Congratulations to the 2018 Aloha Classic Champions
The five amateur divisions finals were run and won in stunning Ho’okipa conditions today. The red-hot favorites all held their nerve under the intense pressure of expectation to win their respective divisions with power and style.
The first final up was for the Grand Masters. The wind was still filling in as the finalists hit the water so it was light but the ocean was offering up some beautiful clean swells in the head-high to occasional logo-high range. It was just about perfect. Two long-time Maui locals, Jeff Henderson and Greg Aguera, had a close heat exchanging waves throughout. Henderson had been dominant all week heading toward this final, and it was no surprise to see him sailing very strongly, but he was not without his challengers. At one point, Aguera went for a great aerial and almost pulled it off, but it wasn’t to be, and with that crash he lost his one chance to surpass the in-form Henderson. Augera was forced to settle for 2nd place. Ho’okipa’s unofficial mayor, Rob Funk, sailed a great heat riding in his classic stylish way, but on this day his lip hits were no match for the more powerful styles of Henderson and Aguera. Funk took 3rd. In 4th spot was the Guadeloupe legend Martin, who struggled to catch waves in the final and was unable to show his best form that we saw in earlier heats.