Following Week 3 Of The Euro Tour, Big Updates To The World Rankings
Following a string of big events in Europe over the past few weeks (aka The Euro Tour), we’ve seen plenty of changes to the Top 100 Men / Top 50 Women World Ranking leaderboards.
Connor Baxter stays firm at world number one, amassing a total of 241.00 points from his best five results. Connor has actually competed in 17 of the biggest races in the world over the past 12 months, however only a paddler’s best five results count towards their total.
Danny Ching, Kai Lenny, Travis Grant – Paddle Athlete and Jake Jensen remain steady in the Top 5, however outside that we’ve seen a lot of movement this week.
The biggest climbers are Titouan Puyo, who moves inside the world’s Top 10 for the first time, and young Trevor Tunnington, who made a huge leap after a pair of big results at the Lost Mills in Germany. Titou continues to impress at every race, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s Top 5 (or even higher) by the end of the year.
View the updated SUP Racer World Rankings
Eric Terrien dropped a lot of points after his 2014 Lost Mills victory was discarded and replaced with a 10th on the weekend. Eric is one of the biggest sliders, down five spots, along with Beau O’Brian SUP, who had a strong result in Germany 12 months ago but didn’t return to refresh his points this year. Zane Kekoa Schweitzer is the main beneficiary from Eric and Beau’s drop, getting a free ride back into the world’s Top 10 without having to lift a paddle.
Georges Cronsteadt reclaims world number six from Mo Freitas, who overtook the Tahitian at the ISA Worlds a few weeks ago, while Bicho jimenez continues his world-beating form to move within an inch of the illustrious Top 10. Young French star Arthur Arutkin scrapes into the Top 20 after a great 4th place finish at the Lost Mills.
On the women’s side Annabel Anderson is still way out in front, holding big wins at the Carolina Cup and last year’s Gorge Paddle Challenge among her “best five” results. Lina Augaitis and Candice Appleby are neck-and-neck in the battle for the world number two position.
Sonni Hönscheid has made it a clean sweep in the first three weeks of the Euro Tour and now sits just a couple of points adrift of world number four Fiona Wylde. France’s Céline Guesdon has moved onto the Top 10 bubble, while Shae Foudy consolidated her spot inside this elite group after a massive effort at Santa Monica on Saturday.
Also check out the updated Euro Tour Leaderboard, where Connor and Sonni are running away with the European champions title.
Recent updates to the World Rankings include the first four races of the Euro Tour: Port Adriano, St. Ives, St. Maxime, and the Lost Mills. The Santa Monica Pier Paddle counted for the women’s rankings (with the distance and course race treated as separate events), however the men’s race didn’t meet the minimum level of elite competition required for inclusion in the World Rankings system.
View the unique “Race Index” event ranking system to see which races are counting towards the World Rankings.
This unbiased Race Index algorithm independently decides which events are included in the SUP Racer World Rankings. To be included, an event simply has to reach a minimum level of competition (i.e. a Race Index score of 15.0% or greater). Only events from the past 12 months are included, which keeps the World Rankings fresh and means the top paddlers have to constantly perform in order to hold their spot.
Looking ahead, this weekend’s Bilbao World SUP Challenge in Spain will surely have another impact on the World Rankings, then we’ll be off to the big Payette River Games, which should change up the order even further.