The Ultimate Waterman has been determined in a hot fought battle that went to the wire in New Zealand, with local boy Daniel Kereopa taking the inaugural title in the multi discipline competition. After fighting it out on a variety of craft and in a range of conditions it was Daniel who did just enough and topped the list of some of the best water athletes in the world at this time.
The final event was a 15km stand up paddle endurance race that was won by the Hawaiian Connor Baxter, and although Kereopa only placed in 5th position in the SUP race, his superior point difference saw him take the crown. Kai Lenny finished the Ultimate Waterman in second place whilst it was Connor Baxter who bagged the third and final podium place.
In the end The Ultimate Waterman saw the eight athletes compete in a total of five different ocean events, as well as the SUP Endurance the other events included Waka Ama, Longboard, Shortboard and SUP Surfing. A sixth event – Big wave paddle in surfing was dropped due to a lack of suitable conditions.
Full details of the Ultimate Waterman and who won each discipline can be seen at the official site here, where you can also find highlight videos of each event. All in all a very successful competition and surely one to remain in the event calendar for years to come? After all the title of The Ultimate Waterman is the ultimate accolade for the many fine water athletes that are out there, and one that will always be hotly fought after.