The American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) each year brings out the best wave riders around, from Maui to Hatteras and everywhere in-between. Tour Director Sam Bittner gives us a preview of what’s in store for 2014:
Show up to Santa Cruz (5th to 8th June) for your chance to win big thanks to Goya Windsurfing who have put up a $10,000 prize fund for their title event and the start of the 2014 Tour.
Straight after the Santa Cruz Goya Windsurfing Festival we will all pile in our cars and make the road trip north up to Gold Beach, Oregon for the Pistol River Wave Bash (12th to 15th June). Always ready to mix it up a little, we’ve announced a Country & Western theme for the event so bring your cowboy boots and get ready for a showdown in Gold Beach on and off the water.
We will take a month off from Tour before heading to South America for the 3rd annual AWT Pacasmayo Classic in Peru (3rd to 10th August). Competitors will be hosted by Jaime at El Faro Resort, which is one of the major sponsors for the event. Those looking for the longest waves in the world and a unique cultural opportunity should reserve their rooms now at a special AWT rate. The cost of the overall trip is actually very reasonable. Chris Freeman will be leading an info presentation at the Santa Cruz event and will be on hand to answer specific questions.
Staff and riders will be leaving Lima (probably after a trip to Machu Picchu) and heading straight San Diego for the drive down to San Carlos, Baja, for the Punta San Carlos Quatro Desert Showdown (16th – 23rd August). The Baja events have been special contests with an intimate group of 50 competitors, book early to reserve your spot. Punta San Carlos boasts some of the most incredible waves on the planet, perfectly formed and easy to exploit. Baja is the home of Solo Sports which offer a heavenly like experience for the extreme sports athlete: bike, SUP, surf, run in the morning and then windsurf until dusk with a hot and healthy meal and ample Baja Fogs waiting for you. Many also choose to camp and experience the full desert experience sleeping next to the famous break. If you are looking to do Baja on a budget and don’t have people to go with, do get in touch and we’ll put you in touch with others who are looking to do the same or those with advice on surviving the trip!
September brings our East Coast event and we are pleased to announce that Starboard have stepped up as the title sponsor of the Hatteras Wave Jam. Hatteras can deliver both port and starboard tack wave sailing and a range of wind so bring your big boards. For those of you who have not made the trip East you might be surprised to hear that the water is actually the warmest spot on the Tour, yes the water is warmer than Maui and the waves are beautiful!
The final event of the year is the infamous Aloha Classic on Maui at Ho’okipa Beach Park. The AWT will once again be partnering with the PWA for an epic finale to the 2014 tours. Top ranked pros from the AWT will advance to the PWA, we all know how well the riders did last year with 4 AWT riders in the top 5 of the PWA ranking and many causing upsets all through the ladder. This year may be a different picture; many of the PWA’s European based riders have been spending more time in Hawaii this winter and are bringing an impressive display. The 2014 Aloha Classic therefore promises to be one of the best ever shows in windsurfing history with AWT and PWA heavy weights classing on a level playing field. May the most radical, most progressive and most dedicated riders take glory!
For more details: American Windsurfing Tour