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Kai Lenny proves victorious in the World Tour Surfing at the Abu Dhabi All Stars

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After 3 days of intense action at Wadi Adventure Park in the UAE, it all came down to one final heat: 3 lefts, 3 rights and 3 closeouts as 3x World Champion Kai Lenny (Naish) from Maui stepped it up a gear to secure his first win of the season here at the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam.

The final was one to remember, as the 2 on form surfers of the event, Sean Poynter (Starboard) from Florida and Kai Lenny (Naish) battled it out to the bitter end, going wave for wave in the completely unique format that the Abu Dhabi All Stars provides.

Despite considering himself weaker on his backhand, Kai rode 2 flawless lefts to start off the exchange, with scores in the excellent range, making it a chasing game for the on form Sean Poynter, as Sean attacked the rights and closeouts with everything he had to achieve the 9.27 he needed to take the win.

But it all came down to a last wave of Sean to get the score, as Kai waited for his last wave and turns of the event. In the end, Sean’s score was not enough, as Kai executed a perfect air reverse into 360 by way of a victory lap before getting carried out of the pool by his team mates. A great result for the 3x World Champion after a disappointing finish in Brazil, relighting his competitive fire as we move into the World Series component of the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam.

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Overall ranking men after this Event
1. Caio Vaz –  BRA – 26,500
2. Kai Lenny – HI – 21,000
3. Keahi de Aboitiz – AUS – 17,750
4. Sean Poynter – US – 17,000
5. Zane Schweitzer – HI – 15,500
5. Ian Vaz – BRA – 15,500
7. Mo Freitas – HI – 14,500
8. Leco Salazar – BRA – 13,500
9. Kody Kerbox – HI – 11,500
10. Beau Nixon – AUS – 10,500

Best EURO Surfers
19. Benoit Carpentier – FRA – 6,250
41. Casper Steinfath – DK – 2400
44. Eric Terrien – FRA – 1800

Izzy Gomez comes from behind to take victory at the Abu Dhabi All Stars

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Coming off an impressive win at the last stop of the Stand Up World Tour in Brazil, Izzy Gomez (Starboard) started slower at the open of the 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars, but soon found her stride and gained momentum through the rounds to take victory at stop #3 on the 2014 Stand Up World Tour. With an incredible winning record (2 out of 3 this year and 4 out of 7 since the beginning of 2013), Izzi is proving herself to be a dominant force in the sport of Stand Up Paddling and a true Champion.

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Izzi Gomez’ road to the Finals was exciting, as a slow start saw her build momentum through the rounds, to overpower the new talent on Tour and 3rd place finisher in Hawaii, Sophia Bartlow and then the on form Aline Adisaka (New Advance) from Brazil.

In the Final, she seemed up against the ropes with Iballa Moreno (Starboard) opening strong with a couple of high scoring lefts. However through the rights and closeouts, Izzi was able to post scores in the excellent range, taking her to victory in this prestigious Abu Dhabi All Stars.

An incredible performance by this young Champion, as she continues to strengthen her position on the World Championship Tour and as one of the very best Stand Up Paddlesurfers in the World.

Nicole Pacelli goes down in the Semi Finals, but not without a fight

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Nicole Pacelli puts on an impressive performance at the ABu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam, notching up the highest heat score total in Round #1, then blazing her way through the quarterfinals to the semis, where she was finally stopped by the on form Iballa Moreno (Starboard) from Spain.

Even though Nicole would have wanted a win here in Abu Dhabi, she has to be happy with 3rd place finish, to complement her 1st and 2nd in Hawaii and Brazil respectively. She is now tied for 1st overall in the rankings with Izzi Gomez (Starboard), so it will be interesting to see how the final 2 events of the year will play out.

Iballa Moreno puts together a solid event campaign, narrowly missing out on win

Iballa Moreno (Starboard) has shown flashes of brilliance over the past year on the Stand Up World Tour, with displays of radical performance surfing in a wide variety of conditions. Unfortunately, she hasn’t until now been able to piece these moments together for a strong heat performance, meaning that she has often been knocked out earlier than perhaps her talent would indicate.

However this changed at the Abu Dhabi All Stars, as Iballa Moreno (Starboard) turned it on and powered her way through the rounds to the final, taking down current Ratings leader and 2013 World Champion Nicole Pacelli from Brazil in the process.

Despite just falling short in the final against Izzi Gomez (Starboard), Iballa can return home proud of the fact that she has turned a corner with her competitive surfing and has shown she is capable of taking down the very best in the world and is now lying in 4th place overall: clearly a name to watch out for through the 2014 season.

Overall ranking women after this event
1. Nicole Pacelli – BRA – 24,500
1. Izzy Gomez – US – 24,500
3. Aline Adisaka – BRA – 18,750
4. Iballa Moreno – SP – 18,500
5. Candice Appleby – US – 18,000
6. Sophia Tiare Bartlow – US – 16,500
7. Caroline Angibaud – FRA – 14,000
8. Mason Schremmer – US – 10,500
9. Lori Park – CAN – 9,250
10. Maili Tahar – FRA – 8,000

Stay tuned for the upcoming races!

Kai Lenny siegt in Abu Dhabi

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Nach seinem weniger glamurösen Resultat in Brasilien meldet sich Kai Lenny in Abu Dhabi zurück. Braucht aber noch ein paar Punkte um den Leader Caio Vaz in der Gesamtwertung zu überholen. Zweiter wurde Sean Pointer welcher nun auf Platz vier steht. Für unsere EURO Surfer ist die Konkurrenz  natürlich sehr hart gegen die Brasilianer, Hawaiianer, Amerikaner und Australier. Hier wird sich wohl auch in der Zukunft ein Bild abzeichnen wie in der ASP, welche ja praktisch ausschliesslich von diesen Nationen beherrscht wird. (Ausser wir sehen eines Tages Jungs aus den Kanarischen auf der Tour.) Umso mehr liegen die Hoffnungen beim SUP-Rennen von diesem Wochenende wo Casper Steinfath und Eric Terrien bestimmt ein Kandidaten für ein Podestplatz sein werden.

Gesamtresultate – Herren
1. Caio Vaz –  BRA – 26,500
2. Kai Lenny – HI – 21,000
3. Keahi de Aboitiz – AUS – 17,750
4. Sean Poynter – US – 17,000
5. Zane Schweitzer – HI – 15,500
5. Ian Vaz – BRA – 15,500
7. Mo Freitas – HI – 14,500
8. Leco Salazar – BRA – 13,500
9. Kody Kerbox – HI – 11,500
10. Beau Nixon – AUS – 10,500

Die besten EURO Surfers
19. Benoit Carpentier – FRA – 6,250
41. Casper Steinfath – DK – 2400
44. Eric Terrien – FRA – 1800

Izzy Gomez zieht gleich mit Nicole Pacelli

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Bei den Frauen ist der Titelkampf zwischen Nicole Pacelly und Izzy Gomez schon jetzt in vollem Gange. Eine hervorragende Leistung zeigte die Spanierin Iballa Moreno welche in Abu Dhabi bis in den Final vordrang, dann aber gegen Izzy Gomez den Kürzeren zog. Iballa Moreno ist nun auf den vierten Platz vorgerückt und wir auch an den kommenden Events der Stand Up World Tour bestimmt von sich reden machen.

Gesamtresultate – Damen
1. Nicole Pacelli – BRA – 24,500
1. Izzy Gomez – US – 24,500
3. Aline Adisaka – BRA – 18,750
4. Iballa Moreno – SP – 18,500
5. Candice Appleby – US – 18,000
6. Sophia Tiare Bartlow – US – 16,500
7. Caroline Angibaud – FRA – 14,000
8. Mason Schremmer – US – 10,500
9. Lori Park – CAN – 9,250
10. Maili Tahar – FRA – 8,000

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