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Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic

Posted: 31st Oktober 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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On paper, the forecast for the fourth day of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic was relatively poor with only light onshore winds on offer. As always though you can never truly trust any forecast and upon arriving at the beach there were already signs of the wind trying to kick in and by 11:45am there was enough wind and enough angle on the wind to begin the Youth’s contest.

Youth’s

The next generation of windsurfers were sent out at an over mast high - at times - Ho’okipa and they were given between 18-22 minutes to link together their top 2 wave scores. As in the pro divisions the contest was run as 4-man heats, which saw Jake Schettewi (JP / Hot Sails Maui) and Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) become the first two-man to seal their place into the winners’ final - followed by Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails) and Z Schettewi (JP / Hot Sails Maui), who advanced through the second semifinal.

In the final, Sugi produced a brilliant display of sailing as he excelled in the light wind conditions - with the wind dropping in the final - to post a total heat score of 14.17 points - which was the joint highest heat total with Ishii, who also posted 14.17 points during his opening heat. To earn an excellent 8 point score in the final Sugi too a high line before launching into a stylish aerial. The 17-year-old racked up a total of 5 waves in the final and was able to find a 6.17 point backup to deservedly win the Single Elimination.

Jake Schettewi was only able to lock in two waves during the final and while he posted two decent scores with a 5 and a 4.83 - the young local couldn’t find a way to pin back Sugi and takes home second place in the single.

The battle for the final place on the podium was tight between Ishii and Schettewi Z, but eventually, it was Ishii who would complete the top 3 as he managed to lock in two waves, while Schettewi Z was only able to find one wave during the 18 minute final.

Elsewhere, other sailors to catch the eye were Noam Artzy (JP / Hot Sails Maui) and Luc Guidroz (Goya Windsurfing). Artzy, who only started windsurfing 6-8 months ago, combined a stylish turn and an aerial during his opening heat to earn 6.77 points for a single ride, while Guidroz also displayed some solid turns. Both made it to the semifinals before being knocked out by Schettewi J and Ishii.

Overall the Youth’s showed off an extremely high level in what proved to be tricky conditions at times and all of them can be proud of their displays today.

The forecast for tomorrow again doesn’t look too great on paper with only light north-northeast winds currently predicted, but as today showed anything can happen despite the forecast. At 8:30am (GMT-10) on Thursday there will be a beach clean up followed by the skippers’ meeting at 10:30am - with a first possible start at 11am.

To stay up to date with all the latest developments from Maui — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic - Women's Single Elimination

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Iballa Moreno (ESP | Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Motoko Sato (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails)
4th Lina Erpenstein (GER | Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Angela Cochran (USA)
5th Tatiana Howard (USA | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)

Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic - Men's Single Elimination

1st Antoine Martin (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Camille Juban (GPE | Quatro / S2Maui)
3rd Bernd Roediger (USA - Naish | Naish)
4th Kai Lenny (USA | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)
5th Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Leon Jamaer (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
7th Robby Swift (GBR | JP / NeilPryde / SWOX)
7th Ricardo Campello (VEN/BRA | Brunotti Boards)
9th Graham Ezzy (USA | Tabou / Ezzy Sails)
9th Philip Köster (GER | Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
9th Morgan Noireaux (HI | JP / NeilPryde)
9th Thomas Traversa (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)

Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic - Youth's Single Elimination

1st Takuma Sugi (JPN | Tabou / GA Sails)
2nd Jake Schettewi (USA | JP / Hot Sails Maui)
3rd Takara Ishii (JPN | RRD / RRD Sails)
4th Zee Schettewi (USA | JP / Hot Sails Maui)

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Sessions with Moona Ep. 20 – Foiling HI

Posted: 30th Oktober 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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A new episode of “Sessions with Moona” is out! Watch Moona Whyte enjoying a fun foil session.

Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic

Posted: 30th Oktober 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

With the macking swell continuing into day three of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic, and the trades showing early signs of kicking, the decision was made to begin the Men’s Double Elimination at 11am.

However, with the wind being cross onshore and light that made progress extremely slow going with just two heats being completed in two hours. Numerous heats were started, but with huge west sets closing out the channel, the decision was soon made to put the contest on hold with the conditions being deemed too dangerous to continue. 

Unfortunately, Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) sustained a dislocated knee during Heat 27, which was one of the only heats to be completed, but despite that, the 26-year-old still advanced in second place, behind Julian Salmonn (Bruch Boards / GUNSAILS). Everyone from the PWA wishes Zane a quick recovery.

The only other heat of the day to be completed was Heat 25, which saw Russ Faurot (S2Maui) use his local knowledge to full effect as he stayed out of trouble, while linking together a 6.38 and a back up of 3.88 points to win the heat ahead of Flo Jung (Starboard / GUNSAILS), who was making his first appearance on the world tour since 2018 after sustaining a serious knee injury. Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Duotone) had his chances but was unable to cleanly complete his best waves, which cost him a place in the next round - however, the two heat results gained thus far will not count unless the whole of the first round is completed.

The difficulty of the conditions today was clearly highlighted by the amount of broken gear and the number of sailors who ended up on the rocks and once the contest was placed on hold at 1pm the conditions never really looked like becoming suitable to resume - with the wind remaining onshore and the swell continuing to pump - so the fleets were released at 4pm.

Realistically with just two days of the contest period remaining, and the forecast not looking particularly promising to complete the Double Eliminations, that means that both Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) are slowly edging closer to a first and 5th wave world title respectively. 

Offringa’s main threat would be Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who finished second in the Single Elimination, but Iballa would be required to defeat Offringa twice to deny the Aruban a maiden world title, while defending her own world crown, but she may not get the opportunity to do that.

For Köster, the German would be required to win two heats in the Double Elimination to defend his 9th place in the Double Elimination as if the 25-year-old was to lose before that stage he would then be demoted to joint 13th or 17th, which would then see Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) overtake Köster in the race for the world title. However, it now looks extremely unlikely that we will be able to even get to his first heat in the Double - which would be Heat 38.

Looking ahead, Wednesday on paper realistically looks like a lay day with light onshore winds expected, but as always you never know until the day, so the sailors will meet again at 10:30am (GMT-10) tomorrow morning for the skippers’ meeting.

To stay up to date with all the latest developments from Maui — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic - Women's Single Elimination

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Iballa Moreno (ESP | Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Motoko Sato (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails)
4th Lina Erpenstein (GER | Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Angela Cochran (USA)
5th Tatiana Howard (USA | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)

Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic - Men's Single Elimination

1st Antoine Martin (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Camille Juban (GPE | Quatro / S2Maui)
3rd Bernd Roediger (USA - Naish | Naish)
4th Kai Lenny (USA | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)
5th Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Leon Jamaer (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
7th Robby Swift (GBR | JP / NeilPryde / SWOX)
7th Ricardo Campello (VEN/BRA | Brunotti Boards)
9th Graham Ezzy (USA | Tabou / Ezzy Sails)
9th Philip Köster (GER | Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
9th Morgan Noireaux (HI | JP / NeilPryde)
9th Thomas Traversa (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)

The final event of the GKA Freestyle World Cup 2019 season will be in Cumbuco. From 19th to 24th November, the top freestyle riders will be heading to Brazil for the 2019 grande finale. Stay tuned!

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Day 2: Antoine Martin Wins Single Elimination

Posted: 29th Oktober 2019 by Russ Faurot in Allgemein
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Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic

Posted: 29th Oktober 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Day two of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic proved to be a classic with 8-12 foot Hawaiian waves (20 foot plus faces) showcasing why Ho’okipa Beach Park holds the iconic status that it does within the wave sailing world. The infamous Ho’okipa rocks claimed more than its fair share of victims - as anticipated - but the world’s best wave sailors produced a truly amazing performance to wow the crowds, while creating an incredible advertisement for the sport. With the Aloha Classic, PWA and World titles at stake no-one left anything on the line in their pursuit for glory…

Wave

There’s a saying in life that says ‘No risk, no reward’ and you have to take your hat off to - Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) - as he risked absolutely everything in the final. The 26-year-old hunted out mast and a half to double mast high waves, and where some would’ve backed down against the waves of consequence, he instead took aim at the lip. That no-fear approach saw Martin deservedly rewarded with the second 10-point wave of the contest, which set him up to win the Single Elimination ahead of Camille Juban (Quatro / S2Maui), Bernd Roediger (Naish / Naish Sails) and Kai Lenny, which is the first time that Martin has won a Single Elimination on the world tour. In the end, Martin finished the final with a destroyed rig after attempting to hit a double mast high bomb and then experiencing arguably the heaviest washing of the event, but the reward of winning the Single Elimination of the Aloha Classic will more than made up for that - especially as he said that it was nothing compared to a beating at Pe’ahi. 

In the past, Martin has been a bit hit and miss - equally capable of producing incredible moments or flopping completely. However, over the last year the 26-year-old seems to have come of age and refined his risk taking, and after winning the Single Elimination he is now on the verge of a career defining moment as he is in an incredibly strong position to win the overall IWT title - with his only threat Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde) currently 9th here - while if things were to remain as they are then Martin would record by far his best result on the world tour - 4th overall - having never finished in the top 10.

Juban finishes second in the Single Elimination after opening the final with an excellent 8.62 point wave, but the 29-year-old then couldn’t find another proper score during the remaining 16 minutes, but as always when the conditions get big, Juban was once again one of the standouts. 

Bernd Roediger (Naish / Naish Sails), who has won the Aloha Classic 3 times in the past - produced arguably the best wave of the contest thus far, which earned the first perfect 10 of the competition during the semifinal. The 23-year-old began his 10-point wave with a huge aerial straight into a powerful turn before ending with a super inverted goiter! Roediger completes the podium after the Single Elimination.

Throughout the day - Kai Lenny - had showed off his trademark combination of speed, power and flow to successfully negotiate his way into the final, but the final didn’t really pan out the way he would’ve wanted as he elected to kick out early on several waves as he took the patient approach. Unfortunately, this time around the waiting game didn’t pay off and the global waterman had to settle for 4th in the single.

The race to become the 2019 PWA Wave World Champion took several twists and turns today. First of all with reigning world champion - Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone) - and at the time current world tour leader - Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - being knocked out in the quarterfinals  it looked as though the draw was opening up nicely for either Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) or Ricardo Campello (Brunotti Boards) to seize the initiative - after Campello had been reinstated after an interference issue with Jake Schettewi (JP / Hot Sails Maui) in Heat 17, which upon review showed that it was actually Campello’s wave, which led to Schettewi having his highest wave score removed meaning the local boy was demoted from 2nd to 4th, while Campello advanced in his place, which led to a furious discussion on the beach which threatened to boil over.

The semifinal then didn’t go Campello’s way and he was soon eliminated in joint 7th in the Single Elimination, which left Browne with fate in his own hands… if he progressed into the final 4 then the Brazilian would have moved into pole position in the race to become the 2019 PWA Wave World Champion. However, like Campello, Browne couldn’t force his way into the final - finishing 3rd in Heat 22 - and joint 5th in the Single Elimination, which leaves him shy of Köster by just 258 points at the close of play.

Köster finished 3rd in Heat 19 - which equates to joint 9th in the Single Elimination - but if the German had finished 4th in that heat, then it would now be Browne leading the world ranking - such are the fine margins at the top. The 25-year-old has had his starboard tack sailing questioned in the past, but it’s safe to say that Köster answered more than his fair share of those queries today as he showed off an array of turns and aerials to silence some of his critics. Köster is now on course to earn a 5th world title and with the forecast looking as though it may be tough to complete the Double Elimination - Köster may have done exactly what is required of him here.

Elsewhere, Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde), claimed joint 5th alongside Browne, while Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / SWOX) finished joint 7th alongside Campello, while Graham Ezzy (Tabou / Ezzy Sails), Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde) and Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) share joint 9th with Köster.

The swell is expected to remain massive tomorrow, potentially increasing slightly again in size - from 6ft  at 15 seconds to 6.5ft at 15 seconds - while different forecast models have different predictions for the wind, so we will have to wait and see if the trade winds kick in again. However, with the easterly airflow expected to continue, we remain hopeful of more epic action on Tuesday. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am (GMT-10) tomorrow morning.

To stay up to date with all the latest developments from Maui — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic - Women's Single Elimination

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Iballa Moreno (ESP | Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Motoko Sato (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails)
4th Lina Erpenstein (GER | Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Angela Cochran (USA)
5th Tatiana Howard (USA | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)

Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic - Men's Single Elimination

1st Antoine Martin (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Camille Juban (GPE | Quatro / S2Maui)
3rd Bernd Roediger (USA - Naish | Naish)
4th Kai Lenny (USA | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Leon Jamaer (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
7th Robby Swift (GBR | JP / NeilPryde / SWOX)
7th Ricardo Campello (VEN/BRA | Brunotti Boards)
9th Graham Ezzy (USA | Tabou / Ezzy Sails)
9th Philip Köster (GER | Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
9th Morgan Noireaux (HI | JP / NeilPryde)
9th Thomas Traversa (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)

The final round of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup will take place in Ceará, Brazil, from 12 – 16th November. Stay tuned!

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