F-ONE is pleased to announce that Poenaiki RAIOHA is joining the F-ONE International SUP Team.
This young Tahitian of 17 years old has a powerfully and solid surf that is surprising and appreciated. After a great 2013 season on the World Tour, Poenaiki began really well this 2014 season by achieving the 5th place of the first Hawaiian step.
This SUP boy from Papenoo, in the north east coast of Tahiti Island, is completing our Polynesian team.
- 1st duo in Paddle Race of 56 kms with Jerry Bess to the Molokai-Oahu 2013
- 1st SUP Tahiti Championship 2013 : Junior and Open category
- 1st Tahiti SUP Cup 2013 : Junior and Open category
- 1st Junior Sunset Beach Pro Oahu, Turtle Bay, 4ème in Open
- 1st Junior Paddle Race in Maui
- 2d Sapinus event – SUP World Tour 2012
Let’s discover a little more about Poenaiki:
What are your favorite spots?
The waves of Papenoo, my home spot in Tahiti, because they are working well. They are perfect to improve the tricks and work on the power.
I also like to go to Taapuna and Sapinus, the well-known tubular waves of the west coast. Tahiti it’s the place to find the good spot and progress in several conditions.
What is your favorite trick?
My favorite trick is the Air Reverse that I tried to realize in SUP.
Since when are you practicing SUP?
For 3 years now; because I began in 2011.
As Polynesian, are you practicing other water sports?
Yes, the Va’a (the pirogue), the surf, the longboard, the body board and I recently began kitesurf with Manutea MONNIER. It’s really cool to have several complementary supports.
What is your favorite remember in SUP and why?
My best SUP remembers is the 2d place that I achieved in the final of the Tahiti step of the Sup World Tour that took place in Sapinus. I only had 15 years old at this time.
You are a true competitor, what is your program this 2014 year?
My program is to do the maximum of Sup World Tour events in 2014 in order to enter in the best 10 worldwide riders.
How do you see your integration in the F-ONE team? Now you have training’s partner, does it help you?
I’m really nice integrated in the team. Thanks to F-ONE I have the opportunity to participate to all the events of the SWT with special boards, which have just been adjusted to me.
I have great training partners with Manutea MONNIER, Patrice CHANZY, Natua TERIITAHI, Atamu CONTI with whom I’m enjoying SUP surf and SUP race.
What is your favorite board and why?
I’m waiting my proto but while I’m surfing with the Madeiro 7’5” x 26, which is really light and manageable.
What is your biggest dream?
As all rider, my biggest dream is to become SUP World Champion!
Welcome Poenaiki and good luck for the season!