Congrats to Naish team rider, 17 year old Kai Lenny, for taking down the world's best standup paddle surfers at the Sunset Beach SUP Pro... Maui teenager standing tall Lenny, 17, defeats some of world's best in Sunset Beach Pro -- Honolulu Advertiser
"Seventeen-year-old Kai Lenny of Maui performed beyond his years to win the contest in difficult conditions at Sunset Beach.
"I was just honored to get in the contest and compete against the best stand-up paddlers in the world," said Lenny, who is a junior in a home-school program. "I can't believe I won."
The contest was the first event on the inaugural Stand Up World Tour, and it drew more than 70 elite wave-riders from around the world.
The final day was completed in wave-face heights of 10 to 20 feet at Sunset Beach. Strong onshore winds made it difficult for the competitors to find quality waves.
Lenny, despite his inexperience at Sunset Beach, said he felt at home in the tricky conditions. The two days of this contest were his first sessions at Sunset Beach.
"Luckily on Maui, I surfed some outer reef breaks that are similar to this wave," he said. "Actually, this would be like the best day on Maui."
In the four-man final, Lenny dominated the 45-minute heat.
His best wave received a score of 8.6 (out of 10), and he backed it up with a second wave of 7.2. His two-wave total of 15.8 was enough to win the $3,000 first-place check.
"We're pretty shocked," said Martin Lenny, Kai's father. "He hasn't proved himself on a world stage like this, so we were happy he got as far as the final. We weren't expecting this."
At the same time, Lenny is considered a rising waterman on Maui.
He is already a full-time member of the Professional Windsurfing Association. He was the No. 19-ranked windsurfer in the world last year, and was named the tour's Rookie of the Year.
He is also a skilled tow-in surfer, and recently rode giant waves at Maui's treacherous "Jaws" spot with expert watermen Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama.
"Windsurfing is still my focus right now," Lenny said. "I'm still trying to do that tour and win events there."
Now he has to consider competing on the inaugural Stand Up World Tour as well. As the winner of the first event, Lenny is the No. 1-ranked stand-up paddle surfer in the world right now.
"I'm all game now," he said. "I want to do this (tour), too, as long as it can fit in my schedule."
The Sunset Beach event was the first of four scheduled contests on the 2010 tour. Subsequent events are scheduled for France in May, Tahiti in June, and Ocean Beach, Calif., in October."
Aldo Tassara from Pure Digital Maui sent us this vid clip of SUP World Tour Sunset Pro Wipeoutz...
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Legendary waterman, and all around nice guy, Dave Kalama, and part of the Naish team were by the shop yesterday...they had a couple of the new Naish SUP paddles with them...nice flex and good L@@King finish work...
We've paddled the new Naish Glide the last several days...click image below for gallery...
When Harold Iggy shaped this puppy, he definitely got the "glide" part right...it cuts right through the lurpy chop like a hot knife through butter...really smooth...stable...fast...comfy...not to mention extremely sexy...;-)
Come on down to Santa Barbara's West Beach this morning to demo...we'll be there until noon with the Naish Glide and a couple of vans full of the latest SUP's on the market...
Nice lines from the wood nose block...to the wood fin...sweeeeet!
You get quite a value ($1849) built into this 12' board...performance...aesthetics...durability...quality...
In addition to the handle that's perfectly placed...you also get a factory installed integrated pad...it also has a reinforced deck in the area that you standup paddle the most...and has a mast foot option that will accommodate a sail rig...
Harold Iggy grew up in Hawaii, surfing Oahu s infamous north and south shores. He became a pioneer in professional shaping in the late 60s, spending time in both California and Oahu creating boards for various companies including Velzy surfboards. In the 70s, Harold set up shop on the north shore of Oahu, shaping his own brand of boards. The 80s marked his introduction to the Naish clan, and a long lasting professional and personal relationship began.
In 1968, surfing motivated Rick Naish to move his family from California to Hawaii. Rick soon became an integral part of the 60s surf scene, making Makaha and Waimea his home breaks. In the early 80s, he joined forces with Harold Iggy. The resulting collaboration of these two surf legends has created some of the most innovative board designs on the market.
Behind the Brand: Naish Hawaii was founded in 1979 in Kailua, Hawaii. Rick Naish first came to Oahu's North Shore to surf in 1956 together with the likes of Pat Curren and Butch Van Arsdalen. After several more trips from La Jolla to surf in Hawaii, Rick then moved his family there in 1968. While living in Kailua, Naish got into Hobie Cat sailing (multiple state champion and 1972 National champion) until the sport of windsurfing came along. Rick, his wife Carol, and sons Robby and Randy soon became the first family of the sport. Rick began shaping in 1976, the same year his son Robby won his first windsurfing title. The Naish brand became the world's most sought after windsurfing label, as Robby would go on to win 23 titles (Kelly who?). More than three decades after winning his first title, Robby continues to be a driving force in both windsurfing and kiteboarding. The Naish brand has continued to grow over the years, and now includes windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing, and SUP product lines, all designed in Hawaii. Since 1981, the designer cementing much of that legacy has been Harold Iggy, a man who sits down near the trunk of the shaper's tree, next to peers like Dewey Weber and Dale Velzy. At 67, Iggy is still windsurfing, riding SUP, or surfing every day.
About his Most Popular Models: Iggy says the trend of SUP boards going shorter has had a dramatic effect on design. "Our 9'3" basically resembles a blown up shortboard, which is creating a whole new progressive direction for SUP surfing." While that's undoubtedly an area he and his team love exploring, their longboard-style SUP boards remain the most popular. "The 11'6" longboard works for beginners and advanced, in everything from no surf to medium surf." As for his racing boards, Iggy and his racers like Dave Kalama are pumped on their new non-rudder 14' class boards, and their Unlimited class.
Taking the Pulse: "Variety keeps things interesting," says Iggy. "If you look in my shaping room right now there is a 7'4" windsurfer, a 9'0" gun windsurfer, two performance longboards, and a 17' SUP race board. It's all fun and exciting. There isn't one thing that is more fun than the others, although the SUP in general has a lot of guys pretty excited at the moment."
Shop Talk What's the most important thing to remember when ordering an SUP board?
"Don't go too progressive and order something that's too small when considering an SUP. A bigger board is better a lot of the time, especially for guys that don't ride all that often or that wellâ€¦but even for good guys."
What are the three most important boards in your personal quiver?
"The first would be my 7' hybrid surfboard, which is fun in almost anything. That would be followed by my 9'6" SUP and my 12' Glide SUP, which is a flat-water board. That way I would have something for every kind of condition."