The Maui Pro AM, the first sup racing event on the 2017 APP World Tour, brought with it stellar conditions, top level athleticism and sportsmanship. In the end, Maui’s native son Mo Freitas and Australia’s powerhouse Terrene Black took home overall championship titles for this stop on the APP World Tour.
Day One held the Sprint Races where Denmark’s Viking Casper Steinfath and Terrene Black came out on top. The excitement of Day One came in the form of the youngest competitor on the docket, 15-year-old Annie Reickert, who slipped through the sets in the surf in the third round for the women to win the finals event. Her event performance was consistent and bold but, unbelievably, her points cost her the overall win in the sprints which went to Terrene after a day of stellar competition among the women.
In the Distance races, held on Day Two, racers took on the infamous Downwind Run, an eight mile course, from Maliko Gulch to the finish at Kanaha Beach Park. In early afternoon on Sunday, racers lined up at the start on the Maliko Gulch for the start of the distance race. The Maliko Run is widely known as the best downwind run on earth with the Maui trade winds supplying world-class conditions for bump riding.
The stand out performance of the day came from Starboard team rider Aussie Michael Booth (Starboard) who’s athleticism hurled him out in front of the pack from the start. Booth took an inside line and hugged the coast while he worked the bumps on this legendary glide. .
Meanwhile, 2016 World Champion and local Maui legend Connor Baxter (Starboard) established himself in second during the downwind run with another Mo Freitas (Focus SUP Hawaii) finishing third. In the overall standings for the weekend, Freitas finished second in the sprints and third in the distance race, while Baxter finished third in the sprints and second in the distance race. Therefore, the tie-breaker for overall winner came from a higher weighting of points in the sprints race, placing Mo Freitas as the triumphant winner and Connor Baxter placing second overall.
Not one to be left behind, King of the Sprints and Denmark’s favorite Casper Steinfath (Naish) placed third overall on top of the men’s podium due to his first place finish in the sprints and seventh place finish in the distance race.
In the women’s distance race, Sonni Honscheid (Starboard) used her mettle and M2O bump riding skills to put herself out in front for the Malaiko Run where she held that lead for the entire race. Hard on her heels and the gal to watch in 2017 came Fiona Wylde (Starboard) who is looking like she has her sights set on a World Title (or two) this year. Fiona, sporting her yellow jersey from her win in the Sprint races the day before, put on an impressive performance and came in second behind Honscheid.
Yesterday’s Sprint Race star, Terrene Black came across the finish line at third for the distance race but captured the overall title win for the Maui Pro AM for her performance over the weekend. Alongside her on the event podium was Fiona Wylde finishing 2nd overall and Sonni Honscheid who placed 3rd.
Congrats and looking forward to a great season ahead with these men and women who are clearly strong, well trained and eager as we look forward in the APP World Tour to the next stop.