After a week of light winds the trades finally returned on the last day of the 2016 NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic to provide a pulsating end to the event, which saw Team Pryde’s Sarah-Quita Offringa fight her way back through the double elimination to be crowned the women’s Aloha Classic Champion.
Sarah-Quita Offringa produced a scintillating comeback through the double elimination as the Aruban gem won five heats on the bounce to deny Sarah Hauser the event title. On her road to final, Offringa produced a 10 point wave against Motoko Sato as she unleashed a gouging turn before launching into a sick aerial, which the 25-year-old celebrated with cheers upon landing. Sato, sailed a terrific heat with a stylish backloop of her own as well as severally fluidly linked waves, but couldn’t quite defeat Offringa, who also landed a big end forward. Offringa’s next victim was Junko Nagoshi and this setup the final.
In the final the wind dropped, so the decision was made to remove the jump and the final was a close run affair throughout, however, Offringa came out on top to force a super final.
In the super final the wind dropped further making Heat 50 a true tactical battle with wave selection being absolutely crucial. The super final proved to be another tight-knit affair with both girls showing excellent selection and execution, but in the end, Offringa was able to edge the duel by just half a point.
Hauser saved her best effort until last as she timed a super late hit off the lip, but it wasn’t quite enough, while Offringa’s fluid more powerful turns earned her a first victory on the wave world tour and had this to say upon winning: “I’m feeling super, super excited, but I’m feeling pretty tired after today’s sailing so I’m not fully celebrating yet. I didn’t expect today’s conditions and I was already happy with fifth place, but this is the BOMB! (runs off shouting and screaming).”
Text adapted from PWA.