The PWA Aloha Classic presented by JP Australia – Qualification News
The final 16 qualification spots are decided as the qualifying event wraps up. The focus now turns to the battle for the Coveted 2006 PWA Wave Sailing Title.
Day 3 saw the Grand Masters category hit the water. Many of these legends have been sailing here since Mike Waltze first discovered Ho’okipas windsurfing potential. Masters category winner Josh Stone stepped in to help the judges as many of these experienced heads were set to compete. Names such as Fred Haywood, Doug Hunt, Matt Schweitzer, Klaus Simmer, Martin Lenny, Yahoi Hasumi, and Ralf Sifford gave stiff challenges from an entry list that read like a list from windsurfing’s hall of fame.
The years of experience shone through as expert wave selection proved key in the tricky conditions. Former PWA star and Race Director Alex Aguera won by edging out Rob Funk in second, and all round waterman and big wave expert Buzzy Kerbox in third.
Next up were the Open Men, who were scored on their best 3 waves and one jump, right the way through to the final stages, until conditions deteriorated.
Day 4 showed more promise and the final got underway. Still showing an obvious competitive thirst, Josh Stone sailed outstandingly once more but failed to beat hotshot Jesse Brown in an exciting final. The loser’s final was yet to be settled, and this time Graham Ezzy (USA-1) took the win, and claimed 3rd place over Jeff Sutherland in fourth. As Ezzy already qualifies through his tour ranking, Sutherland grabbed the second golden pass into the Pro contest.
Pro Men Wild Card Slot Winners:
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who took part on and off the water.
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