After Connor Baxter put all the pressure on by winning the Long Distance on Day 1, Kai needed to be on top of his form in the Sprints to secure his 7th World Title (3 times Stand Up World Series & 4 times Stand Up World Tour).
With 2-3 foot waves making for some interesting Sprint Racing, the 23 year old Hawaiian stormed into a lead right from the off. Winning Round 1 Heat 1 easily he went straight into Semi-Final 1 where once again he powered off the start line and into a comfortable lead and straight into the Final.
Up against some of the World’s Best paddlers in the Final it was neck and neck straight from the starting horn with Naish team mate Casper Steinfath. The Naish riders seeming to find another gear and storm out in front. Hitting the Buoy 1 first, Kai was able to find a small bump from the Outside Buoy and extend his lead from Casper.
The Final saw the athletes having to complete Two laps of the Turtle Bay Course and with Casper Steinfath falling on the way back out for the start of the second lap it left Kai Lenny to complete his final lap unchallenged and win by a considerable distance.
With Casper being overtaken by the chasing pack it was Kody Kerbox, who impressed all day with his skills at finding bumps to come from behind and secure second place being pushed by Bullet Obra and Jake Jensen with Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer further back going down on the wave after they rounded the Final Buoy.
Replay of Day of the Word Series Finals – Watch the men’s finish at 2:26:30
Video Recap of Day 1 – Long Distance