Sunset Beach Pro SUP Event

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) has really gotten big in the last couple of years… Some use stand up paddle boards in lakes or rapids, while Hawaiians love using them in huge surf. Last weekend was the start of the Sunset Beach Pro event, the first time I’ve seen a SUP contest. All I can say is wow, they were chasing some epic surf out there! Below are some of shots from Saturday.

That's right, no swimming. Sunset was breaking pretty big.

That’s right, no swimming. Sunset was breaking pretty big.

 

Yep, Sunset was breaking that big.

Yep, Sunset was breaking that big.

 

A view of the setup down the beach.

A view of the setup down the beach.

 

They couldn't have asked for better conditions on Saturday.

They couldn’t have asked for better conditions on Saturday.

 

Here is a perfect setup for the inside section at Sunset

Here is a perfect setup for the inside section at Sunset

 

Another great wave towards the inside

Another great wave towards the inside

About to head under the lip

About to head under the lip

 

A textbook drop right here

A textbook drop right here

 

Kala Alexander just before his heat. This guy is a phenomenal big wave charger.

Kala Alexander just before his heat. This guy is a phenomenal big wave charger.

 

A local riding one in the shore break

A local riding one in the shore break

 

A nice set wave right here

A nice set wave right here

 

Someone trying to avoid a closeout

Someone trying to avoid a closeout

 

Kala Alexander with a dicey takeoff

Kala Alexander with a dicey takeoff

 

Kala Alexander with a sick takeoff!

Kala Alexander’s takeoff continued. Wow!

 

Kala Alexander with a closeout barrel

Kala Alexander with a closeout barrel

 

Another big takeoff

Another big takeoff

 

Closing shot: A spectator cooling off at the water's edge

Closing shot: A spectator cooling off at the water’s edge

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