2017 Sunset Beach Pro Results
It’s the most respected title on the newly formed APP World Tour. It’s the pinnacle proving ground for the world’s best paddle surfers. It sets the bar of progress for the year of competition to come, and after witnessing the performance this year, we’re here to tell you: the bar has never been so high.
The men paused before their Final heat to watch the women, who were there to claim their right to the Tour’s first year of women’s surfing at the Sunset Beach Pro. And claim it they did. Three-time SUP surfing world champion Izzi Gomez took on former world champ Nicole Pacelli and current racing world champ Fiona Wylde, as well as Australia’s perpetual title-threat, Shakira Westdorp. Need we muse, “hotly contested?” The gals threw down like Tyson in the 12th round, and when the dust finally settled, Gomez claimed her fifth victory at the North Shore stop on the Women’s World Tour.
Did we mention that Kai Lenny is freakishly talented? Well, it can’t really be said enough, though actually at this point it’s hardly even worth calling out. Lenny—a perpetual master of the Sunset Beach Pro—was in true form for the Men’s Final, and stole the show early with the only perfect 10 of the competition.
The Tour heads to Maui next for the second of eight stops on the 2017 APP World Tour, a newly formed reincarnation of the Standup World Tour and Standup World Series.