Isaac, Sunaga take two divisions

Mateus Isaac leads Laurence Carey across the finish of a Bluesmiths Slalom Classic pro division morning heat Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park. -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

Mateus Isaac leads Laurence Carey across the finish of a Bluesmiths Slalom Classic pro division morning heat Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park. -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

Mateus Isaac and Yuki Sunaga were double winners at the Bluesmiths Slalom Classic on Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului.

Wind ranged from 25 to 30 mph for the 65 entries in the first event of the 33rd annual Maui Race Series.

Isaac won three of four heats in both the morning and afternoon competition in the pro division.

The 23-year-old from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who competes on the Professional Windsurfing Association tour, appeared to have superior board quickness compared to the rest of the field.

“I had speed better than most of the guys,” Isaac said. “That’s why I could come on top of them. It was perfect today, flat for Maui conditions. I had good starts, did some good jibes.”

Mateus Isaac (BRA 767) leads Peter Slate (SA 7), Peter John (NZL) and Laurence Carey (NZL 252) in a men’s pro morning heat Saturday.  -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

Mateus Isaac (BRA 767) leads Peter Slate (SA 7), Peter John (NZL) and Laurence Carey (NZL 252) in a men’s pro morning heat Saturday. -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

Peter Slate of Kula had a win and two second-place finishes in the afternoon. A second win, which would have given him the overall victory over Isaac on a tie­breaker, was negated when Slate was ruled to have gone over the starting line early.

“That’s the nature of racing,” Slate said. “It can happen, especially with a big fleet. You need to be aggressive on the start.”

Sunaga won the women’s division in the morning and then took the semipro title in the afternoon. The former Olympian from Yokosuka City, Japan, dominated the women’s field, finishing almost two marks ahead in two of her four wins.

In semipro, the 36-year-old Sunaga emerged from a field that included nine men — including Samuel Perez Hults of Kailua, Oahu, the 19-29 champion, and Ben Massenburg of Kula, the senior winner. Sunaga had two wins and a second-place finish, and took sixth in another heat.

“I capsized in that race,” Sunaga said. “I’m not satisfied, I can improve more.”

Yuki Sunaga competes in a women’s heat.  -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

Yuki Sunaga competes in a women’s heat. -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

The other champions were Phil McGain of Makawao in the 40-59 division and Sada-toshi Kawasaki of Kawasaki, Japan, in the sport fleet.

The next race in the series is the Dakine Cup, scheduled for Saturday at Kanaha.

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MRS BLUESMITHS SLALOM CLASSIC

Saturday’s Results

Sunaga leads Shuhei Taguchi (263) and Ted Hunter (KC 57) in a semipro heat. -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

Sunaga leads Shuhei Taguchi (263) and Ted Hunter (KC 57) in a semipro heat. -- HARRY WIEWEL photo

At Kanaha Beach Park

Pro morning–1. Mateus Isaac 0.7-0.7-0.7-9–2.1, 2. Peter John 3-4-5-0.7–7.7, 3. Laurence Carey 4-2-2-9–8, 4. Shinya Kunieda 5-6-4-2–11, 5. Jack Holliday 6-3-3-9–12, 6. Peter Slate 2-9-9-9–20, 7. Akihiko Yamada 7-7-6-9–20, 8. Dan Ellis 8-5-9-9– 22.

19-39–1. Samuel Perez Hults 0.7-0.7-2-2–3.4, 2. Jay Lee 2-3-0.7-0.7–3.4, 3. Shuhei Taguchi 3-2-3-3–8.

40-59–1. Phil McGain 0.7-0.7-0.7-0.7–2.1, 2. Geoffrey Pease 2-3-2-2–6, 3. Mike Yasak 3-2-5-3–8, 4. Yasunari Tsukamoto 6-5-3-8–14, 5. Toshiyuki Kishino 7-4-4-7–15, 6. Duckyoung Kim 5-6-7-5–16, 7. Tatsuru Fujiwara 4-8-6-9–18, 8. Victor Ching 10-7-8-4–19, 9. Takashi Ohata 8-9-10-6–23.

60 and over–1. Ben Massenburg 0.7-9-4-0.7–5.4, 2. Todd MacFarlane 2-9-0.7-4–6.7, 3. Ted Hunter 3-9-3-2–8, 4. Greg Thomas 5-9-2-3–10, 5. Chris Knap 4-9-5-6–15, 6. Sadatoshi Kawasaki 6-9-6-5–17, 7. Kyeseung Lee 7-9-9-9–25, 8. Jonathan Teuscher 9-9-9-9–27.

Women–1. Yuki Sunaga 0.7-0.7-0.7-0.7–2.1, 2. Tamara Bockius 7-2-2-2–6, 3. Sam Bittner 2-3-4-4–9, 4. Inmi Lee 3-4-5-3–10, 5. Argentina Jimenez 5-5-3-5–13, 6. Sailor Bockius 4-6-7-7–17.

Pro afternoon–1. Mateus Isaac 2-0.7-0.7-0.7–2.1, 2. Peter Slate 0.7-2-12-2–4.7, 3. Laurence Carey 3-3-12-6–12, 4. Phil McGain 9-8-2-4–14, 5. Akihiko Yamada 6-5-12-3–14, 6. Jack Holliday 5-4-12-5–14, 7. Shinya Kunieda 10-10-3-7–20, 8. Dan Ellis 4-6-12-10–20, 9. Mike Yasak 7-9-12-8–24, 10. Peter John 8-7-12-12–27, 11. Geof Pease 12-11-12-9–32.

Semipro–1. Yuki Sunaga 2-0.7-6-0.7–3.4, 2. Samuel Perez Hults 0.7-3-0.7-12–4.4, 3. Jay Lee 5-4-2-2–8, 4. Tamara Bockius 4-5-4-4–12, 5. Shuhei Taguchi 8-6-3-5–14, 6. Ben Massenburg 3-2-12-12–17, 7. Todd MacFarlane 7-7-8-3–17, 8. Ted Hunter 6-8-10-6–20, 9. Victor Ching 11-10-5-7–22, 10. Yasunari Tsukamoto 9-9-9-12–27, 11. Greg Thomas 10-12-7-12–29.

Sport–1. Sadatoshi Kawasaki 0.7-2-2-0.7–3.4, 2. Duckryoung Kim 3-0.7-0.7-3–4.4, 3. Sam Bittner 2-3-4-5–9, 3. Tatsuru Fujiwara 6-4-7-2–12, 4. Argentina Jimenez 5-5-6-4–14, 5. Inmi Lee 4-6-5-7–15, 6. Toshiyuki Kishino 10-7-3-6–16, 7. Takashi Ohata 8-8-8-10–24, 8. Chris Knap 7-10-10-10–27.

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