San Francisco, California — Naish Team Rider Casper Steinfath stole the win Friday, October 18th at Ocean Beach at the 2019 Red Bull Heavy Water, arguably the most intense SUP race in the world.
This year, the event lived up to its name with big surf and heavy fog. Steinfath, armed with his Naish Maliko under foot, battled some of the gnarliest conditions the sport has ever seen, paddling a grueling 12 km (7.5 mi) course across San Francisco Bay. Of the 21 competitors, only 8 of the 16 men finished the event, often times not knowing which direction the beach was. All five women in the event were also forced to forfeit mid-race due to the treacherous conditions.
Just a week before the race, Super Typhoon Hagibis wreaked havoc in Japan, causing the swell to build in San Francisco’s Ocean Beach to be in the 15-30 foot range. Despite the ominous conditions, Steinfath remained ready and focused as he’s trained long and hard for this race. Casper started the race strong and pushed his way into 6th place at the first turn around, but was still 400 meters behind the leading pack.
Click HERE to check out a recap video of the madness and scroll down for photos.
Curious how the 2x Red Bull Heavy Water Champion trains for these events? Watch his training video HERE.
Check out Casper’s multi-winning board HERE.
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Photography: APP World Tour & Red Bull