Santa Cruz Goya Windsurfing Festival, California:
May 3-6 Pistol River Wave Bash, Oregon:
June 14-17 San Carlos Cactus Cup, Baja, Mexico:
July 28-Aug 4 Pacasmayo Classic, Peru:
Aug 17-26 Hatteras Wave Jam, North Carolina:
Sept 12-15 Maui Makani Classic, Hawaii:
Oct 25-Nov 3 (all dates are tenative)
Gearing up for the 2012 AWT's Pistol River Wave Bash
The third annual Pistol River Wave Bash will hit the water June 14-17, 2012. Over 75 professional and amateur windsurfers will be competing against one another in six divisions (pro, amateur, women, youth, masters and grand masters) in which they are scored on both wave riding and jumping tricks... the action will be unbelievable. This is a serious yet fun contest that attracts windsurfers from not only across the US and Maui but from around the world... last year we had pros from England, Morocco and Brazil. We are looking forward to our best event yet this year!
What is the AWT?
The American Windsurfing Tour came into existence two years ago following the success of a single event: the 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash. That one event spawned an entire five-stop competition tour the following year, which included Santa Cruz (CA), Pistol River (OR), Baja, Cape Hatteras (NC) and Maui, and momentum has just kept building ever since. For 2012, a sixth event in Peru has been added, which will encourage an exchange of athletes for other events between North and South America.
AWT events offer something for everyone. Pros flock to these competition as it is the world's best tour for wave riding conditions. This year's first event in Santa Cruz had four former world champions competing and we are expecting the same number to show up at Pistol River. The amateur divisions allow everyday windsurfers to come and not only test themselves against fellow riders of their own ability, but also to learn from many of the world's top pros. However each event is not just about what happens on the water as planned social events each night allow athletes and spectators to mingle and creates a great vibe within the community.
Look Who is Coming to Pistol River
It's always amazing to see the big names and people with interesting stories who show up at each AWT event. Here are just a few that have signed up for the 2012 Pistol River Wave Bash:
Kai Lenny: Many believe Kai Lenny to be the heir apparent as world's best waterman to the legendary Laird Hamilton. At only 19 years of age he has already accomplished so much in windsurfing, standup paddleboarding (SUP), tow-in surfing and kiteboarding.
Fiona Wylde: This 15-year-old from Hood River, OR is an up-and-coming ripper in the world of women's wavesailing and racing... plus she very actively promotes windsurfing throughout the Gorge.
Josh and Harley Stone: Former world champion windsurfer Josh Stone has been talked back into the competition circuit by his 13-year-old son Harley... and Harley is quickly becoming one of America's top youth wavesailors.
Nathan Mershon: This Hood River, OR resident not only won the event at Pistol River last year but he took the overall AWT crown.
Kevin Pritchard: Possibly the busiest guy on the tour, as this former world champion windsurfer not only competes but he works on the professional crew (Maui Nerd Productions) that produces the high quality videos and photographs for all the AWT events.
Bryan Metcalf-Perez: When he isn't competing on the AWT he is either training for or competing on the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) world freestyle tour. Metcalf-Perez is one of the most talented and innovative windsurfers in the US... and he lives in Hood River, OR.
Ingrid Larouche: This local Gorge sailor claimed the overall AWT women's crown last year, and she took the first title this year in Santa Cruz.