It was an epic close to the 2015 season here at Turtle Bay, as we saw extremely competitive racing and dramatic finishes in both the long distance and sprint racing that led to the crowning of 2 new SUP World Champions for 2015.
Kai Lenny (Naish) came into this final event with 2 wins and a second under his belt, needing to get a 3rd place or better in this Final event of the year in order to secure the 2015 World Racing Title.
With a dominant performance in the World Series Sprint Racing on the final day of action at Turtle Bay, Kai was able to secure the event win, his 3rd of the season, and in doing so, the 2015 World Championship Title.
Kai is without doubt the most dominant competitive athlete in the sport so far, with 4 Surfing World Titles under his belt and now 3 for Racing, and it should be noted, that since the inception of the World Tour back in 2010 (when he entered his first event as a wild card at Sunset Beach), there hasn’t been a single year he hasn’t held a World Title, securing both Racing & Surfing Titles in 2013.
An incredible achievement by this young World Champion and one thing is clear, it has only just begun, as Kai is only 23 years old!
Meanwhile in the women’s, Candice Appleby (Infinity) was officially crowned World Champion at the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay, presented by Naish with her final win of the season capping a truly dominant year on Tour.
This was her maiden year on the Stand Up World Series, and as one of the most dangerous double threats as a competitor across both Surfing and Racing, there is no doubt that Candice will be looking to secure another racing World Title in 2016, but also a Surfing World Title, strengthened by the confidence gained from her performance in 2015.
We look forward to seeing Candice back in Hawaii for the World Tour Opener of the 2016 season in February and congratulate her on what has been an incredible year.
Make sure to check out all the highlights and photos from this weekend’s racing, but also from the entire season by scrolling through the playlist on the front page of www.watermanleague.com and checking out the galleries. In the meantime, stay tuned for the build up to a massive new season in 2016, as the professional platform is stepped up to a whole new level.
Source: Waterman League