Last weekend marked the first qualification event for the 2022 APP World Tour which awarded the top two men and women at the Aloha Spirit Festival, in Ilhabela, Brazil, a sought-after spot on the 2022 APP World Racing Tour.
Who would get these four coveted spots would be decided over two races: a 10km distance race and a sort-form technical race on the beach, determining who has what it takes to compete against the best in the world on Tour.
After a weekend of highly competitive racing after two years of a dormant SUP scene in Brazil due to Covid-19, experienced APP athlete, David Leão, was the first to secure the men’s spot with a 1st place across both disciplines. Joining him on the podium and eventually on Tour, was 3 X Brazilian Champion, Arthur Santacreu, who put on an excellent performance over the weekend.
On the women’s side, Pan-American SUP champion, Lena Guimarães, occupied the top spot across both events securing her a deserved spot on Tour. Roseli Novloski stood alongside her, who placed second in both the distance and technical races.
David, Arthur, Lena and Roseli all occupied the top two spots on the podium across both disciplines, making them irrefutably worthy of the spots on the Tour, whilst reinforcing that there is some incredible talent coming out of Brazil.
The APP World Tour will welcome back David Leão and initiate the newcomers on tour and where better to do it than the first event of the year in Santa Monica, California where the campaign for the 2022 World Title will begin.
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