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2002 National Windsurfing Festival Tour


4/12/2002

US Windsurfing is sponsoring a national windsurfing festival tour and race series in 2002. This will feature 13 regattas around the country, with windsurfer racing in several classes. Scores from the individual events will be totaled, to determine the national series winners. In addition to racing, the national tour events will feature freestyle contests, "learn-to-windsurf" and pro clinics, youth programs and novice races. Sponsors will be providing cash and product prizes, along with giveaways, T-shirts and coupons. US Windsurfing is the national governing body for windsurfing in the United States, and promotes recreational windsurfing and racing at all levels.

US Windsurfing executive director Christine Brooks sees the national race series as part of the organization's new push to develop amateur racing. Mike Gebhardt, an Olympic medallist in windsurfing, and a senior member and advisor to US Windsurfing, concurs with this philosophy. "Long-run success in the Olympics has to be based on a thriving amateur race environment, that will bring younger people into the sport, and provide opportunities to improve. Everyone can have a lot of fun at events like these national series events, and a few people may eventually go on to the top level."

The US Windsurfing national race series will be complementary to the Professional Windsurfing Association series, and the Olympic class one-design circuit. Gebhardt will be participating, along with a younger generation of Olympic hopefuls, and a number of pro racers, but there will also be many "weekend warriors." Competition will be strong for the top spots, but the atmosphere at these events will be relaxed and friendly.

Series titles will be offered for the US Windsurfing recognized classes, which include "Open", "Formula" "Techno", "IMCO", and "Longboard Limited", and the new Prodigy class:

March 2-3 Midwinters, Merritt Island, FL
April 13-14 WET Spring Regatta, Hampton Roads, VA
May 4-5 Newport Fun Cup, Newport, RI
May 23-27 US Open/US Windsurfing Nationals, Corpus Christi, TX
June 1-2 Toledo Championship, Toledo, OH
June 22-23 Hoyle Schweitzer Course Race, Kanaha, HI
July 22-29 Pan-Am Cup, Puerto Rico
August 10-11 Gorge Cup, Hood River, OR
August 17-18 San Francisco Classic, St Francis Yacht Club, CA
September 7-8 Toucan Open, Lake McConaughy, NE
September 21-22 Wind Power Championship, Fond du Lac, WI
November 2-3 Fleet 12 Regatta, St Petersburg, FL
November 7-10 Islamorada Pro-Am, Islmorada, FL

http://www.uswindsurfing.org



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