Xavier bags gold in Formula, silver in Long Distance and bronze in Slalom at the 2016 US Windsurfing Nationals.
By Jerome Samson
For many years in the 1980′s and 1990′s, Corpus Christi’s Oleander Point was the site of the US Open, the brainchild of local windsurfing pioneer Charles Allen and a highlight on the international racing circuit. With the vagaries of event scheduling and competition from other venues, Oleander Point fell off the map a little. It’s a technical venue, with strong breeze and steep cross-chop, and for recreational windsurfers in the area, or those traveling to the region on vacation, the spot became an afterthought on the way to Bird Island Basin in Padre Island Seashore National Park – a much less intimidating location with shallow water for miles and a fantastic windsurfing school to boot (Worldwinds Windsurfing).
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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 »