The first big SUP race of the 2018 is in the books and when the dust settled, it was Australian Michael Booth and German powerhouse Sonni Hönscheid who were left standing atop the podium.

Michael Booth called it the “biggest win of his career.” Photo courtesy of Chris McQuiston / Paddle League.

Booth survived a hard-fought battle in the closing stages of the 2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, outlasting late charges from Travis Grant and Mo Freitas after two hours and 13 miles of hard paddling around Wrightsville Beach on Saturday afternoon.

With the final three miles a full downwind leg this year, Booth was finally able to shake the fast duo and claim what he would call, "The biggest win of my career so far." Behind him, Grant was able to edge out Freitas to claim second place.

Sonni Hönscheid dominated en route to her Carolina Cup victory. Photo courtesy of Laura Glantz / Paddle League

Meanwhile, Hönscheid looked unstoppable in her dominant victory over the women.

After Fiona Wylde took an early lead, the German paddler was able to reel her in and break away to paddle the final eight miles solo and finish three minutes ahead of the runner-up. That position belonged to Olivia Piana, who was able to track down Wylde in the closing stages and make the pass to finish second.

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Elite Men’s Top 10

1st: Michael Booth (2:03:14) Australia/Starboard

2nd: Travis Grant (2:03:21) Australia/NSP

3rd: Mo Freitas (2:03:27) Hawaii/Rogue

4th: Titouan Puyo (2:03:43) France/NSP

5th: Georges Cronsteadt (2:03:49) Tahiti/425

6th: Marcus Hansen (2:04:51) New Zealand/NSP

7th: Lincoln Dews (2:05:02) Australia/DEEP

8th: Niuhiti Buillard (2:05:25) Tahiti/SIC

9th: Bruno Hasulyo (2:05:30) Hungary/Starboard

10th: Danny Ching (2:05:35) USA/404

Elite Women’s Top 10

1st: Sonni Hönscheid (2:20:35) Germany/Starboard

2nd: Olivia Piana (2:23:38) France/425

3rd: Fiona Wylde (2:25:19) USA/Starboard

4th: April Zilg (2:28:26) USA/Hobie

5th: Seychelle (2:29:22) USA/SIC

6th: Candice Appleby (2:30:39) USA/Infinity

7th: Terrene Black (2:30:40) Australia/ECS

8th: Shae Foudy (2:31:32) USA/Infinity

9th: Yuka Sato (2:34:34) Japan/Starboard

10th: Laura Quetglas (2:37:19) Spain/Starboard


Photos from the 2017 Carolina Cup.

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