Day two of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup 2013 started in the pitch black as the competitors and race crew congregated at the Cold Hawaii club house at 6am. The early start – it was still dark – didn’t pay off as the forecast that promised wind from first light failed to materialize due to the offshore direction. After seven and a half painstaking hours the wind finally followed forecast as it swung cross-off shore allowing the competition to begin shortly afterwards, in perfect, peeling down the line waves – half mast to logo high – and light to medium winds, which saw two waves to count over the duration of eighteen minute heats.
17 year old German Moritz Mauch, who lives on Gran Canaria throughout the year, was on great form and was in favour of the format with two wave rides counting only. He is a rider , who most of the time just rides waves instead of jumping during his free sessions. On day 2 at the PWA Cold Hawaii it completely paid off for Moritz and he won against one of the biggest names in the scene, Dany Bruch. The decision was a very tight one.
“It was a really tight heat,” Duncan Coombs, PWA head judge, said. “Danny felt like he sailed a good heat and had better wave selection, but the young guy Moritz sailed better than him, he was more flowing and his timing was better, it’s as simple as that.”