The finale to the 2006 PWA World Wavesailing Tour starts tomorrow at Hookipa Beach Park.
Early November is the start of the wavesailing season in Maui. The forecast looks reasonable with medium winds and medium swell, but it is certainly good for some down-the-line wave riding, which will prove to be an amazing finish to the world tour.
Leading Men and Women
Maui local, Kevin Pritchard, is leading the tour. Kevin has never been world champion in the waves. The fact that the decider is on his home break, a wave he knows inside out will make him a favourite for the title. He has won the Maui event before in almost legendary style where he powered through the doulbe elimination from last place to beat all takers with his aggressive and powerful style. Daida Rueno Moreno is once again the leading lady, but close in second lies Karin Jaggi. The Aloha will be a very close run contest between these two as Karin Jaggi always looks very at home at Hookipa.
A Question of Style
In second place lies reigning world champion Kauli Seadi. Kauli trains a lot in Maui and his style is very different from Kevin\’s. The odds will be against him though, as the judging panel will largely be made up of Maui locals it will be interesting to see where their preference is. Josh Angulo is currently in third place. He also has won the world title before and won a Maui event. He knows how to get the points and impress the judges. Last year wave 360\’s and floaty aerials were the order of the day.
Don\’t forget it is Hookipa, many a Pro have made their career and reputation just from sailing this break. Look out for Levi Siver, Jason Polokow, Francisco Goya, Keith Teboul, Jesse Brown, Sean Ordenez, Jason Prior and many more. All will be bottom seeds, and all likely to put a shadow of doubt in the minds of the world tour regulars who think they can tame the world\’s most famous peak.