Sunday, July 4, 2010
The Gorge Windfest: blueprint for success
Windfest had all the ingredients that make it a worthy model for anyone planning any future windsurfing event.
It seems, another requirement is the event poster (top of page) which puts all the information in a pleasing artsy presentation. Last but not least, an ample flow of photos keeps the audience involved and wishing they were there. Of course somewhere to publish those photos really drives home what the CGWA did to make Windfest a success. Doesn't hurt to have key event personnel available for media reporting either.
Timing is everything. The week prior to the Windfest, on the nearby Oregon coast, was the biggest wave contest in the U.S. in many years. Coupled with the Pistol River Wave Bash was a new type of event, the Jump Off. Both produced considerable interest and excitement. The week after Windfest saw the Team Edition of the Jump Off start in the Gorge. Exciting events, before and after, certainly helped Windfest across the board. This Zane Schweitzer report shows how a visiting pro can add to an event.
Don't forget the power of food, drink and music. Everyone needs 'em. An event this size certainly required a heapin' dose of behind the scenes, tireless volunteers: the all too underestimated get 'er done part of the event equation. Even Homer Simpson would see that a lot goes into making a good windsurfing event. Windfest certainly proved itself worthy as a guide for others to follow.