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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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Getting a SUP on the foil on flatwater without any craft pulling you or wave to help you is going to take a lot of energy and the perfect technique. This short video of world champion SUP surfer and Starboard board designer Sean Poynter shows just how hard flatwater SUP foiling is to do. Check out some of Sean’s first glides on flatwater.

It’s also worth noting out how short Sean’s paddle is. He always paddles in the surf with shorter paddle lengths than most. But this is one of the reasons he has such a compact and powerful style on the waves, as it forces him to get low. Maybe not the best paddle length when you are up on the foil though!

We’ve also added this shot of Sean below to show his back foot… it’s not touching the board! This demonstrated just how much pressure you have to place on your front leg to force the foil back down to generate speed over the foil. Quad workouts a must for successful flatwater SUP foiling!

The new 2017 Starboard 7’5” Sean Poynter Pro model is looking very interesting with its removable tail piece! Probably the first performance production board on the market to have such a thing. By changing the tail shape of the board it will make the board ride well in a much wider range of conditions and wave types.

We really look forward to giving this board a go this year, and we wouldn’t be surprised if we see this on other boards in the future. Another innovative idea from Starboard.

What do you think of the idea?

It’s always good seeing the top guys giving it some out on the water. But it’s even better when you can learn from them too. Check out this latest video of power house, Sean Poynter, giving it some on his new 2017 Starboard 7’5”25.5”Pro Model. SUPboarder is going to give you a video breakdown of Sean Poynter on a wave, and why he is so good at what he does, by looking at the basics… 

Wider stance

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Sean rides with a wider stance than most. This makes him more stable and therefore more likely to come out of each move still standing, ready for the next manouever. A wide stance also enables him to generate speed quickly, by shifting weight between his front and back foot.

Keep it low

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Sean bends his knees to stay as low as possible. By doing this on bottom turns it keeps the board fully connected with the wave face, which helps generate speed too. He then gets super, super low at the end of all top turns and forces all the power through his legs and into the board. By keeping low on all his turns he can stay compact, and this along with a wider stance allows him to be ready for the next section of the wave.

Shorter paddle

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Sean also paddles with a pretty short paddle. The reason for this is to assist with manoeuvres such as cutbacks where he is turning around the paddle. A shorter paddle allows him to produce a tighter turn. The other reason is it allows him to maintain his low compact stance when paddling on the wave to generate more speed, as you can see in the video when he is lining up for a manoeuvre.

Remember these are just the basics and some of the things that Sean does. And remember you don’t have to be able to surf like Sean to use and benefit from some of these tips. Even a beginner in the waves should be looking at keeping low and riding with a wide stance to get the most out of a wave. So give it a go next time you’re on the water… but don’t go cutting 8” off your paddle just yet!!

We look forward to testing some of the new 2017 Starboard Pro boards soon. But until then check out the 2016 range here.

If you haven’t tried SUP yoga yet you’ve got to give it a go. It’s not just for girls in bikinis! Obviously it does lead itself to the warmer weather, but you can still give it a go in a wetsuit in the UK. All you need to do is find a sheltered piece of water and try some yoga moves on your board. Don’t worry if you don’t know what a down dog is, SUP yoga guru Dashama is here to show you a few beginner to advanced moves. She’s joined by 2015 ISA gold medalist Sean Poynter to show that boys can do it too!

So… why not add something different to your SUP session this summer and have a go at SUP yoga.

 

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Sean Poynter has been putting in some water time in Mexico, with no doubt one thing on his mind… to reclaim his previous surfing title at the ISA SUP Worlds in May, where he got gold back in 2013. Although Sean hasn’t been surfing at the competition break, surfing in the same country must definitely help you prepare mentally and relax. Sean is surfing really well and looks ready for the the Worlds, coming soon on May 10th.

Filmed and edited by Christopher Kelly ChristopherKellyMedia.com

Over the next few months Starboard will be carrying out close and exclusive interviews with their international riders. This months ‘Tiki Team Talk’ features Sean Poynter.

Firstly, congrats on your last two wins on the Stand Up World Tour in La Torche and Morocco. How does it feel to finish the year on such a high? Did you change anything that might have helped your success?

Thanks. Yeah that was great way to finish the year. I really wouldn’t have liked it any other way. I was beyond stoked with my overall performance in both. The major thing I changed was my attitude, being ready no matter what. Ready to take on the day, equipment ready, mentally ready, this changed a bit in my approach and maybe that is what made the difference.

What do you do after a big win? Do you go back to training as normal, or take a well-deserved rest? Or do you analyze every part of your performance to look at how to improve/replicate for next time?

Initially right after a win I like to get dry and go with friends (mostly the competitors) and break bread, eat and enjoy. For closing ceremonies, I like to have a good time, do a little celebrating. Rest from training maybe lasts a week or so, unless it’s at the end of the year for me.

Is it hard competing against your fellow Starboard Team Riders in the same competitions and sharing the podium? Is it all forgotten off the water?

No, it’s fun. I compete a lot with Zane, Justin, Giorgio, even Connor funny enough, we always get heats together. I like competing, I like a challenge, and these guys are definite challenges so coming up against them is just fun. The only bad part of competing against these guys is when you hit the beach and you’ve beaten them and as a friend you’re like damn, I’m sorry man! It’s competition though, we all get it, we’re there to win no hard feelings. Sharing the podium on the other hand with a fellow friend who just happens to be a team rider is awesome! You’re like, “Way to go friend, oh AND teammate!! YEWW!” You’re just stoked all round, personally and professionally. Each guy has his day, and that’s honored. It’s cool.

You have been part of the Starboard Dream Team for nearly 5 years now, both competing and shaping your own signature boards. Has having your own line of boards helped you improve as a surfer?

Oh completely! Not even just my line of boards but just working with Starboard to develop boards that can make me better (some haven’t always been signature models) has been such an instrumental part in my improvement. It’s been yes nearly 5 years and we’ve come a long way with our boards and with it too my surfing. It’s just awesome having the support of Starboard and sharing the same attitude of okay lets improve and do anything that we have to in order to do so.

Before preparing for an event, do you talk and share with other Team Riders your thoughts on the conditions and the location? Or do you keep your game plan to yourself?

I don’t. Unless asked. Preparing for an event I’m really just in my own space not thinking about anyone else and focusing only on what I need to do in order to get the job done. I become a hermit. Haha! Serious. I can’t have any distractions. I do like to take Izzi with me though and show her some things when I’m in this space and show her aspects that are important for ones success in competition. I love that girl, she’s like my little sister, and to share with her some insight, I like that.

Do you go to an event with a set plan of maneuvers? Do you stagger the difficulty in maneuvers depending on the heat you are in?

No not a plan of maneuvers, more of an outlay of maneuvers that I can do given the conditions to maximize the scoring potential. I like to build house as they say, increasing my scoreline as I progress from one round to the next.

As a professional athlete, traveling is core to your lifestyle. Do you enjoy the traveling aspect? Are there any habits you have picked up along the way or ways to pass time when you are not performing?

Traveling is great. I love it. Sometimes it can get a little exhausting when you’ve been on the road for so long but overall it’s what makes the whole job awesome. Life awesome for that matter.

Make a friend, this helps me to bring back a sense of home to me. I enjoy the company of others, not too many others but one or two is nice.

What is your training regime like throughout the year? Do you have a planned daily routine? Is nutrition a big part of your success as an athlete?

Nutrition hasn’t been a huge part of it for me. At least from the basics with fueling the body with carbs before activity and replenishing the body with protein after, and drinking a lot of water. Other than that a specific food diet hasn’t been the case for me. 015 may be different. My training consists of a program with Tiago Silva at Functional Paddling. This is a yearly exercise program that is based around my event dates with varying intensity phases and weekly alternating exercises that I do to be at top shape for those events.

Many of us that are stuck staring at a computer for 5 days a week, dream about living the life of a pro surfer. Would you say you are living the dream? Do you ever consider what you might be doing if you were not a pro athlete?

Living the dream? I would say so, I mean it’s been a dream of mine to do what I’m doing. So in saying that, yes, I’m living a dream of mine. It’s really cool. I have a lot of ideas in my head, or a few at least of what I want to do after surfing. To answer your question though, yes I do think about what I would be doing if I wasn’t a pro athlete, I’ll keep those to myself for now though.