In a battle of young talent (all under 22), Zane Schweitzer edged out fellow Maui paddler and World Champion Kai Lenny to win his first Standup World Tour event at the Hawai’i Island Finals at Honoli’i. “Mahalo nui to everyone for all the support this year on tour,” he said. “So stoked to get my first tour WIN here at the final event of the tour in Honoli’i! Auuraiii Mahalo Nui Loa.
In epic Honoli’i surf, Schweitzer held down the fierce competition. “I am just stoked to end the year with a win and finish in the finals at both Hawaii events in 2011. Mahalo to the Big Island for its warm Aloha and to Starboard for my great boards,” Schweitzer added.
Lenny, who wrapped up his title in Brazil, was pumped for his fellow islander after the challenging finals heat. “Stoked for my fellow Mauian on his first win on the SUP tour,” said Lenny on his Facebook page. “He was ripping!”
Florida’s Sean Poynter finished third after a day of incredible performance surfing, bumping him up to seventh place on the Tour. Hawaii Island’s Bullet Obra ended up in fourth place after winning the trials and competing in a stacked finals.
In the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge finals, Riggs Napoleon put on an impressive performance against fellow leading youth contenders Noah Yap (Maui) Yuri Daberkow (Brazil) and Mo Freitas (Oahu) to take the win. “I didn’t think I would win, but I am stoked and was lucky to get a couple of good waves – I’m really happy,” Napoleon said.
Showcasing their skills in the elite Women’s Exhibition were Manu Napeahi, Kanani Yockman, Ellen Sylvestre and Donica Shouse. After an exciting heat, it was Napeahi who took the win.
Final Standup World Tour Rankings:
1. Kai Lenny (HI)
2. Leco Salazar (BRA)
3. Antoine Delpero (FR)
4. Zane Schweitzer (HI)
5. Robin Johnston (HI)
6. Aaron Napoleon (HI)
7. Sean Poynter (USA)
8. Kody Kerbox (HI)
9. Peyo Lizarazu (FR)
10. Patuariitea Laux (PYF)