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Florida Kicks off Race Season

This coming weekend marks the first windsurfing regatta of the new year!  The Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic will be held in Miami from January 15-17.  You can see information about the event and photos and results will be posted at www.cavigliafoundation.org

February 25-27 is a race in Sarasota, FL (you can find more info at (www.mswindsurfing.com), followed by the Banana River Windsurfing regatta and clinic and the Kona North Americans from Feb. 28 to March 6 (more info at http://www.progressivesports.com/banana_river_race.php). 

All of these events are part of the National Race Tour, so get a few events under your belt and on your way to a top of the fleet finish for the season!

RS:X, Formula and Kona racing in Florida

US Windsurfing Announces Greenlayer Sports as Official Apparel Partner

 US Windsurfing is proud to announce an apparel partnership with Greenlayer Sports. Based in Portland, OR, just an hour from the Gorge, Greenlayer Sports is a leader in eco-friendly technical apparel, from recycled polyester performance tees to lightweight jackets, hoodies, beanies, and fleece. Their high- performance line blends function and comfort, and is equally suited for cross-training or relaxing post-session. All US Windsurfing members will receive 30% off all items in the Greenlayer Sports online store, as well as opportunities to purchase exclusive US Windsurfing branded apparel (coming soon). US Windsurfing-affiliated teams, clubs, and events will be eligible for preferred pricing for team/event merchandise; please email sales@green-layer.com to find out more.

Start enjoying your discount today: visit http://store.green-layer.com/ and start shopping! You have to be a member of US Windsurfing to get the discount- so e-mail info@uswindsurfing.org to check your membership status and get the discount code!

November stoke

I knew it was going to be a good day when the fog horn woke me up Wednesday morning.

Like an old familiar friend, I recognized its voice cutting through the cold damp San Francisco morning.

The chill hit me when I walked to my van and packed up my board for the day.

Work came and went but my mind was on the water.

By 3:30 I was rigging up at crissy field as the sun peaked in beneath the layers of fog.

The ride up was as smooth as butter. Flat water and 12-16 knots straight from the west.

Perfect conditions for formula windsurfing.

Soheil and I disappeared into the white, dodging incoming freighters, outgoing ferries and this season’s first crab boats masking their way in the San Francisco Bay.

Wells and Rathle were already on call paddling their SUP boards in the outer line up- just beyond Fort Point.

In sets of 3s and 4′s, the incoming swells would punch through allowing for a decent run up and surf down their faces. At the last critical moment you could gybe off, accelerating as you carved down and shoot off to the left as the wave peels right and enters a windless zone just west of the fort point.

Its a fine line of either or…

If you gybe too late you get sucked into a windless vacuum with the next set looming and the surfers taunting.

Soheil wasn’t so lucky and had to swim his gear out twice.

I played it cautious but scored on my first run catching of huge wake of a crab boat and surfing it it for almost a minute into the Bay.

David and Jean were catching wave after wave on their SUP boards and caught a few runs on camera as Soheil and I gybed around them.

Good Times!

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We got great runs for at least another 30 min in 12-16k gybing between the south tower and Ft. Point catching the incoming swell. Every so often, a set would come in a surprise me as I looked back to see wall of breaking waters and Wells and I sharing the same wave on an SUP and Formula windsurfer.

Time to gybe…

Kona Cold Front

The frist cold front to bring strong winds to Florida came rushing through on day three of the Kona World Championships in Miami!  With the gusty, shifty 20-25 knots and dropping temps another three races were run.  Julian Scalabrin and Dominique Vallee are battling for first place overall with Britt Viehman currently the first American.  You can see full results at http://www.mycyouthsailing.org/calendar.php.  Check out the great videos from day two and three below!

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Hard Core Kona!

Two days of racing into the 2010 Kona World Championships in Miami – and there are lots of sore muscles, tired bodies and big smiles! 

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Day one saw big winds and bigger swell on the race course.  The folks who came from flatwater sailing spots found the shore break and on-shore wind intimidating and the 4-5 foot swells that rolled down the course made the starting line a bit chaotic at times.  Three races were completed and it was extreme Kona racing – even for the race committe who overcame technical difficulties with the committee boat by running the races from a small inflatable coach boat.  They were as wet and tired at the end of the day as the racers!

For our second day, the lighter off shore breeze and flatter water was a welcome change for most.  Four races were completed for everyone, including the younger kids who stayed on the beach on day one.  The women’s fleet proved that it is fast to sail like a girl with three or four women in the top ten finishers in every race!

You can read more reports at http://www.waterhound.com/kona-windsurfing-world-championships-miami.html, check out results at http://www.mycyouthsailing.org/calendar.php and enjoy the video from the first day (courtesy of Patrik Pollak).

Kona Windsurfing World’s come to South Beach!

Kona World Championships 2010
Miami Beach, Florida November 1st. to 7th.

It is all set for a highly competitive and historical World Championships, with 80 competitors from 3 continents. The class is divided into four weight groups plus the ladies and cadet divisions -and with different sail sizes carefully tuned to match the (weight) divisions, ensuring even probabilities for all.

 
It makes the Kona One class the first in the history of windsurfing to eliminate a “sweet spot” or weight advantage of any particular group. This is significantly adding to the excitement – as it allows all weight groups to compete at equal terms in one big fleet, rather than having separate starts for each division. Likewise, it simplifies the organization and boost the recognition of the overall and true champion.

In contrast to all other windsurfing classes, propulsion (pumping) is strictly prohibited and due to its unique versatility and superb light wind performance – no minimum wind limit is required – which always guarantee successful events for sponsors and organizers.. Easy accessible, the class is attracting windsurfers of all ages and sizes, and this years Worlds will again see competitors from 10 years of age to veterans in the mid 60′s. Sailors from 40 kilos to super heavy weights – from ex Olympic and world champions to fresh youngsters, all in one class.

It is difficult to pick any favorites among the many seasoned sailors from Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia, but we believe this years Swedish Champion and young talent Adam Holm (15) will be a difficult customer to keep up with. In the ladies division the hot names at the moment are Kajsa Larsson (SWE), Manuela Buch (GER) Dominique Vallee (CAN) and Fanny Baumann (SWE).

The excitement is steadily growing as we get closer to this years main event at sunny South Miami Beach. It is in the experienced hands of the prestigious Miami Yacht Club. Not only will it be a spectacular event in tropical surroundings but also a historical one, in co-operation with the one and only Original Windsurfer Class. It is all set for the happening of the year, battling it out for the Kona World title and the Classical Windsurfer Freestyle and Slalom Cup’s for those who can handle it all.

See you there.

You can find the notice of race at http://www.mycyouthsailing.org/calendar.php

 

the fog chronicles…

Wednesday’s midweek after work session on the SF Bay @ crissy field was about as San Francisco as you can get. A chilling reminder that 4 days of summer heat was more than enough and the curmudgeon – aka the marine layer – was back in town.
The fog was deeply embedded through the golden gate- leaving only the San Francisco city front and Marin headlands to the north exposed to the brilliant sunshine trying penetrate through thick chilly pacific fog. As I drove into the city from Sausalito, the mid span was a fully engulfed with wind and fog. My van shifted in its lane with the each gust.
The iwindsurf app on the dash was reading 20+.
Peering down to Ft Point before I got the the toll booths, I saw nothing but white.

As I pulled into Crissy field, Tom & Soheil were already rigged their 10.0′s.
I followed suite with my 9.5.
3 identical mikes lab formula boards sit aligned ready to take on the Bay.
No chatter. Suit up and hit the water.
Its September- don’t forget the winter hat!

A few pumps and we were off blazing downwind at 20k+ in the flat water flood near shore towards the imminent fog bank lurking a few hundred feet away. Once at X- the tide line was amiss with square voodoo chop and random breaking swell.
The sheep were out of the paddock !
I flew over the backsides of the chop and waves with my back foot deeply planted in the double chicken strap for control. A quick scan of the chop in front of me let pick a decent face to carve back on.
Effortless is the only word that comes to mind when gybing a MLab in these conditions. Soheil and Tom are engaged in a gybing duel down the city front as I come fully lit in from the fog bank. Crossing ahead, I gybe in the butter smooth flood and sunshine washing the waters just in front of the GGYC.
The gods are smiling with 15-20k.
We work our way down past the harbor, past marina green and past Fort Mason in the time it takes to down a shot.
Painful but pleasant!
We arrive at the aquatic park which is bathed in a illuminating pink and orange glow as the setting sun peeks in below the fog.
30 seconds later overlapped and grinding upwind on port tack we are back in the fog.
So thick- you cant see the guy next to you 25′ away but rather listen to hear if the chatter from his board is getting closer or further away.
I look over my shoulder to see Soheil clearing a set of chop with his 70 cm fin fully out of the water. Tom is pulling to weather with his BB (aka big boy fin) from F4.
I hike harder and rail the board to get an edge and the kashy 70 I am riding finds a 5th gear- matching the angle and pulling ahead with speed.
The fog horns penetrate the marine layer from somewhere to windward.
Time to tack.
We line up again on starboard tack heading back towards the city front and out of the fog.
The voodoo chop is tamer the further we go until we reach the seawall where the flat flood tide is smooth as silk.
It quickly becomes apparent that shifting gears and standing the rig up in the lighter winds becomes advantageous. Soheil and I gain as we switch to our front hands on the uphaul vs the traditional 2 handed boom grip.
10 seconds later it’s time to tack.
The last 2 minutes of hard work and extra 2 board lengths of ground that you gained can be wiped clean if you blow your tack.
I’m a bit slow to make the transition and Tom flawlessly flops over to take advantage of the leeward position and is putting the pressure on again.
I dont have the room it takes to wind the fin up so I duck below Tom and begin with clear air.
Its not until we reach the fog bank again that I catch up with speed and angle.
Time to tack!
Our practice continues until we loose one another in the fog.
Tom bails and Soheil and I do another lap down to the aquatic park trading gybes and tacks along the city front while ducking in and out of the fog and tide line.
It doesn’t get much better for a wednesday.

Steve

USA-4

www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

Midwest Speed Quest 2010

3rd fastest so far - Arden Anderson

2010 has been a great year for the Midwest Speed Quest on Lake Okabena, Worthington Minnesota. This Windsurfing GPS Speed Sailing Event runs through October 15th. The Racing Schedule is open during this time, and the racer may choose the day he wishes to Speed Sail.

 Each year we pay over $3000 in CASH PRIZES, yet there are no fees of any kind The racer may enter as many times as they wish. This has been a popular format.   The racer with the Best Ten Second Speed will win $1000 CASH, 2nd is $500, 3rd is $250, 4th is $125, and 5th is $75.

 The Best Alpha 500 Meter Speed (the average speed through a 500 meter jibe) will win $500 CASH. Second wins $250, 3rd is $125, 4th is 75, and 5th is $50. Alpha Racing is new in the USA, but is popular in other Countries. This is great way to recognize those Windsurfers with superior jibing ability.

 Thank to the generosity of our Sponsors, we have also been able to provide demo gear to all visiting Racers. This includes KA Sails (WIndsurf Deal, California), two Carbon Art Boards (Carbon Art International, New Zealand), Vector Fins (Vector Fins Maui, Hawaii), and Gath Helmets (Murrays Sports, California), and DAKINE

 On May 1, the lead was taken early by David Knight  of Fridley Minnesota. He used the KA Koncept  6.6 Sail and Carbon Art SL62 Slalom Board and Vector 28 EX fin. He recorded a personal record with a Ten Second Run of 32.8 knots, and a Max 2 Second Speed of 33.52 knots.  On the same day, Ed Melechson of Papillion Nebraska sailed into Second Place, entering a personal best of 30.8 knots sailing the KA Koncept 5.8 Sail.  David won a Gath Helmet. Ed won a Gath Helmet and $100 CASH!

15 year old Magnus flying

On August 29, Andrew Anderson of Oakland California took the lead, with new personal best 10 Second Speed of 35.4 knots, with a Max Speed of 37.64 knots. Andrew was sailing the Neil Pryde RS Sail, the Carbon Art SL75 Slalom Board, and Vector Rockit Fin.  Arden Anderson of Fon du Lac Wisconsin is in 3rd place with a speed of 32.73 knots, and a Max Speed of 33.64. Arden used a Vector EX Fin.  Adam Anderson is now in 4th Place with new personal best 10 Second Speed of 31.2 knots, and a Max Speed of 33.12 Knots, also using a Vector EX Fin.   5th Place is now held by Ed Melechson.  Sixth Place is held by 15 year old Magnus Zaunmueller of Beaver Dam Wisconsin.  He was sailing the KA Koncept 4.4 Sail, the Carbon Art SP53 Speed Board, and Vector EX 32 Fin. This was his first attempt at Speed Sailing, and using the Koncept Sail. The conditions were challenging with the gusty winds and heavy chop. He also set a new personal best 10 Second Speed was 27.12 knots; and a Max Speed was 29.33 knots! Magnus won $100 CASH and a Gath Helmet!  Ken Gacke of Brandon SD hold 7th with a personal best of 26.88, and a Max Speed of 27.85.  Jeff Hegwer of Mason City Iowa has 8th place, Jason Swanson is in 9th.

New personal best speeds were also recorded by Wayne Anderson, Piotr Waszczuk, Jim Magnuson, Arnie Cleveland, and Niels Zaunmueller. Congratulations!!!

 Thank you US Windsurfing for supporting the Midwest Speed Quest year after year!

 See our Web Site for complete information, more photos,  and up to date Race Results.

http://www.midwestspeedquest.com

2010 Bridge to Bridge race



Yesterdays Bridge to Bridge race can be compared to launching yourself full speed down a mountain stacked full moguls- only have the finish line at the bottom of the mountain- 1/2 way across the gravel parking lot!
For 99% of the race, skiffs, kites and formula boards were fully wound in 18-24k and steep ebb chop, screaming downwind across the San Francisco Bay- only to come to a screeching halt 100m from the finish line- set just in front of Treasure Island at the base of the Bay Bridge where the wind becalmed the leaders and a river of ebb tide flowed, making it nearly impossible for nearly half of the fleet to get cross the finish line.
In fact only 33 of this years 57 entrants were able complete the race- but not for lack of skill. It was just that hard of a race.

It all unfolded with the last moves of the game as the skiffs came powered in from the city front and the majority of the kite and board fleet sat in the bubble just west of Treasure Island.

Actually the skiffs had it from the beginning.
All they needed was to avoid disaster and it would be theirs to lose.
And they did exactly that- sweeping the podium with the top 3 positions.
In 4th was local Chip Wasson followed by Steve Sylvester in 5th taking the top board spot- and edging out a pack of boards and kites- all trying to inch their way across the line in the opposing current and light wind.

The chaos even started before the starting gun as sounds of crunching carbon could be heard as 2 skiffs got tangled up in the run to the starting line.
With no protest being heard, per the sailing instructions, everything was going to be settled on the water.

The start was pretty chaotic with kites, skiff and boards all running at different angles and speeds across the line. I made a few quick calls to duck the port tackers (yes- duck the port tackers)in exchange for staying upright and full speed.
There’s nothing as slow as being skewed on the front of an Aussie 18′s 12′ bow sprint.
Port or starboard.
You lose!

I was able to ride some big puffs down the city front before it got too light and gybed back to the outside for pressure. This is where things really heated up and Sylvester and I were still neck and neck. He eventually was able to pull away with better speed on his 60cm kashy, north 9.0 and ML10 as we went past Alcatraz in a a wild array of voodoo chop and swell. I think the difference was just being able to put the hammer down. With a smaller fin in the big chop, you can get more control with less drag.
Even with my back foot fully on the leeward rail in the triple chicken strap, I was barely able to hold on -flying across the backsides of 3-5 swell and chop in 20-25k of breeze. I confess, the 67cm kashy that I was riding was more than enough. Pushing as deep as I could, I plowed right over the top of Soheil- not knowing he was even there until I cleared him. Fortunately just a few seconds of delay but when I gybed to make the layline for the finish line a kiter went down just in front of me – spreading his kite, lines and board in a tangled mess. Another few seconds lost going upwind to clear myself and around the kiter.

Things were looking good with the guys in front not making the line and falling off a plane. I came planing in making my way through a graveyard of downed kites, trying to body drag their way to the finish! A few pumps and the lucky puff and I might have it but then in an all too sudden anti-climatic finish, I fell off a plane and was faced with a river of current pulling me away from the finish line. It took another few minutes of real struggle to make it across the line.
I had to settle for 17th overall in what was a disappointing finish but sometimes it’s more about the race than the finishing order.
That’s all part of the game.
Win or Lose.
It keeps me coming back every time!
Steve Bodner

USA-4

www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

Thanks to the St Francis Yacht Club and Ronstan for the excellent race.
Photo credit: Eric Simonson @Pressuredrop

Techno 293 Nationals & Worlds

80 boards at the start!

The Techno 293 World Championships in Martiuges, France and the Techno 293 US Nationals in Vineyard Haven just wrapped up with great performances from youth windsurfers at both events! 

In Vineyard Haven, 15 races were run over 3 days – with the first two days having the conditions we all dream of racing in, high teens to low twenties!  26 kids from the US, Canada and Mexico showed up to compete for the National title.  John Sebastian, the top Canadian Techno 293 sailor dominated the fleet with ten first place finishes!  Raz Sayre (son of former world champion windsurfer, Nevin) and Chris Waldo of Gainsville, FL battled it out for second and third place.  You can see full results at http://www.vhyc.org/files/Download/techno239results.htm and check out the video of the event (thanks to Dan Weiss) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHyrp4Gl6GQ 

The Techno 293 World Championships also just wrapped in Martigues, France (just outside of Marseille).  The US Team consisted of Marion Lepert and Jack Lundquist from San Francisco, Margot Samson and Charlotte Samson from Clearwater, Florida and Ian Stokes from Norfolk, VA.  US Junior Team coach Britt Viehman was there as well, helping the kids to achieve their best possible performance.  The event was huge (almost like the old days, maybe even better) with over 350 racers!  Huge congratulations to Marion Lepert, who finished 11th out of 80 girls in the 7.8m girl’s class and Ian Stokes who finished 68th out of over 150 in the boy’s 7.8m class.  Check out the video from Day 1 (when it was blowing 50 knots!)

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You can see more videos and full results at www.techno293.org