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Old 8th October 2006, 02:34 AM   #1
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Default Celebrating the 21st Aloha Classic Wave Championships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 25 , 2006

Celebrating the 21st Aloha Classic Wave Championships

Maui, Hawaii (USA) ? Time flies, the summer is here and soon it will be fall with one of the longest-running wave sailing events in the world returning to Maui for it?s 21st Anniversary, the ?Aloha Classic?, the crown jewel of windsurfing events.

Since it's creation in 1984, the Aloha Classic had been the traditional final event of the Pro World tour for many years. The top ranking international competitors are invited to the 21st Aloha Classic along with top Hawaii athletes to compete side by side. November is historically known to have the best wind and wave conditions, with trade winds blowing side shore at 15-20 knots and waves that can reach up to 10 -15 feet, the consistent trade winds and seasonally large surf make the Aloha Classic the most popular destination of the windsurfing media, spectators and athletes. Many luminaries of the sport have competed in the Aloha Classic from Robbie Naish, to Pete Cabrina, to Bjorn Dunkerbeck, to Rush Randle, to Jason Polakow for the men and Kelby Anno, Dana Dawes, Jennifer Henderson, Anne-Marie Reichmann and Angela Cochran for the women to name a few.

An exciting media package will ensure the worldwide coverage of the 2006 Aloha Classic in Print, TV, internet and radio, with a TV distribution to over 800 stations worldwide! The Aloha Classic will also be in a special feature in the October issue of STUFF magazine which has an approx. 1.3 million circulation.

"This event is an important part of windsurfing history. It has been the world stage for the best in wave sailing as well as promoting Maui as a premier windsurfing destination. Last year?s Aloha Classic saw great action on the water, and showed the passion everyone here has for this traditional event. We want to bring the momentum back to Maui; it will be good for the sailors, good for Maui and for the windsurfing industry as a whole.? says Event Director Marc Lefebvre.

?Through the decades, the Aloha Classic has become a key player in our sport, and it is a fantastic vehicle to showcase sponsors and the sport?, says Inga Stracke, Aloha Classic PR and marketing Director, ? the Stuff Magazine article is a major example of that, and we are working hard on getting the event and therefore the sport itself even more exposure with (water-)sports and lifestyle media. We are thrilled to welcome you all to Hookipa Beach Park this fall!?

In an effort to honour past winners of the Aloha Classic for Men and Women, all will be given free entry into the Amateur portion of the event, from Alex Aguera in 1984 all the way up to Alex Mussolini in 2005.

The historic 21st Anniversary of the Aloha Classic brings much needed focus and attention on the youth and amateur market and will be the show case for up and coming talent around the world. The Aloha Classic will include a menehune (kids) and junior division, kids starting at 9 years old windsurfing, jumping etc. and we will have a masters and grand masters competition.

The 2006 Aloha Classic will be held November 6-17th 2006 at Hookipa Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.

Coming up soon, watch this place for more exciting news about the Pro Division at this years Aloha Classic!

EVENT SUMMARY:
The Aloha Classic is one of the longest-running wave sailing events in the world. Since it's creation in 1984, the Aloha Classic has been the traditional final event of the Pro World tour. The top ranking international competitors are invited to the Aloha Classic along with top Hawaii athletes to compete side by side. The consistent trade winds and seasonally large surf make the Aloha Classic the most popular destination of the windsurfing media, spectators and
athletes. The Aloha Classic is the crown-jewel of wave sailing events.

Event Director Marc Lefebvre has been an event organizer since 1995 and is the creator of the 'WD-40 Downwind Classic'(with Skip Dennis), 'Cape Cod Racing Series', 'Wind Fest Cape Cod', and the 'King of the Cape Freestyle Pro-Am', an International Freestyle event on Cape Cod, a PWA event, before moving to Maui in 2002. In 2004 he revived the Aloha Classic with focus on Amateur wave sailing. For the first time the event introduced a kids and junior division, which proved to be a huge success. The grand masters is already much anticipated for this year's event. He has also has organized on Maui the 'Maui Speed Challenge Series' (with Tom Hammerton), "Molokai Ocean Challenge' (with Claire Seeger), and the '2006 US Windsurfing Nationals' (with Linda Stott).

Marketing and PR director Inga Stracke, of Pole Position Reports, has been successfully involved with international events and clients such as Maui Kite Fest, Maui Time Weekly, Red Bull, Mobil1, Ford, Toyota, www.f1total.com, Malaysian Tourist Board, CCTV China, Puma, Hugo Boss etc?

We thank our supporters and sponsors:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.alohaclassicwindsurfing.com/

EVENT DIRECTOR: Marc Lefebvre
MARKETING/PR DIRECTOR: Inga Stracke
MEDIA PRODUCTION: Paul Ehman
RACE DIRECTOR: Doug Hunt

For more information about the event, please email us at:
info@alohaclassicwindsurfing.com.

To join our mailing list and keep up to date on the Aloha Classic, please send
a SUBSCRIBE message to mwalist@iwavesolutions.com.
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