Sunset Beach Pro Crowns Tahitian Stand-Up Paddler Poenaiki Raioha
By Shannon Reporting
Tahitian Poenaiki Raioha (22) was just chaired up the beach as the new Sunset Beach Pro Champion, the Hawaiian stop on the APP World Tour. Glassy conditions on the North Shore today (finally!) gave the stand-up paddlers the canvas they were looking for going into the Final heat.
“I’m so happy! I have been working the last four years towards this day, and finally I won the Sunset Beach Pro,” Raioha told Freesurf Magazine after securing the win. “It’s an honor for me to represent Tahiti, especially as the only Tahitian on the World Tour amongst many other countries.”
Hawaii’s Bernd Roediger finished runner-up, as Brazilians Wellington Reis Sup and Caio Vaz placed third and fourth respectively.
The women’s division finished Monday in tricky conditions due to stormy weather, with USA’s Fiona Wylde in first, Columbia’s Izzi Gomez in second, Australia’s Shakira Westdorp in third, and Brazil’s Aline Adisaka rounding out the podium in fourth.