We are days/weeks away from a formative event in the history of women’s SUP racing. The Red Bull Heavy Water in San Francisco, CA – a world class SUP race which is held in a 10 foot plus swell requirement – is welcoming women into their midst.
For the first time in the history of event, the APP World Tour and Red Bull Heavy Water have added 10 formidable females to be the first women contestants for this extreme SUP event.
We caught up with legendary Brazilian-American canoeist & big wave charger Andrea Moller to get her perspective.
APP: How is the Red Bull Heavy Water a new event experience for you?
AM: First of all I’m honored to be invited. I’m definitely excited to see women being a part of this amazing event. Red Bull Heavy Water has a unique format that I’ve never done before. In between seven miles of flat water and huge surf, the challenge is huge!
APP: Have you done any training on Ocean Beach? If so, what are your impressions?
AM: I’ve surfed Ocean Beach before, on a surfboard, on small days – never on a SUP. The main impression is that the current can get crazy strong.
APP: How does the Red Bull Heavy Water help elevate the status of women in the realm of big wave surfing?
AM: Red Bull Heavy Water requires a high level of ocean skills which definitely pushes everyone’s limit, whether you’re a man or woman, to the max. This invitational event will allow women to showcase their talents in this arena and help with the whole progression of the sport.
APP: What’s your greatest wish/what do you want to see happen?
AM: For now, all I really want is to experience this format and hope everyone plays safe in the surf. It will be interesting to see how we feel in the surf after a 7.5-mile flat water race.
APP: Any advice to the women who might NOT have your big wave experience and who are perhaps more nervous than you about the event?
AM: My biggest advice is to get out there and spend some time on bigger surf. I’m just as nervous and challenged. Stand up paddle racing in huge surf is a lot different then regular surf. The challenge will be huge for all of us.
ABOUT RED BULL HEAVY WATER
The Red Bull Heavy Water is an invitation-only extreme open water SUP racing event wherein 36 elite athletes compete across a 7.5 mile course within the raging currents under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. After the grueling course, to finish the race, athletes have to complete a 3-pronged surf battle (SUP sprints in and out of the breaking surf zone) to finish at Ocean Beach.
Prize money for this event is unparalleled in the world of stand up paddling as men & women will compete for prize money totaling $75K. The greatest names in the sport are in the line up. The action will ALL be available LIVE through Red Bull and the APP World Tour’s LIVE BROADCAST via Facebook and partner websites.
The APP World Tour and Red Bull are currently in a holding pattern (or “On Call”) to create the exact date for the event. The waiting period runs from 15th October – 2nd November, 2018. Event organizers require a swell height large enough (10’+) in order to call the event.
Written by: Evelyn O’Doherty Online Editor / APP World Tour