On the last day of the last stop of the Stand Up World Tour in Huntington Beach today, young rider Poenaiki Raioha won the US Sup Open competition in a tough final against the 2014 world champion from Brazil Caio Vaz.
The friendship and camaraderie was high in this final but the competition was fierce. Poenaiki Raioha and Caio Vaz started with a high-five. Poenaiki was looking to get his first win ever on the Stand Up World Tour and he got what he came for. The young SUP athlete from Tahiti displayed some really nice explosion showing power, speed and fluidity in his surf. Despite the small inconsistent waves (2 to 3 foot swell at their best), which had the two competitors on the hunt for waves for 30 minutes, Poenaiki Raioha really did manage to maximize his runs, making something out of nothing.
Watch the Men’s final in full starting at 2:03:00 on the video below!