JAPAN, Asia - Following on from his impressive win yesterday in the Sprint finals, Mo continued to show his ability as an all-round paddler, coming second in the 10km Long Distance race. With less wind than yesterday Mo made the most of the conditions and using his surfing background, rode the bumps well on the downwind sections of the course and showed his power and strength in the upwind legs to come through in second and take the overall win together with $5,000 cash.
At just 17 (he turned 17 last month) Mo showed ability well beyond his age, battling with Beau O’Brian (Starboard) through all three legs of the course to clinch second position and the behind the winner Paul Jackson.
Angela Jackson (Fanatic) proved why she is one of the best female paddlers in the world with back to back wins in the Sprints and the Long Distance. Showing real dominance, skill and endeavor, Angie, once again showed why she is one of the best females paddlers in the world.
Charging through the upwind sections and cruising the bumps on the down sections, she made the course look easy. Breaking away from the other girls early she never looked back from the first lap. Hitting the first turn in front she increased her lead throughout the course to finish comfortably in first place.
Paul Jackson takes the win in the Long Distance race on Day 2 in Japan
Paul Jackson (Fanatic) dominated the Long Distance race and made the most of the wind swell bumps into the beach on the downwind sections to take the win on Day 2 of the Shonan Chigasaki Pro.
Firing out of the blocks on the start line, Paul hit the first buoy out in front and powered through the downwind section of the first lap. Losing the lead, briefly on the second lap to Mo Frietas, Paul showed his experience to take the outside line and a better run in to the shore break buoy and was able to regain his lead.
Having opened up about a 50m gap between him and the chasing pack of Mo and Beau, Paul put his head down through the final third of the course and was able to hold his lead and finish comfortably ahead.
A great performance from the Australian using his experience of downwind paddling to his advantage and prove just how much of a force he is. Laying down the gauntlet for the rest of the international fleet as we approach the business end of the Sup season.
For more details covering the race and results, head to the Waterman’s League Website.