The Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final
The third competition day at the 2023 The Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final saw another solid day of sailing as the Men’s Double Elimination got underway in logo high waves, which allowed the opening 3 rounds to be completed in excellent conditions.
Men’s - Double Elimination
After a disappointing first day, Marc Paré (Duotone / Duotone Sails) dusted himself off and set about fighting his way back through the double. The Spaniard qualified in second place in the opening round, but then went from strength-to-strength by winning this next two heats, while also laying down the highest scoring heat of the day in first heat of the third round - 13.23 points - after landing a massive frontside 360 to advance into the top 10, which will boost his hopes of being able to finish on the prestigious overall podium.
Paré will now go up against Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) and Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) for a place in the top 7. Like Paré, Siver advanced through three consecutive heats to mount a come back and you wouldn’t rule the 2013 Aloha Classic champion from going even further, while Campello faces a heat of death to keep his world title aspirations alive. It is absolutely imperative that the 38-year-old makes it through this heat - and a few more - if he is to fight back and claim his maiden wave world title, while denying Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing), who currently leads the title race as things stand.
In the bottom half of the draw, Japan’s Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) will go up against three Maui locals - firstly 3-time Aloha Classic champion - Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) - Kai Lenny (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) and Jake Schettewi (JP / NeilPryde), all of whom have been looking sharp and dangerous, so that will be another tough heat to call.
The next couple of days look as though they will be lay days with Wednesday already being called off, while by Thursday a new swell is forecast to hit Maui and the trade winds are set to return, which should hopefully provide a fitting finale to the 2023 Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final.
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Current Event Ranking Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final - Women’s Single Elimination
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Coco Foveau (FRA | Flikka / GUNSAILS)
3rd Maria Behrens (GER | Duotone / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
4th Shawna Cropas (USA | Duotone / Duotone)
Current Event Ranking Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final - Men’s Single Elimination
1st Antoine Martin (FRA | Starboard / North Sails)
2nd Bernd Roediger (USA | Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins)
3rd Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
4th Camille Juban (GPE | AV Boards / S2Maui)
5th Ricardo Campello (BRA/VEN | Naish / Naish Sails)
5th Morgan Noireaux (HI | JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins)
7th Kai Lenny (HI | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)
7th Thomas Traversa (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)