It was a picture perfect day here at Turtle Bay Resort today, as light winds and a solid WNW swell provided the most spectacular conditions imaginable for the Final day of action for both the Stand Up World Series Finals at Turtle Bay, but also the 2013 World Championship Season. The scene was set for the conclusion of a World Title Race that has kept the world on their toes throughout the 2013 Season, as 2 young athletes from Maui battled it out, race by race, country by country towards the elusive World Championship Crown.
Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish), number one and two respectively coming into this final day of action grew up together and now are the 2 leading lights in the sport of stand up paddling and put on a spectacle today for the ages, as was anticipated. Both athletes made it all the way to the Final and as the calculations were made, it was determined that If Connor Baxter finished in 5th or better in the Final (out of 8), then he would have secure the World Championship Crown for 2013.
As the athletes embarked on the 2 lap course, a flurry of sets came through providing the most spectacular racing of the day, right when we needed it most: the result – some of the most intense racing ever witnessed in solid surf, and Kai Lenny achieving the unthinkable, winning the World Series Sprints, with Connor having a disappointing final to finish in 7th, thereby allowing the young Champion from Maui, Kai Lenny, 2012 World Champion, to defend his World Championship Crown in the dying minutes of the 2013 season.
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