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News from France's big wave talent

Loick Lesauvage - Waiting January

Loick Lesauvage is a big wave talent from France – we’ve already posted several of his videos and everytime this kid gets better and better. Now the 14 years old Goya Rider uploaded a clip from Carro which we really like. Unfortunately he injured his foot during his last session and now has to wait until January to get back in the water. All the best for the recovery, Loick!

Tags: accessyourpotential, tricktionary, wave, windsurfing


A big day for Thomas Traversa and Morgan Noireaux

Aloha Classic 2014 - Day 8

Day eight of the Starboard Severne PWA Aloha Classic saw the exciting conclusion of the 2014 PWA Wave World Tour, as Ho’okipa delivered fantastic conditions again. With more west in the swell today, the set waves were reeling, this combined with the slightly more cross offshore wind made for challenging, but great riding. Newly crowned world champion – Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) – successfully defended her single elimination crown, to end the year in the best way possible as she claimed the Aloha Classic title again – just as she did in 2006. Meanwhile, Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui), claimed his first victory on the PWA World Tour to be crowned the king of Ho’okipa. But the biggest news of the day, is without doubt – Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) – who collected his maiden world title, capping an absolutely brilliant day, and year, for the Frenchman.

Men’s – Double Elimination

The first men’s heat of the day was one of the biggest heats of the year, as Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) took on Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC). The Spaniard needed to win heat thirty-one in order to keep his title hopes alive, whilst Browne was fighting for the final place on the prestigious podium – with the Brazilian needing second place or better to achieve just that.

Coming into today’s battle, Fernandez held the upper hand with six wins to Browne’s one in the last seven years. However, Browne’s only victory came during last year’s Aloha Classic, which proved crucial again, as the Brazilian was able to defeat his Spanish rival at Ho’okipa for the second time, which meant – Thomas Traversa – was officially crowned the champion of the world, for the first time in his life, without sailing a heat today.

The End to an Incredible Year

2014 has proven to be an incredible year for – Thomas Traversa. At the start of the year the Frenchman dominated in the Red Bull Storm Chase, as he came into his own in the gnarly conditions, before going on to win the jump category of the indoor contest in Poland. However, today was the icing on the cake as TT was crowned world champion in the spiritual home of wave sailing, after a polished display in Ho’okipa, as he demonstrated more fluid wave riding, combined with aerials and goiters to defeat – Marcilio Browne – on his victory parade. Traversa was sailing with an injury, but you wouldn’t have known it given his performance on the water.

Thomas Traversa on capturing his first PWA Wave World Title: “Wow! I can’t believe I am wave world champion!!! If I am then Sophia Regerbis is the real world champion, together with my parents, my shaper, and all my friends who sailed at home or did trips and competitions with me!” 

“I am who I am, and where I am, because of you!” – “And now I have a good story to tell our future baby!”

Winners’ Final

Having defeated – Marcilio Browne – Thomas Traversa lined up against Morgan Noireaux in the winner’s final, hoping to force a super final in the fight for the coveted Aloha Classic title. TT made a strong start to the final and led for the opening nine minutes – after linking three vert turns, before tagging a goiter on the end section. However, after this – Noireaux – found his groove, much to the joy of his home crowd, who were extremely vocal on the beach, as their home hero unleashed, a now, trademark gouging first turn before rotating through a radical taka, which earned him 8.48 points. Traversa, tried to fight back with a huge goiter, but couldn’t quite hold it upon landing. Whilst, Noireaux, then hammered the nails into the coffin on his final wave as he tweaked a sick aerial, before backing it up with another hell turn to defend his single elimination crown.

Women’s  – Winners’ Final 

Iballa Moreno took on Fiona Wylde (Goya Windsurfing) once more in the women’s final and Wylde continued to show excellent wave selection and composure beyond her years, but for much of the final looked slightly overpowered on the wave face. However, the seventeen year old was still able to land a sick, late aerial combined with a vert hit, but Iballa had too much in the tank in the end, on this occasion at least. The newly crowned world champion recovered from a broken mast, to link four solid turns on one wave before finishing the final with her best effort as she landed an aerial, before backing it up with a stylish turn to successfully defend her single elimination crown.

Meanwhile, Tiffany Ward (Starboard / Ezzy) protected her third place to claim the final place on the podium, meaning Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing) had to settle for an excellent fourth place finish.

A huge congratulations to Morgan Noireaux, for his maiden victory, and to Iballa Moreno, who claims another world title alongside her brilliant victory at the Starboard Severne PWA Aloha Classic. And of course to – Thomas Traversa – who claims his maiden world title after an inspired year, not only on the PWA World Tour, but also on the Red Bull Storm Chase.

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing

Wave Worldchampion - Thomas Traversa

It’s official – Thomas Traversa – is the 2014 PWA Wave World Champion – after Marcilio Browne ends Victor Fernandez‘s title challenge for this year. Later on, Marcilio Browne lost his next heat against Thomas Traversa which secured Ricardo Campello‘s 3rd place in the overall ranking. Morgan Noireaux successfully defends his single elimination crown to claim the 2014 PWA Aloha Classic and Iballa Moreno, who already celebrated her worldtitle also wins the event in front of Fiona Wylde and Tiffany Ward

Results Starboard Severne PWA Aloha Classic – Men’s

1st Morgan Noireaux
2nd Thomas Traversa
3rd Marcilio Browne
4th Victor Fernandez

Results Starboard Severne PWA Aloha Classic – Women’s

1st Iballa Moreno
2nd Fiona Wylde
3rd Tiffany Ward
4th Junko Nagoshi


PWA Wave Overall – Men’s

1st Thomas Traversa
2nd Victor Fernandez
3rd Ricardo Campello
4th Marcilio Browne

PWA Wave Overall – Women’s

1st Iballa Moreno
2nd Daida Moreno
3rd Alice Arutkin
4th Amanda Beenen

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing


There's a new movie project to come

Boujmaa Guilloul in Mauritius

Boujmaa Guilloul travelled to Mauritius a couple of weeks ago to film for a new movie project called “The Yard Movie”. He scored some amazing glassy waves there and shares a bit of the footage with us. Can’t wait for more! Check out

Tags: wave, windsurfing


Shortclip by Moritz filmed at his homespot

Moritz Mauch - Gran Canaria

Moritz Mauch had a lot of competitions to do in the past few months. PWA and Stand Up Worldtour events were on his schedule but now the time has finally come to travel back home. Moritz went straight on the water and scored good conditions at Gran Canaria – check out his shortclip of the past few days below.

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing


Iballa Moreno celebrates her 2nd worldtitle

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - Day 5

Day five of the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic saw the PWA contest continue with the resumption of the men’s and women’s double eliminations. The swell today was much smaller than on the previous couple of days, but the smaller waves offered greater performance riding with more tricks being thrown than on the previous days. After another full day of contest only the top four men and women remain in the battle for the prestigious Aloha Classic titles – currently Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui) and Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne) hold pole positions, but that could all change by the end of the double eliminations.

Women’s Overall Top Three Decided

The biggest news from today is that Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) is officially the 2014 PWA Wave world champion – reclaiming her title from 2012 – after another epic battle with her sister – Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) – who takes home an excellent second place with two event victories out of three to her name.

Iballa Moreno on winning the single elimination and world crown: “Obviously, yesterday was a really good day for me. It was a special day because I won the final – being able to defeat three local girls, who were all ripping, felt special. I was stoked to learn that I had won. In the final I found the big section I had been looking for my big aerial, which I think was missing from previous heats, and I think that made the difference. Being carried up the beach by Dany [Bruch] and my sister [Daida Moreno] was really special, after Sam [Bittner] had pointed out that I had won coming off the water.”

“To be honest I didn’t even know the ranking situation coming in to today, but I’m obviously delighted with the outcome. I was already really happy about being in the top two at the Aloha Classic. It’s already a dream come true for me. The last time we were here was 2006 and I won that event, it’s one of the most special wins of my career – especially because I haven’t won that many events.”

The biggest mover of the day though was – Alice Arutkin (Fanatic / North) – who won four consecutive heats to rise from thirteenth in the single elimination to fifth place in the double. However, her heat against Maria Andrés (Fanatic / Gun Sails) had a lot riding upon it. If the French beauty could defeat her Spanish rival then she would rise to third overall in the world rankings, claiming her place on the prestigious podium for the first time in her career, and that’s exactly what she managed to do with more, fluid riding, which had continually impressed the judges over the course of the day.

However, Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing), proved to be a step too far for Arutkin as her incredible comeback through the double was ended in heat thirty, as the Japanese ripper showed better wave selection and execution with several vertical, snappy turns.

Maria Andres (Fanatic / Gun Sails / Mystic) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) were the other biggest movers of the day as both of them won three heats in a row. With the former making her debut on the PWA Wave World Tour and eventually finishing the event in an excellent sixth place. Meanwhile, Offringa, looked to improve with almost every wave as she fought back from the first round to fight back into eighth place.

Men’s – Double Elimination – Battle of the One’s

Heat 28 saw the battle of the one’s as KA-1111 – Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde) – USA-1 – Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy) – V-111 – Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) and US-1111 – Robby Naish (Naish) – lined up against each other in the battle of the old school legends versus the new school rippers. In the end Campello and Ezzy booked their place in the next round, as the new school trickery won out in the smaller waves, but Naish’s and Polakow’s top to bottom wave riding was second to none with wave after wave of vertical, late hits and aerials as they took home seventh and eighth place respectively.

Graham Ezzy enjoyed his best day to date on the PWA Wave World Tour, in his own backyard, as he claimed fifth place overall, having won five heats in a row in the double elimination, Ezzy used his local knowledge to full affect as he combined powerful turns with tweaked aerials, silky smooth takas and superb one-handed goiters, however he ran into Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) in heat thirty, who was in untouchable form to halt the American’s rampage.

In heat thirty, Brawzinho, racked up the highest scoring heat of the contest so far, as he issued a warning to the remaining three sailors – Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC), Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) and Morgan Noireaux. Browne sailed an almost perfect heat as he posted two wave scores of 9.5 and 9.27 points as he linked powerful gouging hacks, with a combination of stunning air takas, goiters and one-handed goiters, as the Brazilian gave an evening masterclass. Browne now has the potential to pip – Ricardo Campello – into third place in the overall rankings, but only if he is able to defeat Victor Fernandez to claim third place or better in the double elimination.

Wave Move of the Day

Ricardo Campello had to settle for sixth place, but the Brazilian/Venezuelan was in inspired form today and, for the time being at least, has put himself into pole position for the Dunkerbeck Eyewear Best Wave Move contest, after landing a quite incredible, massive goiter, which he then backed up with a powerful hack to earn 9.88 points. The highest scoring wave of the contest.

Tomorrow looks windy again with a similar swell to today with 1.9m waves predicted, compared to 2 metres from today. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am with the first possible start at 10:30am. Don’t miss any of the enthralling action by tuning into, where you’ll be able to see all the action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Text: Chris Yates / PWA, windsurfnews – all pics by John Carter / PWA

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - Day 4

The second day of the PWA contest, at the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic, saw more fantastic action as Ho’okipa continued to deliver. Today saw another full day of competition with set waves mainly in the logo to mast high region as both the men’s and women’s single eliminations were completed. Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) dominated in the women’s division, which sees her rise to the top of the overall rankings, for the first time in 2014, in the final event of the year, whilst twenty year old – Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui) – claimed his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour with an outstanding display of sailing in the most tightly contested heat of the day. Meanwhile, Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), is now on the verge of his first world crown after claiming second in the single.

Men’s – Single Elimination 

The men’s single elimination resumed with the second semifinal featuring Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC), Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / MFC), Morgan Noireaux and title challenger – Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC). The Spaniard entered the heat knowing he needed to qualify from the semis to keep the pressure on Thomas Traversa, otherwise he would face an extremely tough road back through the double elimination, and that’s exactly what Fernandez managed to do with a polished display. The 2010 world champion was clearly in the mood today as he exploded from the word go with three explosive turns and a sick frontside 360 to earn 9.375 points, which happens to be the joint second highest scoring wave of the contest – equal with Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC). Also advancing into the four man final was Morgan Noireaux, who won the second semi, but his performance in the final was even better.

Winners’ Final

The four man final saw a truly exceptional heat of sailing in what Head Judge – Duncan Coombs – classed as one of the best heats he’s ever seen featuring – Morgan Noireaux, Victor Fernandez, Thomas Traversa and Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC). All four sailors showed several moments of brilliance as they rose to the occasion under the pressure, however as always there could only be one winner. As well as battling for the prestigious title of the Aloha Classic, Fernandez and Traversa, were also engaged in a battle of their own for the world title. Coming into the final heat of the single elimination, Fernandez needed to beat Traversa by at least two places to topple the Frenchman from the top of the standings, but could he do it? Unfortunately not, despite another excellent display, Fernandez couldn’t quite muscle Traversa out of the way, as TT claimed second place – 1.62 points ahead of Fernandez in third. This means that Traversa is now on the verge of his maiden world title, as Fernandez now needs to win the event, beating Traversa in the process, to snatch the title. On his way to second, Traversa, nailed a frontside 360 and a sick under the lip aerial, as well as picking up an over mast high wave from out the back and destroying it all the way to the inside.

However, it was Noireaux, who stole the show with near perfect scores across the board with back-to-back waves of 9 and 9.25 points – the latter was undoubtedly the wave of the day, as the Hawaiian killed another wave to set the beach alive with cheers after tweaking a sick aerial, straight into a hell turn, before finishing with a silky smooth taka. And after such a polished display, Noireaux, was deservedly crowned the single elimination champion, much to the delight of the local crowd.

Wave Move of the Day

Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne made a slightly slow start to the final, but produced one of the moments of the day before the end as he took things to another level. The Brazilian looked as though he was winding up for something big and that’s exactly what he managed to do as he launched into an absolutely amazing air taka, which was landed fully planing in the flats and it is difficult to see anyone pipping him to the Dunkerbeck Eyewear Best Move prize.

Double Elimination

The Men’s double elimination started soon after the completion of the single eliminations and the opening seven heats have been completed. So far, Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) and Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), are the two sailors to have made the most progress having won both of their opening two heats.

Women’s – Single Elimination – Winners’ Final

The women’s winners’ final saw Iballa Moreno, Fiona Wylde (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing), Tiffany Ward (Starboard / Ezzy) and Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing) lining up against each other in the battle for the Aloha Classic. However, with Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), taking an early exit in the single elimination, the door was opened for Iballa to head to the top of the overalls for the first time this year… a chance she would duly take.

In the rounds leading up to the final, Iballa, had been constantly searching for an aerial, without much joy, but in the final that all changed as she launched into a massive aerial, backed up with two vertical, snappy turns to earn 9.5 points, which essentially secured the victory. However, seventeen year old – Fiona Wylde – pushed Iballa all the way in her first PWA event, as she impressed throughout the single elimination with her fluid top to bottom wave riding earning, which eventually earned her second place. Meanwhile, Ward secured the final place on the podium with her rail to rail riding securing the deal against Nagoshi, who had to settle for fourth for the moment at least.

Meanwhile, Amanda Beenen (Tabou / GA Sails), claimed joint fifth place alongside Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Simmer), Jessica Crisp (Patrik / Hot Sails Maui) and Tatiana Howard (NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins). As things stand, Beenen, currently rises into third place overall, over Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg), who was sailing through the pain barrier.

An Uphill Challenge

In order for Daida to retain her title, the reigning world champ will need to rampage back through the double to third place overall, or for Iballa to drop back to second, in which case fourth place would see, Daida, take the title on a tie break due to beating Iballa more times this season.

The forecast for tomorrow promises more wind and waves and the skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am again, with the action commencing from 10 O’Clock. Don’t miss any of the incredible action by tuning into, where you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Results After Single Elimination - Men’s Wave

1st Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui)

2nd Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails)

3rd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC)

4th Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC)

5th Robby Naish (Naish)

5th Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails)

5th Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / MFC)

5th Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC)

Results After Single Elimination - Women’s Wave

1st Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)

2nd Fiona Wylde (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)

3rd Tiffany Ward (Starboard / Ezzy)

4th Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing)

5th Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Simmer)

5th Jessics Crisp (Patrik / Hot Sails Maui)

5th Amanda Beenen (Tabou / GA Sails)

5th Tatiana Howard (NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

Text: Chris Yates / PWA , all pics by John Carter / PWA

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing


The title race is still poised on a knifes edge with all three contenders still in the game

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - Day 3

After the first day of the PWA contest of the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic the title race still hangs in the balance with all three contenders – Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) and Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) – still in the single elimination, with just one semifinal and the final to be sailed. Traversa holds the advantage at the moment though as he is the only man to have booked his place in the final, whilst Fernandez and Campello must navigate their way past AWT Pro Fleet winner – Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / MFC) – and Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui), respectively. Ho’okipa was firing from the word go and conditions improved throughout the day with over mast high bombs rolling in.

Men’s – Single Elimination

In the opening round of the single elimination, Robby Naish (Naish) and Scott McKercher (Starboard / Severne), took down PWA regulars, Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) and John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC), in heat three as the two former champions showed they still have what it takes to compete at the very top of the sport, with Naish progressing all the way into joint fifth after consistently showing superior wave selection and execution as showed off his flowing and fluid style, whilst staying right in the pocket of the wave.

Elsewhere in the first round, Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy) and Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde), advanced past former two-time PWA wave world champion – Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) – and Casey Hauser (Tabou / MauiSails), but the biggest shock came in heat six as last year’s Aloha Classic winner – Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – was knocked out by Morgan Noireaux and title challenger Ricardo Campello.

Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) was one of the standout sailors today and he recorded the highest scoring heat of the day in heat nine, where the Brazilian produced the highest scoring wave, which consisted of two critical, vertical turns under the lip before racing down-the-line and rotating through a perfect goiter to be awarded 9.38 points.

Thomas Traversa didn’t show any sign of nerves, at any point today, as he kept his title charge firmly on track with wave after brilliant wave. The Frenchman could’ve been forgiven for looking a little shaky with so much on the line, but TT revelled under the pressure – if anything – as he posted three out of the top six scoring waves – 9 points, 8.7 points and 8.5 points respectively. Traversa demonstrated brilliant reading of the wave as he hit the lip time-after-time in his usual fluid manner, as well as boosting several stunning aerials, including a one-handed rail grab.

Ricardo Campello took his second chance in heat eleven, which required a re-sail due to a timing error with the flags. Originally Morgan Noireaux and Jason Polakow had advanced, with Polakow unleashing the wave of the day on a monster set – receiving almost perfect scores with 9.75 points. The Australian delivered two of his trademark super vertical turns, whilst charging for the lip, before ending the wave with a sick tweaked aerial. However, whilst Noireaux successfully navigated his way into the top two again, unfortunately Polakow couldn’t quite repeat his earlier heroics as Campello pulled it out of the bag with two great waves to advance – which crucially keeps his title hopes alive.

Wave Move of the Day

Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails) claimed the best wave move of the day as the Spaniard picked up a mast high bomb from out the back before unleashing one of his trademark frontside wave 360s, right in the critical section.

As Things Currently Stand

Thomas Traversa holds a commanding position as the only man to have secured his place in the final. In order for Victor Fernandez to head to the top of the rankings by the end of the single elimination, the Spaniard must first navigate his way through the second semifinal, before beating Traversa by at least one place in the four man final. Meanwhile, Ricardo Campello’s title challenge hangs by the skin of his teeth, and his fate is now out of his own hands. Campello cannot lead the world rankings even if he is able to win the single, but still has a slim chance in the double, but only if Traversa finishes fourth, as Campello would require Traversa to drop back to fifth place, whilst also winning the event and seeing Fernandez finish worse than fifth too.

Tomorrow is set to be another superb day at Ho’okipa, which should see the single elimination completed before the start women’s single elimination and the double. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10am. Don’t miss any of the incredible action by tuning into, where you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker

Tags: down the line, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing


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.”

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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!

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