SDWA put on another wonderful Holiday Party for members and guests with delicious food, amazing door prizes and a chance to mingle without the distraction of the wind calling us out to the water! Those who didn’t attend you truly missed out.
Big thanks to Chuck and Martha for organizing the dinner, Amy who picked it up, and Zinnia who heated it all up and ruled the kitchen. Also a big thanks to Amy who amassed a wealth of door prizes – everybody left with a prize or two or three! And finally thanks to all who helped clean up afterwards. There was no shortage of helping hands.
And it looks like we’ll be back again next year on December 2nd. Hope to see you all then!
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!
A celebration was held for Paul & Kathy today at the Hilton to send them off on their new adventures in Fullerton. We’ll all miss them, but welcome the chance to sail with them at Cabrillo!
Thanks for the video Tuan!
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!
Had an informal kid’s day today at the Hilton. Gentle onshore winds & warm water made for some fun kid sailing action. Let’s get more kids out and grow the sport!
The Advantages of Windsurfing – Why is Windsurfing Awesome?
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).
Full article here:
Race results … Read More »
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 »
Lake Hodges again this year is open to sailing but access to the sailing site remains the same. To sail the lake you either have to sail from Hernandez Hideaway down to the dam or walk about a mile down a road to the old sailing site where there is still the remnants of an old parking lot many of you once frequented. The gate to the parking lot remains locked and access down the road is restricted since the building of the new pump station.
Currently, there are talks between a SDWA Member and Mark kersey to restore the old parking lot and again allow us access to the old sailing site by the dam. The only thing stalling these talks is that there is currently only one person seeking access to the lake and because of that it … Read More »
Decent conditions were bestowed on a few lucky sailors at Tourmaline yesterday the 6th of March. Winds while everyone was rigging was upwards of 20mph due to a nice Santa Ana breeze coming around Mount Soledad and compressing itself as it came around the point and got sucked into Mission Bay. Conditions by the time everyone hit the water were around 13-16mph with waves that were 2-3ft in size and relatively soft in shape. Luckily enough Chuck Mo. was there to document our experience so big thanks for taking his time to take the video and edit it all together!!
Featured Sailors in order of appearance: Andrew C (Ezzy Purple, Blue, wearing helmet), Chuck Ma. (Solid Blue Maui Sails Superfreak), and Dan S (Ezzy Blue and Black with 2 pieces of duct tape on the top)
Also another video taken and … Read More »
Friday, the 27th of February, San Diego Windsurfers were graced with pleasant wind conditions as a front that still lingers began to pass through the region. Winds were averaged from 15-20 S/SW with some higher isolated gusts. SDWA Sailors split up between a few sailing sites. A few sailors went to the Hilton. Dominik on 105l Exocet slalom board and an 8.5 plus 2 other sailors held down Santa Clarita point, and there were a few windsurfers at J Street in the South bay.
The report from the Hilton was the winds were 15-20. There was Amy on a 5.5, Don on a 6.5, Paul and Kathy on unknown (Thanks for the pictures!), and David Moyal. The only pictures of the day was from the Hilton and it looked like great smooth water blasting.
At J Street Gregg, Kelly, Chuck Ma., Steve, … Read More »
It’s been quite a quiet winter this year. Not many storms to speak of and today we stand on the eve before the first promising South Wind event. After about a month of waiting for wind after the last run of wind around the Holidays, the last few weeks have been full of some pretty decent Windsurfing here in San Diego. Here are some of the photos and videos that I (Dan S) took or others that were sent to me. I encourage all members to document any sessions that they feel are noteworthy and submit them to me to be showcased on the website.
Busy Day Windsurfing Sail Bay, San Diego
Video above, taken by Chuck Mo. was from Sunday, February 8th. Sail Bay saw steady and consistent winds and the SDWA were out in force. However so was every other … Read More »
Although San Diego has shut down for the season for most sailors, there have been a few moments of bliss to be had at our local wave spot Tourmaline. A few Santa Ana days have lit up an otherwise quiet and uneventful fall and for those who were there on those days we have had some decent surf and marginal++ winds. Here are a few pictures and a video of the Tourmo crew doing there thing. I do apologize for the picture quality, they were all shot with my phone with only digital zoom which sorta trashed the quality.
The San Diego Windsurfing Association met up Saturday Nov 1st for it’s monthly races. The usual crew showed up including Robert V, Kelly, Dan, Nina, Tuan and Gregg. The formula sailors opted to not race but rather do runs to the Coronado bridge and get some screaming runs in the flat water on the opposite shore near Coronado. In the 15-18mph winds the formula sailors were getting pretty wound up with Robert on a 12m, Tuan on a 10m, and Nina on her 8.5m.
Kelly and Dan opted for the 105 liter Starboard Hypersonic. For Kelly this turned out to be a frustrating experience as it’s a full sinker for him, and Dan got a few planing runs in even with a 7.0 wave sail. The wind picked up however and the shortboarders got out to play. Dan was able to … 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 »
Wow, what a great “End of the Season” picnic! We had food, wind, and a special guest: Professional Windsurfer Francisco Goya!
The wind started early and was strong between 12 and 2 before turning completely north and shutting down. The formula racers were out doing runs between buoys while some new windsurfers got lessons on the beginner equipment. Wind-wise it was successful for everyone.
A special thank you to the Party Committee for preparing the food: Aliza, Dawn, and Amy, but another special Thank you to Dan’s restaurants who donated the Gouda Mac & Cheese from Prospect Bar of La Jolla, and the Azifah Fit Fit, The cool lentil salad from Muzita Bistro in University Heights.
Thank you to Paul O. for taking the time out of sailing to take the great Pictures, and to Brent C. who took the time to take … 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!
In case you wanted to see what the San Diego Windsurfing Association T-Shirt looked like, here is an example on one of the beaches of Maui. Short Sleeve’s costs $12 and Long Sleeves’s costs $18. Please let Amy know soon as requests will not be taken after July 25th and the order for this year will be finalized. A new order may be taken up next year.
With new SDWA board members and many new members it was a different concept this year than in the years past. A suggestion to have a “Chili Cook off” created by Mike & Dawn turned out to be a great success.
The food was plenty, with 4 entries for the Chili contest. Winner was: “Dawn Patrol” although, Mike’s “El Miguel” hot chili was a close second place. There was not a drop left of any chili by 2pm. We had plenty of Chicken legs from Aliza and David’s recipe, salads, and last deserts. A special Thank you to Mike & Dawn for remembering Amy’s Birthday with a chocolate mousse cake, wow, was that Tasty!
The wind was very light, challenging our light wind sailing skills, but the big sails did get some good speed in the downwind runs.
The turn out very one of … Read More »