Check out young Finn Spencer, thirteen years old, as he dominates the field for this year’s Bluesmiths Paddle Imua 2017 on Maui last weekend. Finn was the only competitor on a sup foil and was out in front of the pack, including the unlimited for much of the event! This adds another element of technology and speed that we haven’t seen before in sup racing. Will foils be a part of the line up in years to come?
“One of the many highlights of the Maliko downwind race was Finn Spencer (13) on his sup foil board nearly beating the entire fleet of the sup unlimited boards before getting caught on the flats inside the harbor. ”
– John Smalley, Founder Bluesmiths
Bluesmiths Paddle Imua 2017
Two hundred and ten stand-up paddlers, prone paddlers, hydro foil paddlers, OC1s, OC2s, OC6s and Surfskis took part in a ten mile Maliko Run downwind race for the benefit of children with special needs at this year’s Bluesmiths Paddle Imua.
In great downwind race conditions and riding a Go-Foil sup, 13 year old Finn Spencer cut through the entire pack of stand up paddlers, and was the first competitor to round the final turn into Kahului Harbor on Maui.
On the home stretch without the wind conditions to propel him on a tiny board, he was later chased down and overtaken by elite stand up paddle racers including Kody Kerbox (SIC) who took the win, and Jeremy Riggs (Bluesmiths/SIC) who came in second.
“This was the first time that foils have been raced against regular sup boards and judging by this result, the sport will be reconsidering some of its racing formats for the future.”
– John Smalley
On her own turf, Andrea Moller (SIC/Bluesmiths), Bluesmiths Paddle Imua Ambassador, took first place in the Women’s Stand Up Paddle Race.
“It was pretty cool to be the only person competing in hydro-foil today because I could just go out and have fun. I was the first person to the jetty, but some other guys passed me on the way. This wasn’t my first Maliko down-winder, but this was my first Paddle Imua. The conditions were perfect. It was super fun.” – Finn Spencer
Super fun, perfect conditions and a hydro foil. Methinks we may be seeing a whole new generation of paddlers taking to the foil as a way to uptick the speed and performance in any event … and SOON. Congrats, Spencer and thanks for paving the way!