Report Sunset Beach Pro 2014 by waterman league

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SUNSET BEACH, HAWAII – The first stop of the 2014 Stand Up World Tour saw the 5th anniversary of one of the tour’s marquee events – the Sunset Beach Pro. This iconic wave is known for it’s power and difficulty – every wave offers up a new distinct challenge. Local knowledge proves to be a huge asset, as evidenced by the abundance of Hawaiian athletes in the main event draw.


Friday, February 14 saw four rounds of four-man heats battling it out in conditions that could best be described as “Challenging”. The call to hold the finish the contest on day 7 of a 9-day holding period was delayed several times this morning to ensure it was the right decision.


Said contest director Tristan Boxford:

“After Thursday brought strong onshore winds, the direction did shift around to NE for Friday morning, but the question was would it be clean enough to run. The swell was to be biggest on Friday, so we took our time to deliberate and watch the conditions until we finally called it on at 8.30 am for a 10am start. At 7am, there was little or no scoring potential, but by 8am, the odd good wave was starting to show and the conditions were cleaning up. So we decided to pull the trigger and make

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the most of the bigger swell.”


Boxford, along with a panel of judges and athletes, decided that the 4-6 swell and cross-shore NE wind would be sufficient to hold the contest. That decision proved to be the correct one as big, open-faced sets with high scores from the judges came through all day.


The contest got underway at 10 A.M Hawaii Standard Time with the 3rd round. The initial heats saw several upsets with tour staples such as Sean Poynter, Chuck Patterson, Justin Holland, and Kody Kerbox all missing the top 2 in their respective heats.


The quarter final was mostly stacked with athletes from Australia, Tahiti, and Hawaii. North Shore locals Kala Alexander, Robin Johnston, Ikaika Kalama, and Mo Freitas all proved that knowing the intricacies of Sunset is a definite advantage. Kekoa Auwae from the west side of Oahu and Maui’s Kai Lenny and Zane Schweitzer were other Hawaii surfers also making the quarterfinal round.


The first semifinal heat had defending champion Kai Lenny trailing in fourth for the majority of the heat. With less than 5 minutes left a large set came through and gave Kai the wave he was looking for, earning an 8.17 for the wave and 11.1 for the heat to put him in a second place tie with Tahitian Poenaiki Raioha. By having the highest individual wave score, Lenny was able to advance to the final and knock Raioha out of the contest.


The final round was a battle between Caio Vaz (BRA), Keahi De Aboitz (AUS), Kai Lenny (HAW), and Zane Schweitzer (HAW). Some tense moments came about when Schweitzer’s leash broke and was left stranded as the board was sent toward shore. Through the help of his friend and Starboard teammate Sean Poynter acting as caddy, Schweitzer was back on his feet and into the lineup within a few minutes.


At the end of the 30 minute heat it was Caio Vaz with a combined wave score of 14.17 who took the finals and the title of 2014 Sunset Beach Pro champion.


“I can’t describe it!” Said Caio moments after the fanfare died down on the podium for his first Stand Up World Tour win. Last year Caio was runner-up three times, even leading the tour in points rankings at one point – but a victory eluded him. He had a simple strategy in the final: “I saw others go big, and I realized that I should go big. So I went. It’s Barbecue time now!”


The next stop on the 2014 Stand Up World Tour is the Brazil Pro starting March 29. Stay tuned for information and updates at

Final Results

Position Athlete Nation Patron
1 Caio Vaz BRA Art in Surf
2 Kai Lenny HI Naish
3 Zane Schweitzer HI Starboard
4 Keahi de Aboitiz AUS JP Australia
5 Poenaiki Raioha PYF F-One
6 Robin Johnston HI Ku Hoe
7 Leco Salazar BRA
8 Kekoa Auwae HI
9 Ian Vaz BRA Art in Surf
10 Ikaika Kalama HI Rogue
11 Mo Freitas HI Focus SUP
12 Beau Nixon AUS Naish
13 Toby Cracknell AUS Naish
14 Tama Audibert PYF Starboard
15 Kala Alexander HI
16 Kai Bates AUS Fanatic
17 Lucas Medeiros BRA
17 Aaron Napoleon HI Rogue
17 Daniel Hughes US
17 Sean Poynter US Starboard
17 Yuri Daberkow BRA Art in Surf
17 Bullet Obra HI
17 Kieran Grant US
17 Justin Holland AUS Starboard
25 Jackson Close AUS JP Australia
25 Chuck Patterson US Naish
25 Noa Ginella HI Naish
25 Anthony Vela US
25 Kody Kerbox HI Naish
25 Benoit Carpentier FRA Starboard
25 Bernd Roediger HI
25 Fisher Grant US
33 Brenan Rose US Rogue
33 Kainoa Texeira BRA
33 Eric Myakawa BRA
33 Connor Baxter HI Starboard
33 Giorgio Gomez US Starboard
33 Dave Muir AUS IOPS
33 Riggs Napoleon HI Naish
33 Monnier Manutea PYF F-One
41 James Casey AUS
41 Matt Becker US
41 Noland Keaulana HI
41 Casper Steinfath DK Naish
41 Pomai Hoapili HI
41 Kainoa Hauanio HI Rogue
41 Geovani Perez MEX
41 Alexis Deniel FRA