AWT Santa Cruz Windsurfing Festival
Firstly, the American Windsurfing Tour is NOT in trouble. Sam Bitner and her team have always done a great job balancing the check-books and making the events work, even without anyone getting paid. The entire staff donates their time, and loses money going to the events.
They're more than happy (although sometimes tired and grumpy) to do this because they believe the events truly promote our sport and raise the level of windsurfing. It's also fun to hang out with our friends and watch the best windsurfers in the world compete at our home break.
That being said, many different companies and people in the windsurfing industry have stepped up to help cover event costs. This year Santa Cruz County has raised the price of the event permit to over $8000 which could be hard to cover.
With this unexpected permit cost, Sam and her team haven't raised enough money to cover the Santa Cruz Windsurfing Festival. However, I think we can still pull this off. Bay Area windsurfers know how good the conditions here can be, and that we're a windsurfing epicenter. Furthermore, Silicon Valley is one of the wealthiest areas in the world. Surely we should be able to raise enough capital to make this always fun event possible again.
I've talked to a couple of biggest names on tour and we've come up with some unique experiences for you to enjoy. There are private lessons from pro's, 20% off and expedited construction of your own Quatro custom, a strategy course from Head Judge Chris Freeman, Morgan Noireaux signed Black Project Fins, gear rental at Boujmaa's windsurf center, signed AWT merchandise, a practice contest and a whole lot more.
The price difference between the riders is only there because gofundme only allows one reward per price. How fun would it be to get a private lesson from multiple world champion Kevin Pritchard? How much could you learn from the next generation of windsurfing; Morgan, Camille and Boujma? These guys are as friendly as they are talented, so I'm sure you'll learn a lot.
Thanks for all your help. Clearly, since the pros are donating, they want to make this event happen. So take a look at all the unforgettable experiences (when else could you get Boujmaa to teach you to loop or Kevin to teach you some slalom or wavesailing skills?).
Let's welcome the best in the world to our back yard! Just to be very clear, all the other events are 100% confirmed. Thanks so much for your help. If you can't donate, but still believe in our cause please share this link on Facebook, Twitter or other social media. Also, paying your entry fees go a long way in making the events happen, so make sure you go to American Windsurfing Tour Registration Page and sign up if you haven't yet.
Any extra money we raise goes right back into the tour. It'd be easiest to pick up the prizes at the event, but we'll ship to the U.S. and Canada. Lessons will be given close to the contest date or during the event near Santa Cruz. See you on the water!
Just wanted to give you a quick update on the contest everyone pitched in for. The AWT Santa Cruz Classic is happening. Opening night celebrated was a celebration of making the event happen. Yesterday, we had our first day of competition getting results in Grand Masters, Youth and Women. We were at the beach from 9am-9pm trying to get the most out of the wind which decided to wake up around 4:30 pm. Needless to say all the competitors and judges were exhausted by the end of the day. Luckily everyone got to wash the taste of salt out of their mouths with a delicious Lagunitas beer!
We also had Tidemark, a new sponsor, visit with some of their employees. Unfortunately the wind didn't pick up until their tour bus left. However, it's great to have such support from a tech company. I imagine if it were windier the day may have been less pleasant, but still exciting. Anyways, a special thanks for coming out. What's next on the agenda? Well we're hoping for conditions to sail. It looks like maybe a small chance Saturday and a slightly better chance on Sunday. We have been known to have some fun water contests like SUP and surf. Don't worry, these are all very amateur. So come join in on the fun. We're excited to see everyone and get even more results!
We're so excited to see you at the opening party presented by Tidemark. Just to be lucid, any additional donation will go towards making the contest even better. There are so many other costs associated with these events that a little extra goes a long way. Thank you so much, there are still some great rewards available. Let me know if there's anything you guys want, I'll still do my best to find make it happen.
I was going to write an update involving the Mayweather hug-fest, but look for that tomorrow. Thank you all so much. I also have some thank you messages to catch up on.
Anyways, lots of companies are excited about our effort. When I first did this I asked windsurfers I knew for stuff, then a couple more people heard about it and now there's even more to offer.
We all know the legendary brand MFC. They make some of the best fins and awesome accessories. Well they sponsor a windsurfer y'all may have heard of, Marcilio "Brawzinho" Browne. He's won multiple world titles in both wave and freestyle. If you haven't seen it yet check out his website http://www.marciliobrowne.com/en/home/ Anyways he got an awesome MFC harness and signed it. He and MFC really wanted to help out, so that's really cool. We couldn't be happier, but wait there's more.
JIMMIE HEPP is also offering up a set of rewards. Yeah, the Maui Man who's taken all those cover shots. Well, he love's the AWT, and I received a super motivated email from him describing his rewards. All you have to do is look and you'll see they're a smart choice.
Next we have a man who's already done so much for the AWT, but he's found (probably in his guest room (my room, don't even think about it JOEY SANCHEZ)) even more to give. He's donating some great signed posters. They're not too big and not too small, perfect to hang up.
I also want to let you know I talked to a local brewing company LAGUNITAS, and they're supposed to be supplying some beer for the event. We're all truly making something wonderful happen here, and we can't even tell you how grateful we all are. The more people you talk to about it the faster we reach our goal.
A great example of this is someone on the site (I'm not sure if they want the recognition so I'll leave the name out for now but I'm more than happy to tell you) told his boss about the AWT and what we're trying to do. He believed in our cause and said "well we should donate $2000 to the cause." So thank you so much TIDEMARK, and to the person that presented the idea to his boss.
Tidemark is awesome cloud-based business planning and analytics software that's enterprise ready. I know some people reading this want software like this in their businesses. Implement TIDEMARK, they care about local causes and our sport!
Anyways, my internet connection is awful, but I'll post the new rewards ASAP!
Personally, I feel significant solidarity with the climbers who trained, traveled and put their lives at risk to climb the worlds tallest mountain. The most trained, like the 30 British military members, survived. Many others also survived, but many people lost their lives drowning under avalanches. Here's a video taken from basecamp as the avalanches started hitting. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32474951
To me, the scene is horrific, but at the same time this is a reminder of the x-factor risk that's inherent in all extreme, nature based action sports. Over the last decade, I've gotten the impression climbing up Everest isn't quite the feat it used to be. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't do it, only 4,000 people have. But articles written about the climb recently, including http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/125-everest-maxed-out/jenkins-text , by National Geographic suggest a lot of people are putting themselves into a situation they're not ready for.
This begs the question, what makes someone ready for the most extreme conditions their sport has to offer? Everyone has to come up with their own conclusion. For me, say sailing Pe'ahi (this is completely theoretical, because I don't think I could ever sail Jaws), could only happen if I thought I could survive there if everything went wrong and no one else had to put their safety at risk to help me. I don't even mean survive getting destroyed going over the falls. I mean say a jet-ski or boat got caught in the lip and came over the falls on a wave I was riding.
Could KP, JASON POLOKOW, GRAHAM, BRAZINHO, KEITH, ROBBY, or MORGAN figure it out? Yes, that's why they can, are and should be out there. They're on the water every day and training. I'm not, not many of us are at that level. Could I make it out and catch a wave? Maybe, but that doesn't mean I should. But again, that's just my opinion.
Whether it's skiing, climbing, snowboarding, surfing, biking, kiting, or any action sport we have to respect the x-factor is possible. Goals can't be justified or celebrated solely for their completion; reaching the goal is the celebration of the training, time, hard work and sacrifice needed to truly conquer while knowing we could fail.
Like me, the thoughts and heart of most people in the world are with the country of Nepal and those affected by the disaster.
Awesome Marty! Thanks for supporting this event and the tour like you always have.
I’m stepping up my contribution. The AWT crew works really hard, and it’s largely a volunteer effort. For me, the AWT experience has been pretty much priceless. For young riders like Morgan, same thing. So what’s a few extra bucks considering the time and effort others are putting in? I also would like to see lower registration fees to encourage greater participation. Crowdfunding is a great way to accomplish that.