Connor Baxter battles with Kai Lenny to take the victory
The rivalry between Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny only intensified this weekend as the two again embarked on a battle of epic proportions. After a dramatic finish in the Sprint Racing, where Connor edged ahead of Kai to take the win, it was all down to the crucial Long Distance Race for the Chicago Event Title, as well as vital ranking points on the 2013 Standup World Series (SUWS).
The first lap of the two-lap course saw Kai and Connor jostle for the lead, as they were neck and neck coming into the second lap with challenging conditions. However, by the tail end of the second lap, Connor managed to break away slightly and consolidate on his lead to take the win for the Long Distance, and the Overall win for Stop 6 on the 2013 SUWS.
Kai Lenny puts on strong performance with second place finish
Kai Lenny put on a strong performance in Chicago, leading the Sprint Racing Finals right up to the beach before having to settle for second in one of the tightest and most dramatic conclusions to any World Series Sprint Course. Kai then battled for the lead across the entire Long Distance course.
Despite having to settle for second, Kai Lenny clearly demonstrated that he is a serious threat and will be looking to defend his 2012 World Title with whatever it takes. As this battle intensifies through the SUWS' US Trilogy of Events, stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com.
Jake Jensen takes third place overall at Stop 6
Jake Jensen put on a stunning performance at Stop 6 of the 2013 SUWS, as he posted an impressive third place in the Sprints and followed it up with a strong fifth place finish in the Long Distance to put him in third place overall for the event. However, a tie with Zane Schweitzer forced a tiebreaker of another sprint race to determine the third place finish. After an epic battle, Jake hit the beach first to run up the Pacifico chute to victory.
Zane Schweitzer maintains consistency for fourth place overall
Zane Schweitzer of Maui maintained phenomenal consistency in Chicago, with a fourth place finish in the World Series Sprints on Day 1. Zane then put it all on the line on Day 2 to post another fourth place finish to put him into the tie scenario with Australia’s Jake Jensen. Despite a valiant effort from Zane, a spurt through the last leg of the tiebreaker by Jake meant that Zane had to settle for fourth place overall for the event. Zane's final ranking in Chicago is an extremely impressive result for the young talent, and only strengthens his position in the overall ratings.
Kody Kerbox is the comeback kid in Chicago
Kody Kerbox has been on a phenomenal roll this year both on the Standup World Tour and World Series, and was disappointed not to make the finals in the World Series Sprint racing on Day 1. However, Kody came back with a vengeance on Day 2 with a solid third place finish, shifting him back into the money for a fifth place overall at the Chicago World Paddle Challenge. There is no doubt that Kody is one to watch out for coming into the next stop in San Francisco.
Annabel Anderson continues her dominance with another stellar performance
Annabel Anderson once again put on a stellar performance in Chicago, winning both Sprint and Long Distance races to take the overall victory amidst stiff international competition at Stop 6 of the 2013 SUWS.
Annabel has been unbeatable the past year, and looks as determined as ever as she continues to snap at the heels of the leading athletes in the Elite Men’s fleet and dominate the Women’s Division.
Watch Annabel in action again this weekend in San Francisco, as she faces America’s leading paddlers at the America’s Cup of Standup Paddling. To catch all the action live, stay tuned to WatermanLeague.com and SUPtheMag.com.
Angela Jackson steps up to take second in Chicago
Angela Jackson of Australia proved that she's a strong and consistent competitor at Stop 6 of the Standup World Series, finishing up with second place in both the Sprint and Long Distance races to take second place overall.
In sweltering 90-degree temperatures, Angela stepped up to the challenge, and, although it was not enough to knock Annabel Anderson of the top spot, Angela is showing great form in this 2013 season. She will be one to watch out for as we come to the closing stages of the 2013 World Series.
Thank you, Chicago
A big thank you goes out to our proud partners of the 2013 Chicago World Paddle Challenge who made this event possible and allowed the Standup World Series to make further inroads into Midwest of the United States. Pacifico and Starboard presented this exciting leg of the World Series, but a big thanks also goes out to Red Bull, W Hotel Lakeshore, Natural Vines and their SUP America Tour, as well as Fiat. A big thank you also to the City of Chicago and Chicago SUP, who opened their arms to this action-packed edition of the Standup World Series. We look forward to returning in 2014 to once again race before the dramatic Chicago Skyline.
San Francisco: up next this weekend with America’s Cup
In the meantime, join us this weekend (Labor Day weekend) for Stop 7 of the SUWS in San Francisco, Calif. Catch all the action live from the second leg of the US Trilogy of Events on: WatermanLeague.com and SUPtheMag.com
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