Watching this makes me miss windsurfing (a bit)
Siver snatches the victory from under the nose of Seadi after an epic day in Ho’okipa
The wind and wave Gods were shining over Ho’okipa Beach Park on the fifth day of the JP Aloha Classic – presented by Nalu Kai – as the PWA single elimination was completed in epic conditions. Just as the forecast predicted the wind and waves built throughout the day, and by the time the competition was reaching its climax the swell was pumping with over mast high sets rolling into Ho’okipa, providing a pulsating finale to a enthralling day. Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) sailed superbly and he was rewarded with victory at the end of the single elimination. Will the American be able to hold onto his single elimination JP Aloha Classic crown?
The final was run as a four-man battle over the duration of 22 minutes to give Kauli Seadi, Morgan Noireaux, Bernd Roediger and Levi Siver the maximum chance to really exercise their prowess.
The American delivered one of his stunning trademark aerials and a couple of turns, which sent the spray flying by the bucket load.
Roediger and Noireaux were also going for broke, as they attempted air takas and frontside wave 360s respectively, but ultimately it was Siver who stepped up to the plate.
On his final wave of the heat, Siver lined up the critical section to launch into a frontside 360, which he claimed, before delivering another gouging turn.
With no time remaining Seadi tacked onto the final wave of the heat and rotated through a perfectly executed goiter, but it wasn’t a counting wave for him, which left for a nail biting finale.
The result proved to be almost inseparable with just 0.02 of a point in it, much to the delight of Siver it was soon revealed that he had clinched the single elimination victory.
“I just told myself that I want to enjoy it. At the end of the day we’re all friends who love this sport and I think we should keep that spirit of Aloha, and just keep encouraging each other”, said Siver.
JP Aloha Classic | Single Elimination:
1. Levi Siver (Quatro/Goya Windsurfing/MFC)
2. Kauli Seadi (JP/Hot Sails Maui)
3. Bernd Roediger (Quatro/Goya Windsurfing/MFC)
4. Morgan Noireaux (JP/Hot Sails Maui/Maui Ultra Fins)
5. Matt Pritchard (Tabou/Gaastra)
5. Josh Angulo (Angulo/Gun Sails)
7. Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Ezzy/MFC)
7. Graham Ezzy (Quatro/Ezzy)