U.S. Windsurfing Nationals set for next week in the Columbia Gorge

The 2012 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals will take place from July 23-26 at the Hood River Event Site, showcasing the nation’s best windsurfers in slalom racing, course racing and freestyle events. Here are just a few of the big names that are scheduled to participate:

Bruce Peterson
U.S. Nationals champion who owns a windsurfing sail brand in Hood River

Steven Max
Under-17 World Freestyle Champion from Aruba

Tyson Poor
An Oregon resident who has competed around the world

Fiona Wylde
15-year-old from Hood River who is one of the top junior racers in the U.S.

U.S. Nationals Schedule

Monday, July 23
Registration/Check in at Event Site 8-9am – Freestyle Nationals Begin

Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26
Slalom, Formula and Freestyle Nationals at Event Site

Thursday, July 26
Closing Ceremony 7-9pm at the Marina Park in Hood River

The American Windsurfing Tour puts on this U.S. Windsurfing Event. The American Windsurfing Tour came into existence two years ago following the success of a single event: the 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash near Gold Beach, Ore. That one event spawned an entire five-stop competition tour the following year, which included Santa Cruz (Calif.), Pistol River (Ore.), Baja, Cape Hatteras (N.C.) and Maui, and momentum has just kept building ever since. For 2012, a sixth event in Peru has been added, which will encourage an exchange of athletes for other events between North and South America.

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