Windsurfing in Waves and on Lakes in August

The Pacasmayo Classic wave event (the Peru stop on the AWT) and the Kona North American Championships in Minnesota both took place the last weekend of August.  Two very different disciplines of windsurfing in two very different locations – but the same fun and windsurfing stoke at both!

Kona North Americans in MN

The Kona North American’s were held on Lake Waconia, just outside of Minneapolis, MN.  Kona is a one-design class with everyone racing on the Kona One board and the one-design sail for their weight class (bigger sails for bigger folks).  The one-design concept along with the no pumping rule in the Kona class makes for tight, close racing.  With 50 people on the start line, the mark roundings were crowded and exciting!  Joachim Larsson and his daughter Kajsa from Sweden took first and second place overall, Arden Anderson, Steve Johnson and Adam Anderson rounded out the top five.  For more information on the Kona class check out www.konaone.com  The results broken down by class are as follows:

Women: 1st Kajsa Larsson, 2nd Karen Marriott, 3rd Jamie Keltz
Lightweight (7.4m sail): 1st Joe Marotti, 2nd Bruce Matlack, 3rd Jeff Adamski
Midweight (8.2m sail): 1st Joachim Larsson, 2nd Arden Anderson, 3rd Peter Hill
Heavyweight (9.0m sail): 1st Steve Johnson, Adam Anderson, Rob Evans
Super Heavyweight (9.8m sail): 1st Steve Calloway, 2nd Paul Matousek

Pacasmayo Classic

The Pacasmayo Classic was a departure for the American Windsurfing Tour crew – travelling all the way to Peru!  Camille Juban took first place, Tatiana Howard won the women’s and Fabrice Beaux won the master’s.  More stories, pictures and videos can be found at www.americanwindsurfingtour.com

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

Olympic Windsurfing

The windsurfing competition of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is drawing to a close, with the medal race to be run on Tueday, August 7.  In the men’s fleet, Dorian Van Rijsselberge has locked up the gold medal even before the medal race!  His commanding lead makes it mathematically impossilbe to lose his first place position.  In the women’s fleet, Marina Alabau is currently in first, but the medals are still undecided.  If you are a subscriber to almost any cable or sattelite tv service here in the US, you can watch the medal race live!  Check out http://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing/index.html to watch the race live, or to watch any of the races of the event that have already taken place.  The men’s medal race is scheduled for 1:00pm and the women’s for 2pm (London time – which is 8am and 9am US East Coast Time) on Tuesday, August 7.  Current results can be found at http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/results_centre.php 

Our US competitors, Bob Willis and Farrah Hall, did not qualify for the medal race.  We are thrilled with their performances however and they both performed beyond expectations for their first Olympic regatta.  You can read about their experiences at the Olympics at www.bobsails.com and www.farrahhall.com

Lots of great articles and videos have been written and created about this year’s Olympic Windsurfing event, here are links to just a few:

http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/ct-red-0727-bobwillis-20120726,0,2721315.story

http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/ct-red-0727-bob-willis-blog-20120726,0,3342282.story

http://www.wbal.com/article/92550/3/template-story/Annapolis-Farrah-Hall-Moves-Up-In-Olympic-Windsurfing-Standings

http://www.wbal.com/article/92237/3/template-story/Farrah-Hall-Windsurfing-In-The-Olympics-With-A-Maryland-Flare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGzcKt9dlIU&feature=youtu.be

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-02/london-windsurfers-sail-to-impress-in-effort-to-stay-in-olympics

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/other-sport/olympic-photo-finish-boost-for-dempsey-1-4117407

http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8508115

Pure stoke- an 8 day windsurfing bender from SF to the Gorge

32 races packed into 2 regattas over 8 days.
That’s about as much windsurfing as one can possible get without overdosing on pure stoke.

My body was on auto pilot the last few days of the bender living on power gels & protein recovery drink.
This was our Olympic games for the amateur sailor.
2 races completed & 4 sails rigged and ready by 11:30 am without so much as a drop of coffee.

The marathon started in San Francisco for the combined Formula windsurfing & kite boarding course racing North American Championships.
The event was hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club and run from Crissy Field with the golden gate bridge providing a spectacular background for the thousand of spectators who lined the San Francisco city front each day. 90 board sailors raced over 4 days in classic San Francisco Bay afternoon seas breezes from 15-30k.
Our local fleet stepped it up proving local knowledge goes a long way over international experience.
However it was Wilhelm Schurmann of Brazil who was crowned the champion of the 24 board formula fleet while Johnny Heineken took the best of the 66 board kite fleet.

The circus then moved north to the mecca of North American wind & water sports on the Columbia River for the US Windsurfing National Championships.
The ‘corridor’ as its known provides exceptional winds that funnels through the Cascade mountains eastbound while the river controlled by a series of locks downstream provides a huge water flow to the west. The combination makes for epic conditions. On my last day I saw grown men coming off the water in 30-40k & head high swell with nothing more than a handkerchief 3.2m sail saying they were overpowered. My smallest 5.8 rig would be enough for 2 people!
When it blows in the gorge- you’ve got to be ready!

The US Windsurfing Champs was actually 2 events in one with both slalom and formula racing combining for an overall championship.
Veteran, Phil McGain led at almost every mark in both disciplines while Xavier Ferlet and myself battled for 2nd as only 1 point separated us going into the last formula race.
We’d been sparing all season but Xavier usually got the best of me.
Gorge local Bruce Peterson slipped in the 2nd overall with an impressive slalom showing while the tiebreaker for 3rd was broken by who had the better throwout.
In windsurfing, every race counts- even your throw outs.

At the end of the day, it’s not about the trophies or the tiebreaker but how much fun you’re having and by the looks of it – we all won.
Pure stoke all around!
SF local junior superstar Marion Lepert won the women’s division in both formula & slalom while Jack Lundquist won the under 35 mens division in formula.
His younger brother Charlie won the junior division while I took home 1st in the masters slalom, 2nd in the master’s formula & 3rd overall (wining the tiebreaker!)

Full race report, videos & photos from the 8 day windsurfing bender at www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

2012 US Windsurfing Nationals Rocked!

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formula results (click on image to enlarge)

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!

Countdown to the Olympics

photo coutesy of US Sailing

The Olympic windsurfing competiton begins in just a few days, on July 31 in Weymouth, UK.  Bob Willis and Farrah Hall are our representatives for the United States and we are so excited to be cheering them on!  They (and windsurfing in the US) are getting lots of great press – here is a story that was published in Hartford Magazine recently (at http://hartfordmag.com/article-448-bob-willis.html

WINDSURFING

Bob Willis started out sailing at age 7, and sailed at Connecticut College. But his passion is windsurfing, and that’s where Willis, a Chicago native who graduated from Conn College in 2009 with a degree in economics, will compete in the London Olympics, in what’s known as the RS:X sailboard class. Willis took time off from studying at Conn College to try and qualify for the 2008 Olympics. He finished third in the trials (competitors must win to qualify) at age 19 and was encouraged, so set 2012 as his goal. Willis is the top-ranked American in the sport and is the first U.S. Olympic windsurfer who doesn’t hail from California or Florida. It’s a good thing he made the team, because in a recent controversial decision, the International Sailing Federation announced that windsurfing, which has been an Olympic sport since 1984, will be discontinued after these Olympics and kiteboarding will be added for the 2016 Olympics.

Formula North American’s end in San Fran. Nationals Begin in Hood River

The Formula Windsurfing North American Championships wrapped up in San Francisco this past weekend.  Racers had classic fantastic San Francisco conditions!  Winner Wilhelm Schurmann beat out the stiff competition to take first place.  Full results and pictures are available at http://www.stfyc.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=358162&ssid=266030&vnf=1

The US Windsurfing Nationals Championships started in Hood River, Oregon with freestyle.  Conditions were perfect for a spectator friendly event at the Hood River Event Site.  Wyatt Miller and Jordan Reid took first and second place respectively with big, clean moves that wowed the crowd.  Photos and videos will be available soon.  The event continues this week with Formula and Slalom racing.

Formula North American Championships- SF CA

Registration is open for next months North American Course Racing Championship for the Formula Windsurfer & Kite boarding fleets hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club- http://bit.ly/OJkFpe
5 days of races are planned with the starting line just off Crissy field on the San Francisco city front from July 18-22nd.
Bring you ‘A game’ because this ain’t your normal dog & pony show.

Each fleet will be racing with their own start and a combined ‘Round the rock’ race will be held at the conclusion of racing on Sunday where kites & boards will attempt to navigate around San Francisco Bay’s most famous rock.

See you on the starting line,
Steve
USA-4

Wave Contest and Slalom Races

pistol river wave contest

Big air in Pistol River, OR

The American Windsurfing Tour just wrapped up another hugely successful event in Pistol River, OR with the Naish Pistol River Wave Bash.  Great wind, great waves and fantastic wave sailing talent made for a spectacular event.  Levi Siver took first place, followed by Bernd Roediger, Morgan Noireaux and Kai Katchadourian.  Ingrid Larouche again took top honors in the women’s fleet, followed by junior sailing (and all around athlete) superstar Fiona Wylde, event organizer Sam Bittner took third. Brian Caserio finished first in Masters and Attila Tivadar took first in the Amateur fleet.  The next stop on the AWT will be the Quatro San Carlos Desert Showdown from July 28-Aug 4.   Full results, pictures and videos can be found at www.americanwindsurfingtour.com

The second event of the Maui Slalom Series, the DaKine Classic also took place last weekend.  Tamara Bockius continues to dominate the women’s division, having won both of the events so far.  Phil McGain took first place in the Men’s pro division.  You can see full results, broken down by age group at www.mauiraceseries.com