Maui Race Series – State Championships

A busy day on the water with 12 races completed with a 2nd in my age division and 5th in Pro. We ran two rounds of age divisions and one round of ability groups, which made for a full day with very few breaks. My age group (19-39) started the day and due to the gusty shifty windy the course was a bit crazy. The first mark was like a speed course downwind which made the pin end heavily favoured. Unfortunetly Dan and Mark won the battle and I couldnt regain the ground i lo from losing the start. However the next two heats were good as the course was re-arranged. I managed to come in 2nd behind Dan Ellis. My final race for this firt round of age divsions I severly messed up. I couldnt get planning before the start and was abut 10seconds late. Nevertheless I managed to overtake mst people to finsh in 3rd. Mark and I were on the same points but as he beat me in the last race he beat me. Dan Ellis won each race in this division.

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After this we had the ability groups. I was in Pro and was very keen to show everyone I could mess with the big boys. I managed to start with a bang overtaking two people at the first mark. I was stoked with how the new North Sails performed as I clearly had more low end power as I manged to come out planning behind everyone elses mess. The next race was hard I got rolled by Dan just before the start which made it a hard battle from there. I come in to the mark about 8th but again managed to come out 5th. I finshed this race in 5th behind, Dan Ellis, Peter Slate, Micah and Phil. In the fianl race of the pro divsion I managed to hold my position for the whole race, where I came in 4th and finshed fourth. Overall in the Pro divsion i came 5th with Big Dan only beating me by 1 point.

Maui Race Series, Neil Pryde Hawaii State Championships Aug. 2. 2014 from Maui Zoom on Vimeo.

After these we had a short lunch break. We then got straight back into the age groups. This was great racing and I was really hapy with my board speed for all the races. I managed to get three 2nds and one 1st. In two of the races I managed to overtake Mark Boersma on the straights which shows all the work I have been putting in is paying off. I also managed to absolutley kill the last race of the day. I nailed the start and managed to roll over captain Dan Ellis. This made for a great race as I lead the first mark, I however made a perfect gybe and Dan couldn’t catch me. What a way to finish the day :)

 

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