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Kiwis take Titles at the Hawaii State Champs 2011

The Hawaii State Champs were held on 30 July 2011. Five kiwis competed, Tim Wood, Lawrence Carey, Dan Thomas, Jim Rogers and Anton Blijlevens. The kiwi team had been based there for quite a few days before with Tim and Lawrence set up camp early enough to be able to compete in the Maui race Series race two weeks prior where Lawrence took out a win in the Junior division.

The Hawaii State Champs saw about 50 sailors racing in the morning in age group divisions and in the afternoon in ability level divisions. Four races were held for each division in the morning and the same in the afternoon. All age group divisions present some tough racing with many divisions having sailors in them that enter the Pro division in the afternoon. Ex and current PWA sailors compete. Names such as Peter Slate, Kai Hopf, Greg Thomas, Dan Ellis mix it up with locals that could easily make the PWA and visitors like Team Kiwi, sailors from Japan, France, Canada, the UK more.

Conditions were modest compared to the racing two weeks prior. Most rigged 7.0 sails and 100l slalom boards. The wind had a few holes but filled in nicely in the afternoon. The Maui chop and swell at the outer marks kept everyone on their toes.

Lawrence sailed a blinder in the morning with his super tweaked lay down gybes and superb board speed. Dan, with no practise the week prior and on a borrowed board had some tough competition in the 19-39 age group sailing in the morning and came in at a very respectable place mid fleet position. Anton cruised in the morning saving his energy for the afternoon. Jim relished in the conditions and had a big smile on his face after the morning races were over, buzzing from being amongst sailors that would take podium finishes. Tim was also smiling and looking forward to the afternoon.

After a great BBQ lunch put on by Neil Pryde Maui, the ability level races were held. Pro, Semi-Pro and Expert. With only 3 divisions compared to the mornings 6 divisions, each race had around 15 sailors in it. That made for some exciting times around the marks, especially mark 1. There were plenty of pile ups at mark one as 10-15 sailors broad reached down on it from the start line at 30 knots.

Tim, Lawrence and Anton competed in Semi-Pro. Feeling a little underpowered on his 6.2 and on a borrowed board, Dan opted for the Expert division. Jim, still smiling from his racing in the morning, decided to watch the action from the beach for the afternoon. Here is a video of the racing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9QSKUNWWi0&feature=player_embedded

Prize giving saw even more smiles on faces with Dan taking out 2nd spot in the Expert Division, Lawrence getting crowned Junior Hawaiian State Champ and Anton getting first place in Semi-Pro.

Full results attached below

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