If you're on this blog, you're probably pretty well-connected to windsurfing web content (because this is virtually the end-of -the-internet). So, it's probably not news to you that the American Windsurfing Tour has kicked off this weekend at a spot close to my home, Waddell Creek. I just got home from spectating on Friday and Saturday night and I've just been blown away by the level of sailing, the stoke in the air, and the efficiency the contest has been run with. Heat after heat, nearly all the single and double elimination has been completed on two consistently windy days save the Expert Men's Double.
This event has been great for the exposure of windsurfing. As you can see, Russ Faurot got the front page of the local paper with a beautiful backloop shot. The coastal highway that passes by Waddell gives thousands of people a front seat view of what high-level windsurfing is all about. As a person whose inspiration to learn windsurfing came from seeing a pro freestyle contest (Calema Midwinters 2001), I love to see a huge crowd of inspired people watching badass windsurfing.