With the travel complications due to Covid-19 only growing, the APP World Tour has been forced to reassess the fast-approaching Portuguese road trip that the winners of the virtual competition would have been awarded.
After much consultation with the Town of Cascais and taking the ever evolving global travel restrictions into consideration, the APP World Tour has deemed the Portuguese road trip, set to take place in October, too soon for travel. Eight finalists were to win the trip, but as more and more countries face a spike in Covid-19 cases, the possibility of travel around the globe is shrinking.
For the safety of our athletes and the success of the event we have reassigned the APP Ride of the Season finale to Hawaii, in February 2021. Unsponsored and pro finalists will travel to the paradise of North Shore Hawaii in Oahu in conjunction with the APP's iconic Sunset Beach event for an experience to remember.
The Hawaiian Experience
It will be a journey back to the roots: a chance to reconnect with the heritage of all surf sports, meet and spend time with some of Hawaii's most revered ocean sports figures and explore Oahu's wave rich coastline for an unforgettable adventure that will meld action on the water with meaningful cultural experiences on land.
Unlike the daily competition routine that was planned for Portugal, the lead into the APP All Stars on the North Shore of Oahu will be group training sessions, video reviews and preparation that will all culminate in a single day showdown at one of the World's most iconic Surf spots: Sunset Beach.
Aside from the opportunity to take part in this prestigious showdown, the chance to surf Sunset in the company of the APP All Star crew is unprecedented and unparalleled: Sunset Beach holds a special place in the history of the sport as it was the Opening stop of the APP World Tour back in 2010, and remains one of the most spectacular waves for high performance Stand Up Paddlesurfing, a venue that has delivered some of the most radical action on Tour.
The APP All Stars will take place during the holding period for the Sunset Beach Event in 2021, scheduled for the 11th - 23rd February, where Stand Up Paddling and APP World Tour competition will be brought back to life in all its glory.
Portugal will open its arms to the APP World Tour in 2021
While it is disappointing not to be able to host the APP All Stars here in Portugal in 2020 due to the current global issues, there is no doubt that the APP World Tour will return to the beautiful town of Cascais in October of 2021 as one of the Official stops of the APP World Tour for SUP Surfing and as part of a broader celebration of the Sport in the Country.
We can't wait to be back in Cascais next year for what will be one of the standout events of the Tour for 2021! Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the 2021 season coming shortly at www.appworldtour.com and @appworldtour