Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 Calendar: Jan - Feb - Mar

ISAF World Cup | Miami | Jan 25 - 31

ABK | Bonaire | Jan 26 - 30

St Barth Fun Cup | St Barth | Jan 29 - Feb 1

ABK | Bonaire | Feb 2 - 6

WISSA | Fond du Lac WI | Feb 9 - 14

ABK | Bonaire | Feb 16 - 20

ABK | Bonaire | Feb 23 - 27

Master of the Ocean | Cabarete | Feb 23 - 28

AWT | Cabo Verde | Feb 23 - Mar 8

Winter Classic WS Regatta | Sarasota Fl | Feb 27 - Mar 1

RS:X Bic Kona Training Camp | Cocoa Beach | Mar 2 - 4

Calema Midwinters | Cocoa Fl | Mar 5 - 8

ABK | Bonaire | Mar 9 - 13

ABK | Bonaire | Mar 16 - 20

IFJU Fins / Formula US Eastern Championship | Miami | Mar 20 - 22

ABK | Bonaire | Mar 23 - 27

Aloha Clinic | Maui | Mar 28 - Apr 3

Canadian events

Mowind does a detailed schedule for the Great Lakes / North Central U.S.

Calcup covers the west coast U.S. races and more

Maui Race Series

Gorge Cup  schedule

CGWA Events

ABK continuous tour schedule

U.S. Windsurfing

Southeast U. S. events will be found here

iWindsurf Events page

Solo Sports events

PWA World Tour Events

American Windsurfing (Wave) Tour

BABA events

Matt Pritchard & Shawna Cropas Aloha Clinics

Techno 293 calendar

Windsport events

Curacao events

San Diego FW events

Calema events

OBX events

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Getting Ready for the Miami ISAF World Cup

The New Year Windsurfing Regatta and RS:X - Techno 293 training clinics were held at the Banana River Resort in Cocoa Beach, drew nearly 30 participants and ended Sunday, Jan 4. Long time Olympic hopeful Beth Winkler was the driving force behind the regatta. Beth has put a tremendous amount of energy into renovating the resort for its guests and training athletes. Now the RS:Xers are focused on continued preparation for the Miami OCR, ISAF World Cup, Jan 25 - 31. For the Americans, the best eligible finisher will qualify for the 2nd position on the U.S. Sailing Team and best U.S. finisher will qualify for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Farrah Hall, 33 year old, 2012 London Games RS:X and 2015 U.S. Sailing Team member (won by being the best U.S. finisher at the 2014 RS:X Worlds in Spain) has been a full time active RS:X campaigner since before the 2008 China Games. Her years of hard work and training have made her the best female RS:X racer in America. She won every race at the just finished Cocoa Beach regatta. Even though the U.S. has yet to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games, she's confident the U.S. will complete the mission at the 2015 RS:X Worlds where 6 additional country slots are up for grabs. Farrah Hall Blog

Marion Lepert, a Stanford University sophomore and U.S. Sailing Team member is caught between her commitment to college and an unquenched Olympic thirst. She left the New Year Regatta, Sunday in Cocoa Beach, to start classes on Monday back in California. She'll miss classes later this month to return to the ISAF Olympic Class World Cup Series in Miami, hopefully to learn more about her real chances in the Olympic herd. Marion Lepert Blog

Diana Detre, 31 year old, 2 time, China and London games, RS:X competitor for Hungary is here in Florida testing the water for another campaign. Back troubles and a dose of burn out have kept her away from competition and training. She's back for a month with questions that need answers about how well she really is and whether Olympic training is a real possibility. In 2012, before the London Games when windsurfing was afraid they might lose their chance to compete in Rio to kite racing, Diana and a few others had the chance to test and evaluate a new RS:X prototype board. With a healthy quantity of used gear on the market, the Class decided not to adopt the new design because they feared the financial burden on the development of the class. Even though they liked the new fin, the test team really didn't see much performance difference in the new, lighter hull.  They were worried the lighter board might not survive a new racer's learning curve. But Neil Pryde still hopes the Class will adopt their new RS:X Evolution Concept.

Dominique with Beth
Dominique Vallee, 40 year old Canadian windsurfing coach once qualified for the Olympics, broke her leg and missed the chance to compete. She organized and ran the just completed Banana River Resort clinic/regatta and claims she is at peace with being a coach. Her friends privately wonder if she'll throw her hat into the ring for one more Olympic campaign.

2016 - The last chance for North American countries to get into the Rio Games for RS:X will be at the Miami ISAF World Cup event in late January, 2016 where one slot is available for women and two for the men. Who will represent the U.S. for RS:X at the Rio Games? The best combined finisher in the two 2016 ISAF World Cup events in Miami and Spain.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Road to Brazil

The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games are less than 2 years away. Countries must qualify to compete in the world's most famous quadrennial event. That first chance to do so is now currently unfolding at the ISAF World Championship in Santander, Spain. Because of the large number of RS:X participants, men and women competitors are each divided into 2 fleets. After 5 races, low qualifiers from the blue and yellow fleets were combined and placed into the gold fleets with everyone else moved into the silver fleet.

Of the 62 RS:X women at Santander, 31 have qualified for the gold fleet representing 15 countries which will vie for the 13 Olympic country positions available at this regatta. Of the 98 RS:X men, 49 have qualified for the gold fleet representing 23 countries, who will compete for 18 country slots.  Mexico is now the only North American country in the gold fleets with a chance to qualify; good luck, Demita Vega de Lille and David Mier y Teran !!! Argentina is the lone South American country with a chance to qualify. CAN and USA, men and women, both failed to make it to the gold fleet.  They'll have to wait for the next chance in November 2015 when 6 men and 6 women country slots are up for the taking, at the 2015 RS:X Worlds in Oman.

The 2016 Olympics offers the RS:X Class 26 country slots for women and 36 country slots for men. The Olympics host country, Brazil, is prequalified for both RS:X Classes and does not have to earn a spot. Ironically, 2 Brazilian men and 2 women have qualified for their respective gold fleets.

Last chance to qualify, after the World Championships, will be the Continental Qualifiers. The North America CQ offers 2 RS:X country slots for the men and 1 for the women. Many competitors from Central America and the Caribbean will attend. This event will most likely take place in Miami, FL in early 2016 but the venue has not been officially selected.


Meanwhile, somewhere to the north, on the coast of Denmark, the PWA is holding a wave contest, the KIA Cold Hawaii...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Praise Pacasmayo Peru

The reports from the AWT Pacasmayo adventure praise this wave sailing paradise in Peru. Levi Siver  wrote: "Yesterday was an experience I will never forget. We sailed mast high waves that seemed to last minutes on each ride. Best port tack sailing I've ever had, hands down. My last wave was a bomb, all the way out from the light house to the camp. My arms and legs finally gave out after a full day marathon of endless turns and I remember just standing there in the flats still watching this wave peeling perfectly like a machine. I'm in total disbelief that this place isn't a popular destination for windsurfing. I could write about both sides of my experience in Peru. Why does a country with so much joy, love and resources can still struggle with poverty but I'd rather focus on how epic it was. I didn't get much further than this point break but for me this was it. We rode waves that lasted minutes long and laughed like kids. At 33 years old I was once again surprised by the open road."
Bernd Roediger explained the video below: "Taken just after the Pro Final, really stoked to come away with 3rd in Pacasmayo! This was a great wave caught by Kevin Pritchard (camera owner and Jet Ski driver) and Simon Crowther (filmer and nauseous backseat rider). This is hardly the cleanest, longest, or best ridden wave from this incredible week, but it was recorded expertly and so I think it should be shared! 

It’s the most Peaceful 3 minutes anyone could ask for, a gentle, rolling wave… Unlike anything I’ve experienced. A person actually has time to contemplate what’s happening between the Ocean and Him. His Face, and the Wind whispering, repeating the same song for eternity across this stretch of coast. This Coast in which a million waves have broken down in the same way, and will  continue long after you and I are gone and forgotten. The Sea dances in perfect rhythm just as each Muscle repeats the same sequence, turn after satisfying turn. A Board, sliding across the water, as your medium between two feet and all the electric, pulsating, ebbing and flowing, energy of the ocean. And the Wave. Crashing with grace, a beautiful death. Like holding the hand of a doomed stranger and in it’s final hour, becoming true friends. By the time the wave is over, this person can feel he has learned from it’s life.

For me, it’s a glimpse into eternity, an ancient message ringing out through time… Everything is cyclical, the life and the death of a thing blending together. Like energy, impossible to destroy, only capable of transformation, the Tides of the Universe take away the old and return with something new, but somehow the same. Just as each peeling wave is a replica of it’s ancestors... and through it all, Love, like a cosmic wind, keeps us sailing on course to our Destinies."

AWT reports: "Logo to mast high sets were steam rolling their way from the point all the way down through to the El Faro Adventure Resort and beyond. It was lining up to be a special day. Bernd Roediger, Morgan Noireaux, Levi Siver, and Kevin Pritchard were set for an epic showdown. They were battling for the top 2 positions to see who would square off in the man on man Final. Check out some of the awesome wave-sailing action!


Friday, July 25, 2014

PWA Live Webcast from Fuerte

Sotavento, Furteventura is the 2nd stop of the PWA World Tour in the Canary Islands.  Once again, the PWA is Live Webcasting making this easily viewable for the continental US because the event is only 5 hours ahead of New York. The men's slalom plus men and women's freestyle event started today. The event runs from July 25 until August 2. The 3rd Tour stop in the Canaries, Tenerife, is for the men and women's wave contest from August 4 - 10.

For a replay of the entire day, go to PWA Fuerteventura LiveStream.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mighty Pozo

Pozo Gran Canaria is windsurfing's most extreme wave competition, known for its massive aerial jumps. Once again, the PWA is Live Webcasting making this easily viewable for the continental US because the event is only 5 hours ahead of New York.

The always entertaining Brit, Ben Proffitt is anchoring the commentary. Catch up with the pre event coverage and build up on Proffitt's Training Diaries. Sophie Louca, who photographed Hookipa this past winter season is also there photo reporting: Fish Bowl Diaries. For more local reporting, visit Pozo News. The PWA 1st wave event for this year runs July 14 - 20.


Friday, June 20, 2014

PWA | Bonaire ready to go

June 20, 2014 | Bonaire is ready to start, but as of 3:15 PM the wind was not. Bonaire is in the same time zone as the East Coast US. Catch the action here or on the PWA Live TV. Competition concludes June 24. Prefer video reports? For a massive catalogue of videos from Bonaire: Kuma Movie and photos.