The 2018 race season kicked off last weekend with the Air France Paddle Festival. Over 300 paddlers were in the water for the 8 KM Lagoon Race, 4 KM Fun Race and 24 KM Elite Race. The elite race was as predicted long and hot, with Marcus Hansen arriving 1st for the men and Sonni Honscheid finishing strong to retain her Air France Paddle Festival Crown.
Here's a great look back at a great event, the Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti. Well done to everyone that got out on the water in the blistering sun, and thank you to Air France and everyone involved in organising and supporting the event. What a way to start The Paddle League World Tour…
In the men’s race under grueling heat and temperatures starboard racer Micheal Booth held a good distance for much of the race, until Marcus Hansen staged an huge comeback in the final 500 m as he appeared to find another gear allowing himself to overtake Boothy, who subsequently finished the race in 2nd place. Mean while Tahitian Mistral rider Steeve Teihotaata paddled a great race and put the island nation on the podium by arriving in 3rd place, with Titouan Puyo from NSP arriving in 4th and Manatea Bopp du Pont from Sunova finishing 5th for the second year in a row.
Photo credit: The Paddle League
Recent Hoe Toa Paddle champion Lincoln Dews set out on a good pace against Boothy but came in outside the top 10. In an extraordinary performance, 13-year-old Starboard rider Keoni Sulpice was challenging the lead pack for much of the race until he finished his water pack with 10 KM to go and quickly began to fade and arrived in 11th place. The elite men’s race was certainly a tough one with many paddlers pulling out due to the intense conditions, including current world number starboard rider Connor Baxter.
Photo credit: The Paddle League
In the ladies 24 KM race starboard had a clean sweep on the podium with rider Sonni Honscheid coming 1st and thus onto holding onto her Air France Paddle Festival title, The German Machine broke away early in the race and finished with just over a 3 minutes difference between herself and 2nd placed Yuka Sato, a remarkable achievement considering the conditions. Japanese paddler Yuka Sato put herself to the top of the leader board on the Paddle League world rankings with her 2nd placed finish, a great start to her season!
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