48 top-class windsurfers have registered to battle for the top places on the podium and the prestigious title in the 2015 NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic. This year the Aloha Classic is a cooperation between the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) and the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) and will see only one pro event. This means, this event will decide upon the Champion titles as well.
What is quite interesting is, that instead of a 32 men fleet (normally only 32 men are allowed to compete in PWA events), 48 men will compete, 24 riders allocated from the PWA and 24 riders allocated from the AWT. The 32 men fleet rule was introduced in 2013 and will now see an exception.
One of the biggest names missing on the entry list is Jason Polakow. We asked Jason, why he is not competing and he told us that he really wanted to compete but he is not at 100% yet, after his shoulder surgery in Februry. “I need to put more bulk around the shoulder to support it when doing radical turns like 360’s and taka’s etc… It was just not worth it and if I do hurt myself I’m set back another 7 months. I sailed Jaws yesterday and was just taking it easy. Big bottom turns and cut backs are ok out there, it’s the small wave stuff that puts way more stress on the joint,” Jason told us.