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Gallery: The Sunset Open

Tis the season of scoring on one of Hawaii's most iconic stretches of sand and the Sunset Open was on the receiving end of yet another big pulse from the North Pacific. For those in attendance, two back-to-back days of competition were on hand with Sunset delivering some all-time conditions to crown this year's event champ. Competitors stepped up -- particularly the victor Cody Young.

But we'll let photographer Mike Chlala's work do the talking.

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Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Sunset Beach going next level to give QS competitors something to relish in for the rest of 2019. WSL / Mike Chlala

From unridden monsters (above), to the likes of Jack Robinson (below) pulling into caverns, Sunset provided a spectacle for two full days of competition.

Jack Robinson of Austalia advances in first place into the quarter finals of heat 5 in round 4 of the 2019 WSL Sunset Open at Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Jack Robinson's near-perfect heat in Round 4 summed up in a photo. WSL / Mike Chlala Dusty Payne (HAW) winning his Round 2 heat at the Sunset Open. Dusty Payne WSL / Mike Chlala

Dusty Payne found the first near-perfect ride once swell began showing its teeth, but he wouldn't be the last.

Bill Kemper advances into the semi finals in first place of quarter final 4 of the 2019 WSL Sunset Open at Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Billy Kemper WSL / Mike Chlala

Defending Sunset Open champ Billy Kemper made a great run toward defending that title, but fell just short with a third place finish.

Sunset Beach lineup. Cleanup sets were more than common. WSL / Mike Chlala

In the end, it was Cody Young who stunned his fellow competitors with a remarkable Final performance that had all but Robinson in a combination situation by the final horn.

Cody Young of Hawaii is the winner and champion of the 2019 WSL Sunset Open at Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Cody Young WSL / Mike Chlala Cody Young of Hawaii is the winner and champion of the 2019 WSL Sunset Open at Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. The 19-year-old's maiden hoist up the beach won't soon be forgotten. WSL / Mike Chlala
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