With the world’s best in attendance, the first showdown of the 2012 season, the Sunset Pro, promises to be intense, with a mixture of seasoned talent such as Peyo Lizarazu from France, Wildcard Duane DeSoto from Hawaii and the Tahitian crew, to the young upstarts such as Keahi de Aboitz from Australia, Bullet Obra from the Big Island and Caio Vaz from Brazil. One thing is for sure, Sunset will be the ultimate equalizer and will not disappoint.

Raw Hawaiian talent in the ocean is famous the world over and as local standouts have shown over the past 2 years of the Sunset Beach Pro, the Hawaiians are serious threats to the international SUPWT regulars.

From Kamaki Worthington, Kala Alexander and Ikaika Kalama, to the incredible performance by Pomai Hoapili in 2011, the Hawaiians have stood strong in the face of the international competition. For 2012, these local standouts will be joined by shortboard champions Jamie O’Brien, Makua Rothman and Marcus Hickman, bringing a whole new wealth of talent and interest to the mix.

Starting bright and early on Saturday morning will be the Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic, led by founder Duane DeSoto on the East side of Turtle Bay Resort. This will be followed by the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge at 10:30 a.m., a Women’s showdown at 12 p.m. and Champions' Exhibition at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon, featuring among SUP's most celebrated personalities.

The day will close with official registration at 5 p.m. and the opening party at Surfer the Bar, with live music from Moloka’i’s very own Ekolu Kalama and a preview of the forthcoming Stand Up World Tour DVD.

Tristan Boxford

Entries are still open for the Trials of the 2012 Sunset Beach Pro. Remaining entries should email: entry@watermanleague.com

For more info: Standupworldtour.com