Every household name in windsurfing has, at one stage or another, come to cut their teeth on Maui's Northshore playground. To sail here is a right of passage and every grom, amateur and hopeful Pro alike dreams of one day being inducted into the much coveted Ho'okipa hall of fame.
The AWT are proud to present the final leg of their 6 stop 2012 tour taking place in just a few days time at Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui.
For most people the terms Maui and Ho'okipa are synonynous with images of the world's best windsurfers flying high and gouging out waves at what is without doubt, the world's most infamous and challenging windsurfing beach. This relatively small stretch of Hawaiian sand has captured the imagination of thousands of hopeful wavesailors who all one day dream of having the opportunity to train and ultimately prove themsleves at this, the true Mecca of windsurfing.
And with that the American Windsurfing Tour is extremely proud to present the Maui Makani Classic 2012, the final tour stop of the AWT this year and undoubtedly the most highly anticipated. Now in its second year, the Maui Makani Classic is shaping up to once again be the ultimate showdown in the windsurfing calendar. With a limit on 100 entrants and places almost full the event boasts some of windsurfing's top names, including Levi Siver, Kevin Pritchard, Graham Ezzy, Camille Juban, Josh Stone, Ann-Marie Reichman, Junko Nagoshi……. The list is ever-increasing and endless in terms of talent! With divisions including Pro, Amateur, Women, Youth, Masters and Grand Masters everybody is catered for! The contest will run from October 25th to November 5th and will see an epic finale to what was a stunningly successful AWT Tour. Last year's event saw competitors from 23 separate nations making it a truly international event. What makes this event so exciting this year is the implications the results will have on the over-all titles for the year.
In the Pro division it is neck and neck between the 2 top spots. Levi Siver, the Maui local vs Guadalupe national, and last year's Ho'okipa champion Camille Juban. The stage is now set for an epic showdown and all eyes will no doubt be on these two as they battle for the top spot both in the event itself and overall for the year.
However neither can be assured a place in the final and will have to work hard to work their way into the top four as their competition will take the form of Maui locals and resident legends like Josh Stone, Kevin Pritchard, Kai Katchadourian, Graham Ezzy and many many more!
For the first time at an AWT event there will be Live webcasting of all the heats. The heats will be streamed through the AWT website; www.americanwindsurfingtour.com with live commentary and guest chats with the stars of the event. Live casting of the contest will exponentially increase the audience available to watch the action, so don't stress, if you won't be sitting up on the hill at Ho'okipa watching the showdown in person you won't miss a thing! It will feel like you're right there in the middle of everything from the comfort of your home or office.
So get registering now for what is set to be THE wavesailing event of 2012. Spots are almost completely full with a cap on 100 sailors, and already Maui's winter swells are pummelling the North Shore with Jaws breaking heavy already this week……. Get your game faces on and we'll see you at Ho'okipa!
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