Pacifico’s Chicago World Paddle Challenge Sup Highlights

Sunday 8 July

Check out the highlights from Chicago World Series stop

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Check out the highlights from Pacifico’s Chicago World Paddle Challenge presented by Starboard that took place earlier this week in one of the United States’ most bustling city centers. Click here to view:

Winning the sprint racing for the men was Connor Baxter (Starboard), Annabel Anderson (Starboard) in the women’s fleet, and in the long distance, it was Kai Lenny (Naish) who took the honors creating a tie for the overall result, while it was a clean sweep for the women, with Annabel Anderson once again storming to victory.

The tie break provided some of the most intense racing yet, as Kai dug deep to discover what he needed to beat one of the World’s leading racers and take the overall title here in Chicago.

A big thank you to PacificoStarboardMaui Jim, the W Hotel LakeShore and Great Lakes Board Company for their support of this inaugural stop for the Stand Up World Series in Chicago.


July 14-15: BetSafe Paddle Challenge in Varberg, Sweden

Next up, the Stand Up World Series will head to Sweden and the picturesque town of Varberg for Stop 5 on the 2012 Stand Up World Series. This will be the final European stop on the 2012 World Series, so will be a great access point for European athletes wanting to qualify for the World Championship Finals at Turtle Bay in October.

On Saturday 14th July, registration will be at 10am, with the long distance race coming first, as well as a whole host of other activities and entertainment on site, not least getting families on the water.

On Sunday 15th July, check in will once again be at 10am, except this time for the World Series Sprint racing that will challenge athletes short course and buoy turning skills in an exciting elimination format.

For more information or to register, go to and in Danish at


Top European paddlers to headline at Stop 5 in Sweden

Top European paddlers such as Casper Steinfath (Naish) from Denmark, Leonard Nika (Starboard) from Italy and Greg Closier from France will be looking to make their presence felt in the Scandinavian waters of Varberg in Sweden.

In addition to these international paddlers, there will be a strong contingent of Swedish paddlers looking to stand strong at home and show the visitors what they are made of.

Athletes from as far away as Australia to as close as Denmark and Sweden will be making the journey to this beautiful region for the next chapter of the 2012 Stand Up World Series, so stay tuned for the latest news and info from the Betsafe Paddle Challenge.


August 11-12: next Pacifico US stop at Turtle Bay, Oahu

Following on from the epic Chicago Stop of the 2012 Stand Up World Series, the next US leg will take place at the beautiful Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore, the home of the Waterman League from August 11th – 12th.

A welcome drink hosted by Pacifico and pre-event check in will be held at Surfer the Bar on Friday evening, 10th August followed by the Stand Up World Series sprint course on Saturday 11th right in front of the Pool Bar at Turtle Bay. This will be concluded with a social event at Surfer the Bar that evening and then followed by the long distance on Sunday 12th adopting an all new course for this Hawaii stop of the Stand Up World Series.

Stay tuned to for course maps, news, info and registrations for this unique Hawaii event


Race Registrations should go to

All those wanting to register for any World Series events can go to and click on ‘register’

Pacifico Moments is launched – an all new webisode series

Watch out for Pacifico Moments, an all new webisode series bringing you the moments that count from all over the globe, from Stand Up Surf and Racing, to surf and recreational travel, bringing people from all walks of life together with one common goal: to make adventure happen.

Check out Episode one featuring racing in Santa Monica and exploring in Tahiti aboard a 46ft catamaran: Pacifico Moments Episode 1


A big Mahalo to our Stand Up World Series Patrons


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