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Today saw amazing conditions for the final day of competition here in Gran Canaria. Massive congrats to Sean Poynter from the USA and Iballa Moreno from Spain both taking their first ever World Championship Crowns on the APP World Tour. We also crowned two new event champs as Izzi Gomez and Poenaiki Raioha took the event wins here in solid surf to wrap up the 2018 season in Gran Canaria. Words : APP World Tour

Full Results

Men’s: 

Position Athlete Nation Points
1 Poenaiki Raioha Tahiti 10,000
2 Sean Poynter USA 8,000
3 Julien Bouyer France 6,500
3 Sebastian Gomez Peru 6,500
5 Luis Diniz Brazil 5,000
5 Leonardo Gimenes Brazil 5,000
5 Zane Schweitzer Hawaii 5,000
5 Wellington Reis Brazil 5,000
9 Dave Boehne USA 4,000
9 Alexis Deniel France 4,000
9 Tamil Martino Peru 4,000
9 Mo Freitas Hawaii 4,000
13 Fernando Perez Spain 3,000
13 Moritz Mauch Germany 3,000
13 Camille Bouyer France 3,000
13 Pablo Valencia Spain 3,000
13 Carsten Kurmis Germany 3,000
13 Leco Salazar Brazil 3,000
13 Oscar Perez Spain 3,000
13 Benoit Carpentier France 3,000
13 Dario Ojeda Spain 3,000
13 Daniel Cesar Ferlin Brazil 3,000
13 Juan de los Reyes Barrios Spain 3,000
13 Medhi Oudani Morocco 3,000
25 Luciano Esteves Martins Brazil 1,000
25 Arthur LeMenn France 1,000
25 Javier Lezcano Spain 1,000
25 Federico Benettolo Italy 1,000
25 Arthur Arutkin France 1,000
25 Eduardo Diaz Spain 1,000

 

Women’s :

Position Athlete Nation Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
1 Izzi Gomez USA 10,000
2 Iballa Moreno Spain 8,000
3 Vania Olivieri Torres Peru 6,500
3 Shakira Westdorp Australia 6,500
5 Nicole Pacelli Brazil 5,000
5 Gabriela Sztamfer Brazil 5,000
5 Candice Appleby USA 5,000
5 Alazne Alonso 5,000
9 Dominique Miller Hawaii 4,000
9 Terrene Black Australia 4,000
9 Lara Claydon 4000
9 Annette Qvisgaard 4,000

After the recent NewYork APP World Tour event last week Sean Poynter and Iballa Moreno were crowned king and queen of the event. The 2 Starboard Team members ripped apart the small clean swell at the competition. But we also feel there is something else that these two paddlers deserve a little more credit for.

The New York waves were mostly lefts during the competition so this meant that both the Starboard surfers were surfing mostly on their backside. To win a competition at this level by riding on your backside really does deserve a mention in our eyes. Having to produce speed, power and flow on a wave is way harder on your backside than surfing on your frontside. And if that wasn’t hard enough imagine Sean having his fellow team mate Zane Schweitzer charging on his frontside throughout most of the competition.

To hold off other competitors and take the win at New York really shows the level of these two paddlers…. Respect!

Mens

1.  Sean Poynter (USA)
2.  Zane Schweitzer (USA)
3=  Luiz Diniz (Brazil)  & Poenaiki Raioha (Tahiti)

Ladies

1.  Iballa Moreno
2.  Nicole Pacelli
3=  Terrene Black & Dominique Mille
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London SUP

The APP World Tour prepares for first stop on the 2018 World Tour with the London SUP Open this week, July 7-8, 2018 at the Royal Docks and on the River Thames.

The action is non-stop and the top athletes, including Kai Lenny, Mo Freitas, Michael Booth, Candice Appleby, Shae Foodie and Travis Grant are gathered and training on the historic river Thames. Multiple opportunities to watch the racing and on LIVE broadcast are available throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY, JULY 7th:  ACTIVITY ON WATER

9:45AM            Youth Sprint Racing
10:45AM          Nisco Racing 1.5KM
11:45AM          Pro-Am Sprint Racing Qualifying Rounds
11:45-12PM    Wakeboard Demo
12-1:30PM      Nisco Spring & Amateur Sprint Racing
1:15-1:30PM   Wakeboard Demo
1:45-2:15PM   Dragon Racing Qualifying Rounds
2:15-2:30PM   Wakeboard Demo
2:30-3:30PM   Nisco Distance Race: 5KM
3:45-5:30PM   Pro Sprints:  Men & Women
5:40-5:50PM   Pro-Am Sprint Final Rounds:  Men & Women
6-6:20PM        Pro Sprints Final: Men & Women
6:30-6:50PM  Nisco Finals
7-7:15PM       Team Racing Finals

SUNDAY, JULY 8th:  ACTIVITY ON WATER

9-9:45AM       3KM Youth Racing
10-12PM        Amateur 1KM, 3KM & 6KM Races
12-12:15        Wakeboard Demo
12:15-1PM     Dragon Racing Qualifiers
1:15-3:15PM  Pro-AM & Amateur 9KM Race
3:30-5:15PM  Pro 11KM Race
5:30-6PM       Dragon Racing Finals
6:30-7PM       Foiling Exhibition featuring Kai Lenny, Mo Freitas, and others

DO YOU HAVE TO BE A PRO to PARTICIPATE?

The London SUP Open has something for everyone. From entry level paddleboarders, to World Championship Tour competitors, there are multiple races to get people out on the water and taking part. Even families are welcome to enter, as the London SUP Open welcomes everyone from ages 6-90+.  There are races for all abilities with a more challenging 10KM distance race or an achievable 3KM race.  There is even a 1KM, predominanty for entry level paddlers wanting to get their feet wet in SUP racing for the first time.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:  CITY PADDLE FESTIVALS

Something for EVERYONE:  In addition to all the activity on the water, what makes the London SUP Open so special is the FULL spectrum of activities down on the Royal Victoria Docks as part of the CITY PADDLE FESTIVAL here in London!

Entry to the event village at the Royal Docks is free of charge all weekend.

The Royal Victoria Docks, East London will be transformed into an urban lifestyle zone with food and drink stands, retail and activities.  Entry to the retail village is completely free of charge.  Registration is only required for those who are planning to race on Saturday or Sunday.

Also on the Docks is a dedicated Wellness Zone for those not interested in getting on the water PLUS multiple activities for the whole family.  The APP World Tour & the London SUP Open wants to create a weekend festival for the entire community.

SATURDAY, JULY 7th:  ACTIVITY ON STAGE

9-10AM:             Soul Sisters Yoga with Charlotte Holmes
10AM                 Welcome to the London SUP Open:  MC
10:45-11AM:      Lizzie Carr – welcome to London SUP Open, tips from Plastic Patrol
12:05-12:20PM: London SUP Open talks with Michael Booth
1:15 – 1:30PM:   London SUP Open talks with Candice Appleby
2:20 – 2:30PM:   London SUP Open talks with APP World Tour Race Director Anthony Vela
2:30-2:45PM:     London SUP Open talks with young guns Ryan Funk & Annie Reickert
3:15 – 3:25PM    London SUP Open talks with Lizzie Carr
6:20 – 6:20PM    Interviews with winners of Pro Sprints
7:00 – 7:10PM    London SUP Open talks with Casper Steinfath
7:25 – 7:45PM    Awards Presentation
7:45 – 8:00PM    London SUP Open talks with Kai Lenny
8:00 – 9:00PM    Movie Premiere:  Paradigm Lost

SUNDAY. JULY 8th:  ACTIVITY ON STAGE

9-10AM:              Soul Sisters Yoga with Charlotte Holmes
10AM                  Welcome to the London SUP Open:  MC
10:45-11AM:       Lizzie Carr – welcome to the London SUP Open – tips from Plastic Patrol
12:15-12:30PM  London SUP Open talks with Mo Freitas
1:20 – 1:35PM    London SUP Open talks with Connor Baxter
2:20 – 2:30PM    London SUP Open talks with Danny Ching
3:15 – 3:25PM    London SUP Open talks with Lizzie Carr
5:15 – 5:30PM    Interviews with Winners of Pro Distance
6:00 – 6:30PM    London SUP Open awards

LIVE BROADCASTS will be available all weekend down at the Royal Victoria Docks so whether you’re on the water participating or sampling the retail village, all the action will be brought to your courtesy of the APP World Tour.

The worlds best are coming to London on the 7th – 8th July. The city of London will offer great viewing for spectators, as well as plenty of opportunity to get involved in the racing too. Read the APP Press Release below…

The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP), announced today that it will be bringing the opening leg of its 2018 World Tour to central London for the first time this summer.

The London SUP Open will see a series of elite stand-up paddle board races take place on the River Thames and Royal Docks on 7th – 8th July 2018 as the biggest names in international SUP descend on the capital.

Outside of the Pro competition, a major focus of the London SUP Open will center on mass participation, from 1km entry level races, to multiple distance races and sprint formats:  these races are open to everyone and will provide a full weekend of fun and activity for all the family.

Entries are now open at www.londonsupopen.com (#londonsupopen)

London SUP Open to provide something for everyone, with participation at every level and a spectacle to remember

London will proudly kick off the four-stop racing tour which will also visit New York City, San Francisco and Paris. The weekend of racing starts on Saturday 7 July with a pro race along the River Thames finishing at the Houses of Parliament.

Proceedings will then head to East London’s Royal Docks, with a series of sprint and long distance, pro and amateur races taking place on the water over the weekend. The general public are able to watch the events completely free of charge as the biggest names in SUP battle it out right here in the capital.

As part of the event, the Royal Docks in Newham, East London will be transformed into an urban beach lifestyle zone for one weekend only, with food and beverage stands, shopping, live music and stunning spots to check out all the action.

There will be extensive opportunities for stand-up paddle boarders of all ages and abilities to have a go at SUP – the world’s fastest growing participation sport. For novices and beginners, there will be trial zones, as well as SUP Yoga and SUP Polo areas. There will also be a dedicated space where little ones can have a go, too. Entry to the event village is free of charge and open to all.

More on these all new ‘Urban Beach Lifestyle Festivals’, inclusive of registration for all events, go to citypaddlefestivals.com and follow @citypaddlefestivals

The APP World Tour takes to the World’s most iconic Cities

The APP World Tour builds on the foundations laid by the Waterman League since its inception in 2009, with a laser focus on growing the sport, creating icons, delivering a dynamic show and ensuring an all-inclusive experience that inspires participation at every level across key markets worldwide.

Tristan Boxford, CEO of the APP World Tour said, “The APP World Tour is excited to kick off the 2018 season in London: as one of the most iconic and recognisable cities in the world, London provides not only the ideal backdrop for this all-important opening stop of the APP World Tour Season for 2018, but held at the Royal Docks, a central venue that will welcome participation for all complimented by music and entertainment for a true ‘beach lifestyle’ festival in the heart of the City.”

The 2018 Season on the APP World Tour for Racing sees a concentrated focus on the World’s major Cities, as it starts with the London SUP Open, heads to New York City for the New York SUP Open, then onto San Francisco for a unique extreme race in XL surf, capped off with the Paris SUP Open in December, with World Tour Surfing taking place in New York and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. FOr more on the Tour, go to www.appworldtour.com and follow @appworldtour

2018 APP Tour
New York & Las Palmas, Gran Canaria added as official surfing stops on the 2018 APP World Tour

Ericeira, Portugal, 1st February 2018: Following on from the announcement of its official Racing stops, the APP (Association of Paddlesurf Professionals) World Tour is proud to announce 2 new Surfing stops for the 2018 season:

1. New York, USA: 18th – 23rd September

The Surfing component of this year’s US Open will be held out on Long Island, New York from the 18th – 23rd September, prime swell season for this east coast surfing mecca as we celebrate the sport of Stand Up Paddling in all its glory.

From racing for all in the City on the 15th September, to fast paced, spectacular surf racing out at Long Island, the US Open will then celebrate Surfing within a stone’s throw of one of the World’s most iconic Cities, truly providing something for everyone in 2018.

An open trials event for the surfing will be held in New York providing a platform for everyone to step up and be counted. Entries will open this month at www.appworldtour.com

“I am looking forward to compete on this year’s APP World Tour because we have new locations and my goal this year is to get my second world title”, Nicole Pacelli, APP World Tour athlete and 2013 APP World Champion.

2. Las Palmas, Gran Canaria: 11th – 20th December

We are proud to officially announce the Las Palmas stop of the 2018 APP World Tour as part of a multi year deal to bring the World’s best to the beautiful Capital City of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas each December.

This bustling Capital City of over 400,000 inhabitants is buffeted by incredibly consistent swell over the winter season, providing the perfect set up for the APP World Tour to host an Official Pro World Championship Tour stop. As with New York, there will be an Open Trials event for this stop of the Tour, providing access for all. Stay tuned for entries opening this month at appworldtour.com

“We are excited to bring the APP World Tour to Las Palmas for the next 3 years as a minimum and continue to build off the SUP legacy we have built over the past 3 years in Mogan”, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, 42x Windsurf World Champion & Local Organizer (Gran Canaria).

Pacific Paddle Games will count towards the 2018 APP World Tour as an honorary points event, to celebrate Southern California

2018 APP Tour

There is no doubt that Southern California has established itself as a major hub for the Stand Up Paddlesurf community as a whole, from participation to industry, and has become a global gathering point for the sport each year in early October with the annual SUP Awards and the Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life.

As a show of respect to not only this significant region for the sport and the global gathering, but also this flagship event that has been a shining light in the sport for several years, the APP World Tour will attribute points from this year’s Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life towards to the 2018 APP World Title.

While the event is not an Official Stop on the APP World Tour for 2018, given that formats and guidelines are in line with those of the Tour, athletes will be able to accrue points from this event towards the 2018 Professional World Titles on the APP World Tour.

APP World Tour schedule mixes iconic, Major City venues with spectacular action and true mass participation in 2018

2018 APP Tour

It will be a dramatic year on the 2018 APP World Tour, as we take the sport of Stand Up Paddling to the World’s Major Cities and deliver all the action live and post event across digital and premier TV broadcasters worldwide (CBS Sports in the US).

“The excitement level is really high for this season. It’s going to fulfill exactly what makes Stand up Paddling so great: we are going to be competing on the World stage in these major cities where most surf events could never happen”, Kai Lenny, 8x APP World Champion.

1. London, UK: 7th – 8th July

  • Professional, Amateur and Entry Level Competition for both Men and Women
  • Discipline: Racing
  • Prize-money: $30,000

2. New York, USA: 15th – 23rd September

  • Professional, Amateur and Entry Level Competition for both Men and Women
  • Disciplines: Racing and Surfing
  • Prize-money: $55,000

3. San Francisco, USA: 15th October – 2nd November

  • Professional Competition by Invitation only for both Men and Women
  • Discipline: Racing
  • Prize-money: $50,000

4. Paris, France: 8th – 9th December

  • Professional, Amateur and Entry Level competition for both Men and Women
  • Discipline: Racing
  • Prize-money: $30,000

5. Las Palmas, Gran Canaria: 11th – 20th December

  • Professional, Amateur & Youth level competition for both Men & Women
  • Discipline: Surfing
  • Prize-money: $25,000

Honorary Points Race: Pacific Paddle Games, Dana Point, USA: 6th – 7th October

  • Professional, Amateur and Entry Level competition for both Men and Women
  • Discipline: Racing
  • Prize-money: $60,000

INTERNATIONAL SURFING ASSOCIATION AND ASSOCIATION OF PADDLESURF PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCE HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP AND SANCTIONING AGREEMENT
ISA and APP competitor, Kai Lenny, competes at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed
La Jolla, California, May 4, 2017 – The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour are proud to announce a partnership that will mark a new era in the leadership and development of the sport of StandUp Paddle (SUP) worldwide.
The partnership involves the ISA taking a minority ownership in APP World Tour and providing an official ISA sanction of all APP World Tour events.
With this historic agreement, the APP World Tour (formerly known as the Stand Up World Tour & Series), the official professional world tour for the sport of SUP, exclusively aligns with and supports the ISA as the sole world governing body for Surfing, including SUP.
The official ISA sanction of the APP World Tour will start with the Mercedes SUP World Cup in Germany on June 30th 2017. On this occasion, the APP World Tour will actively promote and brand the ISA as the official sanctioning body through all communications and event materials. The ISA will do the same through all its official communication channels.
In recognizing and celebrating that SUP is born from the sport of Surfing, the ISA and APP are jointly committed to continuing to provide a long-term professional pathway for all the top SUP surfers and racers.
In recent years, the ISA and the APP have been actively pursuing ways to work more closely together in the best interests of the sport. The two organizations have enjoyed a productive and positive working relationship. This agreement is a consequence of these efforts and relationship.
Both the ISA and APP share an ambitious vision in the global development, growth and sustainability of SUP, including the objective of seeing SUP included in future editions of the Olympic Games under the ISA’s leadership and authority.
This landmark partnership reflects an innovative and pioneering approach of an IOC-Recognized International Federation and a professional tour working in harmony for the development of the sport and the interests of the athletes.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“This agreement marks a historic turning point for the rightful leadership, promotion and unity of StandUp Paddle worldwide. We are thrilled to join forces with the APP and to work together in the best interests of the athletes and the sport, including both SUP surfing and racing disciplines.
“No other International Federation in the world has been as committed or active as the ISA in the organisation and development of SUP. Through this partnering with the APP, we have solidified our role and leadership as the world’s sole governing body for SUP in all its forms.
“We applaud the APP leadership for their vision and commitment to the professional growth of the sport. We’re looking forward to working closely with the APP to build on the rich tradition of the APP World Tour for an even brighter future.
“Under ISA leadership, Surfing will make its historic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  With the support of the APP and the world’s best athletes, we are fully committed to a path for SUP to future Olympic Games.”
CEO of APP World Tour, Tristan Boxford, said:
“Stand Up Paddling has seen exponential growth over the past decade as surfing’s most accessible format: with no geographic limitations or barrier to entry, anywhere there is water, Stand Up Paddling has become one of the most diverse water sports in the world.
Over the past 8 years, we have built the sport’s professional platform to where it is today and we have always appreciated and supported the ISA’s commitment to and leadership of SUP.  With the re-branding and new direction of the APP World Tour, it was only natural for us to seek a partnership with the world governing body for the sport, in order continue to propel the sport’s development and growth.
“We are excited to align with the ISA and to combine efforts and resources to creatively promote this sport that we love and are committed to. The ISA will be an extremely valuable partner as we look to enhance the sport at every level, from grass roots up to professional.
“The APP World Tour, our committed professional athletes, and the sport’s stakeholders are confident that this partnership will help the ISA achieve SUP’s Olympic dream. SUP is infused with high performance and youthful values, which would make it a perfect fit for the Olympic sports program in the future.”
Current and triple SUP Racing World Champion, ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, said:
“As an active professional SUP athlete and leader in the ISA, I am ecstatic to see our sport’s world governing body and the professional tour for SUP working together in unison. This partnership will continue to push the sport’s explosive growth and boost our campaign for inclusion in the Olympic Games.
“SUP is the world’s fastest growing water sport. With its unique attributes of sport performance, easy access, youthful relevance and growing global appeal, SUP would bring proven excitement, value and fun to the Olympic Games.
“As athletes, we know that the sport will continue to be in good hands moving forward in this era of partnership between the ISA and APP.”

The days action from the Maui Pro-Am 2017 day 2, Distance Highlights above.

Press Release : APP World Tour

Mo Freitas and Terrene Black Claim Overall Victory at Stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour, the Maui Pro-Am

Sunday, March 12 – North Shore, Maui – After two days of action-packed racing featuring the fastest paddlers on earth, the first race event of the 2017 APP World Tour season—the Maui Pro-Am—ended today with Oahu’s dynamic upstart Mo Freitas and the Australian powerhouse Terrene Black taking home the overall event Titles.

Action-Packed Sprint Races on Day One Set Stage for Maliko to Kanaha Distance Race and the culmination of the Maui Pro-Am

The event kicked off yesterday with flawless conditions greeting competitors for the sprint races at Ho’okipa Beach Park. The sport’s top athletes battled through two-lap heats in and out through head-high surf that held strong throughout the day, with standout performances coming from Denmark’s perpetual title contender Casper “The Viking” Steinfath and Australian surf star Terrene Black to earn them victories in the first event of the Maui Pro-Am.

Other highlights in the sprint races came from the star-studded Hawaiian contingent, representing their territory in stellar fashion with Mo Freitas and Connor Baxter taking home second and third in the men’s division respectively, and current racing world champion Fiona Wylde finishing third behind the youngest female contender in the bunch, 15-year-old Annie Reickert.

Check out the highlights and full LIVE replay from an epic day of action by going to www.appworldtour.com

Day Two Kicks Off With Youth Supsquatch Challenge Followed By the Distance Race on Legendary Maliko Run

Day Two welcomed the second event of the Maui Pro-Am, an eight-mile distance race on Maui’s fabled Downwind Run from Maliko Gulch to the finish at Kanaha Beach Park. The day’s race was preceded by a youth Supsquatch race at Kanaha Beach, where the island’s community gathered to watch the future of the sport pile onto two massive inflatables with eight kids to a board for a race around an offshore buoy and back through the finish line at Kanaha.

By early afternoon, the excitement was peaking in Maliko Gulch as the APP World Tour athletes lined up for the start of the distance race. The Maliko is widely known as the best downwind run on earth with the Maui trade winds supplying world-class conditions for bump riding.

However, today those trade winds were nowhere to be found, and as the contenders filed out of the Gulch into the open Pacific for the start hardly a whisper of wind was present to help propel them down the coast to Kanaha. These conditions made for an all-out flatwater endurance grind in sweltering heat, as well as an immaculate setting that showcased the incredible fitness of these paddlers as well as the pristine beauty of Maui.

Michael Booth Dominates in the Men’s Distance Race Ahead of Local Favorite and 2016 World Champion Connor Baxter

The performance of the day came from Australian dynamo Michael Booth, whose unparalleled athleticism inserted him at the lead of the pack from the start. Booth opted for an inside line and hugged the coastline in hopes of catching some bumps in the shallows.

Meanwhile, Maui favorite Connor Baxter assumed second position among the men with Mo Freitas close behind in 3rd, and that remained the hierarchy through to the finish. With Freitas finishing second in the sprints and third in the distance race, and Baxter finishing third in the sprints and second in the distance race, the tiebreaker came down to the increased points weighting of the sprint race, placing Freitas in the top position overall with Baxter runner-up.

Casper “The Viking” Steinfath filled out the last position on the overall podium, finishing seventh in the distance race following his first-place victory in yesterday’s sprint races. Make sure to check out all the highlights and watch the LIVE replay at www.appworldtour.com

Sonni Hönscheid Shows Veteran Strength For A Commanding Victory in the Women’s Distance Race

Among the women, three-time Molokai 2 Oahu champion Sonni Hönscheid got out ahead early in the glassy conditions and used her veteran knowledge and sheer strength to hold that position to the finish.

Behind her, Fiona Wylde sported her yellow champion’s jersey in the second position for a well-earned runner-up finish in the women’s distance race. Yesterday’s sprint race victor Terrene Black drove across the finish in third place for the top overall performance of the event, claiming the Maui Pro-Am overall title ahead of overall women’s second-place contender Fiona Wylde and third-place finisher Sonni Hönscheid.

The competition was then celebrated with an award ceremony at Kanaha Beach Park with complimentary food and a live musical performance from local diva Paula Fuga.

The best of the action from the Spint Racing Day 1 at the Maui Pro-Am above.

Casper Steinfath and Terrene Black Claim Victory in the Surf Sprint Racing On Day One of the APP World Tour’s Maui Pro-Am!

World-class conditions aligned with the world’s fastest standup paddle racers for another paramount display of APP World Tour competition, as the first race event of 2017 got underway with the Day One Sprint Races at the Maui Pro-Am.

As the morning’s sun rose over Haleakala and filtered through the event scaffolding at Ho’okipa Beach Park, a laundry list of standup paddling’s biggest stars arrived to compete. The first race event of the APP World Tour stood to provide a litmus test for these competitors odds in the season to come.

Hawaiians and Aussies Prevail in Opening Rounds

Round One kicked off with the Maui contingent showing strong, as local hero and current racing world champion Connor Baxter (Starboard) swept the opening heat advancing directly to the third round along with fellow Maui paddler Bernd Roediger and third-place finisher, the Australian Lincoln Dews. Also finishing atop their respective heats, the American Josh Riccio (F-One) and Australians James Casey and Toby Cracknell looked dominant, clearly showcasing their off-season preparation.

While the top three contenders from each Round One heat advanced directly to Round Three, the remaining athletes took to the Round Two repocharge for a second chance to advance. Along the way came a clash of the titans with fellow Starboard athletes, Italian champion Leonard Nika (Starboard) and rising Australian star Michael Booth (Starboard), tangling in the surf for what contest officials deemed an interference on the part of Nika. They resolved the dispute with a single-lap head-to-head heat, and in the end Nika came out ahead and advanced to Round Three.

Casper Steinfath Upsets Hawaiian Favorites in Final Round

As the Men’s field narrowed through Round Three, the Semi-Finals staged the day’s dominant forces. Hawaiian favorites Mo Freitas and Connor Baxter (Starboard) met the Maui conditions with poise to take the top seeds going into the finals, while the likes of Travis Grant, Leonard Nika (Starboard), Matt Nottage (Starboard), Ryan Funk, Slater Trout and Lincoln Dews were relegated to the consolation final. The top two contenders of the consolation final—Dews (1st) and Grant (2nd)—advanced to the Final event of the Mens to battle it out with the day’s top male contenders.

The Mens final commenced with a tightly-matched selection of eight of the day’s fastest paddlers gunning off the start inside the surf line at Ho’okipa. Among them, the Danish Viking Casper Steinfath took the lead ahead of Baxter and Freitas. Steinfath held his lead and muscled into a small bump after rounding the final buoy, surfing it to the finish for an overall victory for Day One, with Freitas finishing runner-up and Baxter claiming third-place for the day.

Terrene Black & Fiona Wylde Dominate Women’s Contention

Then there were the women. With a stacked list of seven of the world’s best all jockeying for the top overall performance of three heats, it could have been anyone’s day. After two laps through the Ho’okipa surf, Australian powerhouse Terrene Black prevailed in Heat One with current racing world champion Fiona Wylde (Starboard) just behind.

In the women’s second heat, Fiona Wylde (Starboard) came out on top with Terrene in second. Meanwhile, perennial title contenders Candice Appleby and Sonni Hönscheid (Starboard) had a bit of a shocker in the sprint races with less desirable finishes.

Perhaps the most impressive underdog display came from Maui’s own Annie Reickert, the youngest women’s contender in the field. She put her local knowledge to good use for a first-place finish in the third heat, but it wasn’t enough to take the overall victory. At the end of the day, Black finished as overall champion ahead of runner-up Wylde for a commanding points lead going into tomorrow’s Distance race on the fabled Maliko Run.

UPTDATE

APP World Tour — There was a slight error in the yesterday’s press release for the Day One Sprint races of the Maui Pro-Am. In the women’s division, Maui local Naish athlete Annie Reickert finished overall second-place ahead of Fiona Wylde. The final overall finishing results for the Women’s Sprint Races is as follows:

1st: Terrene Black

2nd: Annie Reickert

3rd: Fiona Wylde

4th: Izzi Gomez

5th: Candice Appleby

6th: Sonni Honscheid

7th: Lara Claydon

8th: Manca Notar

 

Stop 1 of the new APP tour has got underway in Hawaii. Perfect conditions fire for the worlds best. Check out the latest video highlights and news below. For more information and to watch the live feed visit the APP website here www.appworldtour.com .

Sunset Beach provides an epic Finals Day for Stop 1 of the APP World Tour as Kai Lenny and Izzi Gomez are crowned Champions

All photos credit: Brian Bielman / www.appworldtour.com

Sunset Beach delivers great conditions for a spectacular finals day that saw dramatic action from start to finish and Champions crowned at Stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour.

The day started out with anxiety for organizers as there was only small surf on offer at daybreak, with the next swell scheduled to arrive the following evening, too late for the contest to capitalize on with the closing of the waiting period the 24th.

However, as the sun came up and athletes and organizers ramped up for the start of the quarterfinals, as if by cue, Sunset turned on and delivered what was a magical day of competition, propelling the performance from the last 16 Men and Last 4 Women to a whole new level.

After 4 epic days of competition at this iconic North Shore wave, Maui’s Kai Lenny and Florida’s Izzi Gomez were able to secure victory at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro and kick of their World Championship Tour season in style.

Kai Lenny reasserts his winning form, making a clear statement to the world at the start of the 2017 APP World Tour Season

While Kai Lenny has 4 Surfing World Titles under his belt as well as 4 Sunset Beach Pro Titles, it has been two years now that Kai hasn’t found his winning edge on the APP World Tour, with the Title going to Caio Vaz from Brazil in both 2015 & 16.

However, as we kicked off the 2017 edition of the Sunset Beach Pro, it was clear that Kai Lenny had well and truly showed up and meant business, building momentum through the rounds on his way to the Final, and with a stunning and crisp display of performance surfing.

While his performances through the rounds were impressive, it was as if he found a whole extra gear in the final, comboing the field within the first 10 minutes and putting on a clinic of next level surfing. WIth a perfect 10 and an 8.5 in his scoreline, he posted not only the highest heat score total, but secured the well deserved victory at home in Sunset Beach.

The message was clear: Kai has been at the forefront of the sport since the beginning, but has once again surged forward, taking all his experience from his pursuits across the complete spectrum of sports he excels in and channeling them into a stunning performance today at Sunset Beach.

Bernd Roediger continues to go from strength to strength and confirms to the World that he is a major contender in 2017

Bernd Roediger has always been exceptionally talented and shown moments of brilliance on Tour, but this year at Sunset Beach he demonstrated a new level of maturity in his approach to competition and was without doubt one of the form surfers at every step of the event and one of the clear favorites for the win.

His wave selection, positioning and fluid, well timed approach earned him high score after high score, propelling him all the way through to the Final 4. However, grace under pressure and hard earned competition savvy saw Bernd pull off the score he needed to move from 4th to 2nd in the dying minutes of the heat.

Giorgio Gomez puts on a clinic of backhand surfing at Sunset Beach to secure an impressive 3rd place finish

Giorgio Gomez has stepped up his game this year and is looking stronger, fitter and more prepared than ever to take on the best of the best on the APP World Tour.

Sunset Beach is a tricky wave to surf on your backhand at the best of times, so to make it all the way through to the final and give the best natural footers in the world a run for their money on their own turf was an impressive achievement by the young Floridian talent.

Like Bernd, Giorgio capitalized on a late flurry of waves in the final to leap frog Mo Freitas to secure 3rd place for the event, and with that, a great start to the 2017 season. There is no doubt that Giorgio’s fast paced critical surfing style will suit the beachbreaks of New York impeccably, so he will be a force to be reckoned with and a real contender as we progress through the 2017 season.

Mo Freitas put on an impressive display at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, with full rail, committed turns to secure 4th place overall

Ever since Mo Freitas broke onto the scene at just 16 years old back in 2012 (when he won the Ubatuba Pro in Brazil), he has shown himself to be one of the most progressive, dynamic and competitive surfers on Tour.

Furthermore, born and raised on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, Mo is no stranger to the power and complexities that Sunset Beach serves up on any given day. It was therefore no surprise to see Mo make it to the final 4 and once again make a statement with his unique brand of full rail, powersurfing.

Mo was sitting in 2nd place until the final minutes of the heat, when the same flurry that got Bernd and Giorgio their final scores came through. Unfortunately for Mo, his two competitors got the better of the exchange, with Mo unable to capitalize on his wave, pushing him back to 4th place when the buzzer sounded.

While Mo would have been hoping for an event win, a Top 4 finish to kick off his 2017 season is a great way to start the year and we look forward to seeing a lot more of this young North Shore talent through the year on the APP World Tour.

Izzi Gomez, starts the year off as she means to continue: on top, as she kicks off her campaign for a 4th World Title in 2017

Izzi Gomez (Starboard) continues to hold the reins at the top of the Women’s ratings, a position that she has held now for the past 3 years, and a position that she seems unwilling to relinquish any time soon, despite her competitors best efforts.

While the competition was certainly no walk in the park for Izzi (she had to go through the repechage to make it back into the Main Event and faced formidable competition in the Final), there is no doubt that the young Floridian’s surfing continues to develop at an astonishing rate.

For a first year event for the women out at Sunset Beach in 2017, the APP World Tour was proud to witness its leading ladies not only taking to the water at Sunset, but put on a show to remember, and make a statement as to just how far the women’s side of the sport has come over the past 4 years.

Fiona Wylde is a serious contender on the APP World Tour and will be vying for multiple World Titles in 2017

Fiona Wylde (Starboard) had an incredible year in 2016, winning the Racing World Title and finishing 2nd in the Surfing to position herself as one of the most well rounded athletes in the world.

In 2017, she has started her year off with a bang, as while she wasn’t able to secure victory at the Sunset Beach Pro, she was within inches of it and caught one of the best waves of the event and made a statement with her fearless, but calculated attack in the Sunset line up.

With the Overall World Title now Official in 2017, there is no doubt that Fiona is one of the principal contenders and she will be looking to consolidate on this great start to the year at stop 2 of the APP World Tour on Maui next month (the Maui Pro-Am: 10th – 12th March), an event that she won in 2016.

Shakira Westdorp once agains demonstrates that she is a major contender on the APP World Tour with a 3rd place finish

Clearly revelling at the opportunity to take on the infamous Sunset Beach, Shakira Westdorp (Starboard) approached every heat with maximum power and commitment, making her presence felt throughout the early rounds to propel her into the Finals for the exciting battle that was to take place today at stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour.

Once in the Finals, she navigated the tricky line up to find some solid scores, but was unable to match the output of Izzi and Fiona, forcing her to settle for 3rd place overall. However, one thing is for sure – it will not be long before Shakira gets an event win on the APP World Tour and she remains one of the fiercest competitions on Tour and one of the most dangerous draws.

Nicole Pacelli finishes in 4th place at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro

2013 World Champion Nicole Pacelli was looking dangerous throughout the early rounds of the Sunset Beach Pro this year, clearly revelling at the opportunity to compete out at this iconic North Shore wave that she loves so much and excited to kick off her 2017 season with a strong opening event.

While she was clearly disappointed with her performance on the final day, Nicole once again showed just how talented she is and that she is every bit the Title Contender that she has been since securing her World Title in 2013.

A 4th place finish still allows Nicole the opportunity to build momentum throughout the year and to have a real shot at the 2017 World Title, something that is without doubt a major focus for this Brazilian talent as we kick off the 2017 season.

An epic day of action at the Sunset Beach Pro sees the top seeds rise to the challenge, Finalists decided and a Champion crowned

Blue skies, clean conditions and high performance surfing was the order of the day today on Day 3 of the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, as we completed the repechages for both Men & Women, as well as Round 3 of the Men, and Semi Finals for the Women.

With the level of performance surfing here on the APP World Tour once again hitting a new high, the World’s best stepped up to the Challenge and proved their worth in the groomed Sunset Beach line up to put on a great show for the assembled spectators onsite and viewers online.

Through the tail end of the repo, it was the Brazilians who made their presence felt, with Lucas Medeiros and Marcio Grillo both charging their way back into the running for Round 3.

 

4x Sunset Beach Pro Champion Kai Lenny battles it out with childhood friend Kody Kerbox in one of the heats of the day

Kai Lenny is on form in 2017 and looking dangerous. While he didn’t have the biggest scores of the day, his surfing is looking polished and precise, with his Round 3 heat a true testament of this.

However, perhaps the most exciting element of all here on the APP World Tour in 2017 is that the depth of talent rising to the top is so immense, that even with this performance, he advanced in second place behind long time friend and fellow Maui bred athlete, Kody Kerbox. Kody was sitting in 2nd for most of the heat, still in advancing position, but in the closing minutes of the heat was able to turn the tables on Kai with a dynamic and explosive ride that was enough to propel him into 1st place in the heat.

This will no doubt only fuel Kai harder, as win or lose, we can expect a performance to remember from the 4x World Champion once competition resumes.

Other standouts from today’s action included perhaps the form surfer of the event Poenaiki Raioha, but also USA’s Giorgio Gomez

Poenaiki Raioha (F-One) continued his assault on this year’s Sunset Beach Pro today and is looking better than ever, with some of the most powerful and fluid surfing of the event. Having posted the two highest heat score totals in his two performances so far, there is no doubt that Poenaiki is looking like one of the favorites for the event this year, having posted final finishes in the last 2 years and clearly striving for the Title in 2017.

Also showing a marked improvement this season is the young Giorgio Gomez who was looking sharp in both Rounds 1 & 3 and despite an interference that cut his 2nd wave score in half, was still able to ammass enough points on his last wave to advance on into the quarterfinals.

This is clearly just a snapshot of the action from today, as performances from the likes of James Casey, Mo Freitas and Keahi de Aboitiz were also notable and as we ramp up to Finals day, tension is mounting for what could be the most exciting finish yet here on the APP World Tour.

Women’s division once again showcases the impressive level of talent on the APP World Tour and signals an exciting year ahead

It was another crowning achievement for the women’s athletes on Day 3 of the Sunset Beach Pro, as the repechage was completed and semi finals got underway in the beautifully groomed conditions on tap at Sunset Beach.

Stand outs from today’s action were clearly 3x World Champion Izzi Gomez (Starboard) and 2012 World Champion Nicole Pacelli, both who showed that significance of their respective titles with notable performances.

Also stepping up once again and impressing the judges and spectators alike was Shakira Westdorp, who despite being on her backhand at Sunset (traditionally tougher than being on your forehand at this particular break), is looking dangerous every time she hits the water, and clearly has Title hopes in 2017.

13 year old Finn Spencer turns heads at Sunset Beach to win the 2017 Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge in impressive fashion

The Na Kama Kai Challenge has been an incredibly important part of the growth of the World Tour for Stand Up Paddling over the past 7 years, nurturing the youth coming into the sport and echoing the philosophy of the non profit here in Hawaii and its Founder Duane DeSoto.

Beyond the Clinics that have been produced by Na Kama Kai, its volunteers and athletes in all four corners of the World, the Na Kama Kai Challenge provides a platform for young aspiring athletes to step up and be counted.

At just 13 years old, Finn Spencer had already made his mark on this year’s Sunset Beach Pro by securing the last spot from the Trials into the Main event, and taking on full size and challenging Sunset Beach. At his size, the waves he dropped into and how he approached them was nothing short of mindblowing.

 

The sun shines over Sunset Beach for an epic day of action on Day 2 of the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, stop 1 of the APP World Tour

After one of the more challenging days filled with heavy cloud cover, rain and challenging conditions on the opening day, the opposite was the case yesterday at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro,with clear blue skies and groomed, beautiful surf for what was to be an epic day of competition for both Men & Women.

Kicking off with Main Event competition for the Men’s division, we saw dominant performances from the majority of the top seeds, as they stepped up to the occasion and posted solid scores in pumping Sunset Beach conditions.

Standouts through the early heats included Giorgio Gomez, Benoit Carpentier (Starboard) and Bernd Roediger, as all three advanced directly onto Round 3, skipping the repechage format.

Tahiti’s Poenaiki Raioha set the tone for what was an epic day of action, after an incredible duel with Australia’s Keahi de Aboitiz

Poenaiki Raioha (F-One) put on a stunning display of performance surfing yesterday at the iconic Sunset Beach, a performance that exuded a polished, powerful and exceptionally fluid approach to the wave that earned him the equal highest scoring heat total of the day (17.24).

However, what made the heat even more entertaining was the show that Keahi de Aboitiz (JP Australia) put on to battle for the heat win. The duel saw Poenaiki come out on top, but clearly showed that Keahi is back and is a serious threat here on the 2017 APP World Tour.

Both Athletes advanced on directly to Round 3 and will most likely be competing again today at Sunset Beach.

Maui’s Kai Lenny is back and hungry to regain his Title here at the Sunset Beach Pro, looking as dangerous as ever

Kai Lenny took to the water in Heat 10 and did not disappoint. While his heat did not feature the best sets of the day, he put on a solid performance that clearly stated his intentions here at Stop 1 of the 2017 APP World Tour at Sunset.

Kai is becoming one of the expert competitors out at Sunset Beach, after a stunning performance at the WSL shortboard event back in January and with 4x Sunset Beach Pro Titles already secured over the last 7 years.

There is no doubt that Kai will want to regain this honor after it has been in the hands of 2x World Champion from Brazil, Caio Vaz for the last 2 years.

The Women take center stage at Sunset Beach and do not disappoint, with Fiona Wylde putting on a flawless performance

Fiona Wylde (Starboard) from Oregon put on the performance of a lifetime out at Sunset yesterday, equallying Poenaiki Raioha’s (F-One) overall heat total and stunning both judges and audience alike with her wave selection, positioning and surfing.

Picking off one of the most beautiful waves of the day just as it seemed as though conditions might be slowing just a little bit, Fiona drove down the line and complete a series of critical turns to secure the single highest wave score of the event so far (9.57) and equalling the Tahitian’s heat score total of 17.24 – an incredible performance from the young talent and Racing World Champion from Oregon.

Women’s performance level sky rockets with more dominant performances from Nicole Pacelli & Shakira Westdorp

However, Fiona Wylde (Starboard) was not alone in posting a stellar performance in the opening round of women’s competition, as Shakira Westdorp (Starboard) and Nicole Pacelli both put on impressive performances to dominate their first round heats and advance directly onto the 3rd round.

With 2017 being the first year that the Women are given Sunset Beach as an arena for their Opening stop on the APP World Tour, it seems fitting that they should step up so impressively, as we ot only saw these leading 3 women set a new bar of performance surfing, but we also see a host of talent behind them, inclusive of course of 3x World Champion Izzi Gomez, stepping up to be counted here on the APP World Tour.

 

Caio Vaz shows flare in difficult conditions on Day 1 of the Sunset Beach Pro, to set the tone for the continuation of Rd 1 tomorrow

WIth crazy weather for the opening 4 days of the Sunset Beach Pro, competition finally got underway this morning with the Trials event, that then led into Main Event competition for the Men.

The weather remained challenging to say the least, with a large NW swell in effect with remnants of the past days winds, coupled with thick cloud cover and intermittent rain that made visibility a real challenge. This forced competition to go on hold twice, before finally being called off for the day after heat 2 of the Main Event.

However, the Main Event action, or what there was of it did not disappoint, with Caio Vaz putting on a clinic in Heat number one, followed by the young wildcard from Peru, Sebastian Gomez, who also put on an impressive performance.

In heat #2, it was Riggs Napoleon who shone, along with the highest scoring athlete from the Trials, Alef Araujo from Brazil. We will recommence with action from Round 1 of the Main event at 8am tomorrow morning that will be broadcast live at www.appworldtour.com

Sunset proves challenging on Day 1, as Trials athletes stepped up to do battle as the leading 8 athletes move onto the Main Event

In the Trials, it was exciting to see new and established talent rise to the challenge, with stand out performances from the likes of Alef Araujo, Kainoa Hauanio and Pierre Rollet from France.

A special mention however should be made for the young Finn Spencer, who at 13 years old powered his way through the trials to earn the last spot in the Main event – a phenomenal achievement from someone so young and in conditions that were intimidating to say the least.

There is no doubt that Finn is destined to be a star of the future, so watch this space, and watch him and the rest of the Men’s and Women’s fleets in action again tomorrow (Thursday) live at www.appworldtour.com from 8am HST

About the APP World Tour and the Waterman League Group

The Waterman League Group is an event management and media production company headquartered in Hawaii focused on developing multi-disciplined water sports. The term ‘waterman’ refers to versatile athletes who can engage in various forms of water sports at the highest level.

As founders of the World Championship Tour for Paddlesurfing (also known as Stand- Up Paddling), the Waterman League has been crowning Men’s and Women’s World Champions for both racing and surfing since 2010, with flagship events across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, now branded as the APP World Tour.

The APP World Tour produces a complete inventory of programming, including live and post produced broadcasts from all its events, with distribution to over 100 countries worldwide via premier global networks such as CBS Sports and supported by IMG Media.