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If conditions for this year’s Sunset Pro are anything like last year’s (and the forecast says they will be…even better), expect to see more shots like this of Kai Lenny charging his campaign for a 2015 Sunset Beach Pro title. Photo: Waterman League

2015 Standup World Tour Opener at Sunset Pro — Super-sized Swell and Stacked Lineup


This weekend, the world's top SUP surfers will descend upon Oahu's fabled North Shore to battle it out at the iconic opening event for the 2015 Standup World Tour — the 6th Annual Sunset Pro and Turtle Bay Women's Pro.

This year's competition promises to deliver the ultimate showcase for SUP, with solid swell expected to grace the “Seven-mile miracle” throughout the week and a long list of world-class talent eager to take it on.

The Pacific Ocean accepted its invitation to the event, with a formidable forecast predicting a combination of 5- to 15-foot, mid-period WNW/NW swells clobbering the coastline all week long (that means most days will see double-, perhaps even triple-overhead waves). Pair that with an unprecedented level of talent in the lineup, and the prestigious season opener makes a cornerstone affair for both the World Tour and the advancement of SUP surfing.

Both the men's and the women's competitive rosters are stacked. Traditional standouts for the Sunset Pro like Kai Lenny, Sean Poynter and defending champion, Caio Vaz, will toe up with event wildcards and some of Hawaii's fiercest watermen (Kala Alexander and Mo Freitas, to name a few) for a battle guaranteed to shatter standards and set precedents for today’s level of SUP surfing competition. On the women’s side, competitors like Candice Appleby, Nicole Pacelli and Izzi Gomez—top-seeded contestants for this year’s event — pioneered a new standard of performance for girl’s standup surfing during last year’s tour, so expect to see the bar set higher than ever early on in the 2015 season. To round out the action, The Waterman League will also host the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge, a surf contest for kids, and the Supsquatch Team Challenge, a team surfing event on giant inflatable standup boards.

First-call for the Turtle Bay Women's Pro will be made at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 7, marking the official kick-off for the week of competition, with a possible start to the Sunset Pro set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, depending on conditions. Stay tuned to the action and watch the LIVE contest coverage at Watermanleague.com.

SUP magazine online editor and contest correspondent, Mike Fields, will be on-site to cover the event. Check in with SUPthemag.com for daily recaps, athlete interviews and behind-the-scenes event coverage.

For the even schedule, click here.

Here’s the 2015 Sunset Pro Trailer:

Here’s the Men’s Heat Draw for the 2015 Sunset Pro

Here’s the Women’s Heat Draw for the 2015 Turtle Bay Pro

For more on the Standup World Tour, click here.

Mike Fields