Aloha Classic Wave Championships - Day 2
November 10, 2004 Maui, Hawaii, USA
Paia, HI -- The second day of the Aloha Classic had the sailors waking to more wind in the 15kt range, but the surf had backed off a bit with only 3 foot faces at Ho'okipa Beach Park. Doug Hunt, Head Judge decided that we would continue running the Juniors to start, and then begin the Women's Open Division and hopefully if conditions staid to begin the Open Men.
In the first heat of the Second Round of Juniors, we had Oliver Schliemann, Riley Coon, Francisco Porcella, and Boujmaa Guilloul battling the growing conditions, but wave choice was still critical. The fight was very strong between Coon and Porcella, with the aggressive of the lips and the occasional aerial in the gusting winds. Not far behind was Guilloul fighting to stay in the pack, busting out some of the nicest aerials of the heat, but not quite enough high scoring wave rides to move forward, in the end Coon and Porcella advanced into the semi-finals. In other Junior action Graham Ezzy, Kai Lenny, Nick Warmuth, and Jaeger Stone were thrust into action and this heat proved one of the more active heats with each sailor scoring over 5 to 6 waves each making it a tight heat. The older and more experienced Warmuth and Ezzy advanced into the semi-finals where they will meet up tomorrow with Coon and Porcella for the Junior final showdown.
With the second round of the Juniors completed it was time to start the ladies with the first round of the Open Women competitors. Real strong coming out of the first round of ladies included Mami Yoshida, Marie Gicquel, Morgan Fisher from the first heat, who will be meeting top seed Motoko Sato in the second round. Sato received a first round bye. Also coming out of the first round was Michelle Crompton, Tatiana Howard and Andrea Moller into the second round where they will have to fight it out with Ann Marie Reichman who is currently ranked fifth in the world on the PWA World Tour. In other ladies action, Chihagi Chiu, Elena Pompei, and Jenny Riemenschneider, advanced into the second round to sail against past Aloha Classic winner Angela Cochran.
Tomorrows forecast is holding much promise with an increase in swell and wind. Most likely tomorrow, the last heat of the ladies will be run and then onto the Juniors Final, followed by the Men's Open Division. Some amazing sailing will surely be found there with many top wave sailors, past and present, competing including Josh Stone, Anders Bringdal, Kai Katchadourian, Fabrice Beax, Jason Stone, Kevin Ponchitera, Mark Angulo, and Peter Volwater who is currently ranked 7th on the PWA World tour. Stay Tune for more action, coming to you from Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui.
The Aloha Classic is one of the longest-running wave sailing events in the world. Since it's creation in 1984, the Aloha Classic has been the traditional final event of the Pro World tour. The top ranking international competitors are invited to the Aloha Classic along with top Hawaii athletes to compete side by side. The consistent trade winds and seasonally large surf make the Aloha Classic the most popular destination of the windsurfing media, spectators and athletes. The Aloha Classic is the crown-jewel of wave sailing events. The 2004 edition of the event is set to go off November 9 - 12, at Ho'okipa Beach Park, on Maui, Hawaii.
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