Kai Lenny (Naish) from Maui put together a flawless event campaign here in Huntington Beach to take the win at stop 3 on the 2013 Stand Up World Tour. Each round Kai put together high scoring heat after high scoring heat, with a climax in Round 4 where he posted a heat score total of 18.57, a near perfect score. With a mix of high performance, crisp turns and progressive maneuvers, inclusive of a number of well executed aerials, Kai made his intentions known here in Surf CIty USA, and became one step closer to regaining the World Title that eluded him in 2012. This win extends his current ratings lead as he now is counting 2 firsts and a 5th from the 3 events so far this year.
Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) from Brazil came into this event lying in 2nd overall, after a strong start at Sunset with a 9th followed up by a finals finish in Brazil, where he finished 2nd. Throughout this event he was one of the standout surfers, posting some of the highest scores of the event and proving himself to be a real Title Contender this year, right on Kai Lenny’s (Naish) heels. There is no doubt that we can expect great things from this young talent, that, like Kai, shows no real weaknesses and can perform under pressure. Still lying in 2nd place overall in the ratings, he has a great history in France, the next stop on Tour, where he finished in the Finals last year, so watch out for Caio’s meteoric rise here on the Stand up World Tour.
Sean Poynter (Starboard) from Florida, but now residing in Southern California had somewhat of a home-court advantage, but surfed brilliantly through the heats on his way to the semi finals, clearly showing that he is very much in the Title Race once again this year, moving up to 4th place overall in the World Rankings after the first 3 events. Sean’s flowing and dynamic style allowed him to power through some intensely competitive heats on his way to the semis, only to come up against the on form Lenny (Naish), where his event campaign would end with an impressive 3rd place. A great performance from the US leading star.
Mo Freitas (Focus SUP/Body Glove) put on another clinical performance here in Surf City USA, as his unique and powerful surfing style played to his advantage to allow him to progress through some fiercely contested heats on his way to the semi final. A 3rd place finish only strengthens his overall World Ranking, as he now moves into 5th overall – an incredible performance from such a young athlete who is demonstrating impressive promise and is proving himself to be a real Title Contender in 2013.
The Quarterfinals saw some of the most intense battles yet on the Stand Up World Tour, as the Final 8 battled it out for their place in the semi finals in the dynamic Man on Man format that kicks in at this stage of the event. Stand out performances from Zane Schweitzer (Starboard), Ian Vaz (Art in Surf), Kody Kerbox (Naish) and Daniel Hughes made this one of the most exciting quarterfinal showdowns yet and a sign of things to come here on the Stand Up World Tour, as the leading athletes start to consolidate on their positions on Tour and further their Title aspirations.
Kody Kerbox is still very much in contention, finishing in 5th place here in Surf City USA, to add to his 3rd at Sunset and 9th in Brazil, keeping him in 3rd place overall in the current 2013 Rankings. In the meantime, Ian Vaz (Art in Surf) moves up to 6th, Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) to 7th and 2012 World Champion Leco Salazar in 8th, making it one of the most competitive and exciting years yet on the Stand up World Tour. Stay tuned to www.watermanleague.com for highlights, recaps and much more as the 2013 season unfolds.