All posts by KarenM

Gorge Windfest – June 26 & 27!

The wind is back and so are the windsurfers!  The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association invites you- whether you’re a seasoned windsurfer, newbie, or just want to enjoy a day at the beach- to join us at Windfest Weekend, June 26-27, in Hood River.   The festivities will be held at the Event Site in Hood River, Oregon.  Take exit 63 off I-84 and head toward the river.  Activities will run from 10am until dusk on Saturday, June 26th, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 27th.  Demo tickets are available for purchase at the beach for $10, or $5 for CGWA members.   If you’ve never windsurfed before, this is your chance to try it out.  Big Winds is offering free lessons on Saturday and Sunday afternoons- space is limited, so sign up in the mornings at the Event Site.   For those who want to expand your skills, clinics will run throughout both days at the Event Site.  Clinics will be offered by Bruce Peterson (Owner of Sailworks), Wyatt Miller (Pro rider for Naish), and various skilled team riders. 

 Windsurf distributors from throughout the country will gather on the beach for unlimited gear demos all weekend.  Try out a stand up paddleboard, or work your way through the various brands’ newest gear.  Exhibitors include Trident Sports, Big Winds, Windsport Magazine, Groundswell / Ezzy, Bonnier Corps / Windsurfing Magazine, Sailworks, Maui Sails, Dakine, Realwind, Northsports, Naish Sails, and Shadowbox.

 Be sure to catch some live music and good grub at the Full Sail/Taco del Mar Pray for Wind Party on Saturday evening.  Tony Smiley will play live music on the beach until dusk.  David Griffith will host a live auction to raise funds for CGWA.  Hot auction items include:

  • Vela 7-day stay for 2 at the Brazilian combo- Jericoacoara + Icaraizinho
  • Make your own Nolimitz mast at the Nolimitz factory in White Salmon (you get to keep the mast)
  • On-water photoshoot with professional sports photographer Jock Bradley
  • Gift certificates for local lodging and dining, lots of windsurf gear, art, and much more!

There will be a silent auction on the beach in the large tent all day Saturday, and will close at 6pm.  The live auction will run from 7-8pm. 

 Also this weekend is the Gorge Blowout, where amateur and competitive windsurfers sail for 17 miles from Stevenson to Hood River.  The finish line is at the Event Site- come and cheer as they cross the finish line!  There is a junior blowout available for anyone looking to participate in 7 miles of downwind action, from Viento to Hood River.  For information about the Blowout and to register, visit www.VMGEvents.com

 If you would like to donate an item for the Pray for Wind party, please contact Beth McCullough at bmcculough@gorge.net.  If you are interested in volunteering at the event, contact Pete Biltoft at vintagevibeguitars@gorge.net

 Windfest is brought to you by the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing with the generous support of the Gorge community.  Special thanks to these sponsors: Vela Windsurfing Resorts, Your Rental and Party Center, Taco del Mar, Full Sail Brewing, and Griffith Motors. 

CGWA is a 501(c)(3) member-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the windsurfing experience throughout the Columbia River Gorge.  Learn more about our programs and projects at www.CGWA.net.

2010 US Windsurfing National Champ’s in San Francisco!

See the city from the water!

The 2010 Nationals are just around the corner – July 20-24 in beautiful, windy San Francisco!  The event, which is also the North American Formula Championships, will be run out of (and hosted by) the St. Francis Yacht Club and sailors will launch from world famous Crissy Field just next door.  Racing will take place Tuesday through Saturday and the emphasis will be on course racing, though the event organizers may run slalom and/or a long distance race if conditions permit.  You can see the complete notice of race at   2010 US Windsurfing National Championship NOR and you can register at http://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=376

More Great Racing in Florida

The Florida racing season continues, with great racing in Miami, Merritt Island and Clearwater! 

The Miami Wind & Surfers Challenge was held at US Sailing Center in Miami, FL from April 9-11.  Fernando Martiznez sailed to victory just ahead of Ron Kern and Farrah Hall after 10 races on Biscayne Bay.  The weather was perfect for Formula racing the entire weekend – you can read all about it at www.windsurfingtour.com and see full results and more pictures!

Ron Kern blasting on Biscayne Bay

 

The Florida Windfest (co-hosted by Calema Windsurfing and Sandy Point Progressive Sports) will be held at Calema Windsurfing on April 17 & 18.  It is a low key event for all ages that is a great way to try out racing for the first time or be part of an event that isn’t as big and intimidating as some of the races you read about.  You can get all the details at www.calema.com.

Calema Midwinters (regatta, Techno 293 NA’s & race camp!)

The world renowned Calema Midwinters is just around the corner, March 4-7, 2010.  In addition to great Formula class racing for both pros and weekend-warriors, the Midwinters will also be the Kona class North American Championships, the Techno 293 class North American Championships and the qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games for North American competitors! 

In the Formula class Gonzalo Costa Hoevel and Jesper Vesterstrom will be showing up to battle it out for top honors and other pros are signing up daily.  In the Techno 293 class, competitors are confirmed from the US, Cananda, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatamala and Brazil who will be competing for the right to represent their respective countries in the Youth Olympic Games.

Preceding the event, on March 1 & 2 will be a Techno 293, international junior race clinic hosted by Tinho Dornellas.  For more information check out www.calema.com and click on the link for Midwinters.  For all the details on the junior race clinic go to http://calema.com/events/event-details/?event_id=32.

With airfare to Orlando from anywhere in ths US being so cheap and a great rate at the host hotel (the Radisson Resort at the Port) there is no reason to stay home – register now!

US Windsurfing Team for 2010

The Miami Olympic Classes Regatta (which took place last week in Miami, FL) was the final step for 4 windsurfers to qualify for the 2010 United States Sailing Team.  This week-long regatta is part of the Sailing World Cup, the annual world-wide racing series for Olympic Sailing.  Most of the top RS:X sailors from around the world were in attendance and we are so proud of how all of our US sailors performed. 

Ben Barger, Jimi Sobek, Farrah Hall and Solvig Sayre won spots on the US Sailing Team and can now take advantage of funding assistance from US Sailing to help them reach their goal of competing in the 2010 Olympic Games.  You can read daily reports about the regatta (written by two of the newest RS:X competitors) at www.windsurfingtour.com, read about Farrah Hall’s regatta experience at www.farrahhall.com and read about the other sailing classes that competed at http://rmocr.ussailing.org.

Farrah Hall

Lisa Kremer of Worthington, MN racing in Miami