Kai Lenny secures an impressive win at Turtle Bay and his first World Racing Title
Kai Lenny (Naish) put on a dominant performance over the weekend to secure his first Racing World Championship Title ahead of a field of international powerhouses. Coming into Pacifico’s Stand Up World Series Finals at Turtle Bay leading the overall rankings for the year, (wearing the yellow jersey as a result), Kai knew that he had to finish strong at home in Hawaii to ensure that the first racing Title would be his.
With a strong show on day one coming from behind to take the win in the long distance, it was still all on the line in the second day, with arch rival Connor Baxter right on his tail with a second in the long distance and lying second overall coming into the event.
Kai saved the best for last, as he secured the win in the sprints as well in what can only be described as one of the most specatcular showdowns in the sport’s history, with beautiful surf conditions matching the unparralleled arena that Turtle Bay provides. With a nail biting finish in the Finals, Kai edged ahead of Slater Trout, Casper Steinfath (Naish) and Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) to take the win and breathe out as he adds another World Title to his name as he proves himself to be without question the single biggest threat in the sport.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Kai humbly dedicated his Title to the memory of Harold Iggy, Naish’s long time shaper and a huge inspiration for Kai both on and off the water.
Connor Baxter put on an impressive fight and finished in 2nd
The now familiar battle between Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) once again raged at Turtle Bay, with Connor leading the long distance for much of the race, but having to settle for second behind Kai. Meanwhile, as number 2 seed, he was placed at the opposite end of the draw from Kai in the sprints, as he dominated all his heats on the road to the final.
However an unfortunate fall at a crucial stage of the race saw Connor fall back to 6th in the Sprints, which combined with his 2nd in the long distance still earned him 2nd overall for the event, and consequently, 2nd overall for the year.
Connor has put on some historic performances this year and the Connor / Kai rivalry has really only just begun, as Connor now sets his sights on the 2013 World Title.
Stand Up World Championships Final Results
1st: Kai Lenny (HI) – Naish
2nd: Connor Baxter (HI) – Starboard
3rd: Casper Steinfath (DK) – Naish
4th: Jake Jensen (AUS) – Naish
5th: Noa Ginella (HI) – Naish
6th: Zane Schweitzer (HI) – Starboard / Eric Terrien (FR) – Bic SUP / Slater Trout (HI)
9th: Kody Kerbox (HI) – Naish
10th: Ryan Helm (MEX)
1st: Annabel Anderson (NZ) – Starboard
2nd: Halie Harrison (HI)
3rd: Olivia Piana (FR) – Fanatic
4th: Rachel Bruntsch (HI)
For all the action, and to check out the rest of the tour schdule go to http://finals.standupworldseries.com