Leco Salazar storms to victory at 2013 Ubatuba Pro Brazil
After three days of intense action at Itamamabuca Beach in the beautiful region of Ubatuba, Brazil, Leco Salazar storms to victory here at the Ubatuba Pro Brazil in a star studded fleet to secure the win at Stop 2 of the 2013 Standup World Tour.
After narrowly advancing out of Semi final number one, Leco got on a roll during the final, finding the right waves in a tricky line-up to post a string of scores in the excellent range and secure the all important win at home in Brazil.
This is his third World Tour win in Brazil and fourth win on the Tour as a whole, demonstrating not only his supreme expertise in Brazilian beach break conditions, but also his ability to perform in front of the home crowd. Stay tuned to StandupWorldTour.com/Brazil for highlights, photos and more.
Caio Vaz posts a great result in Brazil, finishing in second
Caio Vaz fires all cylinders at the Ubatuba Pro Grand Slam, reaching the Final and finishing in second place behind 2012 World Champion and fellow Brazilian, Leco Salazar. Posting some of the highest scores of the event with fluid and critical surfing, Caio Vaz was definitely one of the standouts at the event and this second place finish boosts him into 2nd place in the overall World Rankings after Stops 1 and 2.
Justin Holland steps up at Stop 2 of Standup World Tour
Justin Holland was one of the on form surfers last year on the Stand World Tour as a whole, but in particular at last year’s event here in Brazil. This year proved no different, as he put on a solid display of performance surfing winning one of the toughest semi final heats in Standup World Tour history featuring Maui’s Kai Lenny, Brazil’s Leco Salazar and the American, Sean Poynter.
Unable to find the waves he wanted in the final, but nonetheless driving full speed into some critical closeout sections, Justin is definitely a surfer to watch out for this year as he starts his campaign to bring the World Title to Australia.
Mo Freitas makes another final in Brazil, finishing in fourth
Mo Freitas is still only 15 years old! As an athlete way beyond his years, Mo Freitas put on another incredible performance here in Ubatuba, now a second home for the half-Hawaiian/half-Brazilian athlete raised on the North Shore of Oahu in Haleiwa.
Mo made it to the Final once again, advancing his early round heats alongside Kai Lenny to make it through to the semis, then Finals of the Ubatuba Pro. In a challenging Final, an interference on Caio Vaz cut his second wave score in half, throwing the young phenom off and limiting his scoring potential, to finish in fourth place.
With a third place in the racing and a fourth in the Surf, Mo’s mastery of all aspects of the sport is clear for the world to see, as is his future in this incredible sport of standup paddling.
Kai Lenny retains rankings lead, but has to settle for 5th
Kai Lenny posted one of the highest heat score totals in the sport to date, posting a perfect 10 and a 9 point ride in his quarterfinal heat – there is no doubt that the 2x World Champion Kai Lenny has stepped up his game in 2013 as he embarks on his World Title campaign, currently leading the overall World Rankings.
In a fiercely competitive semi final heat where the conditions were hard to read, and good sets were far from consistent, Kai had to settle for third in that semi and fifth overall here at the 2013 Ubatuba Pro. While disappointed not to make the final, Kai is still comfortably in the lead of the overall World Rankings after the first 2 events of the 2013 season.
Kate Brandi takes the win in the women’s division in Brazil
Stop 2 of the Women’s 2013 Standup World Tour event proved a huge success, as athletes from the US, UK, Spain and beyond matched up against the very best in Brazil, for an exciting elimination of women’s action. As expected, current World Ratings leader Nicole Pacelli was on great form, making it all the way to the final, but had to submit to the critical surfing of last year’s winner, Kate Brandi who went onto win the event.
Meanwhile, much to the delight of the local crowd, in third place, Ubatuba local Aline Adisaka made the podium at Stop 2 after her fifth place finish at the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro, followed by Iballa Moreno from the Canary Islands in Spain in fourth.
Women’s Standup Surfing continues to grow globally
As the sport of standup paddlesurfing develops, there is a clear and significanct increase in both the passion and performance level of women in the sport: we are excited to be in the inaugural year for the Women’s Standup World Tour as we will head over to California in September for the all important third stop, where the contenders will battle once again.
Stay tuned to StandupWorldTour.com for the latest from the Women’s Standup World Tour, rankings and all other highlights, photos and more.
Ubatuba Pro Grand Slam brings the world’s best to Brazil
The Ubatuba Pro Grand Slam saw an incredible display of both World Class Racing and Surfing as the World’s best descended upon the beautiful region of Ubatuba, Brazil for the first Grand Slam event (Surf & Race) of the 2013 season.
Supported by the Prefeitura of Ubatuba, this event saw the Standup World Series descend upon Praia do Centro in Ubatuba itself, as the World’s Best came into to do battle with Brazil’s leading lights.
In a dramatic two days of racing, we saw the Hawaiians dominate the leaderboard, with Connor Baxter from Maui taking the win in both sprint and long distance racing, to secure the overall victory, followed by current World Series Champion Kai Lenny from Maui and Mo Freitas from Oahu.
Meanwhile in the Surfing event, we saw 2012 World Champion Leco Salazar come back to form at home in Brazil, taking the win at Stop 2 of the Standup World Tour, followed by fellow Brazilian Caio Vaz in second, Justin Holland of Australia in third and Mo Freitas in fourth.
So a big thank you to all our sponsors and partners of the 2013 Ubatuba Pro Grand Slam as well as the Standup World Tour and Series Patrons.
More than 100,000 webcast views and overall standings on the Tour
With over 100,000 views of the webcast and highlights still to come from the Ubatuba Pro Grand Slam, Stop 2 of the Standup World Tour brings the world’s best standup paddlesurfing to the world.
After two events so far for the 2013 season, Kai Lenny is still in the lead of the overall standings on Tour with a first and a fifth place from Stop 1 and 2. Meanwhile in second place, Caio Vaz from Rio climbs up the rankings following his 2nd place finish here in Brazil and 9th at Sunset, with Maui’s Kody Kerbox now lying in third, with a third and a ninth place.
Filling in the Top 5 are Beau Nixon from Australia in fourth, finishing in ninth here in Brazil to compliment his fifth from Sunset and in fifth, Sean Poynter from the USA with a ninth and a seventh so far this year.
CURRENT & UPDATED WORLD TOUR TOP 5:
Kai Lenny – HI
Caio Vaz – BRA
Kody Kerbox – HI
Beau Nixon – AUS
Sean Poynter – US
OVERALL COMBINED WORLD SERIES & WORLD TOUR RESULT IN UBATUBA:
Kai Lenny – HI
Mo Freitas – HI
Zane Schweitzer – HI
Kody Kerbox – HI
Connor Baxter – HI