OAHU, Hawaii - After the postponement of the Grand Slam event back in March, it was with great disappointment that the Waterman League announced the cancellation of this year’s Stand Up World Series and World Tour stop in Brazil, citing another request for postponement late in the day, leaving them no choice but to cancel for 2015.
After five years of spectacular events for the World Tour & Series in Brazil and having witnessed the sport’s exponential growth in the country and the rising of great Champions (such as 2012 World Champion Leco Salazar, 2x Vice World Champion Caio Vaz and up and coming race talent Vinnicius Martins to mention just a few), it is particularly disappointing to have the Waterman League take this decision, not to mention the inconvenience caused to athletes and organization.
Moving forward, stricter guidelines for global partners that will require an unbending adherence to commitment timelines and not allow for exceptions, no matter how worthy the cause, will help the Waterman League to avoid these unfortunate incidences for all concerned. What this means for the World Series Racing Championship Title scenarios for both men and women in 2015 is that the athletes will have the right to one discard out of the 4 events this year, meaning that their top 3 results will count towards the overall World Title in 2015.
The confirmed events remaining in the 2015 World Series Racing Calendar are as follows:
- Victoria Cup Hayama Pro Japan: 4th - 6th September
- US Open of Stand Up Paddling, Huntington Beach, California: 2nd - 4th October
- World Series Finals at Turtle Bay: 16th - 18th October
For the Surfing World Tour, athletes will also be allowed one discard out of the 5 events this year for the men and one discard from 4 for the women, meaning that the men's top 4 results and women's top 3 results towards the overall World Title in 2015.
The events remaining in the 2015 World Tour Surfing Calendar are as follows:
- US Open of Stand Up Paddling, Huntington Beach, California: 26th Sept - 1st October
- French Open of Stand up Paddling, France: 24th October - 1st November
- Location X Finals, Morocco: 7th - 14th November
Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com for the latest from both the World Series & Tour. For more news from the Stand Up World Tour and Stand Up World Series, click here.