Video | Mo Freitas | Three Weeks in Japan

2015 was a great year for North Shore, Oahu’s SUP superstar, Mo Freitas. The 19-year-old globe-trotted his way around the world, snagging podium finishes in world-class competitions for both SUP surfing and paddleboard racing, the latest victory coming in the form of a crown at the second annual DaHui Backdoor Shootout and Pipeline SUP Invitational in memory of Duke Kahanamoku. Mo’s North Shore roots and experience earned him the prestigious win at the event—the second-ever SUP contest at the world’s most revered wave—along with street cred no one in the lineup will question.

Mo’s ability on a paddleboard dominates in far more arenas than Hawaiian surf. Here, we find him in Japan for a three-week tour of Japan’s whitewater, waves and competitive SUP community. His performances throughout are evidence of his extraordinary year in competition, and if his paddling’s not enough to impress you, consider the fact that Mo edits all his video clips himself…

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Mo’ Mo: Video from Freitas’ winning performance at the 2015 Payette River Games.