It's on in Cape Cod, y'all. September 14-15! The East Coast Windsurfing Festival Cape Cod edition carries on the traditions of Long Island's East Coast Windsurfing Festival, which is to say that it will be a fun factory. Casual racing, casual freestyle, not-so casual freestyle...competition at it's funnest. Be there.
(The East Coast Windsurfing Festival wants you! Photo by Bill Doutney.)
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
Joe's Beach at Heckscher took too much damage for an event
to be possible next month. Here's the word from Mike Burns:
to all the East Coast
Windsurfing Festival racers,
freestylers, paddlers, tossers, spectators, formula guys, schloggers, crashers,
splashers, bobbers, buoys, officials, judges, and sponsors.
great sadness that we have to officially postpone the 2013 East Coast Windsurfing
Festival at Heckscher State
Park until 2014 :-(
due to damage that the park took during Hurricane
Sandy our usual
windsurfing launch at Field 7 is currently unavailable for use. Since our
usual beach will not be ready, the event has do be canceled for this year.
Don't worry though, it just gives you more time to prepare
yourself for the 2014 ECWF!!! We'll be back in full force for 2014 with
all the fun of the past years and then some! I'd like to thank you all
for the support for the event over the years and we're really looking forward
to holding more events in the near future!!
So get training, go hunting for
that light wind monster that someone inevitably has laying under a
pile of lumber in their back yard, and get your game on for the return of the
See you at the beach,
Now I'm even MORE bummed that I missed the 2012 Festival. Must start preparing for '14...
Damage from Hurricane Sandy (and delays in getting Federal funding to repair Heckscher Park) rule out Field 7 (Joe's Beach) for the sixth annual East Coast Windsurfing Festival. The organizers need an idea for an alternate site, and right now they don't have one.
If you do, please reply here, or post them in the Yahoo LI Windsurfing Forum. Otherwise we may take 2013 off (and miss all the great racing and freestyle and SUP and board tossing and funification).
I can’t believe I didn’t go. The forecast looked nonexistent, the drive was long, so despite my having enjoyed great days at ECWF past when the winds were light, I decided not to go.
This was the wrong answer. Plenty of people went, and had a great time!
Results first, then we’ll have some story:
King of the East: Alex Hering
Queen of the East: Jeanne Bauman
1) Alex Hering
2) George Pav
3) Peter Richterich
4) Jake Agoos
5) Pete Roesch
1) Nina Schweikardt
2) Jeanne Bauman
3) Deniz Kalaycioglu
Men's Open Racing:
1) Bill Degeorge
2) Dean Oleksiak
3) Dan Cresci
4) Alex Hering
5) Florian Feuser
Men's 7.5 limited racing
1) Pete Roesch
2) Joe Natalie
3) Dennis Grunbeck
4) Peter Richterich
5) Joe Giordano
1) Jeanne Bauman
2) Thandi Bradix
3) Deniz Kalaycioglu
Day 1 highlights: Very light wind, yet a race despite all odds. Nonplaning freestyle. The NEWJ Board tossing. SUP racing. And if you think SUP racing doesn’t sound exciting, check out Phil Rizutto’s call:
“Bill DeGeorge and Joe Natalie came storming into the finish line neck & neck, pumping away, veins popping, paddles digging, absolutely in a nose to nose tie for the last 50 yards of the race. They both hit the beach at the same exact second, jumped off their boards together, and a slight stumble by Bill De gave Joe N just enough of an edge to eak out the win by a paddle, with Mike Burns in a close 3rd.”
Day 2 highlights: a steady light northerly. “A perfect day for lightwind freestyle and course racing. Everything from a pile of Fanatic Megacats to the top of the line 2012 Fanatic Falcon were lined up along the beach ready to race. And race they did!! We were able to get off 3 races and 2 more full rounds of freestyle along with the freestyle finals on Sunday. An action packed day indeed! In both events, the top spots were changing hands, but Bill Degeorge and Pete Roesch were just dominating every race. After the competition was over, the raffle was held and everyone was waiting to see if Deniz would win the NoLimitz mast for the 3rd year in a row. This time it was George Kellner to take home the beautiful mast. Makani also donated some fins, hats and t-shirts that the winners were stoked to have received. And Triple 8 Helmet company gave us a couple helmets for prizes. With an overwhelming amount of thanks from both competitors ad bystanders I'm looking forward to planning the event for 2013.”
Can’t believe Deniz didn’t win the mast again.
Can’t believe I missed the ECWF. I’d like to think I’d have given Dennis a race (I always lose to Pete, and usually to Joe.) And I love nonplaning freestyle...truth be told, maybe better than planing freestyle.
Can’t believe I missed the festival. Every day sailing is a great day sailing.
Okay start the countdown for next year.
Special thanks go as always to Mike Burns, Thom Hering, and Chrissy Burns.
Multi-crowned king Mike Burns (who doubles as the event organizer) asks the following question:
"Wouldn't it be nice to officially be the ultimate windsurf champion on the East Coast? Since we're not going to run an official freestyle "Pro Division" this year in competition, the title of "King/Queen of The East" will be up for grabs. It will go to the sailer in men's and women's category that has the best combined scores from racing AND freestyle. (Pros of all kinds are excluded from winning this title since there will be no Pro Men's freestyle division) But don't worry if you came for a show. The pros will be out there jumping, flipping, spinning and going just plain huge!! In between each set of races there will be a 15 or 20 minute pro "freestyle expression session" so that the guys going all out for those precious titles during the ECWF racing and freestyle events have a chance to take a breather."
Looking good for the well-rounded windsurfers!
(The East Coast Windsurfing Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at Joe's Beach in Heckscher State Park, Field 7. To register, send Mike Burns an e-mail and say "I'm coming" and "I'm gonna (race, freestyle, or both)." To learn more, check out the East Coast Windsurfing Festival web site.)
We would also like to have SUP races, particularly if the wind is not honking.
People: bring down All your boards, for sailing, for paddling, for throwing, for whatever.
We will look to have a competitors meeting at 10am, rigged and ready if the wind is up.
Fear this, and tremblingly obey.
(The fifth annual East Coast Windsurfing Festival takes place this coming weekend at Joe's Beach in Heckscher State Park. To register, send Mike Burns an e-mail and say "I'm coming" and "I'm gonna (race, freestyle, or both)." To learn more, check out the East Coast Windsurfing Festival web site.)
We race. We freestyle. We SUP. The good times they do roll.
The fifth annual East Coast Windsurfing Festival takes place June 9-10 at Joe's Beach in Heckscher State Park on Long Island. His Highness The King of the East Mike Burns hath said it is so, and Master of Racing Ceremonies MC T-Bone Thom hath seconded the decree.
So it is so.
To register, send Mike Burns an e-mail and say "I'm coming" and "I'm gonna (race, freestyle, or both)."
To learn more, check out the East Coast Windsurfing Festival web site.
One of the many thrills at last weekend's East Coast Windsurfing Festival was the chance to see a PWA champion sail. We saw Josh Angulo's mindblowing speed in the races, we saw a Very Large Loop...it was a treat!
But blogger James Douglas gives us a unique perspective. James put on a helmet with a GoPro camera attached, took an overpowered spin on a new board and rig, then handed off both the gear and the helmet to Josh for him to sail. The difference in observed speed is as radical as it was during the event. Check it out! Note that you can turn it off 3 minutes in unless you want to see me walk up to Mark and introduce myself. Had I know the camera on his head was on I'd have fixed my hair.
Here's the video. You may also want to check it out in its original context on James' blog.
(This probably concludes coverage of last weekend's event. If you've somehow come upon this post unexposed to our previous chatter and wish to subject yourself to it, check out the 2011 East Coast Windsurfing Festival reports one, two, and three.)
The winds were light and off-shore for day two...yeah boy! The standings as of Day One were on display, but things were going to get shaken up.
Racemaster Tom set up a modified course. I thought “I could do well on this course if I had a longboard,” but I’d left my Superlight home like an idiot. “Bring EVERYTHING to a race!” Pete Roesch had said (always listen to the guy who wins at these events). But I got lucky when Bill DeGeorge (who would have won Open Class except for a certain Mr. Angulo) lent me one of his 75 boards...a Mistral Comp (thankyouthankyou thankyou.) Then I realized I didn’t have a suitable uni. Peconic Jeff had an extra one (thankyouthank youthankyou). Special thanks to P-Jeff, who might have finished third in 7.5 instead of me if he hogged his unis and left me marooned on my Techno (Jeff remained highly competitive sailing a SUP board...mad props!) But now equipped with other people’s stuff plus my mighty 6.2, I joined the racers and managed to eek out a trophy.
My best move in the days races was leaning out to catch Peter Richterich mid-fall. I did it for the karma points, to use against the bad karma I planned to accrue ramming Pete Roesch in the next race. But tragically I not only never got close enough to Pete to prevent his ultimate victory, but in the final reach of the final race I was ignominiously passed and left in the dust by his son Devon. I now have two generations of Roesch windsurfers to fear and loathe on the course.
Then came the relay races. Four teams of knuckledragging guys stood in the water waiting for the start, whilst the self-selected all-girl team put one sailor on the board, one at the luffed clew to steady the rig, and two at the back to give a push at the start. When us guys woke up and began to replicate their set-up the girls hooted and hollered, but hey, they should have kept their brilliant plan secret until a few seconds before the start. I believe the team I was on was the first to steal the idea; as punishment Jill rammed me at the buoy. Peter has a video of the complete race on his blog.
As the wind lightened a new event was added to the East Coast Windsurfing Festival: SUP relay races: A short paddle out to a buoy, go around it, paddle back to the beach and hand off paddle to the next person. I will confess that this sounded like a yawn to me...then it started. Josh began with a running jump onto a board and soon everyone was experimenting with ballistic starts. Some stood, some kneeled, everyone paddled like a demon. There were four teams...two contests...but also a stopwatch timing the winning team of each heat. The fastest team would triumph. In what seemed like a splashy, sloppy, laughy pair of heats, the team with the best time won by all of four seconds! Pretty darn close.
There was no more freestyle competition on Sunday due to the light winds. People who know me might wonder why I’ve not written about my freestyle exploits...fact is I did not compete. On Friday night I started with a sharp knife but a tough lime, and ended up with a deep cut in one finger. When this finger began bleeding during the first Saturday races I had to make a choice, and I figured racing to be easier on the hands than freestyle. Next year I’m a’doing no cooking the day before the event!
It all ended with giveaways of goodies donated by event sponsors, the presentation of trophies, and talk of next year.
Huge thanks to Mike Burns for organizing a great festival four years in a row! And to MC Tom T-Bone Thom Hering for brilliant race orchestration. To Chrissy, to the jet ski guy, to everyone who helped out. To Jerry Evans for the stylee trophies.
Who am I forgetting?
Mr. Angulo. Thanks to Josh for doing everything and anything to make the festival as enjoyable as possible...bringing a van load of equipment for people to try, putting on a windsurfing display like the champion he is, spending time with anyone and everyone who wanted to chat, and bringing his oversized great attitude, enthusiasm and cheer to every bit of the event. Dude, you’re an East Coast windsurfer now...come back next year!
(The results of the competition can be found here. We're seeing about getting a complete breakdown of the racing results. Peconic Puffin coverage of day one of the East Coast Windsurfing Festival is here. Other bloggers who have posted on the festival include James Douglas and Peter Richterich.
Photos graciously shared by Alphonso, Jeff Schultz, and Jimmy Rivera.)
(A semi-coherent description of the events of day one of of the festival may be found here. Tomorrow a second helping of scattered recollections and thoughts, focused on day two may be found on the Peconic Puffin as well. Here now are the names of all the good people who participated:)
Pro Men's Freestyle (Fully Ranked)
1. Mike Burns (The King of the East, for the third time in four years! All hail Mike.)
2. Jon Sassone
3. Chris Eldridge
4. Sergey Andreev
5. Josh Angulo (To quote Thom Hering, "It's a measure of the quality of windsurfing on Long Island that a PWA pro finishes fifth in our competition." Of course Josh is not a pro freestyler, and he did nearly rip a hole in the sky with his mondo loop!)
Amateur Men's Freestyle (Fully Ranked. It's testimony to ABK Boardsports that well over half of these competitors are ABK graduates, and the winner an ABK instructor.)
1. Ed Dehart
2. Graham Feddersen
3. Tom Dehaan
4. Jeff Schultz
5. Jake Agoos
6. George Marr
7. Rich Simmons
8. Mike Jamieson
9. George Pav
10. Kevin O'Shea
11. John Markwalter
12. John Spanos
12. Igor Manoylovich
12. Mitch Agoos
12. Ned Crossley
Women's Freestyle (Fully Ranked)
1. Deniz Kalaycioglu
2. Jeanne Bauman
3. Nina Richterich
4. Jill Marr
1. Josh Angulo
2. Bill DeGeorge
3. James Douglas (mad props to James, who probably doesn't know that in the last Long Island race series of six heats (dropping the lowest finish) Bill's results were 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, and 1st.
Racing 7.5 Limited
1. Pete Roesch
2. Joe Natali
3. Michael Alex (Thanks to the mighty Bill DeGeorge for lending me a longboard Sunday!)
Where to begin? Here’s an early report on Saturday. (early? I know...)
70+ competitors turned out (including former PWA champion and new east coast windsurfer Josh Angulo) for 18-24 easterlies at Long Island’s Heckscher State Park, where the racing was fast and furious. We had two racing classes (open and 7.5 limited) but unless you had full blown racing gear and knew how to use it, 6.2 was as big a sail as most of us wanted, and the racing was fast and furious. Sailors were on every kind of gear you could imagine (maybe no wave boards)...vintage longboards, modern longboards, formula planks, freeride boards, freestyle boards, even SUP boards! With all the wind many of us found ourselves boarding down to freeride and even freestyle gear to make the jibing easier (if this isn’t a racing adage it oughta be: It’s not how fast you sail, it’s whether or not you can tack and jibe dry!) For myself, in the first heat I sailed my Techno and finished about 30th, while managing to brain freeze on port and force Joe G (rightfully on starboard) to drop into the water. Sorry Joe! Switching to a JP Freestyle board I followed George Marr around the course (for two reasons...he sails like a bat out of hell, and he doesn’t hit anybody) and finished fourth. Much better! My favorite race was a heat in which the wind kept oscillating up and down...one minute the longboards had the advantage, the next the racing shortboards, then the wind would come up more and the freeride planks ruled. I remember being left behind by the longboards at the start only to pass them all halfway through, then watched in horror as Peconic Jeff passed me on his SUP board. For that race, the answer to the question "what's the gear call" was "doesn't matter!" Much fun.
At the end of the day the 7.5 class was lead by The Terminator/Eliminator/pick your honorific-ator Pete Roesch.
Then there was the Open class, twelve guys with big sails and race boards. As the kids say: OMG. Pro sailors are pro sailors for a reason; champions even more so. It was great that Josh Angulo was so warm and friendly and outgoing on the beach, because on the race course, he finished the first heat before most of the competitors were half way around the course. It gets worse: Judge Mike Burns says Angulo wasn’t really gunning it in that heat. “C’mon, Josh,” Mike told him, “show these people what you’ve got!”
So in heat #2 Josh blazed...nothing but fin in the water. He crossed the finish line so early that Judge Burns shouted out “Hey Josh: go around the course again!”
And so in a single race Josh Angulo finished First and...wait for it...Fourth. "And he missed 3rd by a board length!" Mike Burns says. Against 11 other sailors.
There was freestyle, too! With so many competitors at this year’s festival the judges held a ten minute elimination heat to whittle down the amateur class to a more judgable number, with sailors going for new school and old school tricks in a mad wonderful display of style and moxie.
Then the Pro class threw a combination Expression Session and competition. The blur of backsliding backwinded aerial madness was dominated by the reigning King of the East Mike Burns, but The Jaw Dropping Moment was when Mr. Angulo threw a loop with a 6.9 sail that seemingly took forever. I heard a dozen “woah did you see that”s simultaneously alongside the chorus of ooh’s and aahs.
Mike Burns thinks it could blow big. I'm not trying to jinx it! I'm just sayin' that's what Mike is sayin'.
MC Thom Hering thinks we may need jet ski rabbit starts. Say what? If the wind is from the east then racers will a-gather on the water (as opposed to the rabbit beach starts we've had in festivals past for the southerlies) and get started by a passing jet ski.
Both Mike and MC Thom say it's important that participants be there by 9AM to register, get numbers (remember to bring duct tape to put numbers on your sails) and kick off the competition.
It's going to be exciting!
The 2011 East Coast Windsurfing Festival is this Saturday-Sunday at Heckscher State Park. The following is a list of "important stuff to bring" taken from the event web site, as written by reigning King of the East Mike Burns himself:
"- Money - There is a charge of 8 bucks to get into the park at the toll booth.
-Weed fin - The beginning of June is when those weeds decide to start appearing. Sometimes you can get by without one, but it could just make the difference.
-Sun Block - I forgot mine last year and got burnt to a crisp.
-Food and Drink - There is nowhere in the park to buy food or beverages so bring what you’ll need for the day
-Toilet Paper - There I said it. The bathrooms at the boat ramp will be open but you never know if they’ll have what you need when you really need it. -Duct tape - it has a million uses so you might as well bring some. Whether you need to put numbers on your sail, protect your body parts from getting blisters from the tons of sailing you’ll be doing, you might just need some duct tape.
- Your family and friends - everyone else’s will be there, so bring yours along too."
See you there!
(photo of jet ski rabbit start borrowed from Continent Seven, where it was credited to Biancotto.)