On 4th November an amazing 63 amateur riders took on Ho’okipa for the AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic. This incredible fleet was full of a whole mix of windsurfers: windsurf legends, up and coming riders, inspiring kids and the best of the masters.
But don’t be fooled by the ‘amateur’ title…
Whilst the AWT amateur fleet is open to everyone and there a whole range of abilities and experience levels in attendance the top riders are exceptional and we are sure would give many of the pros a run for their money!
Congratulations to Glenn Haslbeck for taking the Aloha Classic win and Dan Thomson for taking the 2014 AWT title:
All images AWT/Si Crowther.
It was time for the Amateur competitors to shine at Ho’okipa Beach Park as Glenn Haslbeck takes the Amateur Severne Starboard Aloha Classic title, and Dan Thomson secures the AWT 2014 Tour win.
An incredible 63 Amateur riders were greeted with lightish winds, but over head high swell, which meant it was straight into competition as soon as the wind picked up a little more and the surfers left the water. With this amount of competitors we knew the action would kick straight into action, and we weren’t wrong!
Right from the start we could see there were a few riders to watch out for, but what was more noticeable was that everyone upped their game and seemed to love their heats on the water and relaxing on the beach.
The final was a true spectacle of windsurfing with legend Jeff Henderson taking on Harley Stone (the son of another legend, Josh Stone), Paul Karaolides of Fish Bowl Diaries and Vancouver/Maui local Glenn Haslbeck.
All four riders were on top form, with Paul even busting a massive backloop (there were no jumps to count!) just because he could! It was clear how much fun every rider was having on the water. It was down to a two horse race in the end, with a close call between Harley Stone and Glenn Haslbeck, but it was Glenn that took the win. Glenn’s aggressive turns, power and speed through the waves is what gave him the edge over Harley.
Best wave scores of the day:
Glenn – 8.400
Joey – 8.367
Harley – 8.333
The completion of the Amateur bracket also decided the overall standings for the AWT 2014, with Dan Thomson taking the title! It was Ruben Lemmens in second position and Joey Sanchez in third.