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Maui Makani Classic 2012

 The American Windsurfing Tour’s final tour stop will be on Maui:  the Maui Makani Classic 2012.  This is a highly anticipated windsurfing event! Now in its second year, the Maui Makani Classic is shaping up to once again be the ultimate showdown in the windsurfing calendar. With a limit on 100 entrants and places almost full the event boasts some of windsurfing’s top names, including Levi Siver, Kevin Pritchard, Graham Ezzy, Camille Juban, Josh Stone, Ann-Marie Reichman, Junko Nagoshi……. The list is ever-increasing and endless in terms of talent! With divisions including Pro, Amateur, Women, Youth, Masters and Grand Masters everybody is catered for! The contest will run from October 25th to November 5th and will see an epic finale to what was a stunningly successful AWT Tour. Last year’s event saw competitors from 23 separate nations making it a truly international event. What makes this event so exciting this year is the implications the results will have on the over-all titles for the year.  More

The event will be held on October 25 to November 5, 2012. Below is the schedule of other activities for those who are interested:

Thursday October 25th
Opening Ceremony at Ho’okipa 10am
Flatbread: Dinner 10% off for competitors and friends

Charley’s After PartyFriday October 26th
Open NightSaturday October 27th
Kanaha Kai Windsurfing Party II (Hot Sails Maui & Kanaha Kai Party)Sunday October 28th:
Quatro/Goya Party at Pauwella CanneryMonday October 29th
Open NightTuesday October 30th:
Colleen’s in Haiku. Burger and Beer night.
Happy Hour all nightWednesday October 31st
Halloween in Lahaina

Thursday November 1st
Open night

Friday November 2nd
First Friday in Wailuku

Saturday November 3rd
Closing Ceremonies for Maui Makani Classic at Maui Tropical Plantation 7-10 pm

For the first time at an AWT event there will be Live webcasting of all the heats. The heats will be streamed through the AWT website  www.americanwindsurfingtour.com with live commentary and guest chats with the stars of the event.

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Photo Credit:  Jeff Bennett of www.mauiwindsurfing.net

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Maui – Best Island In The World

For an unprecedented 19th time, Maui captured “Best U.S. Island” (formerly “Best Pacific Island”). The publication also deemed Maui “Best Island in the World” in its 25th annual CONDE NAST TRAVELER Readers’ Choice Awards. In fact, with a score of 92.1, Maui bested all other island and city destinations named in the poll.

Maui’s score once again surpassed all other top destinations globally beating out every “Best City” category winner including U.S. (Charleston, SC, 86.7), Africa (Capetown, 84.8), Europe (Florence, 83.3), Asia (Bangkok, 83), Canada (Vancouver, 81.9), Australia & The Pacific (Sydney, 81.7), Central & South America (Buenos Aires, 76.1), Caribbean & The Atlantic (Gustavia, St. Barts, 71.1 and Mexico (Sane Meguel De Allende, 71.1).

In the “Top 25 Hawaii Resorts” category, Maui County dominated with 11 properties honored; four of the top five are resorts of Lanai and Maui. Leading the way was Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele (96.2) while Hawaii Island’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai placed second (95.2). At #3 is Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay (94.7) while Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea ranked 4th (93.9) and Wailea Beach Villas 5th (93.7).

Every year, the most discriminating travelers in the world pick the world’s superlative hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, islands, and citiesIn its 25th incarnation this year, the Readers’ Choice Awards are vaster and more compelling than ever before, featuring more than 1,300 properties and places that are truly the cream of the crop.

Article Source:  Excerpt from Visit Maui Blog (Press Release) and Photo from Maui Visit Facebook Page

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