2015 Standup World Tour Kicks Off With Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge

Competitors, kids, families and fans are all gathered here at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore this morning, with competition officially commencing for the opening events of the 2015 Standup World Tour. While contest coordinators wait for conditions to improve to begin the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro — the opening event of the women’s 2015 SUWT season — conditions on the inside section at Turtle Bay West have cleaned up enough to kick off the full day of action with the Turtle Bay Pro Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge, the season’s premier youth event showcasing the next generation of the world’s top SUP surfers.

The official call for the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro will be made following the Na Kama Kai competition, followed by the Patron’s Team Shootout — a new contest that involves teams competing head-to-head on giant inflatable SUPs.

Conditions are currently tricky with shifty overhead peaks and a fading mid-period WNW swell, rendering ability to assess the ocean and strategically read waves a critical component of the competition.

First-call for the Men’s event, the Sunset Beach Pro, will take place tomorrow morning with a possible start at 8:00 a.m.

Tune in to the Waterman League website to watch the LIVE webcast, and keep tabs on the action with the SUWT’s live blog. Also, visit the SUWT Facebook page and follow them on Instagram @standupworldtour.

And, keep updated with daily recaps, behind-the-scenes event coverage and athlete interviews at SUPthemag.com.