The Maui Makani Classic tears up the waves this week on the north shore of Maui

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The Maui Makani Classic - (Press Release)

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui is pleased to welcome the return of professional windsurfing to Ho`okipa Beach Park.

The Maui Makani Classic kicks off on October 27 and runs until November 1st, with competition running three days out of the six day window. The Classic is the championship leg for the American Windsurfing Tour and marks the return of the sport to Ho`okipa, the international mecca of windsurfing.

“There is no better place for windsurfing than right here on Maui, and we are proud to be hosting world class events once more,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “What Halloween does for Lahaina, big windsurfing events will do for Paia.

We’re going to get our economy going one town at a time if we have to.”

The contest has reached its 100 competitor limit and the wait list continues to grow as the excitement mounts for the long anticipated return of windsurfing to Ho`okipa. There are competitors traveling to Maui from over 20 countries including Argentina, Chile, China, South Korea, Morocco, Ireland and Japan. There are five divisions for each event: expert, amateur, youth, masters and women. Competitors may sign up for one age division and/or one skill division.

Windsurfing at Ho`okipa usually attracts hundreds of spectators. In order to help with traffic congestion in the area, free parking will be provided at Old Maui High School in Hamakuapoko and free shuttle bus services provided by the Maui County Veterans Association and the Disabled American Veterans will continually run throughout the days of competition. There will be no parking allowed on the sides of the highway.  The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the windsurfing competition there are a number of Makani Classic events to which the public is invited, including:

- Makani Classic opening night party at the Kahului Ale House, October 26, 8 p.m.

- Makani Classic Opening Ceremony, Ho`okipa Beach Park, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.

- Goya and Quatro Party, Pauwela Cannery in Haiku, 6 to 10 p.m.

- Fourth Friday in Paia, 6 to 9 p.m.

- Maui Ultra Lounge Party, Neil Pryde in Kahului, 6 to 9 p.m.

- Pizza with the Pros, Flatbread Pizza in Paia, 6 to 10 p.m.

- Makani Classic closing ceremonies, hosted by Maui Babe and held at the Maui Tropical Plantation, featuring entertainment, food, cash bar and award presentations, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m., tickets $10 per person.

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Comments (5)

Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation
We have seen the windsurfers on Maui! What a sight when the water is filled with all the colorful sails. Whenever we are on Maui we always try to spend a Sunday afternoon watching but have never seen the competition.
Oct 26, 2011 05:09 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I bet that's a lot of fun to watch. Around here if the winds get too high, we start looking for wildfires.

Oct 27, 2011 04:53 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

We saw them the last time we were in Maui. Amazing how fast and sometimes how high they get! Our friend's son from Argentina, competed in the Olympics Windsurfing competition at the old age of 17!  

Oct 27, 2011 11:58 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Hey thanks for the comments. I hope to get by there and get some fresh pics of windsurfing action.
Oct 27, 2011 12:37 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Georgina - We see that type of wind surfing here as well, but not as much as the kite type.

Nov 01, 2011 01:42 AM