Casey Rehrer wins Aloha Classic Youth Title
With the PWA Double Elimination completed yesterday it was again time for the Amateur, Master’s and Youth riders to take to the water at Ho’okipa Beach Park, the undisputed home of windsurfing.
Once again the showering weather played havoc with the riders and the heats, but despite this added difficulty riders shredded the surf as judges and spectators alike took cover.
The Quarterfinals of the Master’s division would see Maui local and owner of Hot Sails Maui, Jeff Henderson and visiting ex-professional Sean Aiken dominate their heats both staking a claim for their first Aloha Classic title. Jeff won the Masters Maui Makani Classic two years ago and his fluid riding impressed the panel which is comprised of local and international judges. Sean back in Hawaii from his home in Oregon continued to float over meaty sections and carve his lines into the Ho’okipa surf. Ferdinando Loffreda has already been crowned overall AWT Master’s champion for 2013 and he progressed with ease with his trademark aerials, it will be difficult to take him down at his home spot. The title is still wide open and riders will need to take risks if they are going to have their slice of Aloha Classic glory! Missing from this year’s line up is 2012 Champion Giampaolo Cammarota who missed the draw after having damaged his knee and undergoing surgery last week, not to miss out he has been helping out on the judging panel for the AWT and we wish him a speedy recovery.
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.
1st Casey Rehrer (Maui Sails, Quatro, MFC)
2nd Harley Stone (Naish, Quatro, MFC)
3rd Fiona Wylde (Sailworks, Quatro, NoLimitz)
4th Tom Juban (Goya, Quatro)