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.
Yep, Sunset was breaking that big.
A view of the setup down the beach.
They couldn’t have asked for better conditions on Saturday.
Here is a perfect setup for the inside section at Sunset
Another great wave towards the inside
About to head under the lip
A textbook drop right here
Kala Alexander just before his heat. This guy is a phenomenal big wave charger.
A local riding one in the shore break
A nice set wave right here
Someone trying to avoid a closeout
Kala Alexander with a dicey takeoff
Kala Alexander’s takeoff continued. Wow!
Kala Alexander with a closeout barrel
Another big takeoff
Closing shot: A spectator cooling off at the water’s edge