The Team looking strong for the 2001 season!
The Team's Matt Prichard and Scott Fenton were in full force today in this
the last day of the Terzo Garam Japan Cup. A full contingent of Maui sailors
made the trip to Japan as well including Angulo, Stone, Katchadorian and Siver.
An unexpected change of conditions early in the afternoon saw increasing breeze
from the left and small waves surprising everyone including the Omaezaki locals.
The committee decided to go ahead with a wave/freestyle competition at 2pm..
Matt Pritchard, keen for a comeback from injury last year, was warming up early
and getting ready for some high action freestyle. Armed with the new Gaastra
Echo 6.2 freestyle sail he willy skipped and looped his way to the final taking
out Team Mate Fenton in the semi finals.
Fenton, not usually renowned for freestyle sailing surprised even himself as
he finished the day in 3rd with a big smile on his face.
Fenton: "I had fun today. I came over here mainly to do some promotion
for my board sponsor, Burleigh Heads. We did not think there was going to be
wind today so I was out with the boss singing Karaoke until all hours of the
night. Maybe I should do that more often!! It was great to get out on the water
and be competing again after a long break. It's a good way to start the season."
Pritchard went up against Andy Wolf in the final. It was a closely fought battle
with Matt taking the win with a dynamic combination of wave riding and freestyle.
Pritchard: "I am just so relieved that I was able to win the bet I had
with Scott for dinner at Mc Donalds tonight. That was all the motivation I needed.
Scott put me under some pressure in the semi finals. He always seems to step
it up when he competes against me. Anyway I am really happy to win here. The
hospitality has been fantastic and I will definitely be coming back for another
go next year. "
Matt and Scott now head to Gran Canaria, meeting up with Kevin who is already
there training for the upcoming Wave Grand Prix in Vargos next week.