The PWA Aloha Classic presented by JP Australia – Open Event News
The world finest wavesailors have assembled in Hawaii, ready to fight for the coveted PWA World Wavesailing title. The journey begun back in Portugal last June, meaning this, the ultimate showdown for glory, can be settled nowhere better than North Shore Maui’s massive fall swells. With a formidable global entry list, the pressure on even the most elite tour competitors is immense, plus the added threat of local legends at windsurfing’s spiritual home, and their specialist knowledge of Ho’okipa's powerful waves loom large.
After weeks of rain, flat water, and no wind, the welcome sight of bright sunshine, steady breeze and good sized surf greeted entrants to the The Aloha Classic Amateur Open. This Amateur event for masters, youth and women is the curtain raiser to the elite professional contest that marks the season finale for The PWA World Tour, and celebrates the 21st Aloha Classic at Ho’okipa Beach Park.
Competition ran through swiftly on day one with the full 64-man Open Men’s category running in rapidly improving conditions. The judging panel counted the best three waves throughout 12 minute heat durations, and completed the first two rounds.
With prized qualification spots up for grabs into the Pro event, the Open category is hotly contested by many. Therefore don’t be surprised to see how many big names and local experts are yet to qualify. A final list of Wildcard winners is set to be announced by Friday, November 10.
Even better wind conditions, but smaller waves made for spectacular jumping conditions on day two. The Men Masters Division and the Open Women’s Division got underway with amazing talent from pros and amateurs alike to entertain the crowds on ‘The Hill’ at Ho’okipa. Many pros have been using the amateur divisions as a warm up for the main event, and with nothing at stake have been really pushing their limits.
Josh Stone, former PWA legend, and new to the Masters category, worked his way through the ladder to battle against Phil McGain for a hard fought win. McGain pulled off some massive stalled forward loops, but it was Josh Stones perfectly landed push loops that won him the top spot, leaving everyone watching in little doubt as to how he made his name on tour. Quatro boss Keith Teboul (Quatro) finished up 3rd ahead of Kai Katchadourian, (US 33 / Simmer Sails).
In the Open Women’s category, many of the Pro women came out to support the open women, the toughest competition to date for most. Newcomers Ashley Baxter, Paulina Pease, and Kristen Orth, gained valuable experience against some of the best ladies in the world today, meeting past Aloha winner, Jennifer Henderson, and top PWA performer, Junko Nagoshi respectively. Henderson and Nagoshi eventually met in the final with Nagoshi’s style and experience helping her take the honors. Henderson wins a wildcard into the Pro event, as do Baur Gabriela, Shawna Cropas, Paulina Pease, Kristib Orth, Ashley Baxter and Chihagi Chiu.
The outlook for the remainder of competition is positive. Be sure to check here daily for news, live updates of the Pro event, daily summaries and more.
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