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31
October
2014

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - AWT Day 2

Boujmaa Guilloul wins

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - AWT Day 2

Today we have all been treated to an incredible spectacle of windsurfing, on the second day of competition at the AWT pro bracket of the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic.
Massive sets rolled through all day making it the ideal playground for true waveriders to shine. In the end it wasBoujmaa Guilloulwho took the win withKevin Pritchardin second.Josh Stonetook the final podium position, withJason Polakowin forth.

Completing the pro bracket of the AWT also meant we could crown the overallAWT Pro champion for 2014–Kevin Pritchard.  Levi Siver took second place overall, with Morgan Noireux in third. Full tour results and more on this coming tomorrow.

Stand Out Riders

17-year-old Maui localCasey Rehrersailed a few unbelievable heats today taking out top riders including Brian Talma and Scott McKercher. Another local to make it through to the final eight by sailing some of the best heats of his life wasRuss Faurot.It was incredible to see these guys and many of the Maui locals really stepping up their game and taking down/challenging the top seeds.

The Final Eight

The final eight riders were:Kevin Pritchard, Josh Stone, Morgan Noireax, Keith Teboul, Jason Polakow, Levi Siver, Marcilio BrowneandBoujmaa Guilloul.

All eight riders had sailed exceptional heats to make it this far and round six came down to wave selection, hacking turns, massive 360s and pushing it just far enough. Pushing it too far meant a trip down to Lanes and broken gear, not far enough meant a chance of not progressing as everyone was pushing it; it was all about smart sailing.

In the first quarterfinal KP and Stone did just this and both sailed solid heats, rounding them off in style. Keith and Morgan couldn’t quite put together what they needed in the hardest of conditions. The second saw an insane spectacle with 360s and lip smacks being laid down by JP and Levi, but then Levi suffered a gear breakage and Boujmaa stepped up his riding, securing his spot in the final. Marcilio also showed moments of brilliance, but it was again the best put-together heats that made it through (that and managing to avoid the rocks!)

The Final Four

Now the stage was set for the final showdown, almost. After a show-stopping performance in the quarters JP struggled to replicate this in the semi-final, taking forth spot. Just ahead of him was Josh Stone who showed his formidable style and class, riding wave after beautiful wave. But it was again the two who sailed the smartest heats that made it through; KP and Boujmaa both showed a huge amounts of awareness and heat planning, combined with critical turns to take first and second respectively.

One more super final would follow – 20 minutes with just Pritchard and Guilloul on the water and everything to play for. It was the closest of heats with both riders scoring huge wave after huge wave. Boujmaa closed his heat with a wave with a few turns, a head dip aerial AND a goiter. KP came straight back with another great wave, finishing it with a 360. This heat came down to the wire but it was Boujmaa Guilloul who came out on top.

It has hands down been one of the best days of competition on the AWT and at Ho’okipa, now we will look forward many more days of top level competition as the rest of the AWT fleets will do battle and the PWA register tomorrow morning to join the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic competition.

Rider’s Views

Boujmaa Guilloul:

“I was pretty stressed at the beginning of the day, but I tried not to take and risks and just sail as classy as possible, not pushing any limits. I think this paid off. It was tricky conditions, quite sideonshore and the waves didn’t have much of a lip so it was hard to find the perfect wave. Through the day I relaxed and little and I just sailed with no stress. I was really surprised about where I got to; I couldn’t believe it. By the time I made it to the final I didn’t care, as I knew the worst I could get was second, so I just sailed and had fun. Apparently I sailed better than KP who was absolutely ripping, which I just couldn’t believe.

“I love coming to Maui, it is one of the most consistent spots in the world to get wind and waves at this time of year and it’s beautiful. It’s so easy to get into a routine full of sport and forget about all the other stuff at home, you can combine surfing, windsurfing and SUPing; it’s perfect! Maui is also just the heart of windsurfing, being here just helps me improve and I love being here.”

Josh Stone:

“Us local guys love these kind of conditions, when it gets big; especially us older local guys! It really evens the playing field, at other times the younger guys can bust out all their moves but here today it was all about just pure vertical, hard-hitting waveriding, so I think it really was lucky for us guys. It was a spectacular day and I’m really just blown away to be on the podium, it’s crazy and I’m so stoked!

“I did the event last year and I got smoked in the third round! So it was a nice little comeback for me, it’s probably been eight years since I’ve been on a podium for windsurfing. I really just had fun and that’s what the AWT’s all about, just having fun. Nobody’s out there fighting for a million dollar contract, everyone’s just out having a blast. It would be nice to get into the PWA next… I’m not sure if I’m in yet, we’ll have to wait and see, I think I’m qualified to qualify!

“The county of Maui has done a phenomenal job really stepping up to the plate for the event and it is huge deal for us to have the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic right here on the north shore of Maui.”

Jason Polakow:
 
“Amazing waves all day today! I think I might have peaked too early though, I had a really tough heat with Levi and Brawzinho and then in the semi I tried to keep the flow going but it just didn’t happen. I was trying to set-up a 360, I had a nice wall on the inside but then it kind of dropped out and I couldn’t seem to pick the best waves. I didn’t see the other guys waves but I’m sure they got some great ones, so congratulations to Kevin and Boujmaa for making the final.

“I haven’t competed for a while over here but I was just back and didn’t have any obligations and I mean I love to windsurf so why not! I love to support the AWT and the PWA and I just want to be part of fantastic event. It’s great to be part of the event back on Maui and I think if we keep working hard we can just build the event bigger and bigger.”

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing

30
October
2014

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic – AWT Day 1

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic – AWT Day 1

The first day of the AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic starts in style as Ho’okipa produces excellent conditions and the competition for the Pro Men gets underway.

The day started early with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, welcoming everyone to the beach and setting the wheels in motion for a fantastic contest. As the ceremony continued the wind started to blow and straight after the skipper’s meeting it was straight on with the pro men competition.

A combination of the AWT regulars and Ho’okipa masters meant a lot of tricky heats, with previous and current world champions all battling hard to make it through the first round.
It was Morgan Noireaux who kicked off proceedings winning heat one convincingly with a smooth taka off the section and some rail-to-rail riding that really impressed the judges

Robby Swift lost out in the second heat to the on form Marcilio Browne and Kai Katchadourian, Swift couldn’t seem to get it together and just did not get the waves he needed. Swift did however redeem himself and in round two where he was back to his regular self, landing goiter after goiter to advance convincingly.  In the third and forth heats it was Graham Ezzy and Laurent Guillimen respectively that took the heat wins, while heat five saw Ho’okipa legend Josh Stone showing the younger guys how it’s done, with Jake Miller hot on his heals.  Kevin Pritchard scored one of the best waves of the day in heat six to put himself comfortably through to the next round, and then previous youth champion Casey Rehrer stepped up his game in the seventh heat to win ahead of Russ Faurot. 

But the best was yet to come as, in heat ten Keith Teboul pulled out the highest scoring wave of the day, a 7.9 (just behind Morgan Noireaux’s 7.86) to see him straight through to round three, along with Jason Polakow.

Heat eleven saw Patrick Bergeron take the win and another exceptional heat was to follow, with Levi Siver and Pascal Hardy both racking up high scores and taking first and second respectively.

It was then onto the second round, giving the third and forth placed riders from round one a second chance to advance. At heat sixteen the wind dropping significantly, calling a halt to competition and leaving the riders to swim for the shore. We will pick up with a re-sail of this heat and the competition could continue tomorrow morning, if the forecast provides what it is promising.

If the conditions play ball, we could see the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic AND the 2014 AWT Pro champions crowned tomorrow afternoon!

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing

29
October
2014

Preview - Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic 2014

Preview - Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic 2014

After a long, hard fought season the finale is upon us as the 2014 PWA Wave World Tour heads to a thrilling climax. And where better to end the year than the home of wavesailing itself – Ho’okipa Beach Park. The scene is set perfectly for the elite of the wave sailing world to bring the curtain down in style with the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic running from the 29th October until the 11th November.

Ho’okipa – meaning ‘hospitality’ – Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii is quintessentially the home of windsurfing. A place any windsurfer has hopes, dreams and aspirations of visiting at some point during their lifetime. What with its stunning year round weather, its lush tropical scenery and of course its world-renowned trade winds, which are so often accompanied by some of the best waves in the world. What more could you want? The next two weeks promise to be unmissable, whether the contest comes down to purely wave riding or a combination of wave riding and jumping, as the world’s most radical sailors go all out in their pursuit for glory.

Men’s Wave – Title Race Contenders

After four events, only three men remain in contention for the 2014 PWA Wave World Champion – Frenchman Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) – who enters the final event of the year as the leader – Spaniard Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) and Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) – who hauled himself back into the title race with his maiden victory on the wave tour in La Torche, France.

Title Winning Scenarios

Thomas Traversa may lead the world tour heading into the final event of the year, but still faces a tall order to secure a maiden world crown. To win the title TT requires a seventh place or better, whilst also finishing ahead of Victor Fernandez. However, that all changes if, Ricardo Campello, manages to finish third or better. For example if Campello finishes second, then seventh place is no longer good enough for Traversa and the Frenchman would then require a sixth place finish or better, whilst if Campello was to win the event then Traversa would then need to break into the top five, whilst still finishing ahead of Fernandez, to remain at the top of the rankings. Traversa finished joint fifteenth here in 2013, but appears to be in the form of his life at the moment, so we can expect to see TT improve his performance this time around, especially with a world title to contend for and newly shaped boards specifically for Ho’okipa.

With the standard at Ho’okipa so high and with so many world class locals, breaking into the top five is not a forgone conclusion for the world’s usual top seeds. In fact the standard of the locals is so incredibly high, that it would take a monumental effort to break into the top ten, yet along the top five. And this is where Victor Fernandez holds the advantage. Even though Fernandez enters the season finale in second place, he is probably the favourite for the title due to holding a fifth place discard as his worst result, which means he can, potentially, simply discard the result from Maui and claim his first world title since 2010 – as long as Thomas Traversa fails to finish seventh or better and Ricardo Campello is absent from the top three. Fernandez also finished joint fifteenth here last year, like TT, but enters the event knowing the pressure is on his rivals to deliver. The Spaniard is also the only man with a PWA Wave World title to his name and that extra experience, when at the business end of the action, could prove critical.

For Ricardo Campello to win, the Brazilian has to finish in the top three to have a shot at the title. If Campello was to finish third then he would require Traversa to finish outside the top seven and Fernandez outside the top 6 to claim victory. Meanwhile, if Campello was to finish second in Maui, then he would win the title if Traversa failed to finish sixth or better and Fernandez fifth or better. Obviously another event victory would give Campello his best chance of claiming a maiden world crown, as TT would then require a fifth place finish or better, whilst Fernandez would need to finish in the top four, which would be some feat at Ho’okipa. The Brazilian will be looking to carry the momentum he has generated from La Torche in Maui and if he brings his A-game anything could happen.

Formidable Faces

There will be a whole host of world class talent ready to cause an upset to the aforementioned top three’s title winning dreams. First of all, it’s none other than last year’s Aloha Classic winner – Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – who showed exactly what he’s capable of with devastating turns, radical air takas and explosive frontside 3s. Expect to see Siver charging for the top once more.

Also in the mix will be Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), who claimed his first ever world title here in 2013 after finishing fifth. Browne will be wanting to end the year with a bang and will no doubt be a serious threat as he possesses all the skills necessary to defeat anyone in the world.

Fellow Ho’okipa locals such as the youthful talent of Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui), Bernd Roediger (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – if he makes it back in time from the SUP event in La Torche – together with Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy), Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / SWOX) and almost any of the locals who make it through the trials will all be serious threats

There’s sure to be plenty of drama and upsets with so much at stake, so the next fourteen days are shaping up to be absolutely incredible. Who’s your money on in the men’s?

Women’s – Wave

The women are preparing to return to Ho’okipa’s heralded shores for the first time since 2006 and just as back then, it’s the legendary Moreno twins – Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) – who sit at the top of the rankings. Daida currently leads the world rankings with a perfect record so far in 2014 – two wins out of two – and knows that third place or better would guarantee her back-to-back world titles, even if Iballa is able to win the event. In that scenario the twins would finish level on 6,234 points, but Daida would take the victory with two event victories, to Iballa’s one.

However, the twins may not have things all their own way for once, as the local girls will be using their additional local knowledge to their advantage. The likes of Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing), who will be considered one of the favourites, together with Ingrid Larouche (Fanatic / North) and the youthful, blossoming talent of Fiona Wylde.(Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) will be ready to pounce and take their moment in the windsurfing spotlight.

It’s also going to be interesting to see how PWA regulars Amanda Beenen (Tabou / GA Sails) and Alice Arutkin (Fanatic / North) fair in the starboard tack conditions, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) will be hoping to continue her seamless transition into the waves after picking up her first podium finish in Tenerife, back in August of this year.

The wait is almost over and the 2014 Starboard Severne Aloha Classic promises to be every bit as enthralling, if not more enthralling than last year. Will the Ho’okipa locals prove to be as dominant as last year? Or will we see some other names breaking into the top ten this time around? There’s only one way to find out and that’s by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com. Here you’ll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Tags: down the line, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

28
October
2014

Camille Juban - Addict

Camille Juban - Addict

Wow! What a clip from Camille Juban who just uploaded some gnarly action from infamous Teahupoo.  The Quatro/MauiSails waver probably gonna watch this one a few times more as well because Juban is still of the water due a shoulder injury. A speed recovery to him – we wanna see him back on the water!! Thx for the clip

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing

05
October
2014

Kevin Pritchard - Boring

Kevin Pritchard - Boring

“Boring is a video about me doing the same thing over and over. Bottom turn, hit the lip, bottom turn hit the lip. I dont know why it feels so good, why I keep doing it over and over, but for some reason I just cant get enough.” stated Kevin Pritchard about his new video. A “pragmatic view” on the best damn thing at this planet.

Time to check out the TRICKTIONARY Wave Chapter and start dreaming - you'll definitely want to go on a trip after this clip

Text: Windsurfnews

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing

01
October
2014

Federico Morisio – Just let me ride

Federico Morisio – Just let me ride

This summer Federico Morisio spent one entire month in Oman and only had one intention as you can read in the title. “Just let me ride”. The waves aren’t super powerful there but it’s pretty much endless and a good basis to get new maneuvers on lock, if you like Starboard tack. The young italian from Torino trained hard on Goiters and Backloops and got some nice ones on video. Unfortunately he injured his leg on the last day of his trip and had to put on a cast – now he’s almost fully recovered and ready for some action. All the best man!

Text: Windsurfnews

Tags: down the line, Oman, wave, windsurfing

11
September
2014

Morgan Noireaux - Tension

The perfect waves of Punta San Carlos

 Morgan Noireaux - Tension

This years AWT event in Punta San Carlos has been a real highlight of the tour due it's perfect "down the line" conditions. Some riders like Levi Siver used their chance to get some massive footage with the "wavehunter" jet-ski driver Bennet Williams. In the video below you can watch Morgan Noireaux on some of the smaller days – but as ever – perfect clean and #endless.

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing

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