Dews takes win at Japan SUP Cup
After two days of nail biting racing at the Mynavis SUP Japan Cup, an in-form Dews claimed the overall title in commanding fashion, winning both the distance and technical races.
“Lincoln, the only man standing in the way of Michael Booth being crowned the inaugural Paddle League World Champion, was in a league of his own after seeing off challenges from Daniel Hasulyo and Kenny Kaneko on Saturday before surfing clear in perfect conditions during the final of Sunday’s Survivor.” - SUPracer.com
After breaking away from Daniel Husyulo and Kenny Kenakeo late into the distance race, Lincoln managed to hold onto the lead to secure a win in the first race of the weekend.
“I’m really stoked to come away with a win here in Japan, I feel like I haven’t been paddling my best this last month, so this is a good confidence boost going into the Pacific Paddle Games in 3 weeks’ time.”
Solid waves for Sundays Survivor race set the scene for a climatic finish for one of the biggest weekends in SUP in Asia.
After plenty of thrills and spills the survivor race came down to one final lap. Dews established an early lead, and controlled the pace, before finishing a wave ahead of fellow Australian James Casey.
“I got pretty lucky in that final, was given an opportunity early on, and was able to capitalise on it. But never the less it feels great to take back to back wins this weekend.”
“I always love racing in Japan, the atmosphere is amazing, and to see 300+ paddlers take on some solid waves for the open race was pretty nuts! I’m already looking forward to coming back next year.”
Dews will now turn his attention to the Pacific Paddle Games in California next month, in which he could Claim the inaugural Paddle League World Title. “Lincoln’s performance (inJapan) surely installs him as one of the clear favourites for next month’s season-ending showdown in California.” - SUPracer.com