Elite stand up paddlers from around the world will descend upon Namotu, Fiji to test their skills against each other as the 2012 Stand Up World Series kicks off.
The sprint slalom course tested at the North Shore Paddle Challenge will again be used in Fiji.
NAMOTU, Fiji - The final countdown is now underway for the launch of the 2012 Stand Up World Series with the spectacular Namotu World Paddle Challenge Fiji, presented by Air Pacific. Held in the magnificent surroundings that only Fiji can provide, the Namotu World Paddle Challenge will welcome the very best paddlers in the world to its shores from November 13th - 18th, 2011.
Monday 14th November will play host to the first dramatic challenge of the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific, as the athletes embark on a 19 mile downwind race from the InterContinental Resor at Natadola Beach to Namotu Island.
Following some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, this 1st leg of Stop 1 on the 2012 Stand Up World Series will challenge the athletes endurance, ocean riding skills and racing expertise, as amongst the very best paddlers in the world will battle it out for the top spot.
Following the success of the Sprint slalom racing showcased at the North Shore Paddle Challenge at Turtle Bay Resort, the blueprint has been set for the Stand Up World Series and adopted for this exciting leg of the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific.
Athletes will have to punch out through the surf and round buoys both inside and outside of the surf zone in the creation of a spectacular action showdown that will keep the spectators on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
The heat elimination format will keep the battles intense and draw to a dramatic conclusion at the end of the day as not only the winner of this exciting component of the Namotu World Paddle Challenge will be crowned, but also the overall Champion for Stop 1 of the 2012 Stand Up World Series following the completion of both long distance and sprint races.