The PWA Aloha Classic Presented by JP-Australia – Day 2
Conditions tease and tantalize in Hawaii leaving competitors to sweat it out in anticipation of what may lie ahead.
Early indications suggested that today was going to provide more superb sailing after the action of the early rounds in yesterday’s heats. By 10.00, the wind was beginning to build and some good over head high sets were breaking on the point, wetting the appetite of the wave hungry sailors on the beach. Within half an hour however, the wind had switched to a side offshore direction and dropped to near still conditions. With no change by the scheduled 10.30 start time competitors went into a holding pattern.
By early afternoon, the wind had swung back to a desirable side shore direction and started to build. After several further postponements the first of the women’s heats got underway at 14.00.
Taking to the water for the first time in anger were Poland’s Ania Ostrowska (Fanatic / Simmer), 16 year old Ashley Baxter (Naish / Naish), comparative tour veteran Tatiana Howard (Naish / Naish) and Canadian ex-pat Shawna Cropas (JP / Neil Pryde), all looking to secure their place in the second round.
All four girls managed to draw something from the limited conditions, showing great promise of what might have been given more wind and waves, but despite the 20 minute heat length it was clear that the conditions were not enough for the girls to express their skill and the heat was abandoned.
Although the wind did increase during the remainder of the afternoon, the lack of swell prohibited further competition and sailors were finally released for the day at 16.30.
Forecasts for the coming days are unclear, but you can check out the action so far at www.pwaworldtour.com and download the latest video action from the event at www.jp-australia.com .
The show starts up at 10.00 tomorrow, so be sure to stay tuned to www.pwaworldtour.com for all the latest news as it happens.