UK pro John Skye wrapped this year up in a respectable 8th on the PWA wave tour. Check out his latest clip as he hits up Maui and South Africa.
I really should go somewhere different, but everything is so set up for the South Africa/Maui winters. Roberto has base camp set up in South Africa for all the testing, and then we always head to Maui for the photoshoots. I get sailing on both sides, conditions are always great and I guess the biggest factor is we have learnt over the years the best way to the most out of each trip. So this is South Africa and Maui – Again!
Kanaha Beach is one of the Worlds most popular windsurfing beaches, perfect for beginners to pro sailors. However it is now in danger of being closed to windsurfers.
State DOBOR is considering enforcing a 25 year old rule that would block the current access for most water users from over 3000 feet of Kanaha beach shoreline.
The current level of access has been enjoyed by generations of surfers, windsurf, kayak, outrigger canoe, standup, fishermen, and divers. The current arrangement has been accepted by the community for 25 years. There was a good balance that made sense with different areas designated to their most suitable uses. The Old rule that was intended to create exclusive swim zones located close to the lifeguard tower, and the current swim zone (marked by buoys) has been used and respected for two and a half decades. Also several years ago the lifeguard tower was moved and since then the life guards themselves have set up a new swim zone, adjacent to the camp ground, right next to the new tower. This arrangement also works very well, but this new swim zone would also be lost if the old rules aren’t changed. If this happens access will be blocked for a huge part of the shoreline and most of the user groups will be displaced. This will lead to overcrowding and potential problems in the remaining areas. We want the DOBOR to change the outdated rules to reflect the current use, and officially recognize the new swim zone as well. Please help protect ocean access for all water sports users at Kanaha Beach.
A new edit coming from RRD Team rider Fabrice Beaux. This time Fabrice bring us a taste of real windsurfing Hawai’i, with the usual display of radical waveriding action and the Aloha lifestyle. This is certainly something to dream about especially in face of the incoming winter time…
Enjoy the laid back action!
The AWT and PWA will soon be bringing us the JP Aloha Classic Presented by Kuau Store. Read the press release and details from the AWT below, 92 competitors are already registered.
The AWT is happy to welcome the PWA to Maui for the JP Aloha Classic at Ho’okipa October 24th-November 6th. AWT divisions will run as usual. Top 2 AWT ranked riders automatically advance to the PWA bracket as well as top 6 ranked riders from the AWT Pro division at Ho’okipa.
We have a great crew lined up to run the event including PWA Head Judge Duncan Coombs. The judges panel will consist of many local knowledgeable and trained judges such as Pascal Hardy, Chris Freeman, Alex Bitoun, Michael Archer, Griffin Freysinger and Neil Turpin.
Kai Katchadourian will once again be entertaining the world commentating for the live cast. He joined by several guests throughout the contest.
Local comedian Chris Seeley will be joined by Pietro Porchella announcing on the beach for spectators at Ho’okipa. Porchella has been present at all wave contests on Maui since the Maui Grand Prix in 1981. He has worked all 21 previous editions of the Aloha Classic. We are looking forward to his knowledge on the beach.
Our fearless Beach Marshal Dane Dingerson will be at the beach the entire contest keeping all competitors in check for their heats.
Red Bull is the official sponsor of water safety and rescue which will be led by DK Walsh.
Maui Nerd Productions led by Kevin Pritchard will be producing quality short video clips of the action throughout the contest.
Professional Photographer Si Crowther is the official photographer for the entire event.
And for all of you who can not attend the event, Stephan Boeker from Live Maui Webcasts will be producing a live cast for the world to watch all AWT Pro, and PWA heats from home. Tune in on the action at AmericanWindsurfingTour.com and post your comments on twitter and facebook to stay in the loop.
Contest Window: October 24th-November 6th
8pm: Notice for next day’s possibility of running contest based on forecast
9am: Skippers meeting at lifeguard tower with a first possible start of 10am
11am: Final call if contest will run for the day
Check out this cool clip from radical wavesailor Antoine Martin.
REVERSE is a video about Antoine Martin’s last winter in Maui. We named this video REVERSE for two reasons. The first is that the conditions are reversed in Maui compared to Guadeloupe, Antoine`s home spot and the conditions he normally sails. Because of this we also reversed the sequences rather than an original edit.
Check out Kauli Seadi ripping in Maui with the brand new Hot Sails Mauui KS3 sail. Kauli Seadi joined the Hot Sails Maui team earlier this year bring his aggressive and powerful style. Shredding Ho’okpia and Jaws, Kauli shows it all in this video.