The first day of the Goya Windsurfing Festival provided plenty of action on the water. With no chance of wind for the day, it was decided to run a SUP contest. We had 21 competitors sign up and conditions were solid three -four foot.
Fiona Wylde smiling for the camera - American Windsurfing Tour
There was an impressive mix of riders. Men, women, and youth joined the fray. After hours of competition, the fleet was whittled down to Bernd Roediger (World SUP Tour Competitor and AWT Champion), Josh Stone, Fiona Wylde, and Harley Stone to round out the Final. Everyone was particularly interested in seeing the family rivalry between the Stones.
Josh Stone off the top - American Windsurfing Tour
Each of the competitors battled back and forth. Without any priority rules the battle for the peak of each wave was intense. Bernd (photo above) proved to be the best at positioning and therefore was able to pick off some of the biggest waves. All riders picked off some high scoring waves, but nobody could match Bernd with his powerful carves and critical maneuvers. Congrats to Bernd on the win and to all the riders for a great fun contest.
Quote from Head Judge Chris Freeman:
Windsurfing Brackets - American Windsurfing Tour
'Arriving at the beach early we were greeted with calm winds and head high waves, with no wind forecasted for the day and lots of SUP talent on the beach there was only one option and we rolled straight into the first of what could be a few SUP rounds this weekend. It was great to see riders switching codes and enjoying the Californian surf to the max. Tomorrow looks like the surf will build and remain glassy in the morning with more wind in the afternoon so with any luck we’ll be running heats of some kind tomorrow.' —Chris Freeman
Head judge Chris Freeman making announcements - American Windsurfing Tour
Josh Stone popping the champagne for winner Bernd Roediger - American Windsurfing Tour