The F2 International Trials The
first event on the PWA world tour this year launched into action
today at Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui in spectacular style. With
strong trade winds and mast high waves sailors battled it out
during the F2 International trials to qualify for the main event
which kicks off tomorrow.
a tough day on the water, Josh Angulo, Pascal Hardy, Paul Bryan,
Nathan Mershon, Rich Foster, Takaharu Kamaguchi, Nat Gill and
Katshui Shinjo won the eight coveted qualifying spots. With
three waves and one jump being scored by the judges, action
today included huge aerials, wave 360's and some rocket airs
with Ho'okipa really turning on some epic conditions for competition.
Local Hawaiian sailor
Josh Angulo showed his expertise in the powerful waves and hit
three aerials on his first wave in his first heat. Angulo is
considered by many to be one of the most radical sailors in
the world but still had to qualify for the main due to his late
entry into the competition. Angulo was awarded victory in the
final of the trials with Pascal Hardy in second and Katshui
Shinjo taking third place.
notable performances came from big wave specialists Pascal Hardy
and Paul Bryan who both landed some breathtaking aerials right
in front of the notorious rocks off the point at H'poko. Nat
Gill from Oregon pulled off the biggest jump of the day, landing
an insane 40 foot push loop after hitting a pitching mast high
ramp at full speed, the move brought cheers of appreciation
from the sailors and spectators on the beach. Several sailors
ended victims of the rocks today after some gnarly wipeouts
and the local Hawaiian water patrol were kept busy on their
jet ski's helping stranded sailors get back to the beach.
The eight qualifiers
will now join the likes of Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Nik Baker, Jason
Polakow and Robby Naish as all the worlds elite wave sailors
prepare for action tomorrow.
The stage is now
set for an epic competition and the forecast could not be any
better with strong trade winds and big waves being predicted
for the next few days.
" I am stoked,
I have not done any PWA contests for about a year so it is tough
getting through the trials in Hawaii. Finally I think I sailed
ok, it was epic out there, I was just stoked to be out there
on my own"
" I am very
happy, it was really windy I had a good time, I will do my best
in the main event"
" It is the
first time that I have made it into the main event so I am really
happy, It was awesome out there, the best!"
"It was really
good conditions out there so it was a good warm up for tomorrow
before we go up against all the big boys, it was going off!"
" I am so happy,
it was very windy out there but the waves were killer all day,
you can't ask for anything else"