With the Hawaiian winter swells now in full swing, the Sunset Beach Pro is just around the corner, with the start scheduled for Sunday 6th February. Tension is rising as the athletes prepare to do battle at one of the world's most infamous and challenging waves.
As Kai Lenny steps up to defend both his event title at Sunset, but also his World Title, his compeition will be hoping to take down this young Champion from Maui on his home turf in Hawaii, whether it be arch rival Peyo Lizarazu, rising stars Leco Salazar and Antoine Delpero, Hawaiian challengers Robin Johnston, Duane DeSoto and Ikaika Kalama to mention just a few , or the leading Tahitian and Australian frontrunners. You can also never count out local favorites such as Kamaki Worthington and Kala Alexander, especially if the waves end up being of consequence. The field is wide open at this point and it is truly anyone's as we prepare for one of the most exciting showdowns in the sport's history.
Live Broadcasts on Web and TV
New for 2011, the Sunset Beach Pro will be broadcast live online for the world to see atwww.standupworldtour.com and www.freecaster.tv as well as on TV locally in Hawaii on OC16: keep an eye on www.standupworldtour.com for the latest updates and news, as well as notifications if the event is on or off, previews and highlights
Turtle Bay Resort to be Host Hotel
We are proud to announce that Turtle Bay Resort is now the Official Host Hotel of the 2011 Sunset Beach Pro and the Stand Up World Tour's Hotel of Choice in Oahu. Set on the pristine North shore, just 5 mins from Sunset Beach, Turtle Bay Resort is perfectly positioned to welcome both athletes and spectators alike, for an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation.
Turtle Bay Resort will also host an opening exhibition right in front of the hotel on the morning of Saturday 5th, a movie night on Wednesday 9th, the prestigious closing ceremony and Waterman Concert on Saturday 12th, and be an athlete check in point for the event and a much welcomed home base for athletes and media alike. Special rates are available to all spectators during the Sunset Beach Pro and can be secured by quoting the 'Stand Up World Tour rate' - go towww.turtlebayresort.com or call 1-800-997-2544
Turtle Bay Resort's commitment to the event and the surfing community at large on the North Shore is a long term endeavor, as we plan towards the hosting of special Na Kama Kai clinics in the resort's unique surroundings over the summer of 2011 and in conjunction with the 2012 event and offer a giveaway for local residents that will be awarded during the event via the live broadcasts on OC16 and www.standupworldtour.com. We are proud to have Turtle Bay Resort as a proud partner of the Sunset Beach Pro and the Stand Up World Tour as we move forward beyond the 2011 Sunset Beach Pro and into 2012.
Duke's Waikiki to host Opening Ceremony
We are proud to announce that Duke's Waikiki is a partner of the 2011 Sunset Beach Pro. Steeped in the tradition and history of surfing and located just steps from the Statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki, we are proud to bring the Opening Ceremony and press conference for the 2011 Sunset Beach Pro to Duke's Waikiki on Saturday 5th February.
Well known for its exquisite food and unique ambience, Duke's Waikiki has opened its arms to the Stand Up World Tour again in 2011 as we bring the world's best to this unique south shore location to mark the opening of the 2011 Sunset Beach Pro.
Duke's Waikiki is also a proud partner of the Na Kama Kai youth clinics and will be providing lunches to keiki and staff at the special event in Waikiki on February 13th. A big Mahalo to Duke's and all the crew for their support.
Na Kama Kai Youth
We are proud to continue our relationship with the ever growing non profit founded by Stand Up World Tour athlete and current longboard World Champion, Duane DeSoto. Duane and his team have been bringing their message around the world in 2010 in conjunction with the Stand Up World Tour, as they have reached and touched the lives of so many children in need - the Na Kama Kai clinics are a message of hope for these keikis and the Stand Up World Tour is committed to not only continue its support, but increase its involvement in 2011, with the help of its sponsors and local support.
There is no better place than home for Duane and his crew to continue their work, as he will be joined by the Stand Up World Tour's best in providing an unforgettable day for some of Hawaii's most deserving, underprivileged youth - the Stand Up World Tour special clinic will take place on February 13th at Waikiki.
Event Preview and press contact
Please go to www.standupworldtour.com for the latest preview for the 2011 Sunset beach Pro, as well as the latest updates and information on the event and the Tour as a whole. For all press and media contact, please email
See you at Sunset!