Island who took the world by storm last year, Bullet Obra and of course other North Shore standout Noa Ginella (Naish). Here are the 10 athletes selected, with Tehotu Wong serving as an alternate:
1. Kainoa McGee (Oahu)
2. Nolan Keaulana (Oahu) - Art in Surf
3. Noa Ginella (Oahu) - Naish
4. Mo Freitas (Oahu) - Focus SUP
5. Robin Johnston (Oahu) - Coreban
6. Kai Lenny (Maui) - Naish
7. Zane Schweitzer (Maui) - Starboard
8. Keali'i Mamala (Big Island)
9. Ikaika Kalama (Big Island) - Rogue
10. Bullet Obra (Big Island)
- Performance long boarding to be showcased at the Pipeline
We will see the return of some of the World's most respected Longboarders for a unique showcase at the infamous Pipeline here on Oahu's fabled North Shore. Last year we saw Bonga Perkins take the honors amidst a world class field, as this year, a prestigious list of 6 longboarders that represent a small selection of Hawaii's vast crop of talent will step up to do battle at Pipeline. Please note that the alternates for this event will be Ned Snow and Keegan Edwards.
1. Bonga Perkins
2. Duane DeSoto
3. Makamai DeSoto
4. Kai Sallas
5. Zane Aikau
6. Dino Miranda
Make sure to join us LIVE for all the action at www.immersedtv.com with the holding period kicking off this coming Monday