A phenomenal 117 competitors from 24 countries came and signed up for the AWT Maui Makani Classic 2012 Presented by Neilpryde at the opening party on Wednesday night. The party was held at Neilpryde Maui, who are the title sponsors for the event and saw the place packed to the rafters from 5pm till 9pm with a who's who in the windsurfing world. All the amateurs, ladies, masters and youths got a chance to rub shoulders with all the top pros on the tour in what was an incredibly successful opening to this year's contest. The vibe around this competition is becoming more and more like one big family gathering, with the pros all agreeing that the reason they come back for more here at the AWT every year is beacuse they feel part of something special. To them it is only partly about the competition but mostly about the huge Ohana or Family the AWT has created and the sense of fun and comradery they feel when they take part in an event. This was particularly emphasised by Maui boy and possible tour winner Levi Siver who, along with Camille Juban and Keith Teboul did a quick interview with us about what their expectations were for the event.
The Opening ceremony took place at Ho'okipa Beach Park at 10am yesterday and was LIVE Cast to the world via our website http://www.americanwindsurfingtour.com/
Competitors and spectators alike were blessed by the presence of Maui County officials and also the highly respected mayor of Maui, Alan Arakawa. The ceremony was very moving and really got the competitors in the spirit of the event as they were treated to a traditional Hawaiian blessing of both themselves and their equipment. The competitors were all flanked by their nation's home flags, with nationalities represented from USA, Canada, Japan, Ireland, the UK, South Korea, Holland, France, Italy, Spain and many many more. There was also a very inspirational speech from Mayor Arakawa and some beautiful singing of the Stars and Stripes and also the Hawaiian national anthem, Hawai'i Pono'i.
Check it out here https://vimeo.com/52165469
Head Judge Matt Pritchard then briefed the competitors on what to expect for the coming event. The sailors were released for the day with a skippers meeting to be held at Ho'okipa at 10am today (Friday). Matt spoke of the epic conditions which are promised for the weekend's forecast, with huge swells and winds promised all spectators and competitors alike will be in for a big treat! Ho'okipa as usual is going to be firing and proving again why it is THE best wave spot in the world for windsurfing! So stay tuned, either on our live webcast or come on down to the beach and take a look for yourselves!
The final and most highly anticipated event on the windsurfing calendar is almost here - the AWT Maui Makani Classic 2012 - from October 28th to November 3rd.
What's in Store?!
- 100 competitors from 23 nations
- Pros, Amateurs, Women, Youth, Masters and Grand Masters
- 10 day window for 7 day event based on best forecast
- 10 days and nights of windsurf action and night time entertainment
- $5,000 Prize money
- Classic Ho'okipa firing conditions, the Mecca of windsurfing
Who to Expect? THE top names from the world of Professional Windsurfers!
- In the pros we have; Kai Lenny, Josh Stone, Levi Siver, Kevin Pritchard, Camille Juban, Kai Katchadourian, Robby Swift..... and many more!
- Also a huge women's fleet with names like; Junko Nagoshi, Ingrid Larouche, Tatiana Howard, Miho Tanaka, Fiona Wylde ..... and many more!
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