The Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final
With today being the last day of the holding period for the 2023 Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final, the race for the Men’s Wave world title all boiled down to today, while the remaining two places on the overall podium for the women were on the line. With so much riding on today, emotions understandably ran high with some sailors experiencing pure elation, while others were left dealing with heartbreak as the curtain was brought down on the 2023 unified PWA / IWT Wave World Tour.
Women’s - Double Elimination
Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) mounted the comeback of the Women’s Double Elimination as the 34-year-old came storming back from a shock quarterfinal exit in the single to eventually finish 3rd at this year’s Aloha Classic after winning 6 consecutive heats. Unfortunately the Double Elimination couldn’t be completed meaning Hauser didn’t have the opportunity to climb even higher, but today marked an important comeback as fighting back into third place means she finishes the season as the vice-world champion - behind eventual Aloha Classic and newly crowned world champion - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins).
Coco Foveau (Flikka / GUNSAILS) completes the prestigious podium of this year’s Aloha Classic, while she also clinches the final place in the overall rankings as she pips Maria Andrés (Duotone / Duotone Sails) to the overall top 3.
Elsewhere, Maria Behrens (Duotone / Duotone Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) just misses out on securing back-to-back podiums after losing a close fought battle against Sarah Hauser with just 0.23 of a point separating the two sailors come the end of the heat.
Men’s - Double Elimination
All eyes were on Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) and Marc Paré (Duotone / Duotone Sails) at the start of the day with everyone eager to see if either of them could successfully make a come back and deny Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) the world title, while the Brazilian had to endure a nervous wait on the beach.
Both Campello and Paré successfully navigated their way through the opening heat of Round 4 to keep their world title aspirations alive, but unfortunately they both fell at the next hurdle with Maui locals - Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) and Kai Lenny (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) securing the top two places with Campello missing out on a place in the next round by under a point. Campello still finishes the season as the vice-world champion, but this will be a bitter pill to swallow for the 38-year-old having led the title race for the majority of the season and he was just two heats away from securing a maiden wave world title.
Meanwhile, having had to watch from the beach Marcilio Browne’s nervous wait was brought to an end as the Brazilian pips his good friend and long term rival, Ricardo Campello to the world title as he successfully defends his world crown from 2022, which means he now has 3 wave world titles to his name and 4 overall as he continues to write his name into the record books.
With the world title in the bag Browne was able to enjoy a relatively stress-free heat against Camille Juban (AV Boards / S2Maui) in the battle for third and fourth, which proved to be incredibly close, but Browne came out on top to claim the final place on the podium at the Aloha Classic, while Juban finishes fourth.
With the Double Elimination not being completed that means that Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails) walks away with his second Aloha Classic title - adding to his previous success from 2019, while victory here sees him leapfrog Marc Paré to the final place on the prestigious overall podium. Elsewhere, Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins) finishes this year’s Aloha Classic in second place.
Morgan Noireaux eventually finishes 5th this time around in Maui with Kai Lenny a further place back in 6th, while the top ten is completed by Ricardo Campello - 7th - Marc Paré - 8th and Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) and Jake Schettewi (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins), who share joint 9th.
That concludes the 2023 PWA / IWT Unified Wave World Tour - congratulations once again to all the winners. We’ll be back with more wave events next year, but the calendar isn’t quite done yet with the Slalom world titles set be decided next week in Japan between 10th-14th of November. Stay tuned www.pwaworldtour.com to see how that battle unfolds.
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Result 2023 Maui Strong Aloha Classic Grand Final - Women’s Wave
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Coco Foveau (FRA | Flikka / GUNSAILS)
3rd Sarah Hauser (NC | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)
4th Maria Behrens (GER | Duotone / Duotone Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Shawna Cropas (USA | Duotone / Duotone)
Result 2023 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 Morgan Noireaux (HI | JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins)
6th Kai Lenny (HI | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)
7th Ricardo Campello (BRA/VEN | Naish / Naish Sails)
8th Marc Paré (ESP | Duotone / Duotone Sails)
9th Takara Ishii (JPN | RRD / RRD Sails)
9th Jake Schettewi (USA | JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins)