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Mo Freitas and Fiona Wylde Are the 2017 Overall APP World Tour Champs

The trajectory of Mo Freitas towards becoming one of the most well rounded athletes in the sport has been astonishing. it all started with his breakthrough win back in 2012 at the Ubatuba Pro where he took the world by storm with the most progressive SUP Surfing to date, to take down the soon to be crowned, and first ever Brazilian World Champion, Leco Salazar.

He has continued to be at the cutting edge of SUP Surfing, continually redefining the sport’s high performance parameters through board design, time on the water and sheer talent. It is therefore of no surprise to find Mo sitting in #4 in the World SUP Surfing rankings at the close of the 2017 season and you can’t help but have the feeling that there is a great deal more in the tank here.

However perhaps more surprising over the last few years has been his surge into the SUP Racing domain, as he has well and truly established himself as one of the World’s most competitive Racers. During the 2017 season he has come into his own, battling 2016 World Champion Connor Baxter (Starboard) every step of the way: coming out of Maui, as a result of his sprint racing performance at Ho’okipa, he was able to take the overall ratings lead and adopt the yellow jersey coming into Japan. Connor was able to match this with his performance in Japan, meaning that they were both yellow jersey holders coming out of this.

Fast forward to Red Bull Heavy Water in San Francisco, and still a tie, it came down to who would finish ahead of the other in this dramatic race that would decide the 2017 APP World Racing Title. In one of the most spectacular races in the sport’s history, Connor was just able to get the edge over Mo finishing one place ahead, thereby securing him the 2017 World Racing Title.

However with a 4th in Surfing and a 2nd in Racing, Mo’s ownership of the Overall World Title across both disciplines was self evident and well-earned as he is officially recognized as one of the sport’s leading all-rounders and the 2017 Overall APP World Champion.

Fiona Wylde (Starboard) has fast become somewhat of a female ‘Kai Lenny’: phenomenally talented across multiple sports, Fiona never ceases to impress, from her competitive pursuits in windsurfing that see her in the upper echelon of the sport, to her performance level in all forms of surf, particularly in waves of consequence (see Sunset this year for a glimpse of Fiona catching one of the waves of the event).

Like Mo Freitas, while her background was more in the surfriding aspects of the various sports, she has been able to prove herself as one of the World’s very best racers too, securing her first Racing World Title in 2016 and then finishing in a very credible 3rd place for 2017 and well within reach of another World Title.

Meanwhile, in SUP surfing, she was once again able to back up her strong racing finish with 2nd place in 2017 (a repeat performance of 2016 where she finished runner up), behind the now 4x World Champion Izzi Gomez (Starboard). There is no doubt that Fiona is more than capable of World Title in SUP Surfing, and will certainly continue to be a force to be reckoned with on the APP World Tour.

Given her dominant performances across both disciplines, like Mo Freitas, there is no surprise that Fiona has secured the Overall World Title in 2017, with a 2nd and a 3rd place establishing her as the clear all-rounder in the sport and well-deserved Overall World Champion.