Hookipa: kitesurf turn in the pocket

The world's best kitesurfers have hit the waters of Hookipa for the last stage of the Kite Surf Pro World Championship.

After several lay days, winds arrived on on Maui's North Shore, in Hawaii. The Round 1 was nearly completed in gusty wind and clean, overhead surf.

"The wind conditions were not ideal with the wind being lighter than usual and slightly offshore", said local rider and hometown favorite Cruser Putnam.

"But that was still definitely the best kitesurfing I've seen at Hookipa".

The highest heat score of the day came from tour standout Mitu Monteiro. with a 16.17 two-wave total.

Riding forehand on his natural stance, Monteiro dominated his round 1 heat with solid hacks and vertical top to bottom surfing.

Other heat winners in round 1 included Sebastian Ribeiro, Guilly Brandao, Airton Cozzolino, Stephan De Figueiredo, Keahi De Aboitiz and Filippe Ferreira. 

All forecasts point to a significant increase in wind strength heading into the weekend and a slight decrease in swell height.

Are you on a week-long beach holiday? Have you bought bodyboard for your kid? Smart move. Get ready to introduce your offspring to the waves easily and safely. It is going to be fun.

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