Buzianis wins two divisions at final Maui Race Series event
Micah Buzianis won eight consecti heats to claim two divisions at the Neil Pryde Hawaii State Championship on Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park.
The windsurfing event, held in consistent 25-knot winds, was the fifth and final contest of the 29th annual Maui Race Series.
Buzianis, a 42-year-old Paia resident, won the pro and 40-49 divisions.
Two weeks ago at the Quiksilver Cup, Buzianis had a tough time on the starting line when he lost the pro class to Peter Slate. On Saturday, there was no question who was in control as he came out of the first turn leading in seven of eight heats.
“There was less people, so it was easier to get starts,” Buzianis said. “I was a little bit more focused and I had more energy.”
Buzianis leaves for a Professional Windsurfing Association event in Turkey next month.
“It’s good to get the racing, and to get the starts and buoy rounding,” he said. “It’s also great to get the fitness for racing.”
Buzianis used a 6.6-meter sail throughout the day.
“It was really windy. The last race was the windiest and choppiest by far,” he said.
Dan Ellis won all four heats in the 19-39 division and was second to Buzianis in the pro division.
“I was getting my starts bang on,” Ellis said. “My run-ups were perfect. It was one of those days where everything felt right.”
He thought it was the best racing conditions all summer.
“It couldn’t have been better, by far the best conditions we’ve had,” Ellis said. “It was a perfect direction.”
The other double-winner was Deniz Bicakci, who won seven of eight heats to take the juniors and expert divisions.
In the closest finish of the day, Bicakci, a senior-to-be at Kihei Charter, edged Taylor Boyd, of New Zealand, by half of a board length in their final junior heat. Due to a tie-breaker, Boyd would have taken the division if he had won the race.
Boyd took the lead after they turned around the last outside mark.
“I originally got ahead of him,” Boyd said. “He cut in tighter. We couldn’t tell who won when we crossed the line.”
Bicakci had a lead going into the last outside buoy.
“I was really happy to win. It was a day to hold on tight and go fast. I’ll sleep well tonight.”
The other winners were; Mike Yasak (50-59), Todd MacFarlane (60 & over), Tamara Bockius (women), and Tyson Aflalo (semi-pro).