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On the Podium at the European Championships: Geronimo!

Start Line Action at the 2014 T293 Europeans in Torbole, Italy!

Start Line Action at the 2014 T293 Europeans! Photo Credit: Moan

Those of you who are following the progress of our young windsurfers in the US have heard of the Nores brothers from Miami. Big brother Maximo, the reigning Techno 293 North American champion, is turning 16 this year and will represent the USA at the Youth Olympic Games in China. Younger brother Geronimo is 14 now and was making headlines long before he turned his attention to windsurfing when he claimed three World titles in a row in the O’pen Bic class in 2010-12. And yes, there’s a third Nores brother, Manu, who is doing much more than waiting in the wings of his two older brothers, and starting to make waves of his own.

Those three have been on a whirlwind adventure of late, traveling from Cancun, Mexico to Mendoza, Argentina along with their US teammates to hone their skills, posting great results along the way against the best from the Americas. The April 18-20 US Nationals in Miami gave them all a chance to catch their breath with a home-based event, but the break was short-lived: immediately after the awards ceremony at the Nationals, they hopped on a flight to Italy with their Miami teammate Steven Cramer to take part in the 2014 Techno 293 European Championships. A few hours after landing in Milan, they found themselves in a flash mob of 313 jubilant youngsters waving flags through the streets of Torbole!

Geronimo Leading the Way at the 2014 T293 Europeans - Photo Credit: Moan

Geronimo Leading the Way at the 2014 T293 Europeans – Photo Credit: Moan

At that event, Geronimo finished 2nd in a fleet of 81 eager competitors under the age of 15. This was a breakthrough performance in glorious Lake Garda conditions against some of the very best young windsurfers in the world. We couldn’t resist reaching out to Geronimo when he returned to the US to find out what happened:

“My heart is racing, there are people all around me, all with the same goal, to win. The start horn goes off and everybody is pumping away at the start, some left behind and others launched ahead.

Racing in international events, to me are the highlights of my whole year. There is just so much to learn with so many people around you and it’s an amazing experience. The T293 2014 Europeans in Garda was definitely one of my favorite windsurfing events I’ve ever been to. It was so well organized and full of fair racing and fierce competition. I can honestly say I’ve never pumped so hard and so much in my life.

I had an amazing time, both on and off the water. With over 300 competitors, friends were everywhere to be found. The venue of this European championship was amazing because Garda delivered amazing racing conditions every day, and Torbole was a beautiful town. The event was the biggest of the European championships in history of the T293 class which is definitely a positive sign. People are becoming involved at younger ages like 11 and 12 and the class is growing in all fleets of all ages. We expect over 500 people at worlds making T293 the biggest youth windsurfing class and, in the opinion of many others and mine as well, the best. I was proud to represent my country and thrilled to get a second place and stand on that podium.

I left Garda quite pleased and very motivated to train even harder for my next challenge, which is Worlds in Brest. The whole Team trained hard and to see it pay off for all of us made us appreciate all the support we receive from outside and each other on the team pushing each other to the next level.”

U15 Boys Podium at the 2014 T293 Europeans.

U15 Boys Podium at the 2014 T293 Europeans – Photo Credit: fotofiore.com

Geronimo’s feeling that the team’s hard work is starting to pay off is echoed by his coach Uri:

“We spent two seasons building up the base of the pyramid, and we’re starting to see great results. This year, we started training early in October with a group of windsurfers who had international racing experience, and we made great progress every step of the way. The Europeans in Italy were a strong test event for us. The team had a really good experience traveling for that event. We had no pressure to post a result – although in the end we got a silver medal! Our goal this summer is the Worlds, and the Europeans were a great stepping stone.”

Florencia Barletta heads the Youth Sailing Foundation (YSF) programs at the Miami Yacht Club where Geronimo and his teammates practice every week. Speaking about the impact that those results are having on the development of the team, she adds:

“The Miami Yacht Club Youth Sailing is extremely proud of their windsurfing racing team. They have had a year of great accomplishments all over the globe. This, of course, is thanks to the great efforts of the coaches who work with them, the parents who make sure they can travel and experience these unforgettable life opportunities, and the sailors who put forth the effort and the hours of training! We are very happy to be able to support our team.

Their successes have created an awakening to the sport of windsurfing for young kids around the area. We have been offering windsurfing for the past three years in our summer camp programs. I find myself as Director of YSF programs speaking to more and more parents and creating more classes and private classes. Also I speak to parents of sailors looking to add windsurfing to their sailing activities.

We offer the possibility to start in a ‘Windsurfing for Fun’ class and go through Intermediate, Advanced and then Racing Team. It’s great to see that the interest is not only in boys but in teen girls as well. We are hoping that we can have some girls on our racing team this coming year!”

Skill level goes UP at the 2014 US Techno Nationals!

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All Smiles at the 2014 US Techno Nationals in Miami, FL!

Youth and talent were on display this weekend in the Sunshine State: nearly 30 young racers converged to Miami, Florida for the 2014 US Techno Nationals and RS:X Spring Festival. It was a great opportunity for everyone to reconnect, take stock of the competition and iron out the kinks ahead of the summer racing campaign.

Competitors were greeted with 10-14 kt southerly winds on Friday, 4-10 kt puffs with 30 degree shifts on Saturday on the back of a big overnight lightning storm, and 14-20 kt gusty north-westerlies on Sunday. Enough craziness to test everyone’s sanity! Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt, just off the podium at both the North and South American Championships this year, made up for it here and dominated the Techno Class with 7 wins out of 10 races. He summed it up for us: “the conditions were so varied, everyone got a chance to express themselves!”

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Racing against the Miami skyline! Photo Credit: Tomas Nores

Mack and Steven Max traveled from Aruba for the event to test their skills against the best racers from the US, and they were joined by a strong contingent from Mexico: among them Mateo Salles, who confirmed his 5th place at the North Americans earlier this year with a 5th place in Miami; and Mariana Aguilar who served notice that she’s the girl to beat in the Techno Class in North America right now, and will surely be a force to be reckoned with this summer at the Worlds in Brest and at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

The US National Techno title went to local hero Maximo Nores, ahead of Steven Cramer and Maximo’s brother Geronimo Nores: the same triumvirate that ruled the North American Championships in Cancun two months ago, and will be carrying the flag for the US at the European Championships this week in Italy. Those kids do get around, don’t they?

What made the US Nationals a great event for those kids? “It was great to race with people from outside the US,” said Maximo. “The best part was meeting racers from other countries,” added Mariana. The Miami Yacht Club and the Miami Youth Sailing Foundation ought to be commended for running a great event, but more importantly for helping keep the momentum going and creating yet another occasion for kids from North, South and Latin America to get together, learn from one another and raise the bar for everyone.

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Gold and Silver Fleets Ready to Pounce at the 2014 US Techno Nationals!

Success breeds success, and the talent at the top is infectious. Noah Lyons, a 12-yr old up-and-comer from Clearwater, FL, relished the heavy air and impressed everyone on the race course, but he knows he has some catching up to do in lighter conditions. He was wide-eyed about the experience and came away with the feeling that “with enough practice, anything is possible.”

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Hard Work at the 2014 US Techno Nationals

While the Techno class battled it up for national titles and bragging rights, the ‘older’ RS:X sailors used the event as a tune up. US Olympic Development Team Member Raul Lopez loved that this was a hard-thought yet no-pressure kind of event, and that relaxed attitude showed on his scorecard: he didn’t lose a single race! Diego Becerra from Mexico took advantage of the conditions to make “drastic improvements to (his) downwind technique.” Malo Ouallet “took (his) gear tuning skills to another level.” US Youth World Team Member Charlotte Samson used the event to test how her knees were holding up after a long injury timeout – “it’s been a while since I’ve sailed free of pain,” she said. “I’m really encouraged and looking forward to getting back on the water big time!”

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The RS:X Fleet Battling for Position ahead of the Finish Line – Miami, April 2014

The road is long and filled with endless hours on the water, buckets of sweat at the gym and layers of calluses on the hands, but as Raul Lopez noted with a smile, “it’s fantastic to see how the level in the US keeps going up.”

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Clowning Around at the 2014 US Techno Nationals!

Here are the podium positions:

Techno 293 US National:
1. USA 102. Maximo Nores
2. USA 242. Steven Cramer
3. USA 108. Geronimo Nores

Overall Techno 293 – girls:
1. MEX 28. Mariana Aguilar
2. MEX 75. Paula Carmona

Overall Techno 293 – boys:
1. ARU 11. Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt
2. USA 102. Maximo Nores
3. ARU 888. Steven Max

Overall Techno 293 – silver fleet:
1. USA 519. Michael Cramer
2. USA 628. Max Castillo
3. USA 708. Benjamin Dietch

RS:X 9.5:
1. USA 529. Raul Lopez
2. USA 528. Jonathan Rudich
3. USA 142. Malo Ouallet

RS:X 8.5 Girls:
1. MEX 87. Beatriz Castillo
2. USA 797. Charlotte Samson
3. MEX 126. Renata Millet

RS:X 8.5 Boys:
1. MEX 50. Mario Flores
2. MEX 83. Diego Becerra
3. USA 105. Nicolas Bailleul

Full Results here…

Steven Max reports from the 2013 Open Orange Bowl

T293 sailors at the 2013 Open Orange Bowl in Miami

T293 sailors at the 2013 Open Orange Bowl in Miami

Against a backdrop of more than five hundred Opti, Laser and 420 white sails dotting the horizon, a good size fleet of youth windsurfers took to the waters of Biscayne Bay in Miami between Christmas and New Year’s Day for the Open Orange Bowl. Here, Steven Max reports on the action in the Techno fleet for US Windsurfing. Enjoy!

 

By Steven Max – ARU888

Some people in the small windsurfing community probably know me as Steven Max the Freestyle windsurfer (Starboard/Hotsails), few know that next to Freestyle windsurfing, I love to sail techno 293 and do course racing. The last few years I’ve been training really hard to better myself in the Techno 293 class and even though back at home in Aruba there is only a very small group of people practicing this discipline, I try to train as much as I can and really enjoy doing it.

Wanting to get a little more experience with the actual racing in a large group of skilled athletes in the T293 division, I went looking for a competition with an Youth Olympic level nearby to see where I stand and if I’m any good compared to other T293 sailors internationally.

With a lot of help from Nevin Sayre and Tomas Nores, and with the support of my sponsors Malta Polar and GNC Aruba, I was able to go to Miami and join the fun at the Orange Bowl International Youth regatta in Biscayne Bay last week.

Over the last 8 years I have been to many events and regattas, (which did Freestyle, Slalom, Formula and many also had course racing), but I have to say, the Orange Bowl international youth regatta has been a new and exhilarating experience for me. It was very well organized, there were really nice and interesting people, but most of all the professionalism of the organizers was impressive.

It’s really nice for me as a sailor to know exactly where I stand, have such clear rules and regulations that are easy to follow and to be able to completely focus on my racing. It was also fun to be able to sail every day of the event, which I am not used to in Freestyle. I learned so much and made some really cool new friends in the process.

I would like to thank everyone in Miami who helped make the event possible.

One thing I know is that I will continue to sail Techno 293 and maybe RSX in the future and will hopefully return to the Orange bowl next year. I hope to see everyone again in Mexico.

 

Results here: http://bit.ly/JWONfk

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T293 sailors in start sequence in Miami, Dec 27-30 2013

 

Success at the 2013 Halloween Regatta in Clearwater, FL!

Racing Starts at the Halloween Regatta in Clearwater, Florida

 

By Connor Oursler – USA 313

With the advent of cooler weather the Clearwater Windsurfing Team is anything but reluctant to get out on the water. To commence this year’s season, the Clearwater Community Sailing Center hosted its first annual Halloween Windsurfing Regatta this past weekend. Led by Coach Britt Viehman, the eight youth racers consisted mainly of those from the local racing team, age 12 to 19. Nevertheless, with three current members of the US Sailing Youth Development Team on the start line, it was enough for some successful and intense racing from the RS:X and Techno classes. Accompanied by light to marginal conditions and crisp October skies, these committed sailors were ready to put two months of rigorous training to the test.

 

In order to take advantage of the 6-8 knots of morning breeze from the East, day one was an early start. Immediately after the skippers meeting, the competitors headed across the flat and brilliant waters of Clearwater Harbor to catch the 10:15 start. It was a strong start too as Jonathan Rudich earned three straight bullets leaving the others to fight for second. However, by noon the winds were shifting to the West, causing a two hour postponement, yet the racers were back on the harbor in no time for three more races in 10 knots of sea breeze. This time, Margot Samson finished in the lead by only two points.The following morning presented ten knots of more Easterly winds to allow four more races of an intense battle for first. Conclusively, and not without a great performance by all, Margot Samson was able to hold her position in the RS:X fleet, but only barely with Connor Oursler and Malo Ouallet trailing by only two and four points respectively. Being the only competitor in the Techno fleet, Noah Lyons received his well deserved prize. Ultimately, Coach Viehman expects a very successful season for each of his students with the exceptional results and outstanding display of skill from this exciting weekend of great racing.

 

Top Finishers: 1. Margot Samson; 2. Connor Oursler; 3. Malo Ouallet

 

A big thank you to the Clearwater Community Sailing Center for hosting the event, and to US Windsurfing for making it happen!

 

Awards Ceremony – Group Portrait of Smiling Competitors

 

Overall Results:

1. 28 pts. Margot Samson
2. 30 pts. Connor Oursler
3. 32 pts. Malo Ouallet
4. 33 pts. Jonathan Rudich
5. 35 pts. Diego Becerra
6. 44 pts. Charlotte Samson
7. 50 pts. Tucker McElwaney
8. 68 pts. Noah Lyons (1st Techno)

Busy Halloween for US Windsurfers!

The air is getting a little chilly everywhere, and the season’s first snow storms have struck already. Time to stash the gear away, hang cobwebs from the front porch and drink spiced pumpkin eggnog, right? Wrong! Halloween may be around the corner, but the windsurf racing season is in full swing! Check out the schedule of US racers for the next couple of weeks:

We even have a few intrepid world travelers attending the following international events:

  • Oct 20-26: Civitavecchia, Italy – RS:X Youth World Championships
  • Oct 26 – Nov 3: Eilat, Israel – U15/17 Techno European Championships

 

Trick or Treat?… BOTH!

Florida Events Coming Up

It may be snowing and cold in much of the US – but it is warm and windy in Florida! 

Kona racers can head to the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on November 17 & 18 for the Carlisle Classic.  You don’t want to miss 2 days of racing at this great location on the west coast of Florida.  There will also be racing for Opti, 420, Laser, O’pen Bic, Windmill and Hobie Wave classes.  More information and a notice of race can be found at http://clearwatercommunitysailing.org/2012/carlisle-classic-2012

Challenge yourself at the I-to-I in Ft. Lauderdale!   The 10th annual running of the Inlet to Inlet Long Distance Race is scheduled December 1-2, 2012.  The i-to-i helps wrap up the US Windsurfing National Race Tour for 2012.  More information, notice of race, (NOR), etc. can be found on the official race website:

 www.i-to-i.org

Techno 293 Nationals & Kona New England Champs

Maximo Nores from Miami racing on the Techno 293

Forty-two windsurfers from as far as Mexico, Canada, California, and Florida attended the Techno 293 National and the Kona One Design New England Championships at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club August 1 & 2.  The Techno 293s were part of US Sailing’s Junior Olympic Festival.

 The Florida sailors proved tough to beat in the light winds, taking the top three places overall in the Technos and first in the U17, U15, and U13 age groups.  Five of the top sailors were traveling on to represent USA and Mexico at the Techno 293 World Championships in Medemblik, Holland where more than 350 kids, age 16 and younger, are racing in August.

 Jonathan Rudich won the hotly contested U17 Class and first overall with Olivia Mew (Canada) taking the U19, Geronimo Nores winning the U15, and younger brother Manu Nores taking the U13 age groups.  Emily King was the cream of the Silver Fleet in Techno 293s and will be moving to Gold Fleet in future events.  Nevin Sayre edged out 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds Representative, Margot Samson, in the twenty-two board Kona One Design Class for adults.

Kona Results

Techno 293 results

2012 US Windsurfing Nationals Rocked!

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The 2012 US Windsurfing Nationals, presented by the American Windsurfing Tour wrapped up last Thursday.  The event was fantastic, with freestyle, formula and slalom racing all taking place in four action packed days.  The weather in Hood River was perfect; sunny, warm and windy.  Phil McGain took an early lead on the Formula course and easily held onto first place.  Xavier Ferlet and Steve Bodner (both of California) finished second and third and were often so close on the course you could hardly see space between them.  Marion Lepert, also of California sailed an impressive event, easily winning the women’s class and finishing in 8th place over all.  What a way to spend the summer before her senior year in high school!

slalom results (click on image to enlarge)

The closest racing of the event took place in slalom.  Phil McGain and Tyson Poor finished the event tied, with Phil just edging Tyson out in the tie-breaker.  Bruce Peterson and Casey Hauser rounded out the top four places with each of them winning a few heats.  15 year old Fiona Wylde had the crowd on their feet every heat she competed in, almost always finishing in the top 10 (of men, women and juniors) and finishing the last heat in 4th place!  She was the first junior in slalom, the first woman (though she was scored as a junior) and place 14th overall!  Marion Lepert, Ingrid Larouch and Tammy Bockius took first, second and third in the women’s fleet.  Overall results:

12 nationals overall results

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More pictures and stories can be found at http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/2012/07/final-day-at-the-us-windsurfing-nationals-presented-by-the-awt/ and videos at  www.windsport.com

Racing Begins at Nationals in Hood River

Day two at the 2012 US Windsurfing Nationals presented by the American Windsurfing Tour started slowly with a perfectly calm morning. The restful conditions allowed all the racers to settle into the Hood River Event Site and get all their gear rigged up and ready. By early afternoon the wind started to kick up above 12-knots and the call for the Formula racing to begin was made by race director Darren Rogers… a great call! And the wind just kept gradually building through three course races until it reached enough to make the switch to Slalom. A full round of three Slalom races completed another perfect day at the 2012 US Windsurfing Nationals. Let’s look at what happened in a little more detail..

Read the rest of the story and see results at http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d1a4e4eef8cd7953c762687fc&id=7391dd4d7d on the American Windsurfing Tour Website!

Florida Racing for Everyone!

photo: Jane Thompson

The 2012 windsurfing racing season kicked off strong in Florida with the Sarasota Island Style Classic and the Calema Midwinters.  The Kona class had a nice turnout at both events, with a number of out of town sailors taking advantage of the ability to fly in, charter gear and race without the hassles of travelling with windsurfing equipment.  The participants in the Kona class ranged in age from early teens to over seventy and included first time racers and windsurfing legends Nevin Sayre and Bruce Matlack! 

The Formula class had its usual mix of local Floridians and out of town superstars.  Brazillian Wilhelm Schurmann came for both events, while Micah Buzianis, Taty Franz, Paulo Dos Reis and Gabriel Brown showing up just for Midwinters.  Racing was tight amongst the top pros with the top five all winning at least one race! 

Sovig Sayre took first place in the women's rs:x class, her dad Nevin took first overall in Kona and her brother Raz finished first in the Techno class at midwinters!

Also in attendance at Midwinters were youth RS:X sailors Margot Samson  and Lucas Gonzales who had previously qualified to represent the United States at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships (which will be held this summer in Ireland).  The RS:X fleet had more competitors this year with many of the younger windsurfers ramping up for their Olympic campaigns for 2016. 

Results from the Sarasota Island Style Classic can be found at http://www.mswindsurfing.com/results.php and pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/54980050@N06/sets/72157629106727954/with/6790967128/

Results and pictures from the Calema Midwinters can be found at http://calema.com/events/calema-midwinters-2012/