General Windsurfing News
The first time I went to Matt Pritchard’s clinic, 2 years ago, I was a newbie and wanted to learn to use the harness in ocean conditions and waterstart. This time, I want to safely go out further and faster, have more fun in the waves, and learn the fast/carve tack. Some people want to learn to wave ride/wave jump. Whatever you want to learn, Matt is a very patient and experienced teacher, and utilizes action videos and photos of yourself, a land simulator, as well as sailing behind you and giving great tips while you are on the water to effectively teach. Plus it’s a ton of fun!!! His website is: http://pritchardwindsurfing.com/
I think we all can relate!
Our windsurfing brothers in San Francisco (along with our own Xavier Ferlet) have been up to some excellent slalom racing.
Check out these great clips!
Last fall a group of SDWA landsailors set out for the desert playa of El Mirage Dry Lake
The future seems upon us and after ourselves in San Diego witnessing first hand the power of foiling technology in the kite arena, it was only a matter of time before Foiling windsurfing made a true debut to the market. The popularity of competitive sailing has increased dramatically in the eyes of the public when the America’s Cup boats were capable of foiling and sailing sometimes even close to double the wind reaching speeds of 44.57kts (55mph) as was the case in 2013 by the Emirates New Zealand team. Perhaps the future salvation of our ailing sport is to have a few of us out on mission bay, cruising effortlessly a few feet above the water at blazing speeds exciting the public into wanting to try it themselves. Also, the advent of efficient foiling technology can possibly bring down the … Read More »
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown Pro Mens from American Windsurfing Tour on Vimeo.
Morgan Noireaux wins the AWT Quatro Desert Showdown
Check out what might be some of the most epic footage ever shot from a jet ski of a windsurfer. Bennett Williams takes you on board and shows some of the speed power and turns that the riders had.
Punta San Carlos, Baja delivers once again. Day one saw the women and the pros take to the water as the forecast called for the best conditions of the week. After an introduction to all the crew and competitors at the camp it was time to head to the point where the first heat of the day got under way.
With two open spots available in the pro fleet the decision was made to run a trial heat to determine which of the amateurs … Read More »
A big congratulations to our very own SDWA member Xavier GBR451 for winning the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race in San Francisico Formula division. The Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race is a multicraft downwind sprint from the Golden Gate Birdge to the Bay Bridge on San Francisco Bay. The field includes skiffs, kites, cats, trimarans and windsurfers. Here is a play by play direct from Xavier’s blog!
This was my first Bridge to Bridge race, so I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew about this famous race was that legends such as Micah Buziani had held the record for many years before the Kites smashed the record. Johnny Heineken had run the whole course on one tack last year on a Hydrofoil Kite in the record time of 16 minutes I think. With all Those histories floating in my … Read More »
Essentially the AWT is the result of one person’s ( Sam Bittner) effort to re-ignite interest in wave-sailing competitions in the USA. Every year the AWT holds events in Santa Cruz, Pistol River, Peru, Punta San Carlos, Cape Hatteras and Maui. They also participate in other windsurfing events around and about, such as at the Gorge. The number of competitors ranges from 40-100 depending on location. They have divisions for Pro, Amateurs, Masters (>45), Grand Masters (>55), Women and Youth.
For those of you who don’t know what the AWT is – see http://americanwindsurfingtour.com
It was a tough week at the AWT in Punta San Carlos for both competitors and especially the organizers with a lack of consistent wind. PSC is located about 350 miles south of San Diego down Baja Hwy 1. If you do not stay at Solo Sports , which … Read More »
2014 Pacasmayo Classic, Peru from American Windsurfing Tour on Vimeo.
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!