Congrats to our friends Slater trout, Sam Pa’e, and Chuck Patterson for advancing to the next round. Best of luck gentlemen.
Update from the Standupworldtour.com website.
The Sunset Beach Pro got off to a spectacular start today as the infamous North Shore of Oahu provided the goods today to get underway with the Trials. 48 of World’s leading Stand Up Paddle contenders stepped up to see if they have what it takes to make it into the big leagues to face the very best in the world – the Top 24.
Hopefuls from as far away as Italy and Brazil, to as close as the neighboring Hawaii Islands, and of course Oahu itself were greeted with clean surf this morning in the 6 – 8 ft range, with some bigger sets. With light offshore winds in place, the first round of the trials got underway, as the assembled athletes battled it out to make it through.
Brennan Rose started the day off well with an impressive barrel, helping him to get the single highest wave and heat score of the day. Young Connor Baxter from Maui dominated his heat to make it through, as did Kainoa Hauanio from the Big Island. In fact was to be a great day for the Big Island as Charles Kaili and Bullett Obra also won their heats to advance through to the second round – the Hawaii Island Finals must have inspired them to step it up here at the Sunset Beach Pro.
Other great performances included Slater Trout from Maui, last year’s Trials winner, showing once again that he means business and Noland Martin, who wowed the crowds with his powerful style. Straight off the plane and into battle was Serge Carabasse from Tahiti, who demonstrated why the Tahitians have such a strong presence on the Stand Up World Tour.
By the end of the first round, the threatening clouds turned into increasingly strong side to side off shore winds, that started to mess with the conditions and forced us to call it a day. But with plenty of waves in store, the conclusion of the Trials and the start of the Main event promises to be spectacular – keep an eye right here at www.standupworldtour.com.
The other news of the day, was that wildcards into the Main Event have been awarded to: Kala Alexander, Kekoa Auwae and young talents Zane Schweitzer and Noa Ginella.
We apologize for the late start of the Webcast today due to technical issues and can assure you that we will be bringing you the best from the Sunset Beach Pro, live on www.standupworldtour.com and www.freecaster.com over the coming days. As it stands right now, it is looking most likely that we will run on Tuesday and Wednesday, but once again, keep an eye right here at www.standupworldtour.com.