Windfest Kicks Off Summer – July 1, 2011
This past week has been a busy one as the wind, weather, and sailors all came together to create the perfect start of the summer season. It all started in Hood River last weekend at the Event site as manufacturers, shops and sailors gathered to test new gear, get advise from the pros, and share fun times under the sun. Sailors put the 2011 Pathner 3, Infinity, and Freeride to the test in mild winds. Graham Ezzy joined us after competing in the Pistol River Wave Bash, to share rigging and sailing tips.
Dude and Elvis returned this year to test the new 2011 Freeride.
The past two days we’ve been at Doug’s Beach for demos with perfect winds and decent swell. The river is slowing dropping after near record spring run-off and is still only 60 degrees, so don’t forget the wet suit (Graham was sailing in a lycra top and shorts). The high water has left many launch sites underwater and covered with logs and debris. If you haven’t heard, beginning today the State of Washington is requiring a parking pass at all state parks, which for windsurfers means The Hatchery, Doug’s Beach, and Maryhill. The cost is $10/day or $30/year. They are available on-line, at the Bridge Mart (Bingin), the Lyle grocery store, or from a Park ranger on site. It will cost you a $90 ticket to take a chance and park without a permit.
Graham helps rig a new Ezzy rider’s quiver, it’s called Customer Service Ezzy style!
Check out http://www.ezzy.com/ for some cool videos from Windfest and my favorite, Maui Son a profile of Graham Ezzy. Maui is spectacular, but his sailing is beyond that. Graham is here through the 4th and will be sailing and helping with demos. Hope to see you on the beach soon, Gary