The Namotu World Paddle Challenge wrapped up this past weekend in Fiji and after the first event in the 2012 Stand Up World Series calendar, Connor Baxter leads the pack.
Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny battle it out to finish neck and neck at the Namotu World Paddle Challenge.
NAMOTU, Fiji - In a dramatic close to the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific, a final tie break was held to decide the final overall results for the event for both 1st and 3rd places.
After a fiercely fought race around the island of Namotu, combining distance paddling with in and out through the surf components, Connor Baxter just edged ahead of Kai Lenny in a duel that went back and forth through the whole race and created a tension filled close to the event.
In the last 30 yards, Connor and Kai's boards were touching as they battled to get the position for the final run up the beach - despite Kai's best efforts, it was to be Connor's day, as he powered the last few feet to victory here in Fiji. Congratulations to this young Champion!
An on form Slater Trout put together a phenomenal performance for the last race of the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific, as he bides his time through the first half, only to power into contention for an impressive finish.
As a result, Slater secures 3rd place at the inaugural Namotu World Paddle Challenge, stop 1 on the 2012 Stand Up World Series. Congratulations on a great performance to Slater.
"It has been an amazing week here in Fiji: definitely extremely demanding and physically grueling, but I have had a wonderful time on Namotu and can't wait to come back," said Trout.
Final overall results for the Namotu World Paddle Challenge:
1.Connor Baxter (HI)
2.Kai Lenny (HI)
3.Slater Trout (US/HI)
4.Jake Jensen (Australia)
5.Noa Ginella (HI)
6.Zane Schweitzer (HI)