Sean Poynter (US) wins this 2012 Air Tahiti Nui Stand Up Paddle world tour edition in Sapinus, Tahiti, French Polynesia against twice world champion Kai Lenny. Leading legends like Arsene Harehoe (Rogue) or Vetea David once more demonstrated their talents in challenging conditions, Arsene moving up to the 6th place overall in the 2012 world ranking. But the event saw the younger generation rise with very impressive performances such as that of 15 years old Poenaiki Raioha (Naish). Peyo Lizarazu and Aaron Napoleon fought fiercely through the quarter final heats having to settle for respectively the 13th and the 17th place here in Tahiti. No doubt they will soon fight to step back up.