Looking Back, Looking Forward on the AWT, the American Windsurfing Tour
The AWT just saw it´s final event on Maui at the beginning of November 2011. Nathan Mershan won the pro class category of the AWT tour, Morgan Noireaux the Youth Class, Ingrid Larouche the ladies category, Royn Bartholdi the masters men and Jordan Reid the amateur ranking. The overall tourranking saw 209 riders in the five different categories. It was quite interesting to see actual top sailors like Marcilio Browne, Camille Jubon or Graham Ezzx fighting it out with big names, who most of them retired from the Worldcup. Names like Matt and Kevin Pritchard, Josh Stone, Kai Katchedorian , Keith Teboul, Francisco Goya. It was also positive to see a realtively big group of kids and ladies participating at several events.
The 2011 goals of Sam Bittner, the head organizer behind the fresh tour, were to inspire the future of the sport windsurfing in the states plus provide an opportunity for windsurfers to showcase their skills.
“We had an excellent turn-out at all events. Santa Cruz had 76 competitors, Pistol River had 86, San Carlos 25, and Maui a whopping 107 competitors. Unfortunately the Hatteras Wave Jam was canceled due to Hurricane Irene, but we are looking forward to competing there next year. In all, there were 223 different windsurfers registered for the 2012 AWT. Congratulations to all who participated!” Sam Bittner stated.