Maui’s Kai Lenny continues to let his success speak for itself. With many naysayers detracting from his 2010 World Title, citing a lack of credible competition, Lenny added another impressive win to his resume by claiming his second win at the Sunset Beach Pro in as many years Wednesday on the North Shore of Ohau, HI, against one of the most impressive fields to date.
During the Finals Kai Lenny took the lead early on with Robin Johnston in close second. As the final drew to a close, Johnston needed a 7.25 to overtake Lenny. With 45 seconds remaining he caught an incredible last wave that threw the outcome into question. The results were announced on the winner's podium, with Lenny narrowly beating out Johnston by 0.1, the narrowest victory ever on the world tour. Robins last wave score was a 7.15. Peyo Lizarazu finished second and talented all-around waterman Zane Schweitzer finished fourth.
“To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know what was going on out there,” Lenny said. “You can’t hear the announcer 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.”
The Sunset Beach Pro started with 20-foot plus waves for the trials and opening rounds, thanks to a powerful northwest swell. With the waves cleaning up for the main event it turned into a technical competition compared to the first days of big wave surfing.
The Sunset Pro featured nearly 100 competitors from around the world, the first of eight events on the 2011 Stand Up World Tour, the next event will be in Brittany, France.
Tentative Stand Up World Tour Schedule
• Brittany, France (May)
• Tahiti, French Polynesia (May)
• Chile (July)
• Brazil (August)
• California, USA (September)
• Australia (November)
• Hilo, Hawaii Finals (December)