Hello Fellow Windsurfers,
It is time for an update on Speed Surfing in Worthington Minnesota.
We had some great sessions recorded in June and early July. The winds of mid July and August have been flat.
Former Women's World Formula World Champion Allison Shreeve of Sydney Australia recorded a speed of 26.24 knots while on the Race Course, for the US Nationals held here in Worthington June 11-15. These were challenging conditions, with winds gusting over 35 knots. She was sailing the new Starboard 160 Formula Board and Severne 9.5 Formula Sail, currently being campaigned as a contender for the Olympic Rig for the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth England.
Allison remains our current Women's Leader, with Karen Marriott of Colorado in a close second at 22.78 knots, also on Formula Gear.
Note: the Overall World's Record for GPS Speed Surfing on Formula Gear is just over 31 knots. Congratulations to Allison and Karen for these great sessions.
Guy Miller of Austin Texas is our current Overall Leader with a speed of 31.46 knots. He is closely followed by Chris Lock, Arden Anderson, and Richard White.
A new racer for 2008 is David Knight of Fridley Minnesota, with a speed of 29.78 knots. David has not yet found ideal winds, and feels he can go quite a bit faster. He is also looking forward to testing the new Carbon Art Speed Boards.
We expect quite a Shoot-Out for the $2500 in Cash Prizes to be given to the Top GPS Racers for 2008.
Todd Selby of Abilene Texas is the current Leader in the Youth Category, with a speed of 24.6 knots, also on Formula Gear.
We also wanted to recognize Jay Salzman, Peter Bonello, and Ron Kern, who all have also recorded great sessions on their Formula Gear.
The new GPS Speed Surfing Web Site has been great. There have been many new features added.
Click on The Midwest Speed Quest 2008 Rankings Page. On this page, click on the "Go" button for an overall ranking. You can refine your search by searching by Country, by Gender (Male/Female), by Age Class, and by Weight Class, etc. It is fun to compare the results of the various racers based on these factors.
We want to thank the Martin, Onno, Dylan, Roger, Frank, and the entire GPSSS Team for creating such a fine site, and for all your hard work promoting the new Sport of Speed Surfing.
The 2008 Midwest Speed Quest is far from over. We are waiting for the high winds to return to Worthington.
Just watch the Weather Forecast Link on the MSQ Web Site. The National Weather Service Link predicts wind speed and direction hour by hour, up to 5 days in advance.
We will be accepting sessions, 7 days a week through October 15th. As always, everything is free. We provide the personnel, the expertise, and the new LOCOSYS GT-31 GPS (the only GPS which is the only GPS currently recommended by GPS Speed Surfing of Holland), as well as the Aquapac 212 Water Proof Case.
We will assist you with free or discounted lodging at the The AmericInn of Worthington. We have free or discounted meals at La Azteca Mexican Restaurant of Worthington.
We have cold refreshments in including Red Bull Energy Drink, and Snapple Products, provded Courtesy Holinka Distributing of Fulda Minnesota. Thank you Barry!
We offer free on-site Pet Care, Child Care, and even "Spousal Care" (care of the Windsurfing Widow). We have 1 Hour Massages available to visiting Racers and their Spouses, courtesy Deb Healing Massage and Day Spa of Worthington. Thank you Deb!
We have a full quiver of KA Sails courtesy Windsurf Deal of California, including the Koncept, the Koyote, and the Kult Sails. Thank you Juerg and the crew at Windsurf Deal! The KA Koncept Sails have been used by most of the top sailors to achieve their best speeds.
We have Chinook Carbon Racing Booms, Bases, and Extensions, and Racing Adjustable Harness Lines here for your demo use. Thank you Dave and Andy!
The Carbon Art Boards are here! The Carbon Art Speed SP 50, and the Slalom SL 62 Boards arrived from New Zealand, just a few weeks ago. We are now waiting for the strong fall winds for out top sailors to test these new Speed Boards, provided courtesy Carbon Art. Thank you James!
We have a full quiver of Vector EX Speed Fins available to demo, courtesy Vector Fins, Maui Hawaii. These fins have been proven by top speed sailors around the world. Thank you Jeff!
We have Gath Gedi Helmets available for use by all racers, courtesy Murray Wind and Water Sports. Thank you Steve!
We have more copies of The Windsurfing Movie to be given away in random drawings yet this year. Thank you Jace!
There is more Dakine Gear to be given away in drawings yet this year. Thank you Dakine!
We also have copies of The Red Bull Storm Chase to give away, courtesy Red Bull North America.
We have free copies of WINDSPORT Magazine for visiting racers. There will be drawings for free subscriptions to WINDSPORT too. Thank you Peter!.
There is a lot more of The 2008 Midwest Speed Quest. We look forward to seeing you this fall. Let us know you are attending, and we will meet you on the Beach, with a GPS, ready to go. We follow all rules in International Speed Sailing, and our Speed can be compared with Speed Sailors around the World.
A Final Note: We are close to announcing a Speed World Cup Series Event here in Worthington in 2008. Stay Tuned!!!
Thank you Everyone,
The Midwest Speed Quest
133 Lake Avenue
Worthington, Minnesota 56187