Breakthough Win for dews
Lincoln Dews has continued his love affair with Germany by defending his 2017 Event Championship with a dominant performance in the 2018 Mercedes- Benz SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz. His battle with fellow countryman and “Paddle League” ratings leader Michael Booth up front, saw the Team Australia duo go stroke for stroke for most of the 10km course, before Dews established an unassailable lead in the latter stages.
“It was a super tough day out there today. Boothy has been the man to beat this season and has had an incredible “Euro-Tour” so far. To be able to finish on top of the podium today gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.” - Lincoln Dews
The Australian pair looked strong from the start with a controlling upwind leg to round the ‘Hole-Shot’ buoy. This advantage gave them the opportunity to break the field hitting the downwind section first, increasing their lead each lap.
“It was a very technical course, with lots of upwind and downwind sections. This provided so many opportunities to break away, and from around lap 3 it became a battle between Boothy and myself.”
“Going into today and sticking to my race plan gave me the confidence I needed. And knowing how strong Michael is upwind, backing off the pressure and intensity is not a given when he’s on the water. I felt my transitions were good between the course buoys and smoother balance through the downwind legs put me where I wanted to be.” Dews
"Lincoln’s win caps off a remarkable string of results in Europe for the DEEP/QB team rider with runner-up in the other two majors (Bilbao/Hossegor) and he seemed “dew” for a win this week." - SUPracer.com
“I felt more relief than anything after this win with many 2nd & 3rd place finishes over the past 18 months. To finally get a win certainly has relieved the pressure I’ve put on myself.”- Dews
This result has proved pivotal for Dews’ season. With three top 2 finishes on the “Paddle League” European leg, Lincoln has climbed to 2nd in the “World Tour” rankings and has closed the gap on ratings leader Michael Booth.