Arden Anderson

The 2009 Midwest Speed Quest on Lake Okabena, Worthington Minnesota is over. This was a great year, with many new racers participating. It is time to announce the Final Results.

We follow the rules and methods of International Speed Sailing. Our GPS units are the most precise hand held units available. Our speeds can be compared to other Speed Sailors around the World. And the Prize Money remains the best in North American Speed Sailing.

The racers competed in this event by wearing a LOCOSYS GT-31 GPS. The speeds were calculated using Doppler positional measurements, and are based on the "Best Ten Second Run". The GPS data was entered into a computer, and the data was carefully analyzed. Speeds were calculated to .01 knots with great precision. The tools and methods used were consistent with International Speed Sailing Events, and GPS Speed Surfing.

And The Final Results are:

First Place:    Arden Anderson, Fon du Lac, Wisconsin           33.55 knots (38.58 mph)
Second Place    Andrew Anderson, Oakland California             32.19 knots (37.02 mph)
Third Place     David Knight, Fridley Minnesota         32.00 knots (36.80 mph)
Fourth Place    Chris Lock, Plainview, MInnesota                31.63 knots (36.34 mph)
Fifth Place     Adam Anderson, Eagen, MInnesota         29.63 knots (34.04 mph)

Congratulations to the winners, Arden has the fastest speeds ever recorded on Lake Okabena. Arden will receive $1000. Andrew will receive $500, David $250, Chris $125, and Adam $75.  Certified Checks will be issued this week!

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"Four Dimensions"

After a full day of dawn ‘til dusk freestyle action, the time had come for Andre Paskowski (Fanatic, North) and his film crew to hand over the remaining few tickets to their movie premiere at the world famous Westerland theatre.

Four Dimensions was produced by Paskowski, edited and filmed by both Peter Svensson and Paskowski, and features some of the PWA’s top riders, including 2009 Men’s Freestyle World Champion, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North), 3 times Pozo Champion, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North), former freestyle World Champion and top wave sailor, Marcillio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Fanatic, North, MFC), and freestyle maestro, Paskowski himself.

The film had been hyped up by both the sailors and the World’s media for months in advance, so when the invites came, it was an opportunity not to be missed. Paskowski and his team filled the theatre with the stars of the PWA so there was no room for error - the film had to be awesome.

As soon as the lights turned off, and the music began to play, you instantly knew the movie was something special. Everyone in the theatre was amazed by what was going on in front of them - bums were literally glued to seats.

The guys have managed to capture the true essence of windsurfing, portrayed through four of the World’s most progressive wave and freestyle riders. The freestyle moves in Four Dimensions are probably the best on film to date with the World’s best freestyler to date. And the awesome wave sailing footage shot from the helicopter in Pozo brings a new lease of life to the destination with angles that have never been seen before featuring arguably Pozo’s most radical sailor.

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Taranaki Wave Classic

We’re only a week out from this year’s Taranaki Wave Classic and it will categorically, without a doubt, be the biggest and best TWC yet!

Our sponsors have given us huge support and some amazing prizes, especially our platinum sponsors: Carbon Art and Rodgers Dental. Make sure to bring all your windsurfing and surfing toys, and be ready for whatever awesome conditions the Taranaki coastline has in store.

Registration and entry packs will be at the Oakura Boardriders Club on Messenger Terrace from 9–10 am, and entry from now until then is $95 (bring cash or pay online). Briefing is at 10 am and we’ll also draw the ‘early bird’ spot prize then—a brand new Gaastra wave sail! You will have to be at the event to pick up the sail if you win it.

You’ll also be able to check out the prizes donated by our great sponsors:

Carbon Art, Rodgers Dental, ZM FM, Go Pro, Gaastra, Naish, KA Sails, Seventh Wave Wetsuits, Stash-it, Spore*, Dirty Dog, NZ Boardstore, Deepfried, Zimmo’s, Port Taranaki, Oakura Beach Holiday Park, Butlers Reef, Oakura Village Café, Oakura Pharmacy and Snickerdoodles. Phew!

For those of you new (and not so new) to wave sailing we plan to run a couple of informal Q&A clinics when the wind is light, so you can get wavesailing technique tips from some of the top sailors. And if there is plenty of enthusiasm we’ll also get a run down on the finer points of the forward loop.

We want to see everyone pushing their limits and trying something new or huge, or better yet, new and huge! We’ll be looking for the biggest wipeout of the weekend and the best first-time-forwards.

Sunday night from 7:30 pm will be the TWC presentation, dinner and HUGE party at Oakura Boardriders Club, AND the giveaway of the Carbon Art waveboard—the perfect toy for lining up great waves anywhere.