Wednesday 26 October
Leco Salazar wins Skol’s Alma Surf Mormaii International
Leco Salazar puts together a stunning performance in the Finals of the AlmaSurf International presented by Skol to take the win in front of an ecstatic home crowd and ahead of an on form Kai Lenny.
Leco put together two impressive waves scoring a 9.0 and 8.5 respectively to take down the current World Champion and secure his first and well deserved win of the 2011 season. It was an emotional win for Leco and will complement his 2nd, 3rd and 5th place finishes so far this year, further securing his 2nd place position in the overall Stand Up World Tour rankings.
Kai Lenny secures 2nd World Title in advance of the Finals
After an incredible year for the young Champion, Kai Lenny secures his second World Title at just 19 years old, proving himself untouchable in advance of the final event of the year on the Big Island.
With 2 wins, a 2nd and a 3rd counting towards his overall result, even if Leco were to win the last event on the Big Island, his results would match Kai Lenny’s but his next best result would be a 5th and Kai’s a 4th, thereby securing Kai’s 2nd World Title. Congratulations to this phenomenal athlete and worthy Champion.
The Brazilian contingent make their presence felt at home
Joining Leco and Kai in the final were Brazilian standouts Renato Wanderley and Luis Saraiva, outnumbering the young Hawaiian by 3:1. There was also an unprecedented number of Brazilians reaching the semi finals, making it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with.
The standard of riding from the local contingent from last year to this has shot through the roof over here, with a wealth of new and legitimate contenders joining the fray and pushing the performance level even higher.
Zane Schweitzer moves up with another great result
Making it all the way to the semi finals with his radical approach to riding, Zane Schweitzer finishes in 7th place here at the AlmaSurf Mormaii International presented by Skol, moving him up to 4th place overall, right behind Frenchman Antoine Delpero.
We can expect great things from this young contender from Maui and he will be looking to capitalize on his standing as we head towards the Hawaii Island Finals
Other notable performances at Maresias
Far from home but seemingly right at home in the Maresias beackbreak was Tahitian Patuariitea Laux, making it through to the Quarterfinals, but narrowly missing out on a place in the semi finals.
While Robin Johnston was just 0.1 away from making another semi final, leaving him in 5th place overall in the rankings, and looking for redemption at the Hawaii Island Finals at the end of November.
Brazilian talent to watch out for on Stand Up World Tour
Also charging all the way to the Semis and narrowly missing out on the Finals were Brazilians Carlos Bahia and Ian Vaz, both absolutely ripping, but not enough to stop the onslaught by Leco and Renato in the 2nd semifinal.
Five down, one to go on the 2011 Stand Up World Tour: check out the highlights at www.standupworldtour.com
After a spectacular event down here in South Brazil, all eyes will now turn to the Big Island of Hawaii for the prestigious and climactic World Championship Finals, where the new World Champion will be crowned and the final standings for the year secured.
Go to www.standupworldtour.com for the highlights from the event as well as the Stand Up World Tour facebook page for the latest news and information from the Stand Up World Tour.
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