8th October 2013, 09:17 AM
Aloha Classic 2013
Worth an early thread on this exciting event I think!
How about this bombshell to start things off:
I wonder if (assuming its true) he will get straight into the main event on a wild card, or will he have to qualify through the AWT? He's still absolutely ripping, but it might be a tough ask to qualify - perhaps tougher than making the top 16 in the main event!? If he gets into the main event I can definitely see him getting through a few rounds - however, with no seeding he will be up against one of the top sailors in the first round so he might have to wait for the double to make an impression. Or do you think he can take down one of the top seeds?
8th October 2013, 01:11 PM
The master still performs top 3 bottom turn in Hookipa swell.
His presence in competition would be huge boost for event.
8th October 2013, 01:31 PM
I agree his conventional waveriding is still right up there with anyone. However I suspect you are going to need wave tricks like 360's, air takas etc. on the wave and, if there's jumping, double forwards to get very far into the competition. Maybe even just to get through the trials!
If there is no jumping he could do well - especially if its big and/or he gets a favorable draw against port tack specialists!
I'm not 100% sure its a great idea if he gets a wild card into the main event. Windsurfing has moved on a lot in recent years and I wonder if his place in the contest might be better used by a young up and coming sailor?? If he is going to go through the trials then that's different - good luck to him!
8th October 2013, 05:57 PM
I think he should get a wild card into the event for the extra coverage his presence would generate outside of our tiny little windsurfing world. He is one of the few names that many non windsurfers recognize.
8th October 2013, 06:29 PM
I don't know any non-windsurfers who know who he is, but maybe he is higher profile in the states, and apparently he is also well known in Germany.
I just feel that if there is a wild card it should go to someone who can influence the future, rather than someone from the past. How about Bernd Roediger? He won the AWT there last year didn't he? Beating world tour sailors along the way.
I guess these conversations are happening for real amongst the AWT/PWA right now!
8th October 2013, 06:35 PM
Can't wait Super exciting, will be interesting to see how the current top sailors perform. I think Browne could be a possible winner in this- jumping and lives on Maui so will have the riding to match.
8th October 2013, 07:06 PM
Really hope JP, Levi, Goya, angulo etc all follow suit.