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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!

Upcoming Event: Miami Slalom Open – Oct 18-20, 2013

 

It’s looking like this could be the best ever and most fun slalom event ever.  The event is 3 days, Friday October 18 through Sunday October 20 at Virginia Key.  Check out the website for more information and to sign up. http://www.miamislalomseries.com/ Two formats will be run,  slalom and super slalom.  Check out the Notice of Race, NOR, on the website above.

Darren Rogers will be the race director so this should be the most professionally run event yet.  Darren has run Mid-Winters, National, North American and local events with tremendous success around the USA and is highly sought after.  We’re lucky to have him officiating this year! In addition to local sailors a large number of international sailors, youth and pro are planning to attend.  Sean O’Brien and Kurosh Kiani, pro windsurfers, who are on tour with the PWA slalom series will be competing again this year.

Sign up today!

Ron Kern
US Windsurfing SE Regional Director

Formula Windsurfers take over Americas Cup course in San Francisco

Our formula windsurfing fleet had been invited to race on the Americas Cup course as part of the AC- OPEN- a showcase of different sailing, windsurfing , & kiteboarding competitions run in parallel with the Americas Cup and Louis Vuitton race series this summer on the San Francisco Bay.

We waited until Italy’s Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand finished their first race before launching from Crissy Field and sailing down to the start off last chance beach in front of the AC Village on the marina green. The shores were packed with sailing fans on grandstands set up along the water front but the 2nd of 2 races between Italy & NZ was cancelled as they reached their maximum safety limit where the organization and teams agreed it was not safe to race- a meer 24 knots of breeze and a 4k flood tide. Your typical summer San Francisco day.

Too windy for America’s cup?

Enter the formula windsurfer!

Things were about to get fun.

If you’re going to race on the San Francisco Bay- you better have the proper equipment or chances are- you wont be coming back anytime soon. Same applies with the AC boats.

The windsurfing fleet here has been pushing the limit of the equipment and evolving the sport for the past 30 years. We’re extremely lucky to have a world class board builder and fin makers within our community. Its all about experience and this fleet has it. The average sailors age this weekend was 50 years old and most have been racing some type of board for at last 20+ years. Anyone in the top 10 was capable of winning a race.

I chose my smaller Mikes Lab 89 cm wide board, 61cm Kashy fin and 10.0 Avanti for maximum power and control. Conditions looked brutal with a steep chop and 20-25 knots of westerly breeze coming through the golden gate. If you knew what you were doing it was manageable. If not it was hell. I’d been sailing on this course for the better of 10+ years. It’s my backyard, my playground.

Full race report at www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

Report from the US Nationals

I wasnt able to attend this years US Windsurfing Nationals in Cabrillo Beach last week but am taking the opportunity to post- Soheil’s report from the regatta on my blog

I think you’ll find it a good read about the trials and tribulations of sailing a regatta- the highs and lows and most importantly- the lesson of never ever giving up.

Soheil sailed one of the best regattas of his career and finished a career high 4th overall in the Formula class. Big props to him for keeping it going and sending out an report each evening.

Full report @ www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

Neil Pryde Hawaii State Championship

Rigging Up at Kanaha – Credit: Harry Wiewel

Report by MauiSails’ very own
(and US National defending champion!)
Phil McGain

The final slalom event of the year took place at Kanaha beach park last Saturday July 27 in typical trade wind conditions. Competitors showed up from various parts of the world to contest this famous Hawaii State Championship. Apart from the local sailors the next biggest contingent was from New Zealand.

Battle at the First Mark – Credit: Jimmie Hepp

Micah Buzianis was the star of the day winning eight consecutive heats to claim two divisions, the mens Pro and Mens age group 40-49. Buzianis, a veteran Professional windsurfer from Paia, nailed his starts all day and had awesome board speed to beat out Dan Ellis and Peter Slate in the pro divison. In the mens 40-49 Buzianis had his hands full with Phil McGain giving him a bit of run but in the end McGain settled for second place with Kevin Ozee in third position.

Dan Ellis had another excellent day to top off his season, putting together some near perfect heats to walk away with the mens 19-39 age group with Neil Turpin coming second and Samuel Perez in third place.

In the Womens Division Tamara Bockius won her third straight State Title by beating out Argentina Bonilla Jimenez and racing in her first season Diane Takemoto got herself on the podium in third place.

Mike Yasak once again proved he’s the most consistent sailor in the mens 50-59 age group, however he was pushed all the way by Chris McNeil and Sam Bockius, who took second and third places. Todd MacFarlane is the state champion in the Mens 60-over division with Ted Hunter in second and Greg Thomas in third place.

Special Mention has to go the juniors with Deniz Bicakci who has raced well all year taking the title from Taylor Boyd and Connor McKenney. We look forward to these boys growing into Men in the future and racing with the big boys.

All results Below.

RESULTS OF THE NEILPRYDE HAWAII STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Neil-Pryde-State-Championships-2013.xlsx&hl&chrome=true

MAUI RACE SERIES FINAL STANDINGS:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/MRS-County-Championships-Results-2013.xlsx&hl&chrome=true

 

Phil McGain to Offer Free Clinic at Nationals… and Compete!

Phil McGain to Compete at 2013 US Nationals

US National Champion Phil McGain will race and defend his title at the US Nationals at Cabrillo Beach!

 

In addition to competing in the Formula, Long Distance and Slalom events, Phil will be offering a free clinic on Tuesday August 6, prior to the day’s racing. Phil will cover almost all aspects of windsurfing but mainly focus on racing preparation, tuning and tactics.

 

If you haven’t yet registered for the Aug 4-9, 2013 US Nationals in LA, here’s the link to the event website: http://www.2013windsurfingnationals.com/

Freestyle Clinic with Phil Soltysiak at the 2013 US Nationals

Freestyle Clinic at US Nationals!

On Friday August 9th at 10am Canadian professional freestyle windsurfer Phil Soltysiak will be holding a free freestyle clinic at Cabrillo Beach, Los Angeles. Cabrillo Beach is the venue of the 2013 US Nationals where Phil will be competing in both freestyle and slalom!

During the clinic, Phil will cover the basics of freestyle windsurfing, followed by more in depth discussion of how to improve your skills, and answer any questions you may have. The clinic is open for everybody to attend, so we hope to see you all there!

For more information on Phil, check out: www.PhilipSoltysiak.com

If you haven’t yet registered for the Aug 4-9, 2013 US Nationals in LA, here’s the link to the event website: http://www.2013windsurfingnationals.com/

Quicksilver Cup – Maui Race Series #4

Report by racer and US Windsurfing Regional Director Tammy Bockius

Photo by Harry Wiewel

Maui’s Kanaha beach park enjoyed perfect 20+ m.p.h.trade winds and blue skies this past weekend. The 4th event of the 2013 Maui Race Series, the Quiksilver Cup, was well attended with recreational and pro sailors, spectators and photographers.

On race day, I like to get to the beach early and rig every sail that I own.  The skipper’s meeting is always at 10 a.m., our fearless race director, Joe Boersma, goes over the rules and gives everyone a pep talk.  We are allowed to launch at 11 a.m. for a warm up, the first possible heat start is at 11:30.  It’s important to check out the wind direction and strength, sail the race course, see exactly where the buoys are placed, take a good look at the start line.  It also helps to choose the right size sail to race on, which I decided to do this time.

photo by Franck Berthout

All the Women racers, Argentina Jiminez Bonilla, Diane Sakamoto and Toshie Yamamoto, were hitting the start line on time.  My starts in the afternoon were good too, ‘text book’ you might say, if there was a book on correct slalom starts.  Argentina is very fast so I have to sail my best to catch her.  I had my timing down and eagle eyes lined up on that first inside buoy.  I am not the biggest or fastest sailor, but lucky for me, slalom racing is more than just sailing in a straight line, it is a ‘zig zag’.  Jibing technique is as important as pure board speed.   I won all 4 women’s heats on my  Maui Sails tr-9 5.1 and custom Carbon Art slalom board.  I love that board, seriously, I named her “Relentless”, I printed  it with a sharpie on the tail.  My bigger slalom board is named “Ruth” ( yes, it is biblical, short for “Ruthless”).   I had one very clean jibe at the first buoy,  just winged it out of there, a ‘dream jibe’ you might say.  The rest were somewhat ‘careful’ granny jibes but one of my personal racing rules is ‘whatever you do, do NOT fall in’.   If you are in the back of the pack, go for it, it’s ok to fall in then.  My 13 year old daughter, Sailor, was the youngest racer and only Jr. female, she knew to stand it up around the whole course.

The Men had some very competitive heats with several exciting races.   There were the usual local All Stars in attendance, Peter Slate, Micah Buzianis, Phil McGain, Dan Ellis, Kevin Ozee, Peter John, Mike Yasak, Neil Turpin, Ben Massenburg, Chris McNeil, Greg Thomas, Chris Freeman, Matt Daniels – there were also a few very fast visiting racers, Gunnar Asmussen and Marco Lang from Germany, Eric Lemire from France, the Holliday Brothers Jack and Luke from New Zealand.

It is always interesting to watch their starts, observe their racing tactics, see who comes out of that first buoy in front, note how much distance they can put between themselves and second.  The North team Boys were bringing it, the Hot Sails riders were sailing  well, the Maui Sails team took some titles, everyone was sailing their hardest.  Race day will bring out this extra something that YOU might not even know that you had. Training, focus and determination, there was a lot of that on display this past weekend.

photo by Jimmie Hepp

All the racers and their friends and families enjoyed the awards beach ceremony after racing.  Thank you to Hi-Tech and Quicksilver for sponsoring the event.   Also, thanks to Pollis Mexican restaurant and US Windsurfing for buying extra trophies again (there are 9 divisions, sometimes 10 or 11).  Also a BIG Mahalo to Pacific Millworks and the AWT for loaning us their beautiful custom built wood awards podium.

The first 4 MRS events will be calculated for the Maui County overall title awarded at the next event.  The 5th and last event, the Hawaii State championships, will be held July 27th.  The Maui Race Series is looking forward to next Summer, 2014, its’ 30th continuous year.  Make plans to come join us for some stellar racing here on Maui.  Sailors of all levels, ages, sizes and gender are encouraged to participate in the longest running Slalom series in the world.

Results can be found at https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Quiksilver-2013.xlsx&hl&chrome=true

 

Aloha from Maui, Tammy

Meanline Fins Slalom – Maui Race Series event #3

Reported by Peter Slate

Photo by Harry Wiewel Rider: Peter Slate

Meanline Fins, manufacturers of high performance fins, sponsored the third event of the 2013 Maui Race Series. The conditions were typically light for Maui, (7.8M and 7.0m sails) but, none the less, provided for some good racing. New at this event was a much longer reach, allowing for those with more board speed to have an advantage over those with better gybing skills.

Very nice to see  the competitors who travelled from Japan, Germany and Austria. As for the racing, the wind turned a little off-shore, making the start even more important, and hence, the jostling for position just that much more exciting !! Rounding the first buoy was just as exciting as always . With ALL the regular crash and burn that’s Racing !

The Mens Pro, Micah Buzianis was dominant, besides one race, with Dan Ellis and Gunnar Asmussen fighting it out for second. The Woman’s pro division well contested with, Fujiko Onishi wining ahead of fellow Japanese racer, Tomoya Hishikawa. Last weeks winner, Tamara Bockius, was third. Tammy’s husband, Sam Bockius raced very consistently to win the mens semi-pro division. A big shout out went to Deniz Bicakci, for winning the Juniors and Expert divisions. Congratulations, Deniz !

The next race is 13 July 2013, and we hope all the local racers who haven’t made it to an event will get their gear together for the next event.

Photo by Jimmie Hepp

Results can be found at https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Meanline-Fins-2013.xlsx&hl&chrome=true

 

Carbon Art Challenge – Maui Race Series Event #2

photo by Jimmie Hepp

Laurence Carey (NZL 252) brings us this report from the second event of the Maui Slalom Series, the Carbon Art Challenge.

Over the past three years I have been coming to Maui to compete in the ‘Maui Race Series’ so I can train and race against some of the best sailors in the world. The ‘Carbon Art Challenge’ (15th June) was a great event with over 30 sailors competing. The conditions were very challenging with breaking waves on the start line and gusts between 25-30knots in the afternoon.

The races started at 11.30 and the ability groups were first, I was competing in the Pro division. This was a very competitive fleet with 13 people racing in each heat from 6 different countries. This made starts crucial as if you didn’t get it right you would be last to the first mark. Over the day the waves got bigger with some big crashes in all divisions. In heat one of the Pro division, Peter Slate and I nailed the start and we were the first to the mark however, I slipped at the mark and wiped out but managed to still get 6th. Over the morning the wind picked up from 15knots to around 18-20knots making the racing much more interesting and the North Team dominated the Pro division. Peter Slate got the first two bullets and Dan Ellis got the next two bullets. Peter Slate won the pro division, with Dan Ellis 2nd, and Phil McGain 3rd. I came 6th overall.

photo by Jimmie Hepp

After the ability groups we had the age divisions where the races became more civilised as there was only 7-10 people in each heat. I was racing in the Open Mens (19-39) where I would be racing against Dan Ellis, Peter John and Neil Turpin from the Pro division. This was some great racing and I started off very well. I led the first race around most of the course however, on the second mark I hit the back of a wave and Dan Ellis overtook me on the inside. The remaining races were very close but Dan managed to win each heat in the age group. Peter John and I battled for 2nd as we both had the same points by the end of the day however, as I had a lower discard I got 2nd and Peter got 3rd.

This was my last event unfortunately for the summer as I am going to the 2013 IFCA worlds in Turkey – Alacati. The training I have had is invaluable and has provided me with the best preparation possible for the Worlds on July 1st – 6th. Although I wish I could do the rest of the races in Maui I will be carrying on with my university studies after the Worlds. I plan on doing a few PWA events in the near future and hopefully I will be able to come back and race next year in the race series. The next race day is on the 29th of June and is sponsored by ‘Meanline Fins’. This will be a very interesting event as the race format will be slightly different with the race legs being slightly longer and the final leg into the beach will run through the death triangle/weird wave.

Results can be found at https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Carbon-Art-2013.xlsx&hl&chrome=true