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Kai Lenny is crowned 2011 World Champion PDF Print E-mail
By: Waterman League   
Thursday, 01 December 2011
19 year old Kai Lenny secures his 2nd World Title here at the Hawaii Island Finals with an impressive and dominant performance that saw his 4 counting results as 2 firsts and 2 seconds. His discards were a 3rd and a 4th, meaning that he was in every single final this year and has only missed out on one final since the Stand Up World Tour's inception.

What a performance from this young Champion whose career has quite literally only just begun.

Brazil's Leco Salazar finishes in an impressive 2nd place

Leco Salazar had a great year on Tour this year, finishing in a convincing second place overall. Despite narrowly missing being able to bring the Title Race to Hawaii, Leco's win in Brazil, 2nd in France, 3rd in California and 5th at Sunset secured his impressive finish on the incredibly competitive 2011 Stand Up World Tour. It also positions him as a front runner coming into the 2012 season.

Leco leads the wealth of talent coming out of Brazil that are increasingly making their presence felt on Tour.

France's Antoine Delpero finishes in 3rd place overall

France's Antoine Delpero finishes off a great year that saw him win in California, and post a 3rd at home in France, a 5th here at the Hawaii Island Finals and a 7th at Sunset.

This impressive talent from France is a serious contender and will certainly be someone to look out for in the 2012 season, as he will be aiming to prevent World Champion Kai Lenny from making it three in a row.

Zane Schweitzer finishes the year in style, & 4th overall

After an impressive finish at the Hawaii Island Finals, Zane Schweitzer closes an incredible 2011 season that started with a 4th place at Sunset, as he went from strength to strength through the year, with semi final finishes in both Brazil and California.

Zane is one of the most progressive athletes on Tour, and you never quite know what to expect next, so he will continue to be a driving force through the 2012 season as he becomes a real threat for the overall World Title.

Aaron Napoleon stands strong amongst the young guns

Aaron Napoleon continues to assert his presence on Tour amongst the increasing field of young guns coming into the sport: Aaron finishes in an impressive 6th place overall in 2011, reaching 3 semifinals and posting a 9th place at Sunset, showing that he is still very much a force to be reckoned with. 

He also receives the commendation from the Waterman League for his fearless approach to surfing in waves of consequence, having already won the 'Air Tahiti Nui Biggest Charger' award at Tahiti this year, and continuing to show that their is no slowing down for this incredible athlete.

Kody Kerbox earns the Rookie of the year award

Kody Kerbox finishes off an incredible year with a semi finals finish here at the Hawaii Island Finals, moving him up to 8th place overall for 2011. After doing the Trials at Sunset and then winning the Trials in France, Kody went onto post a string of consistently good results to move him up the rankings and position him as a serious contender as we look ahead to 2012.

Father, Stand Up World Tour Judge and legend Buzzy Kerbox must be very proud, as he steps out of the judging booth to watch his son's heats. Congratulations go out to Kody.

The Vaz Family from Brazil turn it on in Brazil and Hawaii

Following Ian Vaz's impressive semifinal finish in Brazil, his brother Caio came to the Hawaii Island Finals and not only made it all the way to the Finals of the Trials to advance, but finished in 5th place in the Main event. This is clearly another showcase of the depth of talent in Brazil and how they will continue to be a driving force on Tour.

The Tahitians continue to stand strong on Tour

Finishing in 10th, Patuariitea Laux leads a solid field of Tahitian competitors, from legend Arsene Harehoe and Sapinus boy Guillaume Bourligueux to Serge Carabasse and Patrice Chanzy. Patu had a great second half of the year, posting consistent results and putting on great performances, particularly in the beach breaks.

Maururu to all the Tahitians on Tour, traveling around the world on the Surfers' Airline and Stand Up World Tour Official Airline for 2011, Air Tahiti Nui, proudly representing the beautiful islands they call home.

Hawaii Island Finals results

Zane Schweitzer (HI): Starboard
Kai Lenny (HI): Naish
Sean Poynter (US): Starboard
Bullet Obra (HI)
Antoine Delpero (FR)
Caio Vaz (BRA): Art in Surf
Leco Salazar (BRA)
Kody Kerbox (HI): Naish

Overall 2011 World Rankings on the Stand Up World Tour

Kai Lenny (HI): Naish
Leco Salazar (BRA)
Antoine Delpero (FR)
Zane Schweitzer (HI): Starboard
Robin Johnston (HI)
Aaron Napoleon (HI): Rogue
Sean Poynter (US): Starboard
Kody Kerbox (HI): Naish
Peyo Lizarazu (FR)
Patuariitea Laux (PYF)

2012: The Stand Up World Tour sets up for an epic year

For 2012, the Stand Up World Tour is consolidating on its success in 2011 with a full year of events. We will be posting an updated calendar shortly, with most dates staying the same, but with some interesting changes on the horizon, so stay tuned.

Next up will be the Sunset Beach Pro in February, so keep an eye on for the latest news, information and highlights from the Stand Up World Tour and to watch the current highlights now online from the Hawaii Island Finals.
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