Fiona Wylde and Morgan Noireaux win the AWT Quatro Desert Showdown – Punta San Carlos, Baja
“I am so incredibly happy for Fiona and Morgan. They have both grown up on the tour and have been improving so much over the years. I have loved watching them grow up on the AWT family and for them to both win on the same event for the first time is so satisfying. I am a happy mama!” — Sam Bittner, AWT director
The 4th event of the American Windsurfing Tour 2014 season started on August 16th and Baja delivered. The conditions during the summer months at Baja are very consistent in terms of wind and waves and the temperatures are the warmest of the entire year. 15 to 20 knots and shoulder high waves are “normal” Baja conditions. The main spot on Baja’s west coast, Punta San Carlos, is located 290 miles south from San Diego, California and 410 miles from LAX. 40 riders made it down to remote Punta San Carlos, such as 2013 Aloha Classic winner and current AWT tour leader Levi Siver, former wave world champ Kevin Pritchard, Morgan Noireaux or Bernd Roediger.
After an introduction to all the crew and competitors at the camp it was time to head to the point where the first heat of the day got under way. With two open spots available in the pro fleet the decision was made to run a trial heat to determine which of the amateurs would have their chance to cut their teeth among the top ranked sailors on the AWT. Ingrid Larouche and Joey Sanchez finished first and second advancing into the pro bracket.