Kai Lenny and Izzy Gomez Rock the Sunset Beach Pro and Claim Victory

Izzy Gomez Starboard APP World Tour
Starboard Team Rider Izzy Gomez captures the title at the Sunset Pro amidst high surf and fierce competition
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Izzy Gomez (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) take the top spots yesterday at the first stop on the APP World Tour for the Sunset Beach Pro.  WHAT A DAY!!!

Izzy Gomez Starboard Sunset Beach Pro APP World Tour
Izzy Gomez was both fierce and focused in the finals event. As the swell built, Izzy’s comfort level and experience shone forth in a performance that entitles her fully to that top seed position. Congrats, Izzy!

Sunset Pro delivers

In a rush on the podium, Starboard women swept the top spots at the Sunset Beach Pro yesterday on Oahu.  The day began with minimal surf and some trepidation among the contest organizers that the waves would provide a strong enough back drop for the Finals event.  But, as the light began to filter in, Sunset delivered.  Swell heights grew to double and triple overhead surf with steep drops and dynamic conditions making this a dramatic and exciting day to be remembered.  The APP World Tour kicks off in style!

Shakira Westdorp Starboard Sunset Beach Pro APP World Tour
Starboard’s Shakira Westdorp is making her presence known on the APP World Tour and her sights are set on claiming victory in 2017. We salute you, Shakira!

Starboard Women Sweep Podium Top Spots

After four days of competition at this iconic North Shore Wave, the women’s Starboard Team took top results and created a podium sweep for the Sunset Beach Pro, first stop on the APP World Tour, with Izzy Gomez firmly on top claiming her victory (12.5) at Sunset Beach.  Right behind her and nipping at her heels all day was top seed Fiona Wylde who placed second (12.34)  for the event.  Fiona surely has her sights set on that World Title and the crowds will be delighted by the sportsmanship and competition between these two athletes pushing each other higher throughout the APP World Tour.  Angling in at third was contender Shakira Westdorp (6.77), also a Starboard team rider.  Shakira has been a ferocious presence in the women’s world sup surfing competition, taking top honors in 2016, and by the looks of it, is chomping at the bit for victory in 2017 as well.  She continues to be dangerous draw in any heat.  The women’s final was the sup-er charged heat of the day and we saw levels of competition rivaling the men’s in so many ways.  These gals are on fire! and ready to cast their hats into the ring for a championship world tour like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

Next stop, the Maui Pro AM for the sup race competitions on March 10-12th, 2017.

Kai Awarded Perfect 10

On the men’s side, the competition was dominated in the finals by Naish boy wonder Kai Lenny (18.5).  Kai’s performance included kicking out of a wave with a score of a perfect 10 within the first 10 minutes of the final.  The rest of the men, including Bernd Roediger (11.8), Georgio Gomez (10.93) and Mo Freitas (10.5), wound up chasing Kai’s lead from then on.  Yesterday’s magic marks Lenny’s 5th Sunset Beach Pro victory, a stunning accomplishment but in no way a surprise for the skills and sportsmanship this rider possesses.

Stay tuned as the riders head for the Maui Pro AM sup race event on March 10-12th, 2017 on the next stop of The APP World Tour.

Men's final Sunset Beach Pro APP World Tour
Men’s final scores & standings for the Sunset Beach Pro, Feb. 23, 2017
Women's final sunset beach pro app world tour
Women’s Final Scored & Standings, Sunset Beach Pro, Feb. 23, 2017


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.