Kiwi blitzes SUP carnival

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 15:59 02/09/2013

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New Zealand's Annabel Anderson continues to be the star of the women's world stand up paddleboard scene, dominating the races being held in San Francisco as part of the America's Cup festival.

Anderson won two of the three sprint races today with American Jenny Kalmbach winning the other.

That added to her commanding win in the long distance win yesterday where her time of 1h 11m 32.5s was almost seven minutes faster than second-placed Kalmbach.

Strong winds and a big tide made for difficult conditions but Anderson stunned the event by leading the entire fleet throughout the first leg of the course ahead of top men Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny.

She slipped back slightly coming into the South Pier of the Golden Gate Bridge, eventually finishing fifth amongst the men.

Last week Anderson won both the sprint and long distance divisions at the Chicago stop of the world tour.

She leads the tour with one more event in California later this month before the world championships are held in Hawaii in October.

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