2016 Euro Tour | Booth and Hönscheid Win Lost Mills

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Paddlers jockey for position on Lake Brombachsee during the Lost Mills race. Photo: The Euro Tour.

Booth and Hönscheid Win Lost Mills

Germany’s picturesque Lake Brombachsee set the backdrop for last weekend’s famed Lost Mills race–the fourth stop of the 2016 Euro Tour. With a stacked field including both new and familiar faces, the air was filled with anticipation for what was expected to be a thrilling weekend of racing.

The first day featured the always exciting “Fastest Paddler on Earth” contest. This year, the 200-meter sprint races attracted a record 91 athletes who went all-out to claim the coveted title.

On the men’s side, several new paddlers put on impressive efforts including 17-year-old American Noa Hopper and Frenchman Boris Jinvresse–who finished runner-up. However, it was Maui man Connor Baxter who dug deep on the final sprint of the day to snatch the victory and reclaim the title he won back in 2013. As for the women, it was endurance paddler Seychelle Hattingh–who owns a world record for paddling 110 miles in 24 hours–who showed off her sprinting prowess with a dominating performance.

Meet the "World's Fastest Padders", Connor Baxter and Seychelle Hattingh. Photo courtesy of The Euro Tour.
Meet the “World’s Fastest Padders”, Connor Baxter and Seychelle Hattingh. Photo courtesy of The Euro Tour.

On day two, the competitors switched gears to get ready for the 18 kilometer race that featured three laps and 18 buoy turns. This setup gave the feel of a “giant course race” that rewarded not only endurance, but also the paddlers’ technical abilities.

The men’s race featured tight racing with 22 paddlers making up the lead group for the majority of the race. That is until the race began to draw to a close, when four racers–Jake Jenson, Titouan Puyo, Connor Baxter and Michael Booth–were finally able to separate themselves from the pack.

These four nipped at each others heels until a frantic sprint to the finish broke out between Baxter and Booth. In the end, it was the Booth who out-sprinted the newly crowned “Fastest Paddler on Earth” to claim victory. The triumph was sweet revenge for the Australian, who narrowly defeated by Baxter only one week ago in France.

The lead pack (from left) Titouan Puyo, Jake Jenson, Michael Booth and Connor Baxter. Photo: The Euro Tour
The lead pack (from left) Titouan Puyo, Jake Jenson, Michael Booth and Connor Baxter. Photo: The Euro Tour

In the women’s long distance event, German Sonni Hönscheid continued her dominate run by handily defeating Americans Seychelle Hattingh and Fiona Wylde by over two minutes. She has yet to be defeated during the 2016 Euro Tour and is certainly showing no signs of slowing down.

This coming weekend, the tour will head to the Basque Country for the biggest race of the year, The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. Stay tuned to SUPthemag.com for a full recap and analysis of all the action.

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