Peahi Challenge now scheduled for Friday
The Peahi Challenge was moved back one day, to Friday, officials with the World Surf League’s Big Wave Tour said Wednesday.
The contest had originally been scheduled for Thursday at the spot also known as “Jaws.”
“To run WSL Big Wave events, we require swells and storm systems of immense size and energy,” said Peter Mel, the tour’s commissioner. “These are dynamic entities that change frequently. We have been monitoring this system very closely and have determined to focus the entire event for Friday morning where we will have the biggest and best conditions.”
The contest will have a women’s event for the first time, with Maui’s Paige Alms and Andrea Moller part of the field.
The men’s event is to include Maui’s Billy Kemper, who won the inaugural contest last year, rankings leader Grant Baker of South Africa and reigning tour champion Greg Long of California. The field also includes seven other Mauians — Albee Layer, Kai Lenny, Ian Walsh, Shaun Walsh, Dege O’Connell, Tyler Larronde and Francisco Porcella.
Moving the surf contest to Friday could allow the NoveNove Aloha Classic windsurfing event to more easily resume Thursday at Hookipa Beach Park in Kuau.
The Aloha Classic had its third straight lay day Wednesday. The event began Oct. 31 with the first of two consecutive days of American Windsurfing Tour heats, followed by five straight days of Professional Windsurfers Association competition — Maui’s Kevin Pritchard and Sarah Hauser won the single-elimination titles. The contest holding period runs through Sunday.
Lenny is scheduled to compete in the next PWA men’s heat of the Aloha Classic.