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U.S. Windsurfing Nationals set for next week in the Columbia Gorge

    The 2012 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals will take place from July 23-26 at the Hood River Event Site, showcasing the nation’s best windsurfers in slalom racing, course racing and freestyle events. Here are just a few of the big names that are scheduled to participate:

    Bruce Peterson
    U.S. Nationals champion who owns a windsurfing sail brand in Hood River

    Steven Max
    Under-17 World Freestyle Champion from Aruba

    Tyson Poor
    An Oregon resident who has competed around the world

    Fiona Wylde
    15-year-old from Hood River who is one of the top junior racers in the U.S.

    U.S. Nationals Schedule

    Monday, July 23
    Registration/Check in at Event Site 8-9am – Freestyle Nationals Begin

    Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26
    Slalom, Formula and Freestyle Nationals at Event Site

    Thursday, July 26
    Closing Ceremony 7-9pm at the Marina Park in Hood River

    The American Windsurfing Tour puts on this U.S. Windsurfing Event. The American Windsurfing Tour came into existence two years ago following the success of a single event: the 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash near Gold Beach, Ore. That one event spawned an entire five-stop competition tour the following year, which included Santa Cruz (Calif.), Pistol River (Ore.), Baja, Cape Hatteras (N.C.) and Maui, and momentum has just kept building ever since. For 2012, a sixth event in Peru has been added, which will encourage an exchange of athletes for other events between North and South America.

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