ALOHA CLASSIC WAVE CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 2

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.

2004 ALOHA CLASSIC SPONSORS: Maui Tacos, Fly.com, Mac Net, Gillo Design, MFC
Optics, Waki Jaki/Pacific Radio Group, Neil Pryde Maui, Hi-Tech Surf Sports,
Hawaiian Island Surf, Second Wind, Simmer Style Hawaii, Windsurf School of
Maui, Dakine, RRD, Ezzy Sails, Hot Sails Maui, Star Board, Powerex, Chinook,
Quatro, Sailboard Maui, Fred Haywood Realty, Live Wire Cafe, Charlies
Restaurant, Sandbar Restaurant, Jacques Bistro, Ale House of Kahului, Surf a
Vela Spain, Windsport Magazine Canada, Wind Magazine France, Windsurf Italia
Magazine, The Maui Weekly, Media Fun Promotion, WindsurfingClassifieds.Com,
Maui Sport Vacations, Pompei Beach Swimwear.

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