The AWT/PWA Aloha Classic 2013 was a very long event with a lot of great action and winners in so many classes: PWA men, AWT pro, AWT women, AWT amateurs, AWT masters, AWT Youth and all the overall titles of PWA and AWT. The AWT released a clip with action from the ladies, youth, amateurs and masters. Watch the video and get some infos about selected groups below. Congratulations to all winners and we hope you can understand, that we are not able to list or mention everyone.
Ladies, youth, amateurs and masters action from the AWT/PWA Aloha Classic 2013
Youth 2013 AWT Aloha Classic
The final pitted the local talent Harley Stone, son of former Freestyle PWA World champion Josh Stone, Casey Rehrer, Tom Juban from Guadeloupe and Fiona Wylde from Oregon. The youngest rider in the AWT Pro fleet, Harley had impressed the judges with his critical turns and immediately set about finding set waves and staying tight in the pocket to rack up points. Tom Juban a great surfer and younger brother of 2 times AWT Champion Camille normally is at home in the Ho’okipa surf, but struggled to find the best waves. Fiona is a Tour sensation, who competes in more divisions than any other riders. She splits her time between the Gorge, Mexico and Maui and has been pushing hard all year. Narrowly missing out on the Women’s final and making an earlier exit than expected in the Amateur division she was motivated for this heat. Known for her fearless riding and powerful turns her presence in the final must have made the others nervous. Despite smaller waves than she would like, her powerful cutbacks were enough to claim the final spot on the podium and the overall 2013 AWT Youth title.
Casey has been surfing more and more recently and this is showing in his riding. In the light winds he was able to generate and maintain speed, which the others couldn’t. This translated into super late, fast and snappy turns. Opening up at the end of his waves he increased his scores with perfectly timed and executed aerials with one nonchalant head dip aerial to seal the Aloha Classic Youth title for 2013. The sixteen year old also demonstrated his aerial prowess as he planed out of a forward loop, even though no jumps were to count. Harley Stone finished just behind him in second place after showing excellent wave selection and execution as he connected several fluid linking turns. As the only female in the final, Wylde, showed she’s a force to be reckoned with as she combined big, powerful hits with a nicely controlled aerial to claim third place. It will be interesting to see Casey and Harley competing on the Pro Tour next year and perhaps they will shock a few riders. With this level of talent on display it is clear that the future is bright if the y keep on pushing hard. Let’s hope that many more young kids will start windsurfing with the goal to ride waves or nail cool tricks on flat water. This time 12 youth sailors were competing at the AWT Aloha Classic event. The youngest competitor was Wiley Daniel at the age of 8 years sailing on a 2,6 m sail and he finished in 5th place!
We as well would like to mention that a few top pros organized a “Youth Day”. Pro riders Kevin Pritchard, Levi Siver and 2013 AWT Aloha Classic winner Bernd Roediger held a 9am clinic for the Youth riders at Ho’okipa. They shared their experience with the upcoming champions and tried to inspire the next generation.