Lenny adds to title haul
Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville capped his dominant run through the year’s stand-up paddling events by winning the La Torche Pro on Friday in Brittney, France, and claiming a third Stand Up World Tour season championship.
Already assured of the tour title entering the contest final, Lenny took the La Torche crown with a 16.59-5.87 victory over Brazil’s Caio Vaz.
“I wanted to end the year off this way,” said Lenny, who turned 21 last month.
“The waves were, like, eight foot, just perfect.”
Lenny began his day with a quarterfinal matchup and posted the top heat score of the event in an 18.27-6.60 win over Lucas Medeiros of Brazil. Lenny beat Australia’s Justin Holland 15.67-8.50 in the semifinal round.
Lenny won five of his six heats in the contest overall, with one runner-up finish.
“When I have more pressure on me, when I feel there’s more at stake, I think that’s when I rise up,” he said.
This season, Lenny claimed titles at three of the tour’s four events.
He also won the Stand Up World Series racing championship for a second time this year and finished first in September’s Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle elite-division race in California.
Lenny was named SUP Magazine’s Stand Up Paddler of the Year in September as well.
Lenny said he is donating $5,000 from his winnings on Friday to the Paia Youth & Cultural Center.
“That’s a great way to help them out and in turn help the kids out and maybe help them do what I’m doing, which is travel the world and get paid to have fun,” Lenny said. “I’m always really impressed when I pass by that place.”