Casper Steinfath and Terrene Black win the Sprints at Maui Pro AM

Womens sprint Maui Pro AM
Sonni Honcheid, Candice Appleby and Terrene Black
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Congrats to Denmark’s Viking rider Casper Steinfath and Australia’s Terrene Black for taking home the wins in the sprint divisions for Day One of the Maui Pro AM.

Terrene Black and Fiona Wylde surf spring Maui Pro AM
Head high surf greeted the riders for their two-lap heats in the sprint division of the Maui Pro AM on Saturday.

Sup Sprint Races at Maui Pro AM

In a great first day of racing, the APP World Tour delivers excitement, upset and dynamic wins in the Sprint division of the Maui Pro AM.  The event kicked off under flawless conditions for the sprint races at Ho’okipa Beach Park on the island.  Standup paddling’s top athletes battled out two lap heats through head high surf in order to establish the pecking order in the sprints.

Connor Baxter Starboard Maui Pro AM sprint
Connor Baxter, after taking an early lead, came in third in the sprints behind Denmark’s Casper Steinfath and Maui’s own Mo Freitas

In the opening round, current world champion Connor Baxter of Starboard swept the opening heat and advanced directly to the Semi-Final round along with Bernd Roediger of team Naish.  Also finishing at the top in their respective heats included F-ONE new, dynamic team rider Josh Riccio along with Australian’s James Casey and Toby Cracknell.

Tangle in the Surf leads to Head-to-Head Rematch

The Top Three contenders from each of the men’s rounds advanced directly to Round Three while the remaining athletes took to the Repocharge heats in Round Two for a second chance to earn a spot in the Semi-Finals.  A great competition followed between fellow Starboard athletes, Italy’s Leonard Nika and Australian powerhouse Michael Booth.  In their heat within the repocharge rounds, the two managed to get tangled in the surf in what was later ruled by contest officials as direct interference from Nika.  In order to settle the dispute, the two Starboard riders were put to a single lap head-to-head heat in which Nika came out on top and advanced to Round Three.

Women's Sprints Maui Pro AM APP World Tour
The women’s division had a stacked line up with Fiona, Sonni, Candice and Terrene all blasting off through the start at the Maui Pro AM.

Women Racers looking Fierce and Focused throughout Event

For the women, there was a stacked list of eight of the world’s fastest racers all seeking the win as they moved through their three heats in the sprints. Women’s super stars including Candice Appleby, Izzy Gomez, Fiona Wylde, Sonni Honscheid and Annie Reickert to name a few that were on the start line to make the most of Day One in the Maui Pro AM.  It could have been anyone’s title.

In Heat One, after two laps through the Ho’okipa surf, Australian star Terrene Black came on strong for the win with fierce contender Fiona Wylde close on her heels.  In the second round, the two built the competitive fire between them as Fiona crossed the finish first with Terrene coming in second.

Youngest Contender Annie Reickert takes to the podium

In perhaps the most exciting underdog experience of the day, the youngest female contender on the field, local Maui racer, Annie Reickert came on strong and dominant in the Third Heat to take the win but, according to points awarded for placement,  it wasn’t quite enough to carry the overall victory.  At the end of the day, Australian’s Terrene Black finished as overall champion in the Sprint Races with young contender Annie Reickert placing second, Fiona Wylde third and Izzy Gomez fourth.

Men's sprint Maui Pro Am APP World Tour
The men come ripping off the start line in the primary heats of the Maui Pro AM sprint divisions for a day of pro performance and extreme athleticism.

Men’s line up in the Final Rounds proves daunting

In the men’s final rounds, the level of intensity grew to an all-time pitch in the Semi-Finals as Hawaiian favorites Mo Freitas of Focus SUP Hawaii and Connor Baxter riding for Starboard met the Maui conditions with poise to take the top seeds going into the finals.  Then, the Top Two of the consolation final, Lincon Dews and Travis Grant advanced to take their place on the start line for the Final Event.

Casper Steinfath Naish Maui Pro AM sprint
Naish team rider Casper Steinfath salutes his victory on ride in to the finish for title of Sprint champion in the Maui Pro AM

Casper Steinfath takes home the win in Sprints at Maui Pro AM

The men’s final began with a tightly-matched group of the day’s fastest paddlers gunning off the start line.  Through the head-high surf they charged with Denmark’s Casper Steinfath quickly taking the lead ahead of local Maui boys Connor Baxter and Mo Freitas.  Steinfath kept his lead and, after rounding the final buoy, found his way into a final bump and took a victory surf to shore claiming his win for the day.  Mo Freitas took the second place win with legend Connor Baxter finishing third in the Sprint competition for Day One of the Maui Pro AM.

Stay tuned for MORE updates on the DISTANCE RACES for the Maui Pro AM and the rest of the APP World Tour here at Standup


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.