Sunset Beach Pro
Presented by Malibu & Starboard
World Stand Up Paddle Tour
Kuilima Point, North Shore Oahu
4 - 12 February 2012
A look back at the 2012 Sunset Beach Pro, presented by Malibu and Starboard
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 February, 2012 : - - You can view a continuous flow of highlights from the 2012 Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim online now at www.standupworldtour.com. Watch as the very best in the world battle it out in the flawless conditions that we were blessed with at stop 1 of the 2012 Stand Up World Tour.
Also online at www.standupworldtour.com is the first in a series of GoPro special features, providing incredible angles and an unparalleled perspective of the athletes in action. Stay tuned for many more features coming soon.
Now in its 3rd year, Sunset Beach Pro continues to deliver. The first year of the Sunset Beach Pro back in 2010 took the world by surprise by delivering some of the most spectacular and biggest conditions ever witnessed for the sport, but even a contest of any kind at Sunset Beach.
Peyo Lizarazu (2012) © Waterman's League
Big Wednesday saw Kala Alexander catch a now legendary wave during a heat that saw some of the best big waveriders in the world battle to make it through. As the first official stop of the Stand Up World Tour, it stamped a precedent of what was to come not only at Sunset Beach, but for the sport on a global scale.
In 2011, the Trialists were once again faced with massive waves and the ultimate challenge to earn their place in the Main event, and while it calmed down and became more managable through the event, it once again put Sunset Beach on the map as the ultimate equalizer.
After winning this event and the World Title in 2010, Kai Lenny (Naish) once again stepped up in the impressive conditions to kick off his World Title campaign in style at the 2011 Sunset Beach Pro.
2012 Men's finalists © Waterman's League
Just when we thought we had seen it all, in 2012, we were fortunate enough to see some of the best Sunset we could have ever hoped for. With a high surf advisory in effect for the entire holding period, lack of waves was certainly not an issue.
With a fun trials day in the 8ft range, our patience was then tested over the following 5 days, as storm surf and unfavorable winds dominated, keeping us on hold. But as time progressed, the tail end of the waiting period started to look better and better, with a new long period swell hitting on the 12th that would build though the day and peak on the 13th, with favorable trade winds to clean up the ocean.
We were not to be disappointed, as an immaculate 6 - 8ft awaited us on the first day of the Main event, peaking on the final day in the 10 - 12ft range (20ft plus faces), once again highlighting the Sunset Beach Pro as the ultimate Opening event for the Stand Up World Tour. Here we see current World Champion Kai Lenny (Naish( battling it out in the Final with event winner Bonga Perkins.
Source: Waterman League
Author: Jeff Mull
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