Well, Kevin Pritchard's recent article in Windsurfing Magazine discussed a

funny scenario, what if the winds at a particular event site are

unfavorable..do you move to another?? Well, since today was set up and Meet

the Pros we really couldn't move the event with the offshore winds blowing.

While the set up crew prepared the beach, most everyone headed to where the

NE winds HOWLED, Bayview Beach on Dennis's northern shoreline on Cape Cod

Bay (6 miles from the event site).

The day was very similar to a November Bayview sesh for many of us. A dreary

rain descended from the dark sky. Seasoned Cape Codders had hoods and dry

suits but the Bonaire Sailing Team came in surf shorts and t shirts. That

changed quickly as the bitter cold winds blew through the rigging scene.

Some had their own 3/2 wetsuits but most borrowed dive suits from a

Bonairean dive shop..the bright lime green legs and sleeves brought back

memories of

the Day Glo Days...

The average sail size was a 4.7 and the winds did howl. The water was

actually warmer than the air so missing jibes wasn't too painful.

The best part of the day was the Loopatorium. Matt Pritchard from Maui

showed his stuff while Jerry Evans, Jim Canniff and Fred Vetterlein were

amongst the many locals chucking forwards and pulling other aerial

maneuvers.. By far the cleanest and highest were often seen by Bonaire

superstar Tonky Frans. His brother Tati was not far behind and 16 year old

Javier Sint Jago from Aruba threw a few wowing the small crowd braving the

elements for this show.

The rock star Goddesses, Colette Guadagnino, Nori Hubbs and Karin Jaggi made

an appearance with Nori and Karin deciding to make it happen. They made the

best of the onshore backside wave sailing, pulling off some pretty

impressive maneuvers.

Our registration party was like out of a windsurf mag..pros from the

Caribbean, Europe, Maui and Canada were on hand. Jace Panebianco had a

contingent from Long Island. These youths had high energy and enthusiasm.

Peter Hart entertained us with his stories and wit. The food was super and

the drinks flowed thanks to Red Bull.


The day started cool but sunny with light winds from the NE. Not the

direction we had hoped for but the event commenced. Initially the winds were

about 10 offshore but suddenly the Wind Gods and Goddesses heard my plea.

Gusts from the SE sent white caps over Nantucket Sound just as Petra Kanz

and Daida Moreno duked it out in one of the Pro Women's heat. The crowd was

instantly energized and so the rest of the event progressed.

Everyone got a dose of winds in the 12-15+ range..sometimes more and

sometimes less but all in all it was a day filled with duck jibes, rail

rides, wormburnes, swayzes and even Bonairean Ro Mayer back to back reading

a Venus Swimwear Catalogue. The crowd LOVED it..

The day ended at the Red Bull Rave at Karl's Landmark. The food flowed and

later the entire crew danced wearing glow light necklaces til the late hours

to trance, house, hip hop and reggae. I left at 11:15 and the place was

still pumping.

If Windsurf and NOAA are correct, tomorrow promises to be a stellar day at

windy West Dennis Beach.