Event: 2011 Stand Up World Tour, Sunset Beach Pro
1st Kai Lenny, Maui, HI, USA
2nd Robin Johnston, Oahu, HI, USA
3rd Peyo Lizarazu, The Basque Country, France
4th Zane Schweitzer, Maui, HI, USA
Maui’s Kai Lenny, who has just come off of winning the stand up world tour world championship in 2010, added another major win to his record by once again claiming the title at the Sunset Beach Pro this Wednesday at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Ohau, HI.
The Sunset Beach Pro started with 20 foot plus waves for the trials and first rounds of competition, crashing in from the North West. With the waves cleaning up for the main event it became more of a technical competition as the riders showcased their skills compared to the first days of big wave surfing.
During the Finals Kai Lenny took the lead early on with Robin Johnston in close second. As the final drew to a close Robin needed a 7.25 to take the win. With 45 seconds remaining Robin caught an incredible last wave that threw the outcome into question. The results were announced on the winner’s podium, with Kai Lenny narrowly beating out Robin Johnston by 0.1, the narrowest victory ever on the world tour. Robins last wave score was a 7.15.
“To be perfectly honest I didn’t know what was going on. You can’t hear the announcer out there and I felt like I was doing pretty well. I was looking for that one better wave and I couldn’t find it, but it
was pretty nerve-wracking.” said Lenny.
Kai Lenny wins his second consecutive Sunset Beach Pro. Lenny is the first Stand Up Paddling World Champion and at the tender age of 18 his future looks promising.”I’m stoked that I’m staring the year off good again.”
This contest featured nearly 100 competitors from around the world.
This is the first of 8 events in the 2011 Stand Up World Tour, the next event will be in Brittany France. There are a total of 8 events around the world giving riders a chance to accumulate points.
Tentative Stand Up World Tour Schedule
•Sunset Beach Pro, Hawaii (completed)
•Brittany, France (May)
•Tahiti, French Polynesia (May)
•California, USA (September)
•Hilo, Hawaii Finals (December)
Stand up paddling is the fastest growing water sport in the world which originated in Hawaii.
Recreational stand up paddling can be done on any body of water (ocean, lakes, rivers,..) creating a vast appeal to the masses.