Two contenders remain for PWA title

The field of potential Professional Windsurfers Association wave champions for this year was reduced to two – Brazil’s Marcilio Browne and Spain’s Alex Mussolini – on Thursday during the JP Aloha Classic at Hookipa Beach Park in Kuau.

Mussolini, No. 2 in the season standings, and Browne, who is third, will be grouped together, along with Oahu’s Josh Angulo and Great Britain’s Robby Swift, when competition resumes.

“Today I managed to sail how I want to sail at Hookipa,” Mussolini said.

Browne and Mussolini, who each got through three heats Thursday, had bowed out in the second round of the single elimination earlier this week.

“It was so stressful for me when I lost that second heat – in the single – I just said to myself I’ve just got to get over that and enjoy it,” Browne said.

The day began with seven sailors still in title contention, including Germany’s Philip Koster, winner of the previous two season titles. Koster arrived at Hookipa atop this year’s rankings, but was eliminated from contention in the day’s first heat.