Tuesday, August 29, 2006
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
August 12, 2006
The Hook has its Kings (and Queens). The King of the Hook drew a crowd of about 200 people to watch 50 competitors last weekend, almost double the number of competitors and spectators from last year’s event.
“King of the Hook went very well this year,” organizer Katie Crafts said by e-mail from Maui. “It felt like Labor Day inside the Hook with the massive turnout.”
The wind picked up just before 5 p.m., making perfect weather for the evening’s competitors to show off their style.
“It was one of the most well-attended windsurfing events in the United States this year, I would guess,” Steve Gates, the owner of Big Winds, one of the event’s primary sponsors, said. “It’s super fun and that's what windsurfing is all about.”
The event raised $250 for the Colorectal Cancer Coalition.
Gates said the best thing for him about the event was seeing the age range, from young children, to 60-70 year olds out at the Hook having a good time.
John Davies won both the men’s and flair competitions with his One Design rig and mullet; Angela Hurley won the women’s category. Chris Farro and Joe Saeger won the tandem. Chris Farro won Grom, while Andy Morrisey won Super Grom.
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