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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

What To Do On Maui? Surf and Have Fun!

photo courtesy of www.mauipic.om

Happy New Year! This is our 2nd post for 2012, next to that wonderful report that WordPress Team did for us (Thank you WordPress!).

So now it’s time to do another  “What To Do While On Vacation On Maui” post.

So far we’ve shared about Hiking (and suggested Iao Valley as a start). We’ve talked about Enjoying Maui Upcountry Farms. We  shared about Driving The Road to Hana . We suggested about the many ways to enjoy Haleakala.  For the beach lovers, what comes to your mind when we say Maui vacation? For many the word “surfing” comes to mind, so let’s stalk story about that! What to do on while on vacation on Maui? SURF!

Let’s look at the different kinds of surfing and what are the best beaches suited for it. Then it’s up to you to decide what kind of surfing you’d like to try (if you have not done so already).

1. Surfing – The most common surfing we know about is the simple stand up surfing.  The surfer uses a board – some use long boards while others use short boards. This past few days we this kind of surfing in the many videos being posted about JAWS.  However,  you do not have to be as good as those professional surfers to enjoy this kind of surfing. Here on Maui there are plenty of surfing lessons being offered and they plenty of beaches you can enjoy surfing without being intimidated by the professionals.

Photo courtesy of www.mauiwindsurfing.net

2. Windsurfing – is a  surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. It consists of a board usually two to four metres long, powered by the orthogonal effect of the wind on a sail. The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating universal joint and comprises a mast, wishbone boom and sail. The sail area ranges from less than 2.5 m2 to more than 12 m2 depending on the conditions, the skill of the sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken. Kanaha beach and Hookipa beach on Maui are famous for wind surfing. Windsurfers from around the world come to Maui to sail on these beaches. For more information on Maui Windsurfing, visit www.mauiwindsurfing.net

3. KiteSurfing –  is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable. There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping and wave-riding which is focused on kitesurfing big waves using a directional board similar to a surfboard. More photos on kiteboarding can be seen at A Maui Blog where a student of HST windsurfing is learning how to kitesurf. More about kitesurfing (with video) at HST website.

4. Stand Up Paddle Surfing  – In the Hawaiian language Hoe he’e nalu. It is also commonly known as SUP. It is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and reemerged as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of students, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint. This increased visibility of what was going on around them such as incoming swell. This SUP is actually the latest craze right now. You will see both locals and tourist trying them out, and some had gotten pretty good at it! As with the other surfing, there are plenty of stand up paddling school around in case you want to learn.

Do you have any questions about surfing on Maui? Who to hire as a trainor? Where to purchase or rent an equipment?   Don’t hesitate to contact us.  You may leave a comment and we’ll direct you to the best resource.