The Ultimate Waterman is the newest event in the surfing calendar and will be hosted in Auckland - one of New Zealand’s most easily accessible marine playgrounds - but those striving to be crowned the world’s first Ultimate Waterman will be put to the test in some of the toughest all-round water conditions New Zealand has to offer.
The six discipline event, which includes shortboard surfing, longboard surfing, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) endurance and SUP surfing, waka-ama endurance and tow-in surfing, will see contestants follow the ebb and flow of the sea to find the perfect conditions for the chosen disciplines.
The invitation only event will be held in New Zealand over eight consectutive days from March 14 - 21, 2015 and has attracted some of the biggest waterman names in the world including New Zealand’s Daniel Kereopa, 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 organisers say 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 varied and unique landscape to the world.
Event Director Greg 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.”