Lenny wins big in Mexico

Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville rides through a barrel during the final of the Puerto Escondido Challenge on Monday. Lenny scored an 8.60 on the wave to win the title. World Surf League / Mariana Villela photo
Lenny is carried off the beach after his victory. World Surf League / Mariana Villela photo

The Maui News

Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville escaped out of massive barrel near the end of the finals heat to win the Puerto Escondido Challenge on Monday in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In surf of 20 to 25 feet, Lenny bested the field of 24 in the first event of the World Surf League Big Wave Tour.

In the hour-long final, Lenny was in second until his excellent late ride that gave him a heat-high 8.60 and a 23.53 total for the win. Australia’s Jamie Mitchell (18.64) was second, followed by Britain’s Tom Lowe (12.23), Maui’s Billy Kemper (8.50), Puerto Rico’s Alex Botelho (4.34) and Oahu’s Trevor Carlson (2.46).

“My goal today was to not hold back and — when a good one came — go no matter what,” Lenny said. “It was a pleasure competing with these guys. Any one of them could have won if they got the waves and I was just grateful to get that last one in the end.”