- 17 March 2008 | Windsurfing
Kauli Seadi kicks-off the season with a critical victory over local favorite Josh Angulo and wavesailing legend Jason Polakow. The historic 2007 Cabo Verde event set the bar to an all-time high for PWA wavesailing, so it was a full house once again for the top names in the sport on the island of Sal.
A strong forecast for early in the event stayed true and a good swell with mast-high waves reeled down the racetrack at Ponta Preta on day 1. The crew made no delay in getting the single elimination underway, and by sunset the judges had filtered-out four riders for a final that would go ahead on day 2.
- 13 March 2008 | Windsurfing
17 year old Gabriel Browne from Brazil has now signed up with Maui Sails and will be focusing on PWA slalom 42 events and some specific Formula events.
Gabriel started windsurfing when he was 4 years old with his brother Marcilio, "Brawzinho". Gabriel comes from a long line of Champion Windsurfers including his father who is a former Brazilian champion, his Uncle and now his Brother who is PWA Freestyle World Champion.
Barry Spanier has recently spent some time with Gabriel in Maui and had the following comments. "We have been looking for a young racer for some time and Gabriel fits the role. He has shown some promising results over the past 2 years and we look forward to supporting him as he grows into a premier racer".
- 10 March 2008 | Windsurfing
Kauli Seadi makes a perfect start to the season with a crucial single elimination victory over Cabo Verdian favorite Josh Angulo, Jason Polakow and Robby Swift. 25-yr old Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) thundered into the event lead with a skilled display in tricky, light wind conditions, to give an instant return on his new sponsor’s investment.
Day 2 started with smaller surf and light breeze meeting the early high tide. The head judge chose to run the early heats of the double elimination first to give the finalists the best conditions later in the morning.
Eventually he opted for a 40-minute heat duration for that final, counting the best two wave rides from each of the final four. The fluky wind truly tested the finalists’ fitness and ability to catch waves and not get caught inside on the razor sharp reef. Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde) went for it with his aggressive vertical attack, but paid the price for pushing it with a couple of trips to the rocks.
Polakow’s big-wave partner Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) pressured his teammate hard for third position with a smoother style, but in truth he also struggled in the smaller swell.