When Sandy trashed Joe's Beach it shut down the East Coast Windsurfing Festival for a year...we thought. But now rising like a puffin from a pile of sand eels, the ECWF is happening...a Cape Cod version! We reached out to a longtime King of the East...Mighty Mike Burns...to ask what the word is on the CCECWF. It went like this:
Peconic Puffin: What's up with the CCECWF?
Mike Burns: What?
Peconic Puffin: CCECWF!
Mike Burns: I think you're choking on an eel.
Peconic Puffin (spitting out eel): The Cape Cod East Coast Windsurfing Festival! Speak, and we shall record...
Mike Burns: We were all bummed when we heard that for the first time in 6 years there would be no East Coast Windsurfing Festival at Heckscher this year. It's become an event that sailors up and down the east coast have started to look forward to each year as a place to make new friends, have tons of fun and maybe even win a couple trophies and prizes in the process. Well, guess what. There were so many people bummed not only from Long Island, but also from Cape Cod, that some nice folks up in Cape Cod took it upon themselves to organize the first annual "East Coast Windsurfing Festival Cape Cod." The head organizers of ECWF Cape Cod Peter and Nina contacted me right about the time they found out that the ECWF LI was officially canceled. We all decided that we just couldn't go an entire year before the next big ECWF!!!! So slowly but surely, permits and insurance were put into place and yes it's official. The first annual East Coast Windsurfing Festival Cape Cod is happening at Kalmus Beach in Cape Cod on Sept 14th and 15th!!!! It's the exact same event as ECWF LI only at a beach with more wind :-) So if you missed the event this year and want to help support future events, come on up and compete, or rather help cause more pile-ups at the marks with everyone else!! (That's my personal favorite part) I hope to see you all there!!!
For more info on the event and to see who is officially signed up go to www.ECwindfest.org
Peconic Puffin: That's great news!
Mike Burns: Darn right it is!