Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The 2012 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals wrapped up last week with a fourth and final day of competition Thursday afternoon at the Hood River Event Site. Wind and weather proved to be ideal for the event, which featured dozens of top windsurfers competing in slalom, formula and freestyle contests.
Australian-born Phil McGain proved unbeatable in both slalom and formula fields as the former Professional Course Racing World Champion took overall titles in both events ahead of famous Gorge rippers Tyson Poor and Bruce Peterson in slalom and France’s Xavier Ferlet in formula.
In the women’s field, young standout and summertime Hood River resident Fiona Wylde won the junior slalom division title and finished 14th overall, five places ahead of women’s division winner Marion Lepert, also a young up-and-coming standout.
Presented by the American Windsurfing Tour, the event was hailed as a success despite being reorganized at the last minute. The event moves to a different location next year, but organizers expect it to return to Hood River again soon.
1st Phil McGain
2nd Tyson Poor
3rd Bruce Peterson
4th Casey Hauser
5th MacRae Wylde
1st (14th overall) Fiona Wylde
2nd (17th overall) Ben Grodner
3rd (40th overall) Charlie Linquist
1st (19th overall) Marion Lepert
2nd (21st overall) Ingrid Larouche
3rd (23rd overall) Alyson Fromm
4th (25th overall) Tamara Bockius
5th (27th overall) Shelly Gimbal
1st Phil Mcgain
2nd Xavier Ferlet
3rd Steve Bodner
4th Bruce Peterson
5th Mike Percey
1st (8th overall) Marion Lepert
2nd (21st overall) Shelly Gimbal
3rd (24th overall) Alyson Fromm
1st (25th overall) Charlie Lindquist
2nd (26th overall) Fiona Wylde
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