|wTuesday, April 11, 2006|
The Maui Kokua Classic
April 1-2, 2006 / Hookipa, Maui
The Maui Kokua Classic presented by Naish International proved once again that Maui is the center of the windsurfing world. In a new format that had the World team battle it out with the USA home team, both the men and women provided top-notch windsurfing at the ever spectacular Hookipa Beach Park.
Sunday afternoon it was time for the women to stand up and show their skills with the two best waves and one jump to count. The World team, made up of Daida and Iballa Moreno, Anne Marie Reichmann and Nayra Alonso took the honors, beating team USAs Junko Nagoshi, Tatiana Howard, Fiona van Ammers and Tiffany Ward.
While Saturday had seen lighter winds for the Mens heats, there was amazing wavesailing action to be had in the 3-4 ft. waves. The mens World team, consisting of World Champion Kauli Seadi, Nik Baker, Josh Angulo (who started for his new home Cabo Verde), "Brawzhino" Marcilio Neto, Scott Mc Kercher, Victor Fernandez, Boujmaa Guilloul and Ricardo Campello, competed aggressively against the USA team, which included Robby Naish, Levi Siver, Jesse Brown, Keith Taboul, Francisco Porcella, Matt Pritchard, Kevin Pritchard and Kai Katchadorian.
Within the 30 minute heats some of the most radical wave riding and wave moves were busted out with plenty of time to spare. In a tight decision the World team took the victory, which was wildly celebrated during the Red Bull party that evening.
After a get together of windsurfing legends Robby Naish and Josh Angulo with the grom crowd, it was the kids turn to hit the water. Having travelled from locations like Gran Canaria, Australia and Aruba, the international fleet was ready to confront the Maui guys. The finals were definitely a display of what the future holds, with some famous names from the past coming up as second generation talent. After a mind-boggling display of high-level wavesailing in his first heat, Maui's own Kai Lenny had to give way to Australian ripper Jaeger Stone in the final. Skyler Haywood, another famous name from the past, took third place.
posted by editors at 4/11/2006 02:31:00 PM