Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

AWT Maui Makani Classic - Epic action on day 3 at Ho'okipa beach

by American Windsurfing Tour on 29 Oct 2012
Francisco Porcello on a BEAST - 2012 AWT Maui Makani Classic American Windsurfing Tour http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/
Epic is the only world to describe the action on day three of the AWT Maui Makani Classic at Ho’okipa beach park. Everyone on the beach felt that history was being made as they sat on the hill and looked down at what most were calling the Greatest Show on Earth! What happened will forever be remembered as a perfect combination of three things aligned to give us one of the best windsurfing contests in Ho'okipa history and also in windsurfing history. Those three things were a 12 foot North Swell, 20 knot winds, and a mix of the best old school and new school windsurfers in the world together battling it out.

Head Judge Matt Pritchard decided to start the contest at midday and was running 20 minute heats with two waves to count. All the riders on the beach were super fired up and there was a real sense of anticipation mixed with a touch of fear in the eyes of all the sailors.

Repeatedly the riders were quoting that this was the stage they had been waiting for for a very long time. As so many come to train here this was going to be a day where the best riders could take on the best conditions at the best windsurfing break in the world...... so no pressure then! Double mast high and even bigger sets rolled in and by the end of the day the conclusion was, there were no losers in any heats, everybody who went out there won their own personal battle with Ho'okipa and should all be commended for tackling what, at times, seemed almost impossibly difficult conditions.

Heat 1 saw defending champion and title contender Camille Juban prove why he is such a force to be reckoned with. Picking off bombs and catching multiple waves with aerials and style he gave the judges a lot to work with and cruised into the nest heat. Legend and super nice guy Josh Stone proved how experience at Ho'okipa pays off as he pitted his old school knowledge against Juban's new school style and also went straight through the heat after a very impressive opening performance.


Heat 2 saw an extremely impressive performance from Morgan Noireaux who caught bomb after bomb and boosted some big aerials to come first in the heat against another legend of Ho'okipa and old school master that is Pascal Hardy who proved he still has incredible style and courage on the waves and took second place to advance through to the next round.

Heat 3 saw young gun Bernd Roediger absolutely rip and put on one of the performances of the day to take the win in his heat. At the age of only 16 this kid rips and was for sure one of the stand out sailors of the day. Taking second place was Moroccan sailor Boujmaa Guillol who sailed to his usual reputation of going super big and super ballsy and rode some really big sets to help him pass to the second round. Unfortunately Nico took some trips on the rocks and became the first of many, many sailors to take a beating on the infamous Ho'okipa rocks.




Heat 4 saw French man Fabrice Beaux also put in a very impressive performance, picking off the best waves of the sets and using them to their maximum by carving out huge turns and also some impressive aerials. Nick Warmuth also did enough to impress the judges and passed through to the second round.

Heat 5 saw the swell start to increase and the conditions became gnarlier as the tide pushed in and the current increase substantially. Marcillio Browne put on another one of the day's stand out performances with a really fluid style and gutsy hits on big sections. He was followed in second place by Jazz who proved himself by tackling some huge sets and sailing very consistently.

Heat 6 saw two absolute legends of the sport go head to head. New school waterman Kai Lenny took first place after what was definitely in the top few stand out performances of the day. His local knowledge and surfing fluidity mixed with amazing agility and skill wowed all the spectators on the hill and the judges and he took first over old school hero Fransisco Goya. Goya showed no fear in smacking some of the biggest hits of the day and also a wonderful style on the wave to help him pass into round 2.


Heat 7 saw the Ho'okipa master to take to the water in one of the most anticipated performances of the day. Levi Siver absolutely shredded. He never once faltered in the seemingly impossible conditions, as by now the swell had grown with some double mast high sets. As usual Siver schooled the crowd on how to conquer Ho'okipa and the judges rewarded him with first place in the heat. Taking second was a notable performance from Frenchman Leo Ray who cruised into the second round also.



Heat 8 pitted two genuine windsurfing legends against each other; Jason Polakow and Kevin Pritchard. Jason absolutely stunned the crowd with the most gutsy, consistent, huge aerials of the day. What seemed gravity defying proved achievable by Polakow's pure strength and courage and the crowd were left open-mouthed after his performance. Pritchard found his feet towards the end of the heat and used his classic, fluid, natural style to lay down some amazing bottom turns and really surf the huge waves from beginning to end.


Heat 9 saw Nathan Mershon put on a solid performance with consistent riding and multiple waves, some double mast high, and he cruised into the second round after taking first place in the heat. Brian Talma of Barbados was unlucky with his timing and got caught on the inside in the super light winds, which was becoming a theme for most sailors at this stage with near to no wind on the inside and heavy sets matched with huge currents pushing them either onto the rocks or down to Lanes. He unfortunately took a trip on the rocks and did not progress through. However Bryan Metcalf Perez, the freestyle champ from the Gorge proved he also has huge skills in the waves and put on a very solid, confident performance to take him into round 2.


Heat 10 saw Robby Swift using his local knowledge and skills in huge waves to sail really consistently and gouge out some big, heavy turns. But the man of the moment and the guy everyone was talking about afterwards was Rudy Castorina who boosted the ballsiest, biggest, most insane aerial of the day on a doube-mast high wave and landing cleanly out the front. This, paired with epic riding pushed him into first place for the heat.


Heat 11 saw an amazing performance from Simmer man Kai Katchadourian. For sure one of the most solid, consistent performances of the day. He stood out as the sailor of his heat with huge wave after huge wave that he tore to shreds. Coming second was also a very notable performance from Aurelian Nichol who proved he was one to watch for the upcoming round 2. Unfortunately Italian Loffreda was stuck downwind and ended up taking a trip on the rocks, resulting in a broken boom and mast and a bruised nose.

Heat 12 was the last heat of the first round and we saw Fransisco Porcello dominating on his Simmer gear and showing how experienced and confident he is in huge swells. He took first place over Nat Gill who came in second after two solid wave rides and closely edging out Gorge sailor Casey Hauser.

Heat 13 was the last of the day and by far the most impressive. Everyone watching was stunned as Josh Stone proved beyond doubt his legendary Ho'okipa status. Boosting a Gigantic aerial off a double mast high wave and landing cleanly in front of the crowds. Everyone was stunned. Closely followed by Camille who again showed no faultering in his style and consistency to take second place. This was narrowly taken over an extremely strong performance by Morgan Noireaux and Pascal Hardy. This heat proved that even by the second round of this contest the competition is fierce and it takes something really special to progress through.


Today, Sunday 28th October is GO for Ho'okipa! Following a tsunami warning late last night there has been no damage to the beach and Ho'okipa is open!! The skipper’s meeting is set for 10am.



For full results, click here.

American Winsurfing Tour website

Wildwind 2016 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Fantastic foiling finish
Three fast, furious and fantastic Foiling Kite races brought six of the 11 events on show at the Sailing World Cup Three fast, furious and fantastic Foiling Kite races brought six of the 11 events on show at the Sailing World Cup Melbourne presented by Land Rover to a close in Australia's sporting capital.
Posted today at 9:42 am
Strong winds continue on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Melbourne
Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall. Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall, three points ahead of Cypriot Pavlos Kontides. Rio Silver medallist, Tonci Stipanovic finished second in both today’s races and is currently lying third overall, while Australia’s Tom Burton is in fourth overall. Burton scored a 12 and a five in today’s two races.
Posted on 9 Dec
SWC Final – Badloe and Squires pick up where their countrymen left off
Badloe holds the lead after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. Badloe holds the lead in the men's windsurfer after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. The pair, and the sailors across the ten Olympic and Open Kiteboarding fleets battled against a south westerly wind in excess of 20 knots coupled with a big sea state.
Posted on 9 Dec
Youth Sailing World Championships – Carrying the weight of champions
Elfutina won the Youth Worlds in Tavira, in 2014 and backed that up with the gold in Langkawi, in last year's edition. When you return to defend a title there is always pressure, but when you are trying to fill the shoes of a two-time Youth Worlds gold medallist and Olympic bronze medallist there is a different kind of pressure.
Posted on 9 Dec
Sailing World Cup Melbourne pays tribute to Paul Elvstrom
Sixty years ago, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron welcomed legendary Paul Elvstrom for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Sixty years ago, the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron welcomed the legendary Paul Elvstrom for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. At the time the Danish sailor was carving a legacy that included four consecutive Olympic gold medals, numerous world championships and sporting innovations that are now the norm within the sport.
Posted on 8 Dec
Sailing World Cup Melbourne – Aussies revel in seabreeze conditions
Another day of good sailing conditions in Melbourne made for a memorable day for Australia’s sailors competing in finals In the 470 Men’s event, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had another strong day winning both of their two races. They currently lead overall, five points ahead of China’s team of Lan/Wang.
Posted on 7 Dec
Connecting Team Bridge at the Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne
Eldest son Ollie is hoping for a top two finish and his 17 year-old brother Guy will be pushing for top three. Consider the logistics of three teenage boys of varying ages all playing the same equipment heavy sport. Now imagine the coordination required for the Bridge family of kiters currently in Australia for an extended southern hemisphere tour that includes the IKA Formula Kite Open division
Posted on 6 Dec
Good start to Sailing World Cup Melbourne for Aussies
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won the first race in convincing style and finished the second race of the day in second place The Aussie duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won their first race in convincing style, and finished the second race of the day in second place. They are currently in first place overall, two points ahead of the Japanese pairing of Takayama and Imamura.
Posted on 6 Dec
Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Final wrap up
This has been an incredible year! We started out with little more than a vision, but we started together. This has been an incredible year! We started out with little more than a vision, but we started together. And together we have achieve the impossible.
Posted on 5 Dec
Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Rockingham plays part to shape future of sailing
Coastal community just 25min south of Perth, Western Australia, has whole-heartedly embraced the chance to make history. Rarely does a small city like Rockingham get an opportunity to shape the future of sailing. But the coastal community just 25min south of Perth, Western Australia, has whole-heartedly embraced the chance to make history at the cutting-edge of kitehydrofoil racing and sailing.
Posted on 1 Dec