Tahiti flex their Stand Up Paddle muscle at Lost Mills

Can anyone match the speed and endurance of the men from Tahiti?

That’s the question many in the Stand Up Paddling world are asking after paddlers filled all top four positions in this month’s prestigious Lost Mills long distance race in Germany.

Steeve Teihotaata and Enzo Bennett fought out a close finish, with another Tahitian, Georges Cronsteadt, a close-up third. There were just over two seconds between the top three.

When Bruno Tauhiro crossed the line a short time later as head of the chase pack, the Tahiti whitewash was complete.

Both Teihatotataa and Cronsteadt are from canoe outrigger racing backgrounds

Germany’s Steven Bredow was the first of the non-Tahitans, finishing almost two minuts behind the winner in the 19.3 kilometre race.

But the Germans did not go home empty handed, with Sonni Honscheid successfully defending her title.

Honscheid dominated the race, finishing almost ten minutes ahead of Brazil’s Lena Ribeiro, with Dutchwoman Petronella van Malsen third.

It’s the fifth time Lost Mills has been contested at the Brombachsee.

All results from the weekend, including the Erdinger Cup and the European Inflatables, can be found here.

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