Morgan and his KS3 winning ways!

Morgan Noireaux, 20 years old winning the 2014 PWA Aloha Classic. This guy has got the moves and the style, the skills and the calmness to be a ruthless competitor.

Morgan is so stoked on the KS3 sails and has commented that he wished, he had invented them when he was 16! There is no question, these sails have help his sailing, and allow hi to push his limits, and to recover and continue when things go south. They are every sailors next wet dream.

2014 Aloha Classic Champion Morgan Noireaux rides HOT to WIN!

SM14_ls_Morgan_celebratesA 20 year old  student at University of Hawaii Maui College, mild mannered Morgan Noireaux has stunned the world today by winning the 2014 PWA Aloha Classic in near mast high waves. Not only did Morgan win, but he won the final heat against the newly crowned 2014 PWA world wave sailing champion Thomas Traversa, minutes after Thomas had been confirmed tour winner. SM14_wv_Morgan_on_firemorgan1-0Morgan showed off his fluid, yet stealthy wave sailing style excecuting the most advanced maneuvers with such apparent ease that they shocked the spectators and judges alike. Morgan sails exclusively on Hot Sails Maui KS3 sails developed by his team mate Kauli Seadi and the design team of Jeffrey Henderson and Tom Hammerton at their Maui loft.1901300_870973182926339_508692200454500202_nMorgan was joined in success with team mate Glenn Haselbeck who won 1st place on his 5.0m Firelight sail in the men’s amateur division which was stacked with 63 of Maui’s finest local sailors.

A huge Congratulations to Morgan on this first ever win for Hot Sails Maui in the men’s pro division of the Aloha Classic here on Maui!

 

A 10 year old’s cloudy day windsurfing

IMG_3817Dax Barker windsurfs on a dull cloudy day on Maui, but still has something to show. Ever wonder how to complete those jibes that stall half way thought the turn? Watch Dax manage them flawlessly. Have a problem with those lighter wind water starts? Dax shows you on his 2.6m and 55L board how he does it. Don’t you wish it was this easy?

2015 Hot Sails Maui Firelight

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Andreas Martinez bottom turns on the first swell of the season on the New C1 Firelight 4.7m

Maui’s first Northwest swell hit this week and we had chance to get some action on the 2015 Firelight 4.7m at Hookipa. The new sail is a tuned up version of the previous year’s Firelights and built to take bit more of a beating than the original Firelights. The shape has been changed to hold the draft further forward in the boom area. Batten pockets are normal Dacron for great durability. The monofilm window goes higher up the front of the sail making for better visibility too.

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The 2015 Firelight colors. Note the Orange color shown on the C1 and C2 are glow in the dark florescent orange, not the muted orange shown on your screen. C4 yellow is also the florescent yellow or chartreuse.

Hot Sails Maui 2015 QU4D peek.

2015QU4D_FNLColorsMRA quick peak at the 2015 QU4D sails on windy, but pretty flat Maui summer slop. The new QU4Ds have the same outline with a slightly modified luff curve to place the draft a little more forward. The sail is definitely stronger built with the same fabric layout  as the KS3. Color shown is C1. Jeff Henderson and Kieran Devaney were really overpowered sailing 4.7m and 5.0m respectively in too much wind gusting to 35mph.

SpeedFreak custom sails

Since we launched the SpeedFreak sails in 2012 we have been selling mostly stock colors. However we have had a number of custom sails requested that we have made too.  These are some of the sail we have made to date and people have requested to see them, so finally I post here. Enjoy!

To order a custom SpeedFreak no matter where you are in the world, you will have to start with designing the colors with Maui. Just email Jeff at maui.hot@gmail.com and et started. Eventually we may make a nice custom color picker, but not likely to be this season.Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 4.07.07 PM   Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 4.07.22 PM

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The Aloha Classic, over and out

A week has past, and it has been a great one here on Maui. The JP Aloha Classic and the AWT is now over, and what a great event, and what better way to end a great week, then having a great closing party for all the competitors and winners?

We are really proud of the HOT team, and of the success of our KS3 3-batten sail.  This has been the first PWA final with Hot Sails Maui having 2 sailors in the top 4 positions. We are super stoked.

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A garden of KS3 at Ho’okipa

Kauli Seadi joined the JP Aloha classic with a great spirit, ready to be in the waves of Ho’okipa again. Ripping one wave after the other, Kauli ended up with a third-place.

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Kauli should have competed against our young star Morgan Noireaux, but during his heat against the new world champion Marcilio Brown, he had an accident were he injured his ankle, and therefore not able to complete to advance further and ended up 4th.

Jeffrey Henderson, who was the oldest of the top 3 in the masters of the Aloha Classic impressed the judges with his fluid riding yesterday, and ended up getting a third-place in the masters division.  “I had an off day, so I was pleased to accept 3rd place” Jeff said.

We would like to thank all the great riders that made the event a week we will never forget. And a special thank you to all the event planners, sponsors and photographers that made this whole event possible.

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Morgan Noireaux at Ho’okipa in the JP Aloha Classic

Jeffrey Henderson winning third place in event at Ho'okipa

Hot Sails Maui owner Jeff  Henderson ripping waves at Ho'okipa

Jeff on the new 3-batten KS3

Hot Sails Maui team rider Kauli ripping waves at Ho'okipa

Kauli ripping waves at Ho’okipa

 

Wiley’s Aloha Classic!

All forecasts showed the same for yesterday, lack of wind, so the water of Ho’okipa started of being a crowded spot with surfers claiming the waves. But we must say that the conditions surprised and served some light wind, enough to kick off the youth competition.

The crowd was amazed to see the youngest competitor Wiley Daniel take down one wave after the other. With a cool attitude and no nervousness in sight, Wiley got in the water with his 2.6 KS3, ready to show of his skills. For his second heat against Naveen Hanig he placed first, and came in with a great smile. The two youth sailors were enjoying having Ho’okipa all to them selves, and used their time to the fullest to show all the pro’s how they were able to rip the waves.

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Thank you to all of those who wrote us wishing Wiley luck. Every message have been appreciated, and past along to Wiley, and he is really stoked for all the support he got from all of you during this time!

Wiley’s first competition ended with the impressing result of a shared 5th place, and it is not only the parents that is proud of the young windsurfer’s performance, Hot Sails Maui is proud to support the next generation of sailors, and we know that Wiley is going to be one of the great ones!

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The Aloha Classic is in town!

When the Aloha Classic officially started the whole world was watching. The first day started with an opening ceremony in the best Hawaiian standard by blessing the conditions and the general competition. 1390488_740943599255689_1761086388_n 1385810_740942919255757_1433973501_n

The weeks before the start of the event Maui has been without wind, so the speculations and concerns were many.  But luckily as the Aloha Classic started on Maui, the wind showed up ready for the competition to begin.

The first day ended after 6 hours and 27 heats, and we are stoked to pronounce that the team riders of Hot Sails Maui are doing great!

Morgan Noireaux came a long way to Round #4 finishing 9th, and Chris Freeman lost in Round #3 finishing 25th.

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Chris Freeman bottom turns on his QU4D 4.7m in his heat.

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Morgan Noireaux casually does a clean one hand air off the lip on his way into the main PWA event.

Jeffrey Henderson, was spotted in the waves of Ho’okipa yesterday as well. “I had pretty low expectations in the pro division, and not just because I am the oldest in this division, but these guys are the best. I was happy to get my 30 minutes of sailing with just 4 sailors out in fun easy conditions.”

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Jeffrey Henderson sailing a 5.2m KS3 sail enjoys uncrowded Ho’okipa conditions during his heat in the pros.

8 years old, and ripping the waves at Ho’okipa

What did you do at the age of 8? What ever it was we bet that you didn’t challenge your windsurfing skills in waves that are twice your size! Sounds crazy? Well, that was how Wiley Daniels spent his last Saturday, riding the waves of Ho’okipa for the first time.

8 year old Wiley at Ho’okipa from Hot Sails Maui on Vimeo.

Wiley, an 8 year old child from Oahu came to visit his friend Dax Barker(10), who at the age of 7 set the record of being the youngest sailor ever at Ho’okipa 3 years ago.

After getting some guidance from Jeffrey Henderson on launching through the large shore break, and how to stay away for the rocks, Wiley entered the realm of windsurfing history, Ho’okipa, the official mecca of every windsurfer. The conditions were gusty and lacked consistent wind, but with no fear in sight Wiley made his way in to the water using his 2.4m KS3 Hot Sail rigged on a 270cm mast. It is hard to imagine how small this little sailor is.

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After a quick recovery in the waist high shore break, he made it to the impact zone only to meet a pretty big set closing out. Though he got knocked down, he calmly popped back up on his 45 liter STK board and up-hauled in the gusty wind like and old pro. After that he sensibly sailed the point wave into the channel. He caught 3-4 waves in very light wind, making a sweet bottom turn and top turn on one of the cleaner waves.

At the end of his session he caught a nice set wave into the beach and perfectly navigated the shore pound into the sand without incident.

After the interview, Wiley admitted that the conditions surprised him, and that the waves were more powerful than what he had first anticipated, but he can’t wait to go be out there again!

Wiley is going to be the youngest contestant in the AWT Aloha Classic at the end of this month, so watch out teenagers in the juniors!

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