Chicago World Paddle Challenge wraps up

Chicago World Paddle Challenge © Richard Hallman

SUP World Series Stop 6

Stand Up World Tour
Chicago, Illinois
24- 25 August, 2013

Baxter & Anderson edge out the competition

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 August, 2013 : - - The rivalry between Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) only intensified this weekend as the two once again embarked on a battle of epic proportions.

After a dramatic finish in the World Series Sprint Racing where Connor managed to edge ahead of Kai to take the win, it was all down to the crucial Long Distance Race yesterday for the Event Title here in Chicago, but also, vital ranking points on the 2013 Stand Up World Series.

The first lap of the two lap course taking in Chicago's finest sights saw Kai and Connor jostle for the lead in the challenging conditions that the Great Lakes provide, as they were right on each other coming into the second lap.

However, by the tail end of the second lap, Connor managed to break away slightly and consolidate on his lead to take the win here in Chicago for the Long Distance, but also the Overall for Stop 6 on the 2013 Stand Up World Series. A big congratulations go out to the young Champion.

Kai Lenny (Naish) puts on a strong performance here in Chicago for Stop 6 of the Stand Up World Series, leading the Sprint Racing Finals right up until the beach, having to settle for second in one of the tightest and most dramatic conclusions to any World Series Sprint Course and then battling for the lead across the entire distance course.

Despite having to settle for second, Kai Lenny clearly demonstrates once again that he is a serious threat and will be looking to defend his 2012 World Title, whatever it takes.

Jake Jensen (Fanatic) puts on a stunning performance here in Chicago for stop 6 of the Stand Up World Series, as he posts an impressive 3rd place in the sprints, and follows it up with a strong 5th place finish in the long distance to put him in 3rd place overall for the event.

However, a tie with Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) forced a tie breaker, another sprint course, to determine the 3rd place finish and after an epic battle, Jake hit the beach first to run up the Pacifico chute to victory. A great performance by the young Australian.

Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) maintains phenomenal consistency here at Stop 6 of the Stand Up World Series in Chicago: with a 4th place finish in the World Series Sprints on Day 1, Zane then put it all on the line on Day 2 to post another 4th place finish to put him into the tie scenario with Australia's Jake Jenson (Fanatic).

Despite a valiant effort from Zane, a spurt through the last leg of the tie breaker by Jake Jensen meant that Zane had to settle for 4th place overall for the event, that is nonetheless an extremely impressive result for the young talent from Maui and only strengthens his position in the overall ratings.

Kody Kerbox (Naish) has been on a phenomenal roll this year both on the Stand Up World Tour and World Series and was disappointed not to make the finals in the World Series Sprint racing on day 1, but came back with a vengeance on Day 2 with a solid 3rd place finish, shifting him back into the money for a 5th place overall for this all important leg on the 2013 Stand UP World Series.

There is no doubt that Kody is one to watch out for coming into the next stop in San Francisco.

Annabel Anderson (Starboard) once again put on a stellar performance in Chicago, winning both Sprint and Long distance races amidst stiff international competition to take the overall victory at Stop 6 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series.Annabel has been on an unbeaten roll this past year, and looks as determined as ever as she continues to snap at the heels of the leading athletes in the elite men's fleet and dominate the women's division.

You will be able to watch Annabel in action once again this weekend in San Francisco, as she will face amongst America's leading paddlers at the America's Cup of Stand Up Paddling.

Angela Jackson (Fanatic) from Australia once again puts on a great performance at Stop 6 of the Stand Up World Series in Chicago, nothing up 2nd place finishes in both sprint and long distance races to take 2nd place overall.

In sweltering 90 degree temperatures, Angela stepped up to the challenge, and while it was not enough to knock Annabel Anderson (Starboard) of the top spot, she is showing great form in this 2013 season and will be one to watch out for as we come to the closing stages of the 2013 World Series.

A big thank you to our proud partners of the 2013 Chicago World Paddle Challenge who made this event possible and allowed the Stand Up World Series to make further inroads into Mid west of the United States. Pacifico and Starboard presented this exciting leg of the World Series, but a big thanks should also go out to Red Bull, W Hotel Lakeshore, Natural Vines and their SUP America Tour and not forgetting Fiat.

A big thank you also to the City of Chicago and Chicago SUP, who opened their arms to this action packed edition of the Stand Up World Series in front of the unique and dramatic Chicago Skyline. We look forward to returning in 2014.

Source: Waterman League

Author: The Editors

Tags: Waterman League, SUP World Series, Kai Lenny

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