• Building A Classic

    The winds gods have shined favorably on the 1st season of the Crissy Slalom Series and the bang-bang nature of the event providing
    participants and spectators serious bang for the buck! The race committee starting the races at 3:00 have managed to get off 10 heats with a short intermission for participants to catch their breath after the 1st 5. This being the 3rd of 4 scheduled for the summer, you still have a chance to get in on the action for the August 22nd event!


    The 3rd Crissy Field Slalom Series of the season went off in epic conditions with 22 A and B fleet windsurfers taking to San Francisco the city front course in a building breeze and tide. By the last race it was blowing 25-30k+ with big ugly voodoo chop all over the course-perfect for slalom racing!

    PRO Robbie Dean set a 5 buoy down wind course from Anita Rock to the H beam set just west of the St.FYC. 10 Heats were run with both fleets on the course at the same time.

    The key to slalom racing is getting a good start and coming out of the 1st mark in good position with speed. If you can stay out of trouble the rest of the 2 min race, it's all good.

    I sailed conservatively knowing the fleet would make mistakes and I could capitalize on them. I may not be the fastest in the pack but making your gybes and not swimming around the marks goes along way to getting to the finish line in as little time as possible.

    Xavier Ferlet from Santa Clara, Ca dominated the fleet finishing in the top 3 every race (excluding 2 through-outs.) That was enough for him to take his 2nd win of the season putting him into the series lead going into the last race next month on August 22.

    The biggest upset of the day came in the last race in the biggest breeze of the day with recreation windsurfer, Olan Kenneally from San Francisco getting the bullet on his wave board and 5.0 rig- proving that its not what you ride- but how you ride it.

    The fleet was then treated to a post racing BBQ and awards on the beach- but with a new twist. Instead of giving the best awards to the top 3, the back of the fleet was awarded the best shwag donated from Ultra Nectar Clothing company.

    A huge thank to the series sponsors for making this inaugural season happen: 101 Surf Sports, Adam Darriau Building and Design, Aerotech, Alamo Square SeaFood Grill, BlueRush Boardsports, Boardsports California, Fanatic Windsurfing, North Windsurfing, F4 Fins, iwindsurf, Ronstan, sb Design, Sports Basement, Ventana Windsports, Streetsailing, Ultra Nectar, WC Magnetics, Soheil Zahedi IT Consultant, Sandy Point Windsurfing & StepStone

    Steve Bodner USA 4