Connor Baxter (Starboard) put on a dominant performance today on the second day of action here at the Stand Up World Series component of the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam.
The technical long distance course saw athletes face a bit of everything, from upwind to downwind legs and from a buoy turn in the surf to a fast paced section in the lagoon in front of the Hotel Ponta verde, the course provided a test of the athletes’ complete skill set.
A dramatic start saw the usual suspects power of the beach, with Connor Baxter soon establishing the lead, with a core pack of the World’s best such as Jake Jenson (Fanatic), Kai Lenny (Naish), Kody Kerbox (Naish) and Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) right on him through the first leg.
As the fleet headed down the downwind stretch, Connor started to break away, and only strengthened his position through the rest of the course to take a dramatic win here on day 2 of the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam. With a 1st in the sprints and long distance, it was a clean sweep for the young Champion.
Brazil saw 350 racers step up to the plate for the Stand Up World Series component of the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam this year, with Elite, Open and entry level racing providing something for everyone. When looking at this number, and then adding the 120 surfers who took part in the Stand up World Tour division earlier in the week, the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam saw record numbers and clearly showcased and celebrated the growth of the sport in Brazil.
As we look ahead to 2015, the sport’s growth in Brazil continues to sky rocket and their presence on the global stage becomes increasing prominent. Stay tuned as we now head off to the UAE for the next exciting stop for both the Stand Up World Tour and Stand Up World Series: the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam is upon us!
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