Sunset Beach Pro & Turtle Bay Women's Pro
Stand Up World Tour
Sunset Beach & Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
8 February, 2014
SUP World Tour season kicks off with new competitive heights
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 February, 2014 -- This year promises to be the most exciting year yet for the Waterman League, the Stand Up World Tour (SUWT), and Stand Up World Series (SUWS). With new stops around the world, the return of Tahiti, and perrenial favorites such as Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach, there is much to look forward to over this exciting season.
It all starts next week with the Sunset Beach Pro and Turtle Bay Women's Pro! The 9-day holding period will ensure that the contests will run in the best possible conditions.
With last year's conditions seeing some of the biggest waves in tour history, the standards are high for this year's contest. But with the ever-growing popularity of SUP surfing, the talent pool at the 2014 Sunset Beach Pro will be the most competitive field yet.
Kai Lenny, winner of last year's Sunset Beach Pro and World Champion of both the SUWT and SUWS, is in top form and is always a contender. Every time Kai has won the Sunset Beach Pro, he has gone on to win the world title that year. Will this year set the stage once again?
One of many threats to unseating Lenny is Grant "Twiggy" Baker, who just won the Maverick's Invitational on the Big Wave Tour. If a big swell comes through, you can bet that Twiggy will be going after the biggest sets and charging hard.
After a wildly successful inaugural year, the Women's Stand Up World Tour returns with the world's top female SUP surfers competing for the world title.
The women's field has doubled this year, adding proof to the exponential rise in the sport's popularity. With more sponsorship and fan attention than ever, the women are set to impress and inspire a worldwide audience.
Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore is the site of the first contest of the year, and promises to be an exciting two day event. The action takes place right next to the Hang Ten bar, also known as the "Pool Bar" at Turtle Bay. There will be women flying in from as far as Brazil and France, and as close as Kauai to compete for the top spot at Turtle Bay.