St Francis Yacht Club San Francisco

The St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco have lodged their bid for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Championship which they would like to run as a combined event with the Bic Techno World Championship making a festival of windsurfing.

For strong windsurfing nations like Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan flying to  San Francisco through Los Angeles would be much less expensive than having to make the trip to Europe. For Europeans, it is a 12 hour flight but the route to Los Angeles is well served by airlines so, if bookings are made early enough, costs would be manageable.

St. Francis Yacht Club offers one of the most recognizable and spectacular venues in the world with racing close to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island and with the San Francisco City skyline as a backdrop. An awesome venue!

Race management is nothing less than the best. The SFYC employ a full time race manager who knows his business!… and the wind? well check out the video at and you’ll see that they have some pretty full-on conditions!

There are fourteen nearby hostels, one within walking distance from the St. Francis Yacht Club (located at Fort Mason with beds from $22 and run by Hostelling International). The Club is working with local colleges for dormitory housing. There are a number of hotels in the Marina District of San Francisco walking distance from St. Francis Yacht Club (with room rates starting at $85 from the Coventry Motor Inn utilizing the club’s discout rate). Depending on demand, the club is happy to look into reserving a block of rooms for the event.

This is a great opportunity and one that the RS:X class should not pass up. The acceptance of this bid should be made a priority. Check out the bid at


Tiree Wave Classic 

The world’s best windsurfers will compete against each other at one of the most challenging of UK sporting events, the Tiree Wave Classic 2008. Running from 11 to 18 October, the competition is set to attract over 700 visitors to the island, with a dedicated half hour television program, which makes it the island’s biggest economic driver of the year.

Set up in 1986 and sanctioned to World Cup level in 2007, the competition showcases Scotland as a world-class events destination. Tiree’s rugged coastline, superb waves and £5000 prize fund will provide the riskiest and most adventurous challenge yet for windsurfing’s elite competitors.

The Event Village will offer a variety of activities open to everyone including cliff jumping, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, blo-karting, zapcat racing, surfing, trade exhibitions, craft exhibitions, island tours and food tastings making the island a perfect destination for families and groups.

A host of other activities and events will also take place throughout the duration of the competition including whisky tasting, traditional live music performances.

From its modest beginnings, owners of the Tiree Wave Classic Competition GMFCo Marketing, have delivered a marketing and sponsorship solution to major brands for over twenty years. Now one of the biggest events on the Scottish sporting calendar, GMFCo expect this year’s competition to be the most challenging yet.

Gordon Ritchie, Director of GMFCo Ltd, the event organisers, said: “The Tiree Wave Classic is now in its 22nd year and is the significant economic driver for Tiree and for Scotland.

The island is a stunning location for the competition, its diverse natural assets help to put Scotland on the map. This event is one of the most difficult to organise due to its location and the resources available. But this is what makes it so special, we have to work hard to create it, competitors have to work hard to get there. But when they are there, they realise the adventure of Tiree and the Tiree Wave Classic. This competition is not for the faint hearted.”


Jimmy Diaz

As the PWA embarks on the final event of the season, there’s more big transfer news as Starboard add to their wave and race team with two new talented riders.

The PWA’s President and long time slalom racer, Jimmy Diaz will be joining the Starboard racing fraternity. Here’s Jimmy on how it all came about:

“It all started as a result of F2 going into bankruptcy protection. This left me without a board sponsor and allowed me to step aside and look at the windsurfing scenario and see where I could best pursue my options. I had never approached Starboard in the past because they already had such a great team and I did not see how I could contribute to it. However, after the situation with F2 I looked at companies from a very critical standpoint in deciding whom to approach. What I saw in Starboard was, first and foremost, a company who is year after year producing the most competitive boards on the market. I wanted to race on the best boards and seeing the success Antoine and Kevin were having, I knew the boards were working very well. The second thing I looked at was the strength of the company and the reasons behind it. I have known Svein for quite a few years now and have developed a very strong respect for him. I really like the way he thinks and views the sport and his philosophy is a very healthy one not only for the growth and promotion of Starboard, but also for windsurfing in general. Knowing the success of Starboard, I knew Svein had developed a very strong team around him to push the company and sport forward. This was very appealing to me. So after factoring these things in my mind, I decided to try my chances and approach Svein to see if there was any room in the team for me. Fortunately, Svein, Tiesda, and Joe were able to find a place for me on the team and now I look very much forward to contributing as much as possible to its success.”

And secondly, after a brief spell on F2, Philip Koster has signed back with Starboard. Svein Rasmussen, president of Starboard International, was so impressed by Philip’s performance in Gran Canaria he flew to the Canaries to personally congratulate and bring the 14 year old wonderkid back to the brand with the Tiki logo.