The Stand Up World Series is a global SUP racing tour that was started in 2012. The 2014 SUP World Series is set to feature seven events across five countries, starting in Abu Dhabi in April and finishing in October in Hawaii.
Each event in the World Series features two races; a Long Distance SUP Race and knockout SUP Sprint race. Points are combined from each of these races to produce an overall event champion, then results from each event are used to crown the overall Stand Up World Series Champion at the end of the year. In both 2012 and 2013, Kai Lenny was the SUP World Series champion, with Annabel Anderson taking out the women's title. Strong performers in the 2013 also included Connor Baxter (who led the Series for most of the year), Jake Jensen, Casper Steinfath, and Zane Schweitzer.
We'll keep you posted with the latest Stand Up World Series race results, photos and videos as it happens. In the meantime though, you can check out our most recent news about the Stand Up World Series below…
A small but elite field of young talent has launched the 2014 Stand Up World Series in Brazil this weekend, with Connor Baxter drawing first blood by making it a clean sweep of both the Sprint and Long Distance races. Meanwhile on the women’s side it was Angie Jackson all the way, with the reinvigorated Aussie proving too strong for a select group of local and international paddlers.
The Connor/Kai rivalry, the recurring theme of the 2013 Series, returned on Day One of the Alagoas Pro, with the two superstars battling all the way to the finish line in the sprints. Connor got the win by half a second, while one wave behind was Aussie Jake Jensen, a paddler that I (and many others in Australia) have tipped to be one of the World Series title contenders this year. Coming home 4th was Zane Schweitzer, while rounding out the top 5 in the sprints was the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath. → READ MORE
Following an international game of musical chairs and a fair bit of to-ing and fro-ing, the finalised Stand Up World Series schedule for 2014 has now been released. The big news is that the Finals @ Turtle Bay – the Series’ marquee event and the last stop on the tour – has been moved back one week to avoid a clash with the Battle of the Paddle. Other updates include the official move of Hamburg and a potential for Bilbao to get back on the World Series.
However it’s the move to prevent a clash with the BOP that was the biggest and most interesting update when World Series organisers released their latest press release this morning. → READ MORE
Remember that public service announcement we put out a few days ago? The one that said don’t book flights to Hamburg because there was a strong rumour that the event was about to change its previously confirmed dates? Well, unfortunately the rumour is true…
In a decision that can only be described as *facepalm*, organisers of the SUP World Cup (also known as the Stand Up World Series Hamburg) have decided to move their event, both the dates and the location. Instead of their scheduled June 28 weekend, the event will now run on July 19 & 20. And instead of inner-city Hamburg, the race will now be held 1-2 hours to the north, on the sparsely-populated island of Fehmarn. This move comes despite all logic saying it’s a bad idea… → READ MORE
Ok so unless you were living under a rock the past few days, you would have heard about the SUP Athletes Association’s “Ugly Truth About Prize Money” article by now. The story detailed the rarely-mentioned but all-too-common practice of SUP races failing to pay their prize money on time.
Well if you’ve been following the ensuing debate, you’ll also know that the the Stand Up World Series has taken the brunt of the fallout. With fairly good reason too: the Stand Up World Series has failed to pay on time at multiple events, with athletes sometimes waiting 4-8 months to collect their prize cheques. Sure, there have always been reasons (some of them even quite legitimate), however the fact remains that it’s been the athletes who have had to cop it on the chin.
Well now the Stand Up World Series has given us their official response. Will this put an end to the drama? Click to read the full quote… → READ MORE
Just a friendly public service announcement: Don’t book your tickets to Hamburg for the Stand Up World Series event in June just yet, looks like we could be in for yet another date change…
While the World Series schedule was supposedly finalised two months ago, it sounds like a few events aren’t so certain after all. One of those is Hamburg, which, if the date change rumour proves to be true, could seriously mess up the European schedule (and the travel plans of many international paddlers). → READ MORE
The 2014 Stand Up World Series schedule has just been spotted, with next year’s tour looking set to be a slimmed-down affair featuring six stops around the world plus the “Finals at Turtle Bay” that traditionally finish the season. There’s also a new stop set for Australia, which, if confirmed, would join the established events of Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Hamburg, Chicago, Huntington and Turtle Bay.
Seven events is the smallest, most streamlined season the World Series has aimed for since its inception in late 2011. This new lineup of events now provides for an even, six-month “season” between early April and early October, which most paddlers will agree is a good move. → READ MORE
The waves at Turtle Bay delivered a pretty stunning finale to the 2013 Stand Up World Series on the weekend.
We’ve already posted an in-depth recap, videos and a close look at Kai Lenny and “that” wave… so we’ll spare you the trouble of reading anything else and just let these epic pics do the talking. Here are the best shots from Sunday’s sprint races… → READ MORE
Kai Lenny: That event. That race. “That” wave…
As he rounded the final buoy and looked set to clinch the season-deciding race by a clean margin, the wave gods decided to throw one more obstacle at Kai Lenny.
A bomb set. The wave of the day.
A wave designed for boards much shorter than 12 foot six inches. A wave that even the two-time SUP surfing World Champ couldn’t negotiate on his yellow, carbon-wrapped, Naish race board.
Kai went down, hard, and suddenly his race (and season) were in jeopardy. Which made it that much better for those of us watching… → READ MORE
Watch some awesome video highlights from the World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay, where macking surf made for some pretty epic knockout sprint races yesterday. In case you’ve somehow missed the results, photos and recap from the Stand Up World Series Finals: Jake Jensen took out the distance race and the overall event while Kai Lenny won the sprints and the overall 2013 season title. Over in the women’s Mariko Strickland won the distance and the event, Olivia Piana took the sprints while Annabel Anderson skipped the final event of the season but still easily took out the 2013 title.
The highlight was definitely the sprints, where solid waves, combined with totally-not-made-for-waves-of-this-size 12’6 race boards, delivered a fairly spectacular finish to the season. Click through to watch a video recap of both days… → READ MORE
Well that was fun to watch…
Kai Lenny has just taken out the sprints in absolutely macking surf on the North Shore, somehow stealing the overall 2013 Stand Up World Series from Connor Baxter in the process. Australia’s young gun Jake Jensen was the overall winner this weekend though, with a third in the sprints plus his victory in yesterday’s distance race enough to give him both the “World Series Finals” event title and leapfrog him into third place overall for the 2013 season… → READ MORE
The Stand Up World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay are happening this weekend and, if last year is anything to go by, should deliver some pretty memorable SUP racing.
Twelve months ago a solid little swell hit the North Shore of Oahu (little by North Shore standards/big by SUP racing standards…) right as the knockout sprint races were scheduled, which produced plenty of carnage, some memorable pics and, now, a great highlights reel… → READ MORE
One of the more competitive SUP races of the year will be happening on Oahu’s North Shore this weekend, as the 2013 Stand Up World Series wraps up with its “Finals @ Turtle Bay” event. While the two days of racing will feature a pretty big stack of the world’s fastest young paddlers, most of the eyes will be on Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny, who have battled head-to-head in the Series all year and are the only two guys vying for the title.
Meanwhile on the women’s side, Annabel Anderson will be doing a victory lap as her flawless 2013 means she’s already wrapped up the overall World Series title… → READ MORE
Watch highlights from Day 2 of racing action at the Huntington Beach Pro, the penultimate stop of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. After Kai Lenny took out the sprints in the waves on Saturday, Sunday saw the Distance Race. But unlike traditional distance events, this one utilised the surf as paddlers completed several 1-1.5 mile laps, going in and out of the waves at the end of each one.
This definitely made it more exciting to watch and also really mixed up the order of the race. A few paddlers got lucky, a few got unlucky but in the end it was the young Aussie Jake Jensen taking out the win. → READ MORE
Check out some great video highlights from today’s Stand Up World Series event in Huntington, where Kai Lenny survived the chaos to claim victory in the knockout sprint races.
There was some solid surf at HB today, which always makes for a more interesting SUP race, so click through to watch… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the Huntington Beach Pro, where many of the world’s best paddlers battled it out in the penultimate leg of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Yesterday (Saturday) saw the knockout sprints while today (Sunday) it was the distance race.
Jake Jensen and Kai Lenny were the standouts on the men’s side, while 15-year-old Ke’ale Dorries from Australia surprised plenty by sweeping the women’s event. Click through for results, pics and a recap of the action… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Connor Baxter continued his impressive run of form on the weekend, taking out the San Francisco stop of the Stand Up World Series ahead of a field that included Kai Lenny, Zane Schweitzer, Kody Kerbox, Eric Terrien, Mo Freitas, Ryan Helm and Noa Ginella. The win makes it six out of six on the 2013 World Series for the young Maui superstar, giving him a clear lead over rival Kai Lenny in the overall standings.
The penultimate event is in Huntington Beach September 21st/22nd (the week before the Battle) before the World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay three weeks later will decide the overall champion for 2013. In the meantime though, click through to check out Connor’s personal recap of the action in San Fran… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Maui boy and Starboard team rider Zane Schweitzer recorded another solid result at the Stand Up World Series event in San Francisco on the weekend, coming in third place overall behind Kai Lenny (2nd) and team mate Connor Baxter (1st).
Now with his trademark enthusiasm and stoke, Zane has given us this recap of the action in San Fran.
Click through to check it out… → READ MORE
The 2013 Stand Up World Series continues this weekend with the “AC Open” in San Francisco, which is part of the America’s Cup festivities. Some big names are in town, including Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny, Eric Terrien, Annabel Anderson, Kody Kerbox, Ryan Helm and Mo Freitas.
Again it was Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating, though not without a fight… Click through for the results and photos: → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Connor Baxter claimed the 2013 Chicago World Paddle Challenge today, beating out his rival Kai Lenny in fairly dramatic fashion to reign supreme in the Windy City. The victory makes it five from five for Connor in the 2013 Stand Up World Series, keeping his unbeaten streak alive and putting a solid gap between himself and Kai in the overall rankings.
So what did the Starboard young gun have to say? Click through for Connor’s personal recap of the event… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has taken out the Chicago World Paddle Challenge, claiming both the sprints and distance events to keep his 2013 Stand Up World Series unbeaten streak alive. Kai Lenny was 2nd in both races, while Zane Schweitzer and Jake Jensen finished equal third overall and were forced into a tie-breaker sprint-off. Meanwhile in the women’s event it was all Annabel Anderson, with the Kiwi claiming the double victory ahead of Aussie Angie Jackson.
Click through for full results and pics… → READ MORE