Ultimate Waterman event slated to go off in Auckland this spring
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 January, 2015 - World’s best watermen to descend on New Zealand for ultimate multi-disciplined surfing event. The world’s ultimate watermen will be put to the test in the toughest all-round water conditions that can be thrown at them around New Zealand over eight consecutive days.
The Ultimate Waterman is a new and unique international surfing event that will be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand but will venture to where the best conditions are on offer – whether that is huge waves for tow-in-surfing at the bottom of the South Island or calmer conditions at Takapuna for stand up paddleboarding (SUP).
The event, to be held on March 14-21, 2015, was launched today by Surfing New Zealand. The New Zealand-based global surfing event is by ‘invitation only’ for just eight athletes, who will compete in six different surfing disciplines over eight days. The six disciplines are shortboard surfing, longboard surfing, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) endurance and SUP surfing, waka-ama endurance and tow-in surfing.
Event creator and Surfing New Zealand chief executive Greg Townsend said athletes and challengers already confirmed for The Ultimate Waterman include New Zealand’s Daniel Kereopa along with international legends Kai Lenny (Hawaii), Manoa Drollet (Tahiti), Mark Visser (Australia) and Danny Ching (USA).
Three further competitors will be added over the next month, including two women, for what Townsend says will be a participation, spectator and global broadcast sensation that will draw a huge local and international audience and will showcase Auckland and New Zealand’s stunning landscape to the world.
Townsend says having the best being put to the challenge in New Zealand is a significant international coup and “all eyes will be on New Zealand to see the likes of Daniel, Kai and Mark battle it out.” “This unique, exciting event will drive water sport participation and create a powerful, lasting legacy for the whole country.”
It is expected that the event will reach over 50 million people via social media channels and deliver world-class content to a massive global audience. It will also provide an opportunity for Auckland and New Zealand to be at the focal point of international media.
Laird Hamilton from Hawaii is considered by many as the Ultimate Waterman and one of the most recognisable figures in world surfing. He is a pioneer of foil-boarding and stand up paddle surfing, is a legendary all-round waterman, fearless big wave charger and actor.
“The Ultimate Waterman is going to be humble and versatile, very complex person, with the capacity to do a huge array of disciplines and ultimately to be one of the greatest athletes in the world,” says Hamilton.