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!

 

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.

Morgan Noireaux Tops AWT Baja Event on his KS3 sails

News in from Mexico where the American Windsurf Tour is running their 4th event of the year, that Morgan just won the pro ladder of wave heats! Morgan has been showing extreme potential and now seems to have proven his youth and skills are a force to be reckoned with! morgan1-0 Morgan has been using the Hot Sails Maui KS3 sails since his 4th place position at the 2013 Aloha Classic where he shocked the world cup seemingly coming out of nowhere. Morgan’s win shows he is serious and focused.10622964_944612488888798_1872663717725195310_n

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.

The start of something HOT!

The Ho’okipa season has officially started. The wind and the swells are here, which means, windsurfers also are back.

It looks like Ho’okipa is going to have an eventful season this year. With AWT announcing that PWA will be joining them at Ho’okipa for the 2013 JP Aloha Classic from the 24th of October until November 6th, Ho’okipa is going to be the spot to be again this season!

The contest will feature Hot Sails Maui riders Kauli Seadi, Morgan Noireaux, Chris Freeman, and a host of other local riders like 2011 masters’ winner, Jeffrey Henderson.

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When wind and swells are reporting their arrival, it is not only the windsurfers who are being spotted. The popular photographer Jimmie Hepp makes his daily arrival on the spot.

“The season is starting early this year and we have the Aloha Classic coming so it is getting over crowded already, and the pros aren’t even here yet!!!   Conditions have been so so, but workable with around 35-50 sails out at high session. The riders are serious about their jobs.  They have a contest coming and they have me watching them so they are going big…as I ask them to do.”

Jimmie started his career back in 2010 when be moved from Lahaina to Makawao. For the fourth year in a row, Jimmie has been catching every windsurfing move, and he is not stopping!

“ I usually get to Ho’okipa between 11-12 and shoot until as late as 4.  In that time if it’s a good day I’ll shoot up to 1200 shots but lately the average has been closer to 800.

That is step one.  Step two is the download and edit.  That takes up to 6 hours so I’m usually sitting here from 7-1AM with a few breaks for dinner etc.  I usually finish the entire day in that time but during the high season I sometimes have to get up early to finish the previous day. 

Everyone is stoked that we are finally getting away from the sucky summer.  For me it was awful!!  No waves and nothing else to shoot so I spent a lot of time working at home.  I couldn’t be happier!!”

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And Hot Sails Maui is defiantly also in the lens of Jimmie Hepp’s camera:

“Hot Sails Maui, has increased their presence a lot.  I see many more this year so far than last year.  The sails are attractive and easy for me to see and shoot.  The riders, like team rider Morgan have stepped it up a notch or two. I expect him to be on most of the podiums he’s reaching for.”

Team rider Morgan also had something to say about the season starting at Ho’okipa:

“September was a pretty slow month for waves and wind in Maui standards. If we’re lucky we get a few early swell. This September has been good. There have been a few days without wind and waves but some real swells have begun to role in. I’ve been sailing regularly. I’ve basically used the same set of gear this whole month. a 4.5 QU4D and an 85 liter JP quad board.”

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JP video showcases Hot riders Kauli Seadi and Morgan Noireaux.

This video released by JP to showcase their TwinserQuad board line has epic action footage of Hot Sails Maui riders Kauli Seadi and Morgan Noireaux shredding Maui’s north shore.

Kauli sails his three batten KS3 sail, and some of the clips really show the sail working exactly as he designed it. Morgan flys the Qu4d 4 batten wave sail and shows how this sail rocks.

Teamrider Morgan, the best “kid” in the world!

In the following blogpost, you can read about our Morgans sweet experience in Peru, and view the amazing images of his big adventure.

“Living on Maui I sail a ton but but I rarely get the opportunity to sail Port tack. It happens maybe three or four times a year during the Kona winds but not enough so that I can actually progress any. I’d been looking for a chance to go somewhere port tack to train and when the chance to go to Peru for the AWT competition presented itself I jumped on it.

I arrived two weeks before the start of the competition. This allowed me the time to really progress on the other tack. I’ve never been somewhere thats so good for learning to wavesail. The wave is like a skatepark, even when it’s small they’re long and allow you the chance to perfect whatever move your trying to land. In the two weeks before the contest there were waves everyday but we got one day in particular that made me understand why Peru is famous for it’s long point breaks.

I woke up in the morning to mast high waves pealing down the whole point. I went out surfing and caught waves far longer than any others I’ve had surfing OR windsurfing.  The wave is so long that you walk up the point, since if you paddle you get tired way to quickly. In the after noon the wind picked up so I went out once again but this time sailing. The waves I caught where even longer than in the morning. I don’t think I ever progressed so much in one session. Needless to say that had I not had any conditions for the rest of the time it would have almost still been worth just for that one session.

By the time the contest arrived I was confident in my sailing, not to the same degree as starboard tack but almost there. The conditions for the contest were really fun. I made some heats and then won the under 20 youth division which was great. We had a 45 minute final with some light winds and fun waves. It allowed all of us to get some waves and really push ourselves. I’m quite happy with the result as it proved that the time spent before the event paid off.”

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Morgan’s AWT Broken Pistol video edit

The AWT‘s Pistol River came tantalizingly close to a non-result but at the death some small waves and light winds materialized to enable the AWT to keep its 100% record which is thanks to great locations as well as the competitors and organizers doing everything that they can to make it happen. Recent improvements in equipment have made light wind sailing easier and it is amazing to see what Morgan could achieve in these difficult conditions using his 5.2 QU4D. Morgan finished 4th in the event and is now ranked 4th overall after two events. Next week Morgan & Chris will travel to Mexico for the San Carlos Desert Showdown and following a quick trip back to Maui to pick up and test new prototypes they’ll both be off to Peru for the AWT Pacasmayo Classic.

More to follow…