Following the cancellation of the test wave to be held on Maui in the Schedule of the PWA, and the local organizers, who had already done preparatory work, they decided that I wanted to go ahead, despite I had a disastrous time at the head of a displaced European windsurfing mecca for allegedly entering the excellent surf in winter. Thus, Tristan Boxford, the British settled on Maui for years, brought forward in miracle plan, this Koku Maui Classic, presented by Naish Sails. He himself tells us:
1 to 2 April 2006
Hookipa Beach. Maui
Presented by Naish Sails
Photos: Julia Deutsch
Koku means something in Hawaiian as well as charity and the idea of this test was to return to the island of Maui and its people part of what it has received a wind over the years, as well as provide a benchmark for youth of the island and for the future of windsurfing, both locally and globally, setting an example that worthwhile to pursue. In addition to these important messages, or mixed with them, they were offered a show in the form of competition between some of the best windsurfers on the planet, in this island in the Pacific at this time. With these objectives in mind, we got to work to make this a reality Maui Classic Koku.
Despite having a good winter in Maui, the months of February and March were a real test for the nerves of the premises, with 40 days of warnings by heavy rain and flooding on the islands. As you can imagine, with only two scheduled days of competition, we were a little anxious, to say the least. As the date approached, there was a part of trade winds, but did not stop raining. Thus, the decision whether to proceed or postpone the event rather than a difficult one. By an act of faith, we decided to continue and risk ...
On the morning of day one, when we arrived at Hookipa, we received a good rain and a bank of clouds stretching from the coast to the horizon ... The only consolation was that they were there the waves, glassy and size, perfect for surfing, but not exactly for windsurfing. Despite this outlook, which had espabilar and, at eight o'clock, we get together with the enthusiastic windsurfers smaller island to clear the beach of Hookipa in partnership with Surfrider Foundation. The lads were Majis cleaning with enthusiasm and determination, and thus an example for those coming behind.
USA against the world
Again, Maui was at the height of his magic and after a few hours, the time covered and rain became a radiant blue sky with a wind that completed along with the waves already established, the perfect to begin the feast of windsurfing.
We decided to divide the 16 invited pros, into two groups: America and the rest of the world, forming two squadrons equipped and incredibly talented. The exception was Josh Angulo, who although American, was part of the rival team, to be established for years in Cape Verde, his land of adoption. On the other hand, and the next day, compete children, infant sports stars who will have to fix all the attention in the coming years.
As they prepared on the beach, each team must choose a captain. No surprises, Robby Naish was chosen by the U.S. but more striking was the choice of captain Josh Angulo as the rest of the world ...
The format was teams, so that each sleeve compete for half an hour, several members of each scoring maneuvers each participant separately. Finally, the sum of points awarded to each team would win one or the other. In this way there would be no individual winners, but they would make the USA or the rest of the World.
The first emphasized the breadth of action Brauzinho Marcilio Browne, whose impressive array of powerful, sweeping turns and maneuvers included a perfect Goyta that put the team into the provisional lead. But in the next, Keith Teboul took the best waves in the hose to the foam, and so things returned to their site but for a little margin. The fight would be tough: 282 points against 281.5 in the world USA!
In the third sleeve loosening the wind was slightly but the series, more than good, coincided with the simultaneous action of Kauli Seadi and Nik Baker. The British showed that despite spend fewer hours in the water Hookipa in recent years, has not lost one iota of its competitiveness and Kauli proved that World Champion is something: Air Taka perfect, and one of the Goito Table tops folded over have ever seen. With deployment of this seemed difficult for the American team to keep pace. Then came the turn of Mr Robby Naish and Matt Pritchard to try to recover positions for his team, while navigating Josh Angulo and Scott McKercher. With the series decreasing in size and frequency, something that was more difficult for these four legends of windsurfing, and despite the efforts of the Americans, an impressive array of surf from Scott in the last five minutes of the piece and a consistent performance of Josh Angulo, who had the advantage for the rest of the world becomes the unattainable.
The rest of the World had won, at least among boys. Should await the next day to see if the Americans gave the victory to his country.
I could not continue writing without a mention of the judges except for those that enjoy this event: legends as Dave Kalama, Mark Angulo, Matt Schweitzer, Luke Hargreaves, Doug Hunt and Rob Funk. Thank you all for your time and dedication.
Sunday. Children's Day.
Undoubtedly, we were lucky the wind was again to the event, while a bright sun and a small but quality waves. The stage was ready for the 12 boys and four girls aged between eight and 16 years received the first lessons of Robby Naish and Josh Angulo on how to compete in waves, and surf Hookipa and as a manga face competition to win it. Both Josh and Robby commented it is gratifying that convey their experiences motivated these young aspiring champions.
With these ideas fresh in your memory, the kids went to the water to face each other in front of Robby and Josh, now would be the judge of emergency. The water level was phenomenal, with air, good jumps and spins in chains as common currency. Exciting to see so much talent in such young lads. This is an advance look at the future of our sport.
After two closely fought sleeves, there are six kids in the very best in the world of windsurfing. With the participation of Jaeger Stone, the ripper of Australia, Kai Lenny is going to be difficult to continue their winning streak after last year's Aloha Classic. Also choose the first post is Skyler Haywood, son of legendary sprinter Fred. Also Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, son of Matt and Jake Golm. In the end, was the day of the Australian, with its impressive array of good in the waves. Kai stayed behind and Skyler. It should be mentioned that the huge Bandt Roediger, just nine years, sailed Hookipa in a way unimaginable a few years ago.
The girls also showed their level and in other highly competitive manga was Sarah Quitte of Aruba who won, followed by Pauline Pease, Kristin Orth Stott and Kansas.
The words of Scweitzer Zane, the daughter of the legendary Matt Schweitzer, who admired Hookipa surfing waves in the 80s:
Koku the Maui Classic has been phenomenal. We were so lucky with the wind and waves, followed 40 days after raining, everyone was anxious to give us water to navigate. It was the time that more children have competed in a test wave in Maui, coming from Australia, Aruba, France, Spain and Maui. As always, Kai Lenny did phenomenal, making even a planenado Forward landed on his sleeve. And Jaeger Stone finally was able to demonstrate their high level at Hookipa. Last year, in Aloha, was injured before the event and could not even touch the water. We were surprised Sarah Remove from Aruba, won the other, when he had never actually surfed the waves of Hookipa. It was fun having a class with Robby Naish, Josh Angulo and Daida Ruano. Robby made us feel fortunate to have as many friends as you navigate, when he started, he was more that just one in Kailua and beyond had to use adult material, now when we have special equipment for children, adapted to our size, super lightweight, and most importantly, a lot of friends who get to sail and have fun together. It was also good that Robby and Josh told us we had to do if we were going to the rocks (something quite common in Hookipa). Now we all know we have to paddle fast lane to the entire team gathered. He had come as no effect went up in the rocks this time. (Last year, the Aloha waves were huge and I went up to them twice. It's not a good experience!) All the boys were pulled Tristan contentísimos that the event even though it had been withdrawn from PWA calendar. Gave us the opportunity to watch the best pros compete to give us before we also water. I hope that next year we are even more.
USA against the world. Girls
Finally it was the turn of the girls to express their talent. We enjoy a great show by Iballa with its attempt to double-Forward, the incredible air of Anne-Marie Reichman and the stylish surfing Tatiana Howard. Again the rest of the world took the cat to water, winning ahead of American.
The objectives of the Maui Classic Koku were clear and managed to carry out: to mount a good show with which to teach the world what is the wind today, show a commitment to conservation of our beaches and support to young windsurfers that are the heroes of tomorrow. In addition we were able to bring together the legends of sport with the reigning champions and stars of the future, to share what unites them all: the wind.