Baxter & Zilg Come Out On Top At Alicante SUP Open

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ALICANTE, Spain - At the finale of the 2022 Racing Tour, Connor Baxter and April Zilg claimed the World Titles while Shuri 'Shrimpy' Araki and Melanie Lafenetre got their first wins on the APP World Tour to close the season.

The Alicante SUP Open saw the world’s top athletes assemble in Spain for the final stop of the 2022 APP Racing Tour. Connor Baxter once again clinched the Sprint win ending the 2022 season undefeated. For the women, Spain’s Alba Frey took the victory in her first ever APP competition.

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Later, our pros embarked upon an 11km, incredibly technical distance race at Playa Del Postiguet. Baxter needed to get in the top 11 to secure the World Title and in a stacked field of the world's best paddlers, the stakes were high. In the end, It was 16-year-old Shuri Araki who claimed his first—and long overdue—win on Tour and France’s Melanie Lanfentre who took the women's title in what was a tight battle until the very end with both Juliette DuHaime and Alba Frey.

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Finishing in 11th place, Baxter managed to finish exactly where he needed to secure his 4th APP World Tour Title. Zilg had already secured the World Title coming into the weekend after an impressively dominant season, making Alicante somewhat of a victory lap.

Men's Results

1. Shurk Araki
2. Arthur Arutkin
3. Connor Baxter
4. Itzel Delgado
5. Leonard Nika

Women's Results

1. Melanie Lafenetre
2. Alba Alonso Frey
3. Juliette Duhaime
4. Cecilia Pampinella
5. Iona Rivet

It was a weekend to remember at Playa Postiguet: with both World and Event Champions crowned and spectacular performances across the board, from Pros right through to the U10s, it all amounted to a thrilling close to the season here in Alicante. Join us next year, when we do it all over again.

Visit @appworldtour and appworldtour.com to see all the results, the overall World Rankings, and to watch all the best moments from the Alicante SUP Open.

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Last modified onThursday, 15 December 2022 13:51

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