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
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.