Lord Burns has spoken: June 6th and 7th! "Pencil in the dates" he wrote in Facebook. Yeah well we'll write them in sharpie, and fix it later as kneed bee. "Cause the East Coast Windsurfing Festival is the bee's knees!
For nary a decade I've been posting New Year's Resolutions for the coming water year. The lists have varied from long and detailed to "the unaimed arrow never misses" (no resolutions...just sail.) This year I want some goals. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Air, on port. I can't remember the last time I looked down from a big jump and thought "oh sh**). Or even had an elegant bayside jump with that extra second of hang time. Lack of conditions, lack of sessions, whatever. I want.
Air, on starboard. I am such a bad starboard jumper that people ask me why I don't jump on starboard (this is when I am trying to!) At this point it's in my head that I suck on starboard jumps. Must improve.
Duck Tack. The planing kind. I can actually do the tricky part (the sail work). Keeping the board planing while getting into switchstance is my bugaboo. A trip to Bonaire is coming, though, and I must take advantage of those conditions.
Work the waves. Windsurfing, SUPsailing, SUPsurfing...I need as much time as possible, and a better understanding. Every once in awhile I'll have a sweet long ride, and Jon or Scott will tell me how I was perfectly doing something...and I don't know what they are talking about. But hey...I'm the guy who can't find the channel! (actually I did get better at that.)
Enough words. I want to be more like the ocean. No talking, all action.
(I'm always happy to rig in January. Old Ponquogue photo by Jeff Schultz. Closing words by Perry Farrell.
-people who tried windsurfing a long time ago and found it incredibly hard,
-people who windsurfed a long time ago and want to get back into it,
-people who enjoyed sailing around but never learned to use the harness or footstraps,
-people who managed the harness and footstraps but never got comfortable going fast,
-people who never learned to waterstart easily,
-people who want to sail smaller boards,
-people who want to learn the planing jibe,
-people who want to perfect their jibes and duck jibes,
-people who want to learn to jump (or jump higher),
-people who want to plane in less wind,
-people who want to be able to sail in strong winds,
-people who want to race,
-people who want to learn freestyle,
-people who want to relax,
-people who want to learn cool things to do on a windsurfer in light wind,
-people who want to meet and hang out with other windsurfers.
Fall is often the best time to windsurf on the east coast and ABK Boardsports is the people to hook up with to hone your skills and take it to the next level. Have FUN!
P.S. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up. ABK regulars know that the clinics sometimes sell out. The only thing worse than missing a clinic is missing a clinic because you assumed you could show up on clinic day and there'd be no problem. Sometimes yes, but often NO!
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
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.
Who: Andy Brandt and his merry band of windsurfing instructors.
Where: Lazy Point @ Napeague, on the water and on the beach
When: May 18th-20th, 2012.
Of course you have questions, and there's nobody better than Andy, Brendan, Tom and friends to answer them and get you sailing better on the water! So sign up already!
Remember last year when a dozen people who planned to come didn't sign up in advance, and ABK cancelled the clinic because they thought they were going to have a poor turnout? You don't want that. AND you don't want what happened to some people in September of 2010, when a few people who planned to come didn't sign up in advance, arrived at the clinic only to find out that the clinic was FULL and so they couldn't join! Avoid these disappointments and sign up. Every day sailing is a great day sailing as it is...every day sailing in an ABK clinic takes it to a whole new level. You want to be in a photo like the one here, believe me. And you DON'T want to be like the guy in the top photo, standing on the wrong side of the sail and facing the wrong direction. ABK can fix that. Seriously though, if you've never windsurfed before, if you're a competitive freestyler, or if you're anywhere on the windsurfing learning spectrum, if you want to learn more, this is the place.
For five years awhile back the wife and I went to Aruba at least once per year (all the way back to when she was "the girlfriend") and had a lot of good times and good friends there. When I stumbled across this compilation of local TV coverage of Aruba's Hi-Wind races (1987-2006...this is one of several pieces from the collection on Youtube) I started looking for Aruban friends.
I was surprised (just a little) when the first person I spotted was Long Island's mighty Bill DeGeorge, who always does serious damage to competing egos at the East Coast Windsurfing Festival, Fall Regattas etc. (He was top-five in the Masters division in the clip above). I haven't sailed in Aruba in a few years, but this clip reminded me of how much fun it was to rip in the Blue Highway when Fishermans Huts was going off.
If you need an Aruba fix (or would just like to watch some flatwater Carib slalom action from yesteryear) here's a slab for you. Go to Youtube to find at least five more.
It was practically November, but Rocktober Racing got raced! It happened Sunday at West Neck, site of the Fall Race in 2009. I missed the entire thing, wheezing at home with a wicked cold, arm in a sling with a dinged tendon, I got to read the email about it and piece together this post. First the results (all editorialization is Pete's):
1. Brook...nice job Gilligan :) 2. Florian...we need to get you some glasses :) 3. Kurt...you beat me by 2 points...next time! 4. Pete 5. Ted 6. Sasha 7. Joe
Jeanne came in first for the lady's.
There's a story out there that Florian was "taken out" by a motorboat, hence the need for glasses mentioned by Pete. Scoring was handled by Devon Roesch, Scott Yanuck and Marianne Rantala if I have it right (what are the odds of that?)
Congratulations to all racers on a fine event, and big props to Pete!
(photo by Scott Yanuck. More of his imagery and videos can be found here.)