Stand Up Paddling World Tour Ends in Hilo Next Week – Kai Lenny Crowned Champ Already

The 2011 Hawaii Island Finals represent the prestigious close to the 2011 season for the Stand Up World Tour.

Kai Lenny shredding

Held on the beautiful east side of the Big Island, just North of Hilo, Honoli’i is a magical spot where the very best stand up paddlesurfers in the world will congregate for the closing of the 2011 World Championship Tour.

The Big Island is relatively undiscovered as far as global surf competitions are concerned, so to be able to hold our prestigious World Championship Finals on its shores, is both an honor and a pleasure. The event will start with a culturally significant Opening Ceremony on Saturday 26th September, held opposite Coconut Island in front of our host hotel, the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort, followed by a Steinlager welcome event and press conference, also at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort.

The fiercely fought trials event will start on Sunday the 27th as local and international athletes will battle for the last 4 spots in the main event to face the Top 24 and 4 wildcards. You will find all the action and highlights here at as it comes down to the wire, and the 2011 World Champion will be crowned in Hilo Bay.

There are currently four folks from Hawaii in the top 10 spots on the leaderboard:

At just 19 years of age, Kai Lenny has secured his 2nd World Title in advance of the final event on the Big Island next month. With a dominating open to the season that saw two bullet wins in Hawaii and France, Kai went on to secure a 3rd place in Tahiti, a 4th place in California and now a second place here in Brazil. This means that he has been in every final this year, and has only missed one in the entire history of the Stand Up World Tour. An incredible feat by this young and exceptional athlete!

Mayor Kenoi talks about Kai Lenny

Check out this video to see these guys in action and hear what Mayor Kenoi has to say about Kai Lenny and the sport itself: