It’s official! Naish Team rider, Nathan Mershon, has been announced the overall winner of the 2011 American Windsurfing Tour.
After a series of three events throughout the year, Nathan positioned himself on top and came into this last and final event – the Maui Makani Classic in Hookipa, Maui – as tour leader.
Expectations were high as the event unfolded. The winds were light and gusty during the series of divisions before the final showdown of the Expert division’s single elimination. On the last day of the event, the conditions provided a massive swell but very light wind. Nathan fought his way to the semi-finals with outstanding bottom turns, cut-backs and aerials on his Naish Session sail and Naish Wave 80 board. Ending up in 5th place in this competition, he was still able to maintain his lead and will be crowned the 2011 AWT Champion in tonight’s Closing Ceremonies gala.