Red Bull Heavy Water, arguably the most intense stand-up paddling event in the world, will return as part of the 2018 APP World Tour circuit, with an event happening between a weather window of October 15 and November 2. The location will guarantee 36 of the world’s best SUP athletes, waves over 10 feet high and consist of an open course stretching 12 km (7.5 miles) starting from the San Francisco Bay and finishing at Ocean Beach. In this third annual event, a true test of physical strength, strategic planning and determination, athletes from the Men’s and Women’s APP World Tour circuit will be welcomed to the start line. Along with the welcome addition of new athletes and a change in course structure, Red Bull Heavy Water will be an ocean-friendly Deep Blue Event™. Red Bull and the APP World Tour will be working with Sustainable Surf and the local Ocean Beach community to leave a positive impact — keeping waste out of oceans and landfills, supporting the local community, going plastic straw-free and minimizing the carbon footprint.
Men's Competitors: 2017 Red Bull Heavy Water winner Casper Steinfath (DK) will be taking on the likes of 2017 APP World Champion Connor Baxter (HI), Mo Freitas (HI), Lincoln Dews (AUS), Arthur Arutkin (FRA), current World #1 ranked Michael Booth (AUS), Travis Grant (HI), Ryan Funk (USA), James Casey (AUS), Slater Trout (USA), Kody Kerbox (HI), Martin Vitry (FRA), Kenny Kaneko (JP), Leonard Nika (IT), Kai Lenny (HI), Danny Ching (USA), Zane Schweitzer (HI), Riggs Napoleon (HI), Jake Jensen (AUS), Bullet Obra (HI), Christian Anderson (DK), Itzel Delgado (PER) and Enzo Bennett (TAH).
Women’s Competitors: 2017 Overall APP World Champion Fiona Wylde (USA) will be pulling out all the stops against the likes of Izzi Gomez (USA), 2017 APP World Racing Champion Terrene Black (AUS), 2015 World Champion Candice Appleby (USA), Annie Reickert (HI), Chloe Walkerdene (AUS), Andrea Moller (BRA), Manca Notar (SLOV), Shae Foudy (USA), and Nicole Pacelli (BRA).