Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Road to Brazil


The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games are less than 2 years away. Countries must qualify to compete in the world's most famous quadrennial event. That first chance to do so is now currently unfolding at the ISAF World Championship in Santander, Spain. Because of the large number of RS:X participants, men and women competitors are each divided into 2 fleets. After 5 races, low qualifiers from the blue and yellow fleets were combined and placed into the gold fleets with everyone else moved into the silver fleet.

Of the 62 RS:X women at Santander, 31 have qualified for the gold fleet representing 15 countries which will vie for the 13 Olympic country positions available at this regatta. Of the 98 RS:X men, 49 have qualified for the gold fleet representing 23 countries, who will compete for 18 country slots.  Mexico is now the only North American country in the gold fleets with a chance to qualify; good luck, Demita Vega de Lille and David Mier y Teran !!! Argentina is the lone South American country with a chance to qualify. CAN and USA, men and women, both failed to make it to the gold fleet.  They'll have to wait for the next chance in November 2015 when 6 men and 6 women country slots are up for the taking, at the 2015 RS:X Worlds in Oman.

The 2016 Olympics offers the RS:X Class 26 country slots for women and 36 country slots for men. The Olympics host country, Brazil, is prequalified for both RS:X Classes and does not have to earn a spot. Ironically, 2 Brazilian men and 2 women have qualified for their respective gold fleets.










Last chance to qualify, after the World Championships, will be the Continental Qualifiers. The North America CQ offers 2 RS:X country slots for the men and 1 for the women. Many competitors from Central America and the Caribbean will attend. This event will most likely take place in Miami, FL in early 2016 but the venue has not been officially selected.

QUALIFICATION SYSTEM – GAMES OF THE XXXI OLYMPIAD – RIO 2016



Meanwhile, somewhere to the north, on the coast of Denmark, the PWA is holding a wave contest, the KIA Cold Hawaii...


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Praise Pacasmayo Peru


The reports from the AWT Pacasmayo adventure praise this wave sailing paradise in Peru. Levi Siver  wrote: "Yesterday was an experience I will never forget. We sailed mast high waves that seemed to last minutes on each ride. Best port tack sailing I've ever had, hands down. My last wave was a bomb, all the way out from the light house to the camp. My arms and legs finally gave out after a full day marathon of endless turns and I remember just standing there in the flats still watching this wave peeling perfectly like a machine. I'm in total disbelief that this place isn't a popular destination for windsurfing. I could write about both sides of my experience in Peru. Why does a country with so much joy, love and resources can still struggle with poverty but I'd rather focus on how epic it was. I didn't get much further than this point break but for me this was it. We rode waves that lasted minutes long and laughed like kids. At 33 years old I was once again surprised by the open road."
 
Bernd Roediger explained the video below: "Taken just after the Pro Final, really stoked to come away with 3rd in Pacasmayo! This was a great wave caught by Kevin Pritchard (camera owner and Jet Ski driver) and Simon Crowther (filmer and nauseous backseat rider). This is hardly the cleanest, longest, or best ridden wave from this incredible week, but it was recorded expertly and so I think it should be shared! 

It’s the most Peaceful 3 minutes anyone could ask for, a gentle, rolling wave… Unlike anything I’ve experienced. A person actually has time to contemplate what’s happening between the Ocean and Him. His Face, and the Wind whispering, repeating the same song for eternity across this stretch of coast. This Coast in which a million waves have broken down in the same way, and will  continue long after you and I are gone and forgotten. The Sea dances in perfect rhythm just as each Muscle repeats the same sequence, turn after satisfying turn. A Board, sliding across the water, as your medium between two feet and all the electric, pulsating, ebbing and flowing, energy of the ocean. And the Wave. Crashing with grace, a beautiful death. Like holding the hand of a doomed stranger and in it’s final hour, becoming true friends. By the time the wave is over, this person can feel he has learned from it’s life.

For me, it’s a glimpse into eternity, an ancient message ringing out through time… Everything is cyclical, the life and the death of a thing blending together. Like energy, impossible to destroy, only capable of transformation, the Tides of the Universe take away the old and return with something new, but somehow the same. Just as each peeling wave is a replica of it’s ancestors... and through it all, Love, like a cosmic wind, keeps us sailing on course to our Destinies."



AWT reports: "Logo to mast high sets were steam rolling their way from the point all the way down through to the El Faro Adventure Resort and beyond. It was lining up to be a special day. Bernd Roediger, Morgan Noireaux, Levi Siver, and Kevin Pritchard were set for an epic showdown. They were battling for the top 2 positions to see who would square off in the man on man Final. Check out some of the awesome wave-sailing action!


 

Friday, July 25, 2014

PWA Live Webcast from Fuerte



Sotavento, Furteventura is the 2nd stop of the PWA World Tour in the Canary Islands.  Once again, the PWA is Live Webcasting making this easily viewable for the continental US because the event is only 5 hours ahead of New York. The men's slalom plus men and women's freestyle event started today. The event runs from July 25 until August 2. The 3rd Tour stop in the Canaries, Tenerife, is for the men and women's wave contest from August 4 - 10.

For a replay of the entire day, go to PWA Fuerteventura LiveStream.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Mighty Pozo


Pozo Gran Canaria is windsurfing's most extreme wave competition, known for its massive aerial jumps. Once again, the PWA is Live Webcasting making this easily viewable for the continental US because the event is only 5 hours ahead of New York.

The always entertaining Brit, Ben Proffitt is anchoring the commentary. Catch up with the pre event coverage and build up on Proffitt's Training Diaries. Sophie Louca, who photographed Hookipa this past winter season is also there photo reporting: Fish Bowl Diaries. For more local reporting, visit Pozo News. The PWA 1st wave event for this year runs July 14 - 20.

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

PWA | Bonaire ready to go


June 20, 2014 | Bonaire is ready to start, but as of 3:15 PM the wind was not. Bonaire is in the same time zone as the East Coast US. Catch the action here or on the PWA Live TV. Competition concludes June 24. Prefer video reports? For a massive catalogue of videos from Bonaire: Kuma Movie and photos.
 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 Calendar: October - November - December











Wyatt Miller WS Camp | Solo Sports Baja | Oct 11 - 18
http://www.solosports.net/Wavecamps/Wyatt-flash/wyatt-camp-2014.htm

Aloha Clinic | Maui | Oct 11 - 18
http://www.shawnacropas.com/alohawindsurfingclinics/






ABK | Hatteras | Oct 13 - 17
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/315

Atlanta Fall Classic | Atlanta GA | Oct 17 -19
http://www.20knotsnob.com/uswsched.cfm

Wyatt Miller WS Camp | Solo Sports Baja | Oct 18 - 25
http://www.solosports.net/Wavecamps/Wyatt-flash/wyatt-camp-2014.htm







PWA | La Torche | Oct 18 - 26
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

Kona Calema Fall Series Race | Cocoa FL | Oct 19
http://calema.com/events/

ABK | Hatteras | Oct 22 - 24
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/316

Caesar Finies Demo Day | Cocoa Beach, FL | Oct 26
https://www.facebook.com/events/364093200421910/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

ABK | Corpus Christi TX | Oct 30 - Nov 2
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/317










Kona World Championship | Islamorada, FL | Oct 31 - Nov 5
http://class.konaone.com/Event/210/2014-kona-world-championships

AWT Aloha Classic | Maui | Oct 28 - Nov 11
http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/events-2014/














PWA | Maui | Oct 31 - Nov 11
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

ABK | Corpus Christi TX | Nov 6 - 9
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/318










Miami Slalom Open 2014 | Virginia Key, Miami | Nov 7 - 9
https://www.facebook.com/events/765480136824755/










Aloha Clinic | Maui | Nov 9 - 14
http://www.shawnacropas.com/alohawindsurfingclinics/






ABK | South Padre Island | Nov 13 - 16
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/319

PWA | Noumea | Nov 18 - 23
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

Kona Calema Fall Series Race | Cocoa FL | Nov 22/23
http://calema.com/events/







PWA | Chile | Nov 30 - Dec 7
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

i to i Long Distance Race | Ft. Lauderdale FL |  Dec 6 - 7
http://uswindsurfing.org/event/2014-i-to-i-race/

Miami Pro Am | Miami FL | Dec 20 - 21
http://uswindsurfing.org/event/2014-miami-pro-am/





Kona Calema Fall Series Race | Cocoa FL | Dec 28
http://calema.com/events/





Canadian events

Mowind does a detailed schedule for the Great Lakes / North Central U.S.

Calcup covers the west coast U.S. races and more

Maui Race Series

Gorge Cup  schedule

CGWA Events

ABK continuous tour schedule

U.S. Windsurfing National Racing Tour

Southeast U. S. events will be found here

iWindsurf Events page

Solo Sports events

PWA World Tour Events

American Windsurfing (Wave) Tour

BABA events

Matt Pritchard & Shawna Cropas Aloha Clinics

Techno 293 calendar

Windsport events

Curacao events

San Diego FW events

Calema events

OBX events

2014 Calendar: July - August - September








PWA | Turkmenistan | July 1 - 6
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033



Aruba Hi-Winds | Aruba | July 1 - 7
http://www.hiwindsaruba.com/

AWT Freedom Frenzy | Hatcher, Gorge | July 4
https://www.facebook.com/events/308750119285313/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Door County Breeze Regatta | Ephraim, WI | July 4 - 6
http://www26.brinkster.com/dcbreeze/













MRS Meanline Fins Slalom | Maui | July 5
http://www.mauiraceseries.com/










CISA Advanced Windsurfing Clinic | San Francisco | July 7 - 9
https://www.facebook.com/CISAsailing?ref=stream&fref=nf

ABK | Hood River OR | July 7 - 11
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/311

St FYC Twilight Series | San Francisco CA | July 11
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml

Cabrillo Race Series | San Pedro CA | July 13
http://cabrilloracingseries.blogspot.com/p/schedulle.html







PWA | Gran Canaria | July 16 - 20
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033






ABK | Rio Vista CA | July 18 - 20
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/307

MRS Quiksilver Cup | Maui | July 19
http://www.mauiraceseries.com/

SF Classic/ Un Challenge | San Francisco | July 19 - 20
http://uswindsurfing.org/event/sf-classic-un-challenge/







Gorge Cup - USW Slalom | Hood River OR | July 19 - 20
http://gorgecup.com/?page_id=7

Reservoir Rendezvous | New London OH | July 19 - 20
http://www.mowind.org/wp/?page_id=729

Jem Hall Clinic | Solo Sports Baja | July 19 - 26
http://www.solosports.net/Holiday%20schedule/schedule.htm

St FYC Twilight Series | San Francisco CA | July 25
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml










Aloha Clinic | Gorge | July 25 - 28
http://www.shawnacropas.com/alohawindsurfingclinics/








PWA | Fuerteventura | July 25 - Aug 2
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

Jem Hall Clinic | Solo Sports Baja | July 26 - Aug 2
http://www.solosports.net/Holiday%20schedule/schedule.htm

ABK | Rio Vista CA | Aug 1 - 3
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/308






Gorge Cup | Hood River OR | Aug 2
http://gorgecup.com/?page_id=7














MRS Neil Pryde Hawaii State Championship | Maui | Aug 2
http://www.mauiraceseries.com/

Jem Hall Clinic | Solo Sports Baja | Aug 2 - 9
http://www.solosports.net/Holiday%20schedule/schedule.htm

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AWT Pacasmayo Classic | Peru | Aug 3 -10
http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/events-2014/

PWA | Tenerife | Aug 4 - 10
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

St FYC Twilight Series | San Francisco CA | Aug 8
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml

ABK | Rio Vista CA | Aug 8 - 10
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/309







Gorge Cup | Hood River OR | Aug 9
http://gorgecup.com/?page_id=7

Menominee Festival Regatta | Menominee MI | Aug 9 - 10
http://www.mowind.org/wp/?page_id=61

Cabrillo Race Series | San Pedro CA | Aug 10
http://cabrilloracingseries.blogspot.com/p/schedulle.html






ABK | Rio Vista CA | Aug 15 - 17
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/309













Tour da Croix | Prescott WI | Aug 15 - 17
http://www.mowind.org/wp/?page_id=113

2014 Kona North Americans | Kingston, Ontario | Aug 15 - 18
http://windsurf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/NOR-KONA-NA.pdf

King of the Hook | Gorge | Aug 16
http://gorgewindsurfing.org/events/king-of-the-hook/













AWT Quatro Desert Showdown | Solo Sports Baja | Aug 16 - 23
http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/events-2014/

St FYC Twilight Series | San Francisco CA | Aug 22
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml







CalCup 4 | Berkeley YC CA | Aug 23
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml

Waconia Wind & Wave | Waconia MN | Aug 23 - 24
http://fleet8.com/

PWA | Alacati | Aug 26 - 31
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge | San Francisco | Aug 29
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml

St FYC Twilight Series | San Francisco CA | Sept 5
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml







PWA | Poland | Sept 5 - 7
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033

ABK | Hyannis MA | Sept 5 - 7
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/312

BABA Fun Race | Essex MD | Sept 6
http://www.windsurfbaba.org/pages/racing/racing.htm














Endless Summer Sailboard Classic | Shell Point FL | Sept 12 - 14
http://www.20knotsnob.com/uswsched.cfm

East Coast Windsurfing Festival | Cape Cod MA | Sept 13 - 14
http://www.ecwindfest.org/capecod.html


















AWT Hatteras Wave Jam | Hatteras | Sept 15 - 20
http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/events-2014/

PWA | Klitmoller | Sept 15 - 21
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033









St FYC Twilight Series | San Francisco CA | Sept 19
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml






ABK | Long Island NY | Sept 19 - 21
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/313

Wind Power Championship | Fond Du Lac WI | Sept 19 - 21
http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/







CalCup 5 | Berkeley YC CA | Sept 20
http://www.calcupevents.com/Schedule/Race%20Schedule-list-All.shtml







BABA East Coast Championship | Mayo MD | Sept 20 - 21
http://www.windsurfbaba.org/pages/racing/racing.htm

Matt Pritchard Clinic | Solo Sports Baja | Sept 20 - 27
http://www.solosports.net/Wavecamps/Mattclinic2014.htm

Mille Lacs Challenge (Kona only) | Garrison MN | Sept 25 - 27
http://fleet8.com/

ABK | West Atlantic City NJ | Sept 26 - 28
http://abkboardsports.com/camps/details/314





Kona Calema Fall Series Race 1 | Cocoa FL | Sept 27 - 28
http://calema.com/events/

PWA | Sylt | Sept 26 - Oct 5
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=2033







Canadian events

Mowind does a detailed schedule for the Great Lakes / North Central U.S.

Calcup covers the west coast U.S. races and more

Maui Race Series

Gorge Cup  schedule

CGWA Events

ABK continuous tour schedule

U.S. Windsurfing National Racing Tour

Southeast U. S. events will be found here

iWindsurf Events page

Solo Sports events

PWA World Tour Events

American Windsurfing (Wave) Tour

BABA events

Matt Pritchard & Shawna Cropas Aloha Clinics

Techno 293 calendar

Windsport events

Curacao events

San Diego FW events

Calema events

OBX events