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Kai Lenny and Fiona Wylde Win the Standup World Series Final

Conditions at Maui’s world-class Maliko Run and Ho’okipa Beach Park turned on over the weekend for the Stand Up World Series Finals with consistent 20+-knot winds blowing generous bumps and a solid swell gracing the first-ever World Series competition on the island’s north shore.

The event offered Pro and Open divisions in Saturday’s downwind race and Sunday’s surf sprints, with the champions of both combined taking the Maui World Series title. The downwind race from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach saw local boys and front-running competitive rivals Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny in a neck-and-neck battle for the duration of their home run. In the end, Baxter edged Lenny out for the Pro Distance win, with Lenny finishing in 2nd and Kody Kerbox in 3rd. Denmark’s Casper Steinfath—World No. 1 going into 2016’s second-to-last event for the World Series—finished eighth in the downwind race, relinquishing his standing as the Series’ leader. In the women’s Pro Distance division, young-buck Fiona Wylde put on yet another dominant downwind performance for the victory, followed by uprising star Annie Reickert with Talia Decoite in third.

Day Two kicked off yesterday and saw the world’s fastest paddlers duke it out in challenging conditions for the Sprint races. After losing in the semifinal, Steinfath took home a first-place finish in the repocharge to earn a position on the start line for the Final. He kicked into Viking-mode for the final race and pulled off a convicted first-place win in the Sprints. No. 2 Top Male Paddler of the Year, Maui’s own Zane Kekoa Schweitzer, also delivered a stand-out performance for the second-place title, with Maui’s Kai Lenny rounding out the podium in third. The women’s race met even more trying conditions with the biggest set waes of the day. Not without a few broken fins and leashes among the women, Fiona Wylde came out on top with the best two out of three races.
In the end, Fiona combined her sprint win with the distance victory and took home the overall crown. In the men’s division, Lenny put together an overall second in the Distance and third in the Sprint to take home the Maui World Series title.

So, what does this all mean for the Stand Up World Series Title race? Fiona Wylde is offically the 2016 Women’s Champion and Connor Baxter is now in first-place for the men, sitting 750 points ahead on the Men’s Table. Competitors are now heading to San Francisco for the World Series Final—the first-ever Red Bull Heavy Water event—beginning Tuesday, Oct. 18. Stay tuned for detailed results and coverage of Red Bull Heavy Water!