- 25 February 2012 | Windsurfing
Maiya Holton is the new face of windsurfing New Zealand. The young teenager has beaten the boys to claim the annual Madloop Junior Freestyle Competition, sailed in Auckland.
Despite changeable conditions, the young competitors had a great time and went hard out to meet the judge's challenge of finding their limits with high wind freestyle.
Holton was defending last year's title and was able to handle the pressure. At only 12, Maiya took the winner's medal for the second year in a row.
Jordi de Jong, aged 14, put out an impressive performance, which secured him the runner up spot. The wind was looking good for the annual Madloop Junior Freestyle Competition, so everyone rigged up their shortboards and smaller sails - the wind to dropped just as the first heat started.
The fleet was smaller than last year, and was reduced further when one unlucky boy injured himself just before the sailors' briefing and had to be taken to hospital. Consequently, the Junior and Senior fleets were combined, with medals going to winner and runner up.
As soon as the flag went down, the wind went up, and some of the best moves of the day were done then. A few of the kids had to be dragged off the water to get their spot prizes, donated by AND Distribution (Gaastra/Tabou) and Watersports South Pacific.