The Stand Up World Tour has been introduced in 2009 to embrace the emergence and exponential growth in the sport of Stand Up Paddling. At every level, we have witnessed unprecedented interest in the sport: from the all access flat water paddling that has become popular as a cross training exercise for professional athletes (Lance Armstrong) and core fitness work out for all (incl. celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston and Pierce Brosnan) to the high performance riding in some of the most challenging waves in the world, Stand Up Paddling has touched every level of the outdoor demographic, without the traditional geographic limitations of ocean sports.
At one end of the sport, the Waterman League is supporting mass participation races and demos to encourage access for all to this incredible sport. At the other end, the organization is gathering the world’s greatest Watermen for a world championship tour like no other, held in some of the most challenging waves in the world. Check out the trailer for the Stand Up World Tour here
The Stand Up World Tour™
The goal is to showcase and continuously re-define the outer limits of the sport and demonstrate how the sport has become quite literally the ‘Waterman’s choice. With a fleet that is brimming with colorful characters that have proved themselves across the complete cross section of ocean sports, the Stand Up World Tour will deliver their newest and greatest challenge….the chance to be crowned World Champion of a sport that embraces their complete skill set so wholeheartedly and that will demand the most complete level of oceanmanship, athleticism and courage to come out on top…
1) Teahupoo, Tahiti
Teahupoo has firmly established itself as one of the most challenging and demanding waves in the world: its power is unmatched, as are the consequences if things go wrong: breaking below sea level, the wave unloads itself over treacherously shallow coral reef. When things go right, this wave is without doubt one of the most spectacular waves in the world, providing the biggest barrel rides ever witnessed in some of the most beautiful surroundings imaginable.
Stand Up Paddling this incredible wave has been pioneered by a select few, but to hold an event that will challenge the world’s best in what has become a benchmark for performance surfing, is a groundbreaking occasion and will capture the world’s attention and imagination, redefining the sport on a global scale.
Teahupoo will serve as the perfect opener for the Stand Up World Tour and will take place in September
2) Ocean Beach, California
Ocean Beach is one of the most exposed and unpredictable surfing beaches in all of California. Exposed to all the swell that the Pacific Ocean has to offer, Ocean Beach also presents the challenge of freezing cold water and the knowledge that the shark population in the area is not small. When it is on, Ocean Beach provides some of the most high performance surfing in California, with spectacular and powerful waves providing exhilarating rides no matter what the craft.
It has often been regarded as the ‘Puerto Escondido’ of California for the powerful barrels that it generates and the strong currents that must be dealt with Stand Up Paddling this wave will demand the most complete set of skills of the assembled athletes, from barrel riding and critical turns, to wave selection and versatility: there is no doubt that Ocean Beach will provide some of the most thrilling rides of the Stand Up World Tour and pose one of the greatest challenges to those involved.
The Ocean Beach event will take place in October
3) Makaha, Hawaii
Home to the sport of Stand Up Paddling and a globally recognized capital of the Waterman culture, ocean sports legends such as Brian Keaulana, Melvin Pu’u and Duane Desoto all hail from this beautiful beach town. Famous for the picture of Greg Noll standing, board in hand, about to paddle out in one of the largest swells on record, Makaha has long been a proving ground for all forms of Ocean Sports and at every level.
Its significance for Stand Up Paddling runs deep, with early developers such as Brian Keaulana and Dave Parmenter really shaping the sport that we enjoy today, by combining the traditional elements of the sport with the technical and athletic innovation that has spurred its rapid growth.
To hold the Finals for the Stand Up World Tour on its legendary shores is a prestigious occasion and will ensure the gathering of Ocean Sports greatest legends for a showdown like no other. Beyond the people and the significance of the location, Makaha boasts some of the most spectacular conditions for Stand Up Paddling and will provide a complete display of high performance riding on its groomed and powerful waves.
The holding period for the Makaha event will take place in November.
The Athletes: The Stand Up World Tour will consist of a prestigious 32 man fleet made up of the following: An elite Top 16 athletes (decided on by the Committee listed below) An additional 8 athletes selected from an alternate list (again the decision finalized by the Committee) A final 8 athletes made up of 4 local trial entrants in each location and 4 wild cards The Committee The Committee was elected in April of 2009 by unanimous vote of the athletes involved in the Stand Up World Tour.
The 5 key members of the Stand Up World Tour Committee are as follows:
Ekolu Kalama (Chairman of the Committee); Bonga Perkins; Duane Desoto; Leleo Kinimaka; Chuck Patterson
The Key Players: Ikaika Kalama, Hawaii; Chuck Patterson, US; Kalani Vierra, Hawaii; Chris Bertish, South Africa; Bonga Perkins, Hawaii; Duane Desoto, Hawaii; Garrett McNamara, Hawaii; Kealii Mamala, Hawaii; Kai Lenny, US; Raimana Van Bastolear, Tahiti; Kamu Auwae, Hawaii; Kainoa McGee, Hawaii; Antoine Delpero, France; Kainoa Beaupre, Hawaii; Ekolu Kalama, Hawaii; Luke Egan, Australia.
The Alternates: Kamaki Worthington, Hawaii; Leleo Kinimaka, Hawaii; Robby Naish, US; Dave Kalama, Hawaii; Aaron Napolean, Hawaii; Brian Keaulana, Hawaii; Vetea David, Tahiti; Kai Sallas, Hawaii; Scott Chandler, US; Keone Keaulana, Hawaii; Adam Zervais, UK; Noah Shimabukuro, Hawaii; Tom Carroll, Australia; Rob Machado, US; Melvin Pu’u, Hawaii; Jamie Mitchell, Australia.