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, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.