The fourth and final round of the Kanaha Slalom series, sponsored by Maui Fin Company, was completed this weekend in lighter conditions than the previous weeks, but certainly great Maui slalom conditions.
The winds were about 12-18 knots, with a little North direction to it which made the legs a little longer and starting on the outside with the small swells played havoc with some of the competitors.
Carbon Art was represented by Phil McGain once again, who dominated both his divisions including the prestigious Men’s Professional division. Phil finished the series winning both the Professional and over 40’s division
In the Pro fleet it was Phil McGain using his 58 Carbon Art having a battle with Peter Slate in the first few heats, then with McGain having a slight advantage going into the final heat he didn’t make any mistakes, nailed his start perfectly and held the advantage all the way through the course to the finish. Peter Slate finished second with Alex Aguera in third.
Phil also dominated the 40-49 age group ahead of the charging Alex Aguera who always makes Phil work for it. Phil scored three wins to secure the victory ahead of Alex and Kevin Ozee sailing well back in third.
Phil commented- “Alex and Peter (Slate) pushed me today in both my divisions, it’s never over till it’s over and with these guys sailing so well I have to elevate my game to a higher intensity to stay ahead. I had good speed on my 58cm Carbon Art in the lighter conditions, so it gave me the confidence coming into the starts and nailed them just at the right time to give me the advantage at the first mark“.
Photos by Madison McGain