Iballa Moreno and Thomas Traversa on top of the world, whilst Morgan Noireaux wins Aloha Classic.
Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui, played host to the thrilling finale of the 2014 PWA Wave World Tour and the stage couldn't have been better set as the spiritual home of wave sailing produced wind, waves and stunning sunshine, as the title race went down to the wire. At the start of the event three men - Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) and Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) - were all still in the running for the male title, but after several hard fought battles, Thomas Traversa, proved to be the last man standing as he claimed a well deserved, maiden world crown, having finished second, just behind Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui) who claimed the prestigious Aloha Classic - his first victory on the PWA Wave World Tour. Meanwhile, the women's fleet came down to another fight between - Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - this time around it was Iballa who came out on top, after lifting the Aloha Classic title - just as she did in 2006 - to pip her sister to the 2014 PWA Wave World Title.
Morgan Noireaux made his debut on the PWA Wave World Tour this time last year at the Aloha Classic. However, in that instance Noireaux suffered a broken foot in the double elimination, which stopped him progressing from the fourth place he had fought back to. This time around though, the twenty year old, remained fully fit throughout the contest and his powerful vertical cutbacks, combined with critical aerials and radical takas were rewarded as he held off the rest of the competition to claim his maiden victory - will we now see Noireaux try his luck on the rest of the tour?
Thomas Traversa entered the final event of the year in pole position and the Frenchman thrived under the pressure to secure himself the 2014 PWA Wave World Championship - the first of his career - after finishing in an excellent second place at the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic. Victory on the biggest stage in the world caps a quite incredible year for TT, which has seen him dominate in the Red Bull Storm Chase to be crowned the ultimate storm chaser, before also winning the Poland indoor jump contest, whilst also becoming the first man to win two event titles in Cold Hawaii. Traversa's title winning season has seen him capture one event victory and three, second places, such has been his drive and consistency this year.
The world champion for the first time in his career - Thomas Traversa speaks: "Wow! I can't believe I am wave world champion!!! If I am then Sophia Regerbis is the real world champion, together with my parents, my shaper, and all my friends who sailed at home or did trips and competitions with me!"
"I am who I am, and where I am, because of you!"
"And now I have a good story to tell our future baby!"
Last year's world champion - Marcilio "Brawzinho" Browne (Goya windsurfing / MFC) - completed the season with back-to-back podiums as the Brazilian takes home fourth place overall for 2014. Browne sailed an almost perfect heat, in heat thirty, as he posted the highest scoring heat of the contest with two wave scores of 9.5 and 9.27 points as he linked powerful gouging hacks, with a combination of stunning air takas, goiters and one-handed goiters, as Brawzinho gave an evening masterclass.
Having pushed Thomas Traversa all the way in the title race - Victor Fernandez - ultimately had to settle for second place overall, after finishing fourth in Maui. The Spaniard went into the final day of the event knowing that he would need to win the event in order to snatch the title away from TT, but couldn’t quite defeat Marcilio Browne to keep his title hopes alive. Fernandez will now have to wait until next year to launch another bid for his first world title since 2010.
Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy) enjoyed his best result to date on the PWA Wave World Tour as he finished fifth in his backyard. The American produced a stunning comeback through the double elimination, which saw Ezzy win five consecutive heats, as he combined powerful gouges with effortless takas and goiters.
Ricardo Campello returns to the overall podium for the first time since 2011 - having finished sixth here in Maui - to finish third overall. The Brazilian/Venezuelan takes home victory for the Best Wave and Best Move competition sponsored by Dunkerbeck Eyewear - thanks to a huge goiter, which was backed up by a solid turn to score 9.88 points from the judges.
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