That's what it seemed like to me, Sloppy Seconds. We were all greatful that the US National Windsurfing Championships included freestyle at the event, but after sitting around in the cold all day watching endless slalom heats in nuking wind only to an organizer tell me "oh yea, i guess we could do freestyle" was well, frustrating.
We finally took to the water on the last day of competition as winds diminished and managed to get through a few rounds of single elmination format before the wind and water currents totally shut us down.
The awards dinner was great, we heard all about the tremendous athletes who braved the conditions in course racing, formula, and slalom, but for the organization who boast and hoast the championships of our sport ignored its fastest growing indication that they were a bit out of touch.
Fortunatly Windsport and RRD under stand that there is more to windsurfing than racing and got together to organize a freestyle event of their own out in the delta. We saw all the top talent of the West Coast and representing their hard work today in 25+ knots of wind. All the other sailors cleared to water, without being asked, and watched eagerly from the shores. Loud cheers were heard everytime a move was attempted, and even the occasional "I didn't know they could do that" was murmered on the beach.
In the end we all had great time just being at the beach supporting each other, and I know for sure that the people watching got a fresh breath of life from the sport they love.
Hi, my name is Jon Sassone and I'm addicted to windsurfing. I've been hooked for over half my life now and everyday I crave more. My blog is dedicated to anyone with any interest in this sport at all, I hope it brings good into your life the way it has with mine.