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Celebrating the 21st Aloha Classic Wave Championships

Maui, Hawaii (USA) – Time flies, the summer is here and soon it will be fall
with one of the longest-running wave sailing events in the world returning to
Maui for it’s 21st Anniversary, the “Aloha Classic”, the crown jewel of
windsurfing events.

Since it’s creation in 1984, the Aloha Classic had been the traditional final
event of the Pro World tour for many years. The top ranking international
competitors are invited to the 21st Aloha Classic along with top Hawaii
athletes to compete side by side. November is historically known to have the
best wind and wave conditions, with trade winds blowing side shore at 15-20
knots and waves that can reach up to 10 -15 feet, the consistent trade winds
and seasonally large surf make the Aloha Classic the most popular destination
of the windsurfing media, spectators and athletes. Many luminaries of the sport
have competed in the Aloha Classic from Robbie Naish, to Pete Cabrina, to Bjorn
Dunkerbeck, to Rush Randle, to Jason Polakow for the men and Kelby Anno, Dana
Dawes, Jennifer Henderson, Anne-Marie Reichmann and Angela Cochran for the
women to name a few.

An exciting media package will ensure the worldwide coverage of the 2006 Aloha
Classic in Print, TV, internet and radio, with a TV distribution to over 800
stations worldwide! The Aloha Classic will also be in a special feature in the
October issue of STUFF magazine which has an approx. 1.3 million circulation.

“This event is an important part of windsurfing history. It has been the world
stage for the best in wave sailing as well as promoting Maui as a premier
windsurfing destination. Last year’s Aloha Classic saw great action on the
water, and showed the passion everyone here has for this traditional event. We
want to bring the momentum back to Maui; it will be good for the sailors, good
for Maui and for the windsurfing industry as a whole.” says Event Director Marc
Lefebvre.

“Through the decades, the Aloha Classic has become a key player in our sport,
and it is a fantastic vehicle to showcase sponsors and the sport”, says Inga
Stracke, Aloha Classic PR and marketing Director, ” the Stuff Magazine article
is a major example of that, and we are working hard on getting the event and
therefore the sport itself even more exposure with (water-)sports and lifestyle
media. We are thrilled to welcome you all to Hookipa Beach Park this fall!”

In an effort to honour past winners of the Aloha Classic for Men and Women, all
will be given free entry into the Amateur portion of the event, from Alex
Aguera in 1984 all the way up to Alex Mussolini in 2005.

The historic 21st Anniversary of the Aloha Classic brings much needed focus and
attention on the youth and amateur market and will be the show case for up and
coming talent around the world. The Aloha Classic will include a menehune
(kids) and junior division, kids starting at 9 years old windsurfing, jumping
etc. and we will have a masters and grand masters competition.

The 2006 Aloha Classic will be held November 6-17th 2006 at Hookipa Beach Park,
Maui, Hawaii.

Coming up soon, watch this place for more exciting news about the Pro Division
at this years Aloha Classic!

EVENT SUMMARY:
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.

Event Director Marc Lefebvre has been an event organizer since 1995 and is the
creator of the ‘WD-40 Downwind Classic'(with Skip Dennis), ‘Cape Cod Racing
Series’, ‘Wind Fest Cape Cod’, and the ‘King of the Cape Freestyle Pro-Am’, an
International Freestyle event on Cape Cod, a PWA event, before moving to Maui
in 2002. In 2004 he revived the Aloha Classic with focus on Amateur wave
sailing. For the first time the event introduced a kids and junior division,
which proved to be a huge success. The grand masters is already much
anticipated for this year’s event. He has also has organized on Maui the ‘Maui
Speed Challenge Series’ (with Tom Hammerton), “Molokai Ocean Challenge’ (with
Claire Seeger), and the ‘2006 US Windsurfing Nationals’ (with Linda Stott).

Marketing and PR director Inga Stracke, of Pole Position Reports, has been
successfully involved with international events and clients such as Maui Kite
Fest, Maui Time Weekly, Red Bull, Mobil1, Ford, Toyota,
www.f1total.com,
Malaysian Tourist Board, CCTV China, Puma, Hugo Boss etc.



OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
http://www.alohaclassicwindsurfing.com/

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