Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) wins the 2015 #SapinusPro – In an exciting and extremely close final that was lead by Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) for the majority of the heat, Maui born Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) was able to dig deep and find one of the best waves of the day in the dying minutes of the heat to score a 9.33 to secure a well deserved win. Zane now shoots into 2nd overall on the World Rankings, with Caio Vaz now taking the lead backing up a second at Sunset with a second here in Tahiti.
Press release : Waterman League 02/06/15
Latest highlight video from the Stand Up World Tour SapinusPro 2015. We can’t wait to see the final highlights with Zane charging to the win. Nice one Zane, Caio and a massive congrats to NZ’s Daniel Kereopa. We hope to see you more this year on the Tour.
Press release : Waterman League 01/06/15
Australians excel in the day’s building swell to all advance to Rd 3
It was certainly a day for the Australians as all six of the crew from Down Under advanced through to Round 3. Kai Bates (Fanatic) was the first to progress in Heat 4 of Round 1, as the youngster picked off the best waves in what was a slow heat to skip the repechage round and advance directly into Round 3.
With the waves picking up in the next heat, Keahi De Aboitiz (JP Australia) wowed the crowds in the channel with a commited backhand re-entry for his direct advancement.
Justin Holland (Starboard) looked more determined than ever to better his fourth place at Stop 1 at the Sunset Beach Pro in Hawaii. Holland dropped into his second wave and tucked into a beautiful tube to score an 8 point right, sending Noa Ginella (Naish) & Julien Bouyer into the Repechage.
James Casey (JP Australia), Dave Muir (IOPS) & Beau Nixon (Naish) all needed the Repechage to progress onto Round 3. With new boards under his feet for this 2nd stop in 2015, Beau Nixon was stoked with how they were working for him “I’m happy that I got through as I was the last Aussie waiting to get through so to be honest I just wanted to make it 6 into Round 3. Beau scored an 8+ ride with a series of powerful turns that caught the judges and spectators eyes.
Sapinus delivers both action and drama as 4x World Champion Kai Lenny knocked out in Round 2
Kai Lenny (Naish) was looking for his second Tour win of the season after taking out #Stop1 of the #SUWT at Sunset Beach back in February. Tahiti in French Polynesia is a location that has eluded Kai in the past and proved to be his nemesis once again in 2015.
Going out in Round 2 Kai Lenny said “I just didn’t read the waves very well, this is a tough location to come too. I guess I will have to take this as my throw away”.
Going down in Round 1 the Hawaiian had to pick himself up and battle it out in the Round 2 Repechage to try and progress. The 4x World Champion just wasn’t able to navigate the tricky Sapinus line up to land the excellent scores that he needed to advance through to Round 3.
Zane Schweitzer scores the highest single wave score of the day
Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) scored the highest single wave score of the day: a lengthy barrel ride followed by a series of critical turns to secure him a 9.5. There is no doubt that Zane’s pre event training this week was paying off and his barrel riding skills are unquestionable.
Noa Ginella looked right at home here in Tahiti, and showcased his supreme and stylish barrel riding in the final repechage of the day
Noa Ginella (Naish) found one of the cleanest barrel of the contest so far in Round 2, to impress the judges who rewarded him with an 8.6 as he knocked out fellow team rider and 4x World Champion, Kai Lenny (Naish) in the process. The North Shore youngster demonstrated smart wave selestion, but fell short in Round 1 at the hands of the ‘in form’ Justin Holland.
The Naish Team rider showed real style in the Repechage and effortlessly dropped into one of the better barrels of the day. As the waves increase overnight, we anticipate some big things in the mornings, so check out the highlights and make sure to stay tuned as the #SapinusPro Round 3 resumes at 7am HST this morning.
The Italian Airton Cozzolino steps up to be counted in Round 1
Airton, like Keahi de Aboitiz (JP Australia) is a kitesurf Champion, but over the past few years, AIrton has proved himself as a real threat on Tour. Watch out for the Italian when competition resumes today at Sapinus at 7am with Round 3, and make sure to check out the highlights at watermanleague.com.
Local and international talent step up here in Tahiti for one of the most exciting Round 3 line ups yet, as surf promises to pump
Round 3 is stacked with a wealth of talent ready to do battle this morning. South African, Tom King (Coreban) made his presence felt by advancing directly through to Heat 3 and will take huge confidence ahead of the Man on Man Rounds.
Local Tahitian favourite Poenaiki Raioha (F-One) needed the Repechage round to progress but still will be looking to make the most of his local knowledge in his match up with Airton.
Meanwhile, Sean Poynter (Starboard), Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) & Bullet Obra amongst others will all be major threats as we kick off round 3 this morning as the surf promises to be on rendez vous for the exciting culmination of this 2nd stop of the 2015 Stand Up World Tour.
Keali’i Mamala put on a show case here on Trials day at the #SapinusPro, Stop 2 on the #SUWT. With 3-5ft sets rolling into Sapinus the Hawaiian took the win in the trials event and claiming his spot in the Main Event. Also putting on stand out performances were New Zealander Daniel Kereopa and locals Tehotu Wong & Atamu Conti joined Mamala in the #SapinusPro Main Event Round 1. Check out all the highlights from the Trials day right here Words : Waterman League
Press release : Waterman League 31/05/15
2015 #SapinusPro PreShow