Tahitian surf legend Arsene Harehoe.

Tahitian surf legend Arsene Harehoe.

Sapinus Tahiti Pro Presented By Air Tahiti Nui Update

Kai Lenny continues to assert his dominance on the Stand Up World Tour with an impressive performance today in Tahiti. With solid 10 – 12ft barrels at Sapinus, Kai Lenny showed that he has what it takes, regardless of the conditions: going from the bombing conditions at Sunset, to the 3 – 4ft fun surf in France, to here, where dropping over the ledge is one of the more intimidating scenarios possible, Kai seems in his element in it all. In the first heat of the day, he pulled deep into a monstrous barrel and came out to score a 9.5 and universal respect and applause. He continued to put together the highest heat score of the day and put another Lenny stamp in history. Kai will surf his quarter final heat in the morning.

The Spills
Along with the mind blowing barrels came the spectacular wipeouts: Local Favorite Guillaume Bourligueux pulled into a massive barrel on the first wave of his first round heat, and just when it seemed as though he was coming out, he got shut down, breaking his paddle, popping his shoulder out and twisting his knee….an unfortunate end to his event campaign. Here Sean Poynter goes from top to bottom with all the power of Sapinus right behind him

Dave Muir is back
After a shaky first heat, Dave came back full force in the repercharge round, winning convincingly with his trademark powerhouse turns and pulling in and coming out of a beautiful barrel in round 3. Dave will surf his quarterfinal heat in the morning.

Stand Up World Tour talent runs deep
From Robin Johnston’s continued World Tour campaign, strengthened by a great opening here at Sapinus, fellow Sunset Finalist Zane Schweitzer’s charge and France finalist and World #3, Antoine Delpero quest for the top, to little Riggs Napoleon pulling into man size barrels at just 13 years old, narrowly missing out on a quarterfinals berth, the international and local talent runs deep at this 3rd stop of the 2011 Stand Up World Tour. Here Robin Johnston makes his way across another glassy face.

Arsene Harehoe: still a force to be reckoned with
Local Legend Tahitian Arsene Harehoe put on a masterclass this morning and at 50 years old, was the only one to match 18 year old Kai Lenny’s 9.5 with an immaculate and cleanly exited barrel that the brought the crowds to their feet, whether on boats, boards or canoes – Arsene still has what it takes and is not afraid to show it!

The Star of the Show: Sapinus
Despite the formidable performances by all of the athletes today that once again took stand up paddlesurfing to the next level, the undeniable star of the show was the beautiful wave of Sapinus, that once again served up the best of the best. Stay tuned for the conclusion of the Sapinus Pro, presented by Air Tahiti Nui – next call is at 6.30am tomorrow morning. Highlights from today’s action will follow later tonight with full highlights to follow this weekend at www.standupworldtour.com