June 17, 2017
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Boothy Overpowers Connor, Bruno and Titou to Punctuate His EuroTour Dominance; Olivia Piana Goes Back-to-Back

San Sebastian

Michael Booth alongside Connor, Mo and Trevor in San Sebastian today (photo: Georgia Schofield)

In brief: Michael Booth has firmly cemented his reputation as the strongest paddler on the planet, with the Aussie powerhouse taking out the showdown in San Sebastian this afternoon to make it four wins in the past five weeks and cement his spot on top of the 2017 EuroTour Leaderboard.

In a race that had a bit of everything – flat water, open ocean, waves, downwind bumps – and which was described by most finishers as the funnest contest of the year, Boothy outlasted world number one Connor Baxter and a hugely impressive Bruno Hasulyo to salute for the third week in a row, while defending champ and early race leader Titouan Puyo fought hard in the second half after getting unlucky in the waves to eventually finish just outside the podium but just ahead of Trevor Tunnington.

After originally being known as a flat water guy, Boothy has proved once and for all that he can win in any conditions; today’s race was arguably the best “all round” test of paddling performance that we’ve seen all season.

Olivia Piana was too strong in the women’s to make it two wins in two weeks and close the gap on an absent Sonni Hönscheid in the hunt for the EuroTour title.

Meanwhile, the highly under-rated Spaniard Susak Molinero fought proudly to finally get a well-deserved EuroTour podium spot for Team RRD, crossing the line all smiles exactly one minute ahead of Florida’s Seychelle Hattingh.

Scroll down past the pics for the full results; full recap and photos coming soon; you can also catch a full replay of our EuroTour San Sebastian live stream below. But right now: time for some pintxos.

Big thanks to all the organisers for pulling off this event. What a race…

Michael Booth

Michael Booth salutes as he surfs to victory (photo: Georgia Schofield)

Olivia Piana

Olivia Piana en route to her second straight EuroTour win (photo: Georgia Schofield)

Susak Molinero

Susak Molinero overpowered Seychelle Hattingh in today’s all round ocean conditions (photo: Georgia Schofield)

Connor Baxter

Connor Baxter went toe-to-toe with Boothy in the middle part of the race but had to settle for the runner-up spot (photo: Georgia Schofield)

The Euro Tour

The top three in week 7 of the Euro Tour: Connor (2nd), Bruno (3rd) and Boothy (1st) photo: Georgia Schofield




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1Michael Booth1:22:3940.00StarboardAustralia
2Connor Baxter1:23:2530.00StarboardHawaii
3Bruno Hasulyo1:23:2924.00StarboardHungary
4Titouan Puyo1:23:3520.00NSPFrance
5Trevor Tunnington1:23:4017.00StarboardNew Zealand
6Mo Freitas1:25:2014.00FocusHawaii
7Paolo Marconi1:25:5512.00RRDItaly
8Federico Esposito1:26:1310.00FanaticItaly
9Gabi Bachelet1:26:589.00NSPFrance
10Itzel Delgado1:28:208.00InfinityPeru
11Jurgi Zulaika1:31:007.20StarboardBasque
12Marcus Hansen1:31:296.40NSPNew Zealand
13Aaron Rowe1:31:386.00LokahiJersey
14Giordano Bruno1:32:305.60BICItaly
15Martino Rogai1:33:255.20InfinityItaly
16Olivier Darrieumerlou1:33:324.80?France
17Pepe Oltra1:34:494.40KundakaSpain
18Miquel Roigé1:34:524.00??
19Vincent Verhoeven1:35:233.60NSPFrance
20Roman Frejo1:36:213.20StarboardSpain
21Tomás Sánchez1:36:273.00??
22Leonardo Toso1:37:332.80JPItaly
23Txema Landa1:37:492.60?Basque
24Lois Chardebas1:38:102.40FanaticFrance
25Peter Kosinski1:39:252.20StarboardIreland
26Alan Fernandes1:41:202.08NaishJersey
27Julen Juaristi1:40:361.96??
28Chris Couve1:40:451.84StarboardSouth Africa
29Iker Barbarrubio1:41:211.72??
30Federico Benettolo1:41:431.60BICItaly
31Aure Medina1:41:531.52?Basque
32Belar Diaz1:42:441.44F-ONESpain
33Natxo Riera1:42:541.36?Basque
34Charlie Jones1:46:301.28JPUK
35Eduardo Doriga1:47:101.20??
36Alain Teurquetil1:48:441.12NSPFrance
37Andrew Weinbach1:49:281.04??
38Omar Urdampilleta2:01:000.96??
39Lurta Nikolas2:28:430.88??
40Sylvain GilletDNF0.00??
41Kiko GobantesDNF0.00??



1Olivia Piana1:35:3930.00StarboardFrance
2Susak Molinero1:38:2722.50RRDSpain
3Seychelle Hattingh1:39:2718.00SICUSA
4Susanne Lier1:51:2415.00NSPGermany
5Cyara Palenzuela1:58:5012.75F-ONEBasque
6Sofia Ilarduya.2:10:3310.50?Basque