In a dramatic close to the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific, a final tie break was held to decide the final overall results for the event for both 1st and 3rd places.
After a fiercely fought race around the island of Namotu, combining distance paddling with in and out through the surf components, Connor Baxter just edged ahead of Kai Lenny in a duel that went back and forth through the whole race and created a tension filled close to the event.
In the last 30 yards, Connor and Kai's boards were touching as they battled to get the position for the final run up the beach - despite Kai's best efforts, it was to be Connor's day, as he powered the last few feet to victory here in Fiji. Congratulations to this young Champion!
An on form Slater Trout wins final race around Namotu
An on form Slater Trout puts together a phenomenal performance for the last race of the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific, as he bides his time through the first half, only to power into contention for an impressive finish.
As a result, Slater secures 3rd place at the inaugural Namotu World Paddle Challenge, stop 1 on the 2012 Stand Up World Series. Congratulations on a great performance to Slater. In his words:
"It has been an amazing week here in Fiji: definitely extremely demanding and physically grueling, but I have had a wonderful time on Namotu and can't wait to come back"
Jake Jensen from Australia: a bright star for the future
Jake Jensen from Australia proved this week that he is a force to be reckoned with in the racing world. Challenging the best of the best and going back and forth with the lead on the final stretch of the Race to Namotu with Slater Trout, Jake also finished in an impressive 4th place in the long distance race from Natadola Beach to Namotu.
Congratulations to Jake for his 4th place overall finish at the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific.
So the final overall results for the Namotu World Paddle Challenge are as follows:
- Connor Baxter (HI)
- Kai Lenny (HI)
- Slater Trout (US/HI)
- Jake Jensen (Australia)
- Noa Ginella (HI)
- Zane Schweitzer (HI)
The Vonu Cup sees teams swim, prone paddle, and SUP
- Maui 1: Slater Trout & Kai Lenny
- Maui 2: Connor Baxter & Zane Schweitzer
- HI: Noa Ginella & Tristan Boxford
- Australia 1: Jake Jensen & Andrew Edhouse
- Australia 2: Phil & Tony Philp
- Women: Annabel Anderson & Jennifer Trout
In the end, Team Maui 1 stormed to victory, with Slater and Kai ending a great performance here on Namotu in style!