The start of the 2013 Stand Up World Tour is almost here, and it’s set to be the most exciting one yet. This year the Stand Up World Tour will not be just about the world’s best 93 SUP surfing men, but also the world’s best SUP surfing women! For the first time ever, a women’s event will run alongside the men’s surfing event, as part of the NEW ‘Women’s World Tour’
The first event in the Women’s World Tour will be held in Oahu, Hawaii, at Turtle Bay on the 6th – 10th February.
And the first men’s event will be held in Hawaii, at Sunset beach on the 7th – 15th February.
The full Stand Up World Tour event schedule is as follows;
- Sunset Beach Pro, Hawaii: 7th – 15th February 2013 (incl. Women’s event)
- Ubatuba Pro, Brazil: 15th – 21st April 2013 (incl. Women’s event)
- West Australia Pro, Australia (tbc): 21st – 29th May 2013
- S. California Pro, USA: 17th – 23rd September 2013 (incl. Women’s event)
- La Torche Pro, France: 26th October – 3rd November 2013 (incl. Women’s event)
- Location X Finals: 7th – 15th December 2013
To watch the events live online, check out www.standupworldtour.com
The one’s to watch
Iballa Moreno has announced she will be competing on the tour this year. Having many years of experience competing on the PWA windsurf tour in the wave division, and after winning the Spanish National Sup Surf Championships in 2012, Iballa will be a top contender for the women’s title on the Stand Up World Tour.
These are just afew of the ones to watch this year in the men’s event, along with Zane Schweiter, Kai Lenny, Justin Holland, Keahi de Aboitiz and the other 86 competitors!
As for the girls… well we’ll just have to wait and see!
The overall level on the 2013 tour is going to be the highest yet, with more of the riders doing moves in the most critical sections of the wave and most of them trying for ‘airs’ in their heats. This also pushes the board development to the max and the sizes of the boards to the smallest yet. There has been a lot of discussion on the web about the board size rule. Tristan Boxford from the Stand Up World Tour said.
“There are no board size restrictions in place for the Stand Up World Tour. However, we do have a strict stand up paddling rule regarding paddling out, so if you are going short, make sure you can still paddle on it!”
What different board shapes and sizes will we see on the tour this year?