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Old 26th September 2006, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Richman Sweeps the Maui Speed Challenge Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 25, 2006

Richman Sweeps the Maui Speed Challenge Series

Maui, Hawaii (USA) - The Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series, presented by Naish, concluded this weekend, with the final event on Sunda, September 24, at Kanaha Beach Park. The winds were a little on the light side with gusts puffing around 20kts. Only two heats were able to be run until the event was called and everyong got ready for the Naish Speed Party. While the food and the keg were arriving the scoring was completed and Shawn Richman of the Kite Division came out on top with the TOP SPEED AWARD for going 38.1kts, in Race #3
and also won the OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP trophy with his point total and top speed combined. Tie-ing him in points but had a slower top speed was Jacque Pauvet who had been leading the competition all season with Shawn coming up as the weeks progressed and eventually took the top spot. With over 90 competitors this year the series was a resounding success and everyone is looking forward to 2007.

The oranizers are looking forward to 2007 and in hopes of better wind next year and the possibilty to break 40kts on this open ocean course. There is a possiblity that the event will be moved to the Spring time when there is a better chance of solid winds building through out the series and would be an excellent tune up to the Maui Slalom Series.

A big thanks goes out to the sponsors and to our volunteer staff including: Ayesha Lefebvre, Laurie Traxler, and Ann Leete.

Here are the overall rankings at the final event:

Rank Sailor Division Points Top
1 Shawn Richman Kite 194 38.1
2 Jacques Pauvert Open 194 36.3
3 Alex Aguera Open 185 36.5
4 Erik Beale Open 184 35.1
5 Michael Warmuth Masters 179 35.5
6 Mike Yasik Masters 169 34.3
7 Jeff Fagerholm Masters 163 33.2
8 Greg Thomas Masters 155 32.7
9 Ted Hunter Masters 150 34.3
10 Marc Lefebvre Men 149 32.9
11 Jesse Richman Kite 144 31.5
12 Anders Bringdal Open 139 37.1
13 Richard Green Open 138 34.2
14 Elon Wong Open 129 35.4
15 Tom Hammerton Open 125 32.2
16 Andy Church Men 122 31.8
17 Carl Grundy Fun 103 32.6
18 Karla Aguera Women 102 29.9
19 Ashley Baxter Women 101 28.7
20 Doug Hunt Masters 85 30.8
21 Kai Lenny Youth 84 27.3
22 Baker Grant Super Youth 78 28.8
23 Steve Murphy Open 75 33.8
24 Norah Hunter Women 75 26.8
25 Howard Chung Super Youth 74 29.6
26 Christian Ioanide Men 71 29.7
27 Todd MacFarlane Masters 69 31.8
28 Ronny Jabbur Kite 63 34.6
29 Des Walker Open 62 32.9
30 Alessio Marcelli Kite 59 32.4
31 Robby Seeger Open 58 35.9
32 Kalani Hunt Youth 58 24.1
33 Zane Schweitzer Youth 55 24.7
34 Kevin Collins Kite 52 29.3
35 Alexis Aguera Youth 52 23.1
36 Mark Boersma Men 51 34.0
37 Victor Jansen Open 48 33.0
38 Kristen Orth Youth 48 21.6
39 Damien Gerandini Kite 47 28.0
40 Doris MacFarlane Women 46 28.5
41 Rick Randall Men 44 29.3
42 Jace Panebianco Open 43 31.2
43 Bernd Roediger Youth 43 22.7
44 Mark Williams Masters 42 27.7
45 Charles Oreve Men 41 28.2
46 Andy Crafts Super Youth 40 31.1
47 George Reid Men 39 30.8
48 Dave Dorn Kite 37 32.0
49 Larry Herbig Masters 37 29.9
50 Skyler Haywood Super Youth 36 29.8
51 Nique Vetrimile Youth 36 23.4
52 Jamie Donaldson Kite 35 31.0
53 Brian Metcalf-Perez Men 35 29.3
54 Alex Mowdey Masters 35 21.3
55 Reinhardt Elischka Kite 34 30.6
56 Kanza Stott Youth 34 24.2
57 Patri McLaughlin Kite 32 28.3
58 Ken Orth Fun 31 28.4
59 Tracey Aarop Women 31 23.7
60 Robin Williams Masters 30 30.6
61 Jake Golm Super Youth 30 28.7
62 Paolo Maggienga Fun 30 23.4
63 Terry Alkemade Masters 29 29.1
64 Bill Kaser Fun 29 28.3
65 Sarina Erstad Kite 29 23.2
66 Klaus Simmer Fun 28 27.7
67 Julia Mancuso Kite 28 23.2
68 David Whittaker Fun 26 22.8
69 Anthony Del Balso Men 24 26.8
70 Tim Sawyer Fun 23 26.3
71 Paul Vlietstri Open 23 21.8
72 Jordan Reid Super Youth 22 25.6
73 Aaron Cardwell Super Youth 22 25.3
74 Chris Mayels Fun 22 21.7
75 Shelby Schweitzer Youth 22 12.8
76 Kai Rou Lovett Super Youth 21 24.7
77 Paulina Pease Youth Women 20 24.8
78 Buzzy Kerbox Masters 18 32.2
79 Shou Iwamoto Youth 18 18.8
80 Kismet Kilbourn Youth Women 16 17.3
81 Connor Baxter Youth 15 23.3
82 Deniz Bicakci Youth 14 11.0
83 Kevin Ozee Open 13 31.9
84 John Willis Kite 13 24.3
85 Tom James Masters 13 9.8
86 Piechura Damike Men 12 28.5
87 Cedric Mollet Men 12 26.8
88 Nian Sheppard Kite 12 22.5
89 Allen Taylor Open 12 9.6
90 Jose Franco Kite 11 26.5
91 Alden Simmer Super Youth 11 20.7



OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: <www.mauispeed.com>

EVENT INFORMATION:
Dates for the Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series, presented by Naish Sails are July 9 and 30, August 13 and 27, and September 10 and 24, to be held from Naish Beach, near Kanaha Beach Park, between the Canoe Hale and Kite Beach. Each competitor will be provided with a Sport.Tool M300 GPS unit, provided by main sponsor Navman. The competition is open to the following categories: Open Class (in which those with specialized speed sailing equipment will compete), Men, Women, Masters, Youth, Fun and Kite.

This event series is part of the Naish Speed Party. Naish Windsurfing is proud to introduce the Naish Speed Party, a series of amateur speed events in locations all over the world. The first event is in Leucate, France - the Speed Party then heads to Miura, Japan followed by Kanaha, Maui and finally to Langebaan in South Africa. Keep checking for new information and possible additional events on the Naish Sails website.
http://www.naishsails.com/image/news/news_26/1.jpg

For more information on the Navman Sport.Tool M300, visit <www.navmanusa.com>
and <www.sport-tool.com>. www.naishsails.com.

EVENT SPONSORS: Navman, Naish Sails Maui, Fred Haywood Realty,
WindsurfingClassifieds.Com, Kanaha Kai, Freestyle, Waki Jaki and THE POINT, Ocean 7, Maui Sports Net, and Sign Solutions.

CONTACTS:
Event Director: Marc Lefebvre (lefebvre@iwavesolutions.com)
Race Director: Tom Hammerton (tom@hotsailsmaui.com)
PR/Marketing: Anne Leete (aleete@hotmail.com)
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Old 30th September 2006, 12:40 AM   #2
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Default RE: Richman Sweeps the Maui Speed Challenge Series

It&#39;s weird that the top speed of the series was by a kite, because it seems like windsurfers won most of the individual events. How did Richman leapfrog the windsurfers at the final event?

Anyway, I&#39;m very impressed with the speeds of both the kites and windsurfs in open water.
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Old 8th October 2006, 02:36 AM   #3
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Default RE: Richman Sweeps the Maui Speed Challenge Series

He won his last three events. With two throwouts out of six, it was enough to edge out Jacque Pauvet for the title.
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