This year, the Sunset Beach Pro will set a new benchmark for the Tour and the sport as a whole as it celebrates its fifth anniversary as the prestigious World Championship Tour Opener. With a packed field of the very best international athletes coming up against a wealth of local talent throughout all the islands, the first battle of the year will again set the standard for high performance Stand Up Paddlesurfing at its very best.
While Tour stand outs such as three time World Champion and two time event winner Kai Lenny (Naish), Caio Vaz (Art in Surf), 2012 World Champion Leco Salazar and Sean Poynter (Starboard) will be on a mission to start the year out on a high, local favorites such as Robin Johnston (Mistral) who finished 2nd last year at Sunset and has been top five since the Tours inception, Ikaika Kalama (Rogue), Kala Alexander and Aaron Napoleon (Rogue) will be looking to stand strong at home on Oahu’s fabled North Shore.
Also to watch out for was last year’s breakout athlete at Sunset, Kekoa Auwae, who stunned the world with an incredible display of performance surfing, but also the young Mo Freitas (Focus / Body Glove), who continues to assert his presence on Tour with standout performances.
However, as is always the case at this prestigious World Tour Opener, Sunset Beach ends up being the star of the show, so make sure not to miss this dramatic event unfold from the 8th – 16th February out here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.
by Waterman League