The Ultimate Waterman Challenge ramps UP in New Zealand for 2017!

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Who will be crowned the 2017 Ultimate Waterman? Starboard’s  Zane Schweitzer will be on hand to defend his title. Can he hold onto it in the face of the best competition the sport has to offer? Stay tuned to find out!

The Ultimate Waterman Test

Eight of the world’s best will return to New Zealand April 6th – 10th to compete in the pinnacle title in all watersports, The Ultimate Waterman.

Now in it’s third year, The Ultimate Waterman pushes athletes to their fullest, testing skills, endurance and mental strength as they compete in eight watersport disciplines in nine days.  From big wave paddle in surfing, waka ama, longboard, shortboard, standup paddle, sup endurance, under water run strength, swim and prone paddleboard, these 8 athletes will be put to the test to see who excels in all 8 disciplines and be crowned 2017’s Ultimate Waterman.

Ultimate Athletes

Champion athletes returning from last year include 2016’s Ultimate Waterman Zane Schweitzer (Hawaii), Daniel Kereopa (New Zealand), Connor Baxter (Hawaii), Caio Vaz (Brazil) and Monoa Drollet (PYF).  The other additional three athletes will be announced in the next few weeks.

“This event challenges the athletes mentally and physically in every way – it is an ultra-waterman marathon!”   — Connor Baxter

CEO of The Ultimate Waterman and Surfing New Zealand, Greg Townsend describes the competition as, “a test of skill, strength and spirit, involving world class athletes. The conditions in the most southern parts of New Zealand are very diverse and will challenge the Watermen like never before”.

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for Red Bull Media’s film coverage of the event at:  Red Bull TV

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.