June 18, 2007

Maui, HI — The first  Maui GPS V-Max Speed Challenge took place Friday  off of
Sprecklesville Beach, Maui. With easterly winds gusting to 35 knots  and all
afternoon to sail some very high speeds were posted considering the choppy
conditions and  2-3 ft wind swell. Anders Bringdal set the highest speed of the
day with a blistering  37.7 kts through the upper sprecks breakers,”I was
unhooking once I  was up to speed  because it was too freaky”.  Jaques Pauvert
was 2nd  at 37.2 kts right before taking a massive over the front perl-crash. 
Anders Bringdal said, “I saw Jaques crash and it was the nastiest  thing I 
have seen in a few years”.  Third was windsurfing legend Robby Naish at  36.6
kts, again through the breakers and with the occasional 20 ft  high long jump
much to the delight of everyone in the beach.  Alex  Aguera  stopped in after
work missing the strongest wind but still posted a 36.5 kts for 4th after
relentlessly working the upper reef.  In 5th place event organizer and 2 time
world record holder Erik  Beale at 35.3kts. “I tacked up to secrets but only
got 1 run in before  getting atomized”. A broken boom & buckled board ending
his day. 

Fastest wave board rider was Dennis Vanderpanne at 29.1 kts. He is on Maui for
a windsurfing vacation and could not believe his luck at  participating in a
speed challenge with his hero  Robby Naish. Kai Lenny was the only pro kid,
motored to a 27.8 kts  and was stoked to  get some runs in. Fastest Women was
Sprecks massage guru Twila Folden at 22.0 kts.  “I was too scared to go any

All in all everyone was happy, with a relaxed atmosphere and a format  that
allowed people to do as many runs as they liked and come and go  as they
pleased,they could still participate even if they had work  commitments. 
Potentially up to 6 more events will take place through  June / July.

        Name                    speed -Knots/10 sec 
average              gear / pro/amateur

1  Anders Bringdal                        
37.7                                        speed – pro

2  Jaques  Pauvert                        
37.2                                        speed – am

3  Robby Naish                             
36.6                                        speed – pro

4  Alex Aguera                              
36.5                                        speed – pro

5  Erik Beale                                  
35.3                                        speed – pro

6  Peter John                                 
34.4                                       slalom – pro

7  Matt  Daniells                            
32.8                                       slalom – am

8  Mike Warmuth                          
32.1                                       slalom – am

9  Dennis Vanderpanne             
29.1                                        wave – am

10  Martin Mischler                      
27.9                                        wave – am

11  Nathan Corridon                   
27.9                                       wave – am

12  Kai Lenny                               
27.8                                       slalom – pro kid

13  Tom Hammerton                   
26.8                                       slalom – am

14  Alan Taylor                            
26.7                                        wave – am

15  Nicolas Stritt                          
23.8                                        wave – am

16  Twila Folden                         
22.0                                        wave – am

17  Robert Kluijtmans                
21.3                                       wave – am

18  James Fosbinder                
20.6                                        wave – am

19  Stephanie Mischler             
19.6                                        wave – am

20   Nicola Taylor                        
19.1                                       wave – am

The Maui GPS V-Max Speed Challenge Series, is a new speed series organized by
two time world speed record holder, Erik Beale. This Speed Challenge Series
differs from the Navman Speed Series in that this series is ALL about TOP
SPEED, your V-Max. This series is also not tied down to any one location, but
to a number of locations, depending on the conditions. The Maui GPS V-Max team
is going to be scouting the best speed sailing location on Maui in an effort to
break the 40kt barrier set by the previous speed series.

The location of the speed sessions are not pre-planned but are announced with
24-hour notice, and there is a SPEED HOTLINE that you call to find out WHEN and
WHERE it is happening (808-283-3588). The spees sessions will last from noon
time till 6pm to give people a chance to get off work and make it down to the
beach to put in some speed times.

Hosted by 2 time world sailing speed record holder Erik Beale. “The goal is to
break 40 knots open ocean, so we are looking for the fastest 10 second stretch
of water off of Maui. We will be using gps set to 10 sec interval as in the
Navman series last year.” Sailors who are expected to participate include the
fastest from thelast two years of the Navman series : Anders Bringdal, Erik
Beale, Alex Aguera, Jaques Pauvert and Robby Naish. There are no set heats or
anything, people can do as many runs as they want and stay as long or as little
as they like.
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