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Caio Vaz (Brasil) Wins Sunset Beach Pro

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Caio Vaz (Brasil) Wins Sunset Beach Pro

2014-sunset-beach-pro-main-event-final-24SUNSET BEACH, HAWAII – The first stop of the 2014 Stand Up World Tour saw the 5th anniversary of one of the tour’s marquee events – the Sunset Beach Pro.  This iconic wave is known for it’s power and difficulty – every wave offers up a new distinct challenge.  Local knowledge proves to be a huge asset, as evidenced by the abundance of Hawaiian athletes in the main event draw.

Friday, February 14 saw four rounds of four-man heats battling it out in conditions that could best be described as “Challenging”.  The call to hold the finish the contest on day 7 of a 9-day holding period was delayed several times this morning to ensure it was the right decision.

Said contest director Tristan Boxford:

“After Thursday brought strong onshore winds, the direction did shift around to NE for Friday morning, but the question was would it be clean enough to run. The swell was to be biggest on Friday, so we took our time to deliberate and watch the conditions until we finally called it on at 8.30 am for a 10am start. At 7am, there was little or no scoring potential, but by 8am, the odd good wave was starting to show and the conditions were cleaning up. So we decided to pull the trigger and make the most of the bigger swell.”

Boxford, along with a panel of judges and athletes, decided that the 4-6 swell and cross-shore NE wind would be sufficient to hold the contest.  That decision proved to be the correct one as big, open-faced sets with high scores from the judges came through all day.

The contest got underway at 10 A.M Hawaii Standard Time with the 3rd round.  The initial heats saw several upsets with tour staples such as Sean Poynter, Chuck Patterson, Justin Holland, and Kody Kerbox all missing the top 2 in their respective heats.

The quarter final was mostly stacked with athletes from Australia, Tahiti, and Hawaii.  North Shore locals Kala Alexander, Robin Johnston, Ikaika Kalama, and Mo Freitas all proved that knowing the intricacies of Sunset is a definite advantage.  Kekoa Auwae from the west side of Oahu and Maui’s Kai Lenny and Zane Schweitzer  were other Hawaii surfers also making the quarterfinal round.

2014-sunset-beach-pro-main-event-final-16The first semifinal heat had defending champion Kai Lenny trailing in fourth for the majority of the heat.  With less than 5 minutes left  a large set came through and gave Kai the wave he was looking for, earning an 8.17 for the wave and 11.1 for the heat to put him in a second place tie with Tahitian Poenaiki Raioha.  By having the highest individual wave score, Lenny was able to advance to the final and knock Raioha out of the contest.

The final round was a battle between Caio Vaz (BRA), Keahi De Aboitz (AUS), Kai Lenny (HAW), and Zane Schweitzer (HAW).  Some tense moments came about when Schweitzer’s leash broke and was left stranded as the board was sent toward shore.  Through the help of his friend and Starboard teammate Sean Poynter acting as caddy, Schweitzer was back on his feet and into the lineup within a few minutes.

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At the end of the 30 minute heat it was Caio Vaz with a combined wave score of 14.17 who took the finals and the title of 2014 Sunset Beach Pro champion.

“I can’t describe it!” Said Caio moments after the fanfare died down on the podium for his first Stand Up World Tour win.  Last year Caio was runner-up three times, even leading the tour in points rankings at one point – but a victory eluded him.  He had a simple strategy in the final: “I saw others go big, and I realized that I should go big.  So I went.  It’s Barbecue time now!”

The next stop on the 2014 Stand Up World Tour is the Brazil Pro starting March 29.  Stay tuned for information and updates at watermanleague.com.

 

 

Final Results

 Position  Athlete  Nation  Patron
 1  Caio Vaz  BRA  Art in Surf
 2  Kai Lenny  HI  Naish
 3  Zane Schweitzer  HI  Starboard
 4  Keahi de Aboitiz  AUS  JP Australia
 5  Poenaiki Raioha  PYF  F-One
 6  Robin Johnston  HI  Ku Hoe
 7  Leco Salazar  BRA
 8  Kekoa Auwae  HI
 9  Ian Vaz  BRA  Art in Surf
 10  Ikaika Kalama  HI  Rogue
 11  Mo Freitas  HI  Focus SUP
 12  Beau Nixon  AUS  Naish
 13  Toby Cracknell  AUS  Naish
 14  Tama Audibert  PYF  Starboard
 15  Kala Alexander  HI
 16  Kai Bates  AUS  Fanatic
 17  Lucas Medeiros  BRA
 17  Aaron Napoleon  HI  Rogue
 17  Daniel Hughes  US
 17  Sean Poynter  US  Starboard
 17  Yuri Daberkow  BRA  Art in Surf
 17  Bullet Obra  HI
 17  Kieran Grant  US
 17  Justin Holland  AUS  Starboard
 25  Jackson Close  AUS  JP Australia
 25  Chuck Patterson  US  Naish
 25  Noa Ginella  HI  Naish
 25  Anthony Vela  US
 25  Kody Kerbox  HI  Naish
 25  Benoit Carpentier  FRA  Starboard
 25  Bernd Roediger  HI
 25  Fisher Grant  US
 33  Brenan Rose  US  Rogue
 33  Kainoa Texeira  BRA
 33  Eric Myakawa  BRA
 33  Connor Baxter  HI  Starboard
 33  Giorgio Gomez  US  Starboard
 33  Dave Muir  AUS  IOPS
 33  Riggs Napoleon  HI  Naish
 33  Monnier Manutea  PYF  F-One
 41  James Casey  AUS
 41  Matt Becker  US
 41  Noland Keaulana  HI
 41  Casper Steinfath  DK  Naish
 41  Pomai Hoapili  HI
 41  Kainoa Hauanio  HI  Rogue
 41  Geovani Perez  MEX
 41  Alexis Deniel  FRA

 

 

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