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Waterman League-North Shore Paddle Challenge

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The Waterman League is proud to announce a major racing event for 2011 that will lay the foundations for the launch of the 2012 Stand Up World Series (to be launched in September 2011).

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The North Shore Paddle Challenge at Turtle Bay Resort: 14th – 16th October 2011

The North Shore Paddle Challenge at Turtle Bay Resort
The North Shore Paddle Challenge at Turtle Bay Resort will end the Hawaii and California racing season in style from the 14th – 16th October, 2011. After another incredible year of growth for Stand Up Paddling globally, all eyes will turn back to Oahu’s infamous North Shore not only for the start of the winter surf season, but also for the spectacular season closer for the stand up and prone paddle seasons.

The North Shore Paddle Challenge at Turtle Bay Resort will see the world’s best paddlers, both Stand Up and prone taking part in both long distance and sprint slalom courses for the Title of North Shore Racing Champion for 2011. The North Shore Paddle Challenge will also showcase and launch the racing format to be used for the Stand Up World Series (to be launched for 2012) and set the standard for all events to follow. This event will allow the North Shore to further strengthen its positioning as a proving ground for the world of ocean sports, as paddlers will ride open ocean swells as the winter season just starts to kick in providing one of the most spectacular weekend’s of racing in the sport’s history.

The Event
The event will begin with a welcome drink and registration at Turtle Bay Resort on Friday 14th October from 5pm onwards and a presentation of the event for athletes and media.
The Racing will begin on Saturday at 9am, with the unravelling of the sprint surf slalom course developed by the Waterman League for the most dynamic and exciting racing the world has ever seen in a unique elimination format. This part of the event will be live broadcast online all over world and live on TV in Hawaii on OC16
Saturday evening will be the Waterman’s Concert and celebration dinner, featuring Titus Kinimaka, Ekolu Kalama and Braddah Mel Pu’u
Sunday will start early with the Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic at 8am, running thru to 12pm, providing underprivileged north and east shore kids with unparalleled opportunities.
There will be a 12pm check in for a 1pm start for the famous downwind run from Turtle Bay Resort down to Haleiwa, taking in the infamous sites of the 8 mile miracle on the North Shore of Oahu, from Kawela Bay, Sunset Beach and Pipeline, to Waimea, and ending at the historic surf town of Haleiwa.
Sunday night will be prize-giving and celebrations, once again at Turtle Bay Resort

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Entry and more information
Entry to both short sprint race and long distance race will be $100
Entry to just one of the races will be $60
All entries to include evening meal and VIP passes to all social events
Sprint Races will be run on stock 12’6 class for SUP
Downwind Race will be open to all classes and prone
Overall SUP Result (North Shore Racing Champion) will be for the sprint and 14′ class in the downwind race
Email entryrace@watermanleague.com
Special Rates at Turtle Bay Resort:
Make a weekend of it by taking advantage of Turtle Bay’s special rates for competitors ($150+tax) and for spectators ($200 +tax). 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.

Keep an eye on www.watermanleague.com for the latest from this incredible event.

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