The kid’s on a roll. Current World Champion Kai Lenny has captured his second consecutive World Tour victory in Brittany, France at the Naish La Torche Pro, presented by O’Neill with powerful, dynamic surfing.
After an epic semi-final that saw Lenny and Antoine Delpero oust Manu Portet and Xabi Lafitte and Leco Salazar and Sean Poynter narrowly take out Robin Johnston and Carlos Bahia, the exciting international showdown was set: one American, one Hawaiian, one Brazilian and one Frenchman.
As the half hour Finals kicked off, Lenny shifted into overdrive with two of the highest scoring waves of the contest right off the bat, comboing all the other finalists within minutes. Leco Salazar then stepped up to put together a couple of great waves to catch up, but not enough to overcome Kai Lenny’s impressive debut. Antoine Delpero failed to find the waves or the form from his semi final and quarter final heats, but nonetheless put together a couple of good waves – but again, not enough to overcome Kai’s impressive heat total. And finally the American Sean Poynter failed to find the form he’d had through the event, but did manage to put together a couple of impressive moments through the heat.
So in the end, it was the World Champion and current World rankings leader that won out, followed by Brazilian Leco Salazar, France’s Antoine Delpero and the American Sean Poynter. An epic close to a contest blessed with epic conditions. The final award was the Air Tahiti Nui Biggest move award and in the end, it was Antoine Delpero’s incredible boost from the quarter finals that earned the coveted Air Tahiti Nui award, and his free ticket to Tahiti. Congratulations to everyone involved and another chapter is written in the ever evolving story of the Stand Up World Tour. Stay tuned for the highlights to come right here at Standupworldtour.com and for news on the next event, the Sapinus Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui that will take place in Tahiti from the 28th May – 5th June.
–Courtesy Tristan Boxford
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The Naish La Torche Pro presented by O’Neill saw epic conditions in Brittany, France yesterday creating a fantastic playing field for a series of intense showdowns. As we went through Round Three and onto the Quarter Finals, it became clear that once again, players like Kai Lenny and Antoine Delpero were staking their claim on the event crown and cementing their foothold on the overall Stand Up World Tour rankings.
Manu Portet continues his impressive performance from the opening rounds, while Xabi Lafitte shows why he is a force to be reckoned with on the Stand Up World Tour, especially here in France with his complete and graceful approach to his surfing.
Young American talent, Sean Poynter, continues his journey onward up the Stand Up World Tour with an impressive display of riding in both Round Three and the Quarter Finals after a disappointing finish at the Sunset Event. His travel partner and Sunset Beach Pro Finalist, Zane Schweitzer stylishly slashed his way through to the quarters, but unfortunately went down to the on form Frenchmen, Manu and Portet and Xabi Lafitte.
Despite an interference on the on Robin Johnston, Carlos Bahia put on an impressive display of riding in both Round 3 and the Quarters, picking off the best waves and milking every last bit of them. He is definitely going to be a name to watch out for on the Stand Up World Tour as we go through 2011, especially in these beach break style conditions that he is so used to from back home in Brazil.
–Courtesy of Tristan Boxford