ALOHA CLASSIC WAVE CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 4

Aloha Classic Wave Championships – Day 4

November 12, 2004
Maui, Hawaii, USA

Paia, HI — Today was the fourth and final day of the 19th Aloha Classic at
Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui. With the waves hitting 10 foot, competitors and
spectators were waiting for the forecasted wind to kick in, but
unfortunately that didn’t happen. Therefore after consultation with the Head
Judge Doug Hunt, Event Director Marc Lefebvre called event to a close. Five
out of seven Divisions were completed with a result with the exception of
Men’s Open and Grand Masters. The awards ceremony was held at Ho’okipa Beach
Park and was a true showing of Aloha Spirit with a crowd a spectators and
sailors filling the beach area and the sloping hills.  

The Julie de Werd Aloha Spirit Trophy and $500 grant went to Graham Ezzy
because he best displayed the feeling of Aloha Spirit in how he carried
himself on the beach, on the water.  His sportsmanship was commendable.
Also, honored for their help and great support to the event were Senator
Kalani J. English, Keith Baxter and Sean Ordonez.

The trophies for this year were an unbelievable collection of master
artworks from world renowned artists, Ray Masters, Piero Resta, Kaleo
Padilla, and Kim Taylor Reece, created for the Aloha Classic.

FINAL RESULTS:

Kids Division:
1. Kai Lenny
2. Connor Baxter
3. Jaeger Stone
4.  Jake Golm

Junior Division:
1.  Francisco Porcella
2. Nick Warmuth
3. Riley Coon
4. Graham Ezzy

Womens Open:
1. Motoko Sato
2. Angela Cochran
3. Anne-Marie Reichmann
4.  Jenny Schneider

Womens Masters:
1. Angela Cochran
2. Jenny Schneider
3. Kelly Moore
4. Francesca Tartaglia

Mens Masters:
1. Anders Bringdal
2. Alex Aguera
3. Luke Hargreaves
4. Yasuhito Ogasawara

Complete results will be found on the website shortly.

Luke Hargreaves (Australia): “Thanks for putting on this great event! When I
heard that all the kids were competing as well as us “old” guys, getting
out, I though – that’s cool! And it was cool. For the first time I was also
a judge and watching the kids out there was inspiring. Guys, keep going, you
are the future!”

Anders Bringdal (Sweden), winner of the Men’s Masters Division: “Actually I
was happily retired and sitting on my sofa, but then I was “forced” to do
this – just kidding, it was really great! I have seen most of it, sailing as
a Pro and all that, and I have to say, this was a great event. It was good
to come back and sail Ho’okipa with all these guys, it’s always great to
sail with your buddies, and they format of this event was right. It is
great; you get so many people to compete, giving them a chance to sail with
the Pros, people they would normally not sail with.”
 

Alex Aguera (USA): “Thank you Marc and Pietro, the format of the event was
great. It was good having all different age groups, shame the Grand Masters
couldn’t go, I couldn’t wait to see those guys compete who haven’t done that
for 20 years. Well, we will have to wait till next year, and it will be
great! It was a really good the way this was run, we were running heats like
in the old days, challenging conditions, I really liked it!.”


Angela Cochran (USA), winner of the Women’s Masters Division: “This was
probably the nicest contest I have ever been to. It was nice to share
equipment, thanks to everybody who helped me out. It was great to show the
kids that you can compete and enjoy having a good time with your
competitors!”

Motoko Sato (Japan), winner of the Women’s Open: “Many thanks to Ho’okipa
and the Aloha Classic Team for this great event. Most important, the kids
are ripping – how cool!”

Ann-Marie Reichmann (Holland), third in the Women’s Open Division, and
currently ranked 5th in the world wave rankings: “This is my 8th year coming
back to Maui, the first time I went out here at Ho’okipa; I went straight to
the rocks. This place has been challenging me all the time and I love it,
it’s my favorite spot! Thank you Ho’okipa, thank you everyone for this great
event!”

Kalani Hunt, 8 years old, youngest competitor of the event: “Really cool, I
got to go out and I enjoy it, now I want to go more and compete again next
year!”

Connor Baxter, 10 years old, second in kids division: “It was absolutely
great, I really had fun. Next year, I will be back and will beat them all!”

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.

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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