Thursday 6th November saw yet more champions crowned, after another successful day at the beach for the AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic. We kicked off this morning with the Women's fleet; 17 incredible women took on the big swell and offshore winds of Ho'okipa. The fleet contained AWT and world champions, but it was some of the familiar local faces that made it into the final.
Junko Nagoshi had won the Aloha Classic title three times before and she wasn’t likely to let this one slip away. Ingrid Larouche, Tatiana Howard and Sarah Hauser joined Junko in the final and it was a four-way battle for the podium. Right from the start Junko laid it down, as we all know she can, with the most aggressive but smooth turns. Ingrid took second by securing wave after wave, despite a niggling ankle injury. The Butterfly herself, Tatiana Howard took third position and Sarah Hauser finished an impressive fourth, in her first Ho'okipa final. It was an impressive display from all of the women on the water today; everyone was charging in the very hard conditions.
This final event of the AWT tour also crowned the 2014 AWT Women's Champion and a surprise early exit from Fiona Wylde gave the title to Ingrid Larouche, who now makes it an incredible four titles in a row!
Ingrid Larouche: "Like a few people have told me, when you're at the top, there's only one way you can go . . . and it's down! With me getting injured a few days before the contest, my confidence was quite low coming in to this event and really couldn't see this being possible this year. I still can't believe I came 2nd today. The ladies are sailing so well! I am very pleased to claim the title yet another year! It's getting harder every time and this year, I got a little lucky!"
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