The American Windsurfing Tour report from the last day of action at the AWT Maui Makani Classic 2011…
Wow, what a ride! Today rounds out the last day of competition in the 2011 Maui Makani Classic. Event directors decided to finish out the Double Elimination brackets for both the Youth and the Amateur divisions and run the remaining heats in the Expert division’s Single Elimination. Due to time constraints, we were unable to complete the Double Elimination for the Women and Masters divisions.
By mid afternoon, the conditions had significantly improved – prompting the judges to increase the heat length in the three finals scheduled for the day. The Youth and Amateur divisions (each with two competitors) were run at 18 minutes each while the Expert final heat (with four sailors) ran for 30 minutes. We saw some jaw-dropping wave rides in all three final heats – giving the huge crowd on the bluff plenty to cheer about. Although there were a few instances where competitors found themselves on the rocks, we are happy to say that everyone made it out safely (not necessarily the same for their gear).
What a great way to end the event – wind, waves, and a complete rainbow across the sky. Don’t forget to join us Tuesday evening at the Maui Tropical Plantation for our closing ceremony and award presentations!
1st – Camille Juban
2nd – Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne
3rd – Josh Stone
4th – Kai Katchadourian
Full results online at www.americanwindsurfingtour.com – and here’s a final day photo gallery from our very own man on Maui, Dave White!