The North Shore Paddle Challenge at Turtle Bay Resort is set to make history this coming weekend setting the standard for the 2012 Stand Up World Series and showcasing the formula for what is to come on this truly global series.
Turtle Bay Resort provides the perfect stadium for both the sprint and long distance races and an unparralleled backdrop for the climactic season closer for 2011. With $15,000 prize-money up for grabs, athletes will be putting it all on the line to be crowned the North Shore Paddle Champion for 2011. Prize-money split is now published online at www.standupworldseries.com/northshore.html
All entries should go to http://www.standupworldseries.com/northshore.html and to take advantage of special athlete rates of $150 p/night at Turtle Bay Resort, please go to www.turtlebaysurf.com
The groundbreaking sprint / surf slalom course
The sprint format introduced as a standard for Stand Up World Series Racing, to be contested on 12'6 SUP boards and stock prone paddle boards will provide one of the most exciting spectacles paddle racing has ever seen, with fast 10 minute sprints through the surf in a heat elimination format leading to one clear Champion at the end of the day.
The stadium that Turtle Bay provides is second to none, as the racing will happen right in front of the crowds through the entire length of the course. To enhance the spectacle and the overall appeal of the event, the Hang Ten bar sits conveniently just 20 feet behind the action, and will be serving fresh, cold Longboard Lagers on special throughout the weekend: a sports fan's dream scenario!
This is the most spectator friendly component to the event and will run from 9am to 4pm on Saturday on the west side of the hotel in front of Hang Ten Bar and the Pool.
With the largest prize-money on offer for the Sprint race, this will be a fiercely contested race to say the least. Keep an eye on http://www.standupworldseries.com/northshore.html for the latest news, info and prize-money breakdown.
The Waterman Dinner and Concert on Saturday night
Not to be outdone by the racing, the Waterman dinner and concert featuring Ocean Sports' legends Mel Pu'u and Titus Kinimaka, will take place from 6pm on Saturday 15th. Event entry will provide you with a ticket to this event and for all other ticket purchases, the all inclusive rate of $45 (dinner, beer, music) will apply. If you are not competing, please go to http://watermanevening.eventbrite.com/ to reserve your place as spaces are limited.
The legendary Downwind run from Turtle Bay to Haleiwa
This legendary downwinder will feature SUP and prone paddle participation, with prizemoney for 12'6, 14' and Open divisions for SUP and a prize purse for the prone division too. However, it should be noted that the overall result will be calculated on both sprint and long distance results on 12'6 SUP and stock prone classes.
Check in will be at 10.30am, with an anticipated start of 12pm from Turtle Bay Resort. The Race will end at Haleiwa Beach Park, in front of Jameson's Restaurant.
The young Champions aim to lead the pack at Turtle Bay
From Connor Baxter of Maui who has been on a roll to end all rolls this year, most recently taking the elite race at the Battle of the Paddle in California, to current Surfing World Champion Kai Lenny, who has clearly shown over the past month that he is a force to be reckoned with, it is going to be an elite showdown here at Turtle Bay Resort for the North Shore Paddle Challenge.
Also attending is another great young talent out of Maui, Slater Trout, and the North Shore's very own, Noa Ginella, meaning that the youth's presence at this event will certainly not be missed.
To further encourage the youth element of the sport, there is also an U16 youth division for both Sprint and long distance races, so the action promises to be intense as we get a glimpse of what is to come for the sport.
Prize-money and Category split
$15,000 prize purse split between the following Categories, awarding the Top 3 in each category:
SUP Sprint: Men: $3,500
SUP Sprint Women: $$1,500
Prone Sprint: $875
SUP 12'6 Long distance Men: $2,000
SUP 14' long distance Men: $875
SUP Open long distance Men: $875
SUP Long distance Women: $1,500
Prone Long distance: $875
SUP Overall Men: $2,125
SUP Overall Women: $875
There will also be both U16 youth and Masters Category, with trophy and product prizes.
Take advantage of Turtle Bay Resort's special rates
Make a weekend of it by taking advantage of Turtle Bay's special rates for competitors ($150+tax) and for spectators ($200 +tax). Go to www.turtlebaysurf.com or Call 1-800-203-3650 for any bookings, quoting 'North Shore Paddle Challenge Competitor' or 'North Shore Paddle Challenge Spectator' - but please be advised to book early, as the hotel will sell out quickly. Please note that competitors will be required to show their entry registration at check in to be elegible for the competitor rate.