Windsurfing Oregon Coast
The Best of Windsurfing in Oregon "The Rock" Pistol River
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February 2011 Maui
Had a great time in Maui but was a little bummed it was not that windy. When I went out to Hookipa to film February 8th. Hookipa was a bit closed out but huge with OK wind. I got some great footage and then Sam Bittner called and said there were some guys out at jaws. Headed up there and was super stoked to see four guys. Stayed there until they headed back on the jet skis. I also have some footage of Zane, KP, Russ, Diego and some others on the west side January 31st. It was a little flat but what a great lineup. After all the time on the North Shore this winter it was a treat knowing who I was filming. Kudos to Zane and making the Pro Finals at Sunset on his Starboard SUP.
2010 marked the return of the Pistol River Wave Bash to Gold Beach. After a ten-year hiatus, the promoters had pulled out all the stops to make the Pistol River Wave Bash an event to remember. The legendary Robby Naish, as well as World Champions Kevin Pritchard and Cisco Goya joined locals like Dana Miller from Pistol River, just eight miles south of Gold Beach, to windsurf at one of the most photographed beaches in the world-the Rock. The Wave Bash had sailors from Hood River, Argentina, UK, and Europe. The wind was strong and the waves kicked up enough for sailors to ride high into the air. The Inn of the Beachcomber was the place to be to rub shoulders with Pritchard, promoter Sam Bittner, judges, magazine photographers, and other competitors. All agreed that the final championship run-off, the wind, waves, and number of competitors made the Pistole River Wave Bash a success that exceeded expectations. Now that you know, make plans to attend the Wave bash next year! The streaming flash is encoded at a bit rate of 1000kbs.
Epic, Nuclear, Stoked were some of the words being thrown around by the sailors at the 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash. It was unreal, OK, super unreal to film Robby Naish tearing it up at The Rock. The Final Sunday between two world champions, Kevin Pritchard and Cisco Goya was almost to close to call. Watch the full finals and decide for yourself. Special thanks to Miss Samantha Bittner & Trade Winds LLC for getting it all put together. I can't wait until next year! Would not be possible to end without calling out Josh Sampiero of Windsurfing Magazine for his colorful announcing and the hard work that Mat Pritchard, the rest of the judges and Darin put in. With all the windsurfers at the Beachcomber, the energy was just too much fun. We will be back next year as the host hotel and are planning some special hospitality to the wind tribe
Here is some stuff you won't get anywhere else. Practice day one video was shot from the Toterhome and the dune. It was blowing and the waves were good. The word from the Maui crew was they needed smaller sails and the waves at the rock just kept coming in strong. It was tough to film with so many people going off but was a great start for me with my new lens and tripod. Ya my music is old school, just like my hat from Maui Tropix but I think it still works.
Are you kidding me I got to shoot Robby Naish at The Rock. I think that is sick. Just way over the top for him to come out and support the event. Special thanks of course to local windsurfer Dana Miller for the heads up when Robby Naish headed down to the water. Robby Naish is regarded as one of the pioneers and legends of windsurfing. His father was a competitive surfer who moved his family from California to Hawaii. Before his teen years, Robby began his windsurfing adventure, as the sport itself was just beginning. He won his first World Champion title at the age of 13 and continued to do so into the early 1990's. He is famous for such cool moves as the 'Table Top' and the 'Forward Loop'.
History of Windsurfing
In 1968, two southern Californians created a new sport. Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer put a sail on a surfboard and called it 'windsurfing'. The sail connects to the surfboard on a universal joint, allowing the sailor to steer the windsurfer (as Hoyle and Drake called the combined board and sail) in any direction. Thus, the sailor can ride out into the waves and surf them back to the beach. But that is just the beginning. Complex moves along a wave, as well as flipping the entire rig up into the air are the trademarks of a seasoned sailor.
I hope these two make it back this year. They kids are the future of the sport and it is great to see how their parents support their talent. I must admit There is more footage of Bernd than Zane mostly because Bernd stayed at the Beachcomber so I knew his sail when I viewed the footage. Congratulations to Zane for making the pro finals at Sunset on his Starboard SUP and Bernd for winning the youth class. Ya forgot Zane is the grandson of Hoyle Schweitzer.
Shadowbox Pistol River Jump Off
After the dust settled on the super finals it was time for the Shadowbox crew to rig the boards with the GoPros and the Shadowboxes. They ran 2 sets and it was a little crazy out there with everyone going off. Not as much air as the Maui event but the waves were smaller. Two twenty minute sets with 7 sailers. Loved the guys falling from the sky. Tyson Poor took the jump off sailing away after a back loop peaking at 30.80 which beat Cisco Goya by 5 inches. What a great way to end the week.
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