SUP in Paris: freezing cold

Paris is the romantic city located right in the heart of France. The capital city is far away from the Atlantic Ocean, but the Seine River can be the perfect spot for water sports.

In the beginning of December, the second edition of the Naish SUP Tour was held in the extremely cold conditions of European winter. Only 34 competitors were allowed to race the 10 km course across the Seine, from east to west.

The SUP enthusiasts even had to paddle through ice, before finishing the race in snowy conditions. In the end, Eric Terrien, Annabel Anderson, Gaetan Sene and Arthur Arutkin were the fastest athletes.

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Kay Lenny: SUPer Man

Kai Lenny has conquered the 2010 Stand Up World Tour. The 18-year-old surfer was crowned in an epic final, held at Honoli'i, on the Big Island.

The first SUP world champion proved his quality in small surf. As the finals got underway, it became clear that the World Title was not enough for the young Champion. He wanted the event win, too. Lenny scored two high scoring waves just had to relax.

The remaining finalists scratched around to find waves that might match Kai's performance, but to no avail. Kai stepped into a league of his own and won the SUP World Championships, much to the delight of his family and friends on the beach.

The Official crowning of the World Champion for 2010 will take place this Saturday, on the Big Island. The 2011 Stand Up World Tour will grow bigger, better and in more places than ever.

Jeremy Flores: France must be proud

Jeremy Flores has conquered the 2010 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. The French surfer defeated Kieren Perrow in a come-from-behind victory in firing four-to-six foot Backdoor barrels. Flores clinchedhis first career ASP World Tour victory.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, was another to stand atop the Billabong Pipe Masters podium, clinching his third, consecutive Vans Triple Crown title to conclude the 2010 ASP World Tour season. Watch the final highlights.

Flores, who was in need of a solid 8.60 single-wave score in the dying moments, clawed his way back into the Final against Perrow and threaded the needle on a beautiful righthand barrel to earn a 9.37. Making history as the first European to ever win the Billabong Pipe Masters in the event’s 40 year history, Flores punctuated his season with his career-best result.

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