WELCOME back to Day 2 of the New York SUP Open!
Yesterday’s competition exploded into high octane action and fiery competition as the world’s best SUP surfers battled it out in wind swept surf and current here in Long Beach, NY. Undeterred, we saw incredible action throughout the day’s heats.
Watch the Highlights from yesterday's action by CLICKING HERE, and for shots and updated elimination ladders go to @appworldtour. Following the scoring and all results on the LIVE page at www.appworldtour.com or by downloading the STACTAPP.
The women started off the day in clean 2-3 foot surf showcasing the tsunami of talent in the women’s world of surfing. In an opening round, the power of Yuuka Horikoshi surprised the crowd and current APP World Champ, Iballa Moreno, as she executed sharp snaps and powerful top turns to edge out the 2018 women's SUP Surf champion in a dynamic heat forcing Iballa to work her way back through the repecharge rounds in order to protect her title.
In another fantastic show of female power and athleticism, Shakira Westdorp turned on her raging talent to edge out current 2019 APP leader, Fiona Wylde, after her massive performance at Sunset. Shak powered through her turns and generated speed down the line to deliver powerful off-the-lip maneuvers in her searing drive for the world title in 2019.
In the men’s heats, the action was electric as the world's finest came to battle it out in the waves at Long Beach. Current World Champ, Sean Poynter, who missed the first stop on this year's surfing tour at Sunset Beach in February, has clearly not missed a beat.
His surfing is focused and on point. Clean, smooth transitions, reading each wave with alacrity and adding style and power makes him a force out in front to maintain his title as World Champ. If we follow the same trajectory as last year, we will see Sean build on his opening rounds as he unleashes his focused power towards his goal of an event win and the notch he needs towards the World Championship Title.
Benoit Carpentier also brought his mindful focus and incredible A-game to the opening rounds. Even as the wind began to pick up and choosing waves became a critical strategy in these opening rounds from Day 1, Benoit charged multiple waves in every heat, connecting big bottom carves to sharp top turns and bold manuevers. He brought the crowd to attention with an electric performance in every heat. Benoit’s bid is out in the open and he is a driving meteor of talent towards the world title.
Another stand out performance from the day came from Matheus Salazar who won the heat of the day against Lucas Medeiros and Wellington Reis. In a stacked line up, with fiery talent from each of them, Matheus brought down the house with a phenomenal performance aginst his fellow Brazilians. Matheus’ top scoring wave of an 8.17, incredible in the wind and conditions of the day, moves him through to Round 3 and a bid for the event title.
Stop #2 of the 2019 APP World Tour will see the World Title Race intensify, as the World's best are here and the action is on. Join us for a day to remember.