3x Racing World Champion Kai Lenny and 40 of the World’s Top Athletes to Compete in the San Francisco Bay in September 2016
Red Bull Heavy Water, arguably the most intense stand up paddling event in the world, is announced as part of the 2016 Stand Up World Series circuit, with an event window from Sept. 1 to 28. The location will guarantee 40 of the world’s best SUP athletes, waves over 10ft. high, and consist of an open course that stretches 12km (7.5 miles), starting at Ocean Beach and finishing just past the Golden Gate Bridge.
The race begins at Ocean Beach where competitors will have to paddle out and back through the surf twice before paddling out and around Lands End, heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Competitors will have to overcome treacherous open ocean conditions as they make their way past the iconic bridge and battle towards the finish line.
These extreme conditions will allow only the world’s top athletes to compete, including: Kai Lenny (HI), one of the world’s most accomplished waterman and current World Champion, Connor Baxter (HI), the 2014 World Champ, Casper Steinfath (DK), Zane Schweitzer (HI), Leonard Nika (IT), Arthur Arutkin (FR), Mo Freitas (HI), Jake Jensen (AUS), Travis Grant (AUS), Eric Terrien (FR), Kody Kerbox (HI), Slater Trout (USA), Fernando Stalla (MEX) and Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen (San Francisco local). In addition, there will be 15 wildcard spots available for open entry, subject to a screening process to ensure safety standards are met.
“3x World Champion, Kai Lenny.” url=”http://standupjournal.com/kai-lenny-and-mo-freitas-sup-absolutely-huge-peahi-monsters/”]I think Red Bull Heavy Water is going to be my favorite event, especially because the course is by far the most intense on this circuit. The waves here in the Bay Area are huge and consistent. It’s going to take a lot of patience to get through this course!
A total of $50,000 in prize money, with $20,000 going to the first place finisher – the highest first place prize in the sport to date – will further the stakes and excitement.
About the Stand Up World Series:
The Stand Up World Series was established at the end of 2011 as the Official World Championship Series for the sport of Stand Up Paddling. With events in all major global regions all culminating in the World Series Finals on the North Shore of Oahu at the end of the season, the World Series crowns Men & Women’s World Champions each year as the World’s best come together to battle it out for the World Championship Crown.