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Wind Warriors IV

“Wind Warriors IV Puerto Rico” es nombrado parte del Tour Internacional de Windsurf (IWT) para windsurfistas profesionales, y celebramos el Campeonato Nacional – 25/2 al 26/2023.

Wind Warriors IV Puerto Rico” Celebrates the National Championship Event 2/25 – 26/2023.

OVERVIEW

The “Federación de Windsurfing de Puerto Rico” (FWPR) is a local sports club dedicated to friendship and healthy lifestyles through watersports. Founded in 1981, the FWPR facilitates people of all ages learning, competing, and socializing with wind sports. 

The International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) is an international organization that organizes wave riding events worldwide. It seeks out the best locations with the best wave riding conditions on earth for the best-quality competitions. Our ultimate purpose is to discover, support, challenge, and crown the world’s best wave riders.

  • SATURDAY, FEB 25, 2023 – Windsurf Event (Surfers Beach)
  • SUNDAY, FEB 26, 2023 – Wingfoil Event (Shacks Beach)
  • Location: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • IWT Wave Tour Points: National Title Event
  • (3) Divisions: Windsurf Pro Men, Windsurf OPEN for all non-pro riders, Wing Foil – Open

What Happened

35 athletes gathered in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, for the 4th edition of the “Wind Warriors” Wave Sailing Tournament.  This was the first time that Puerto Rico was recognized as a destination on the windsurfing wave sailing pro-tour. 

The stakes were high to produce an incredible event. The mayor of Aguadilla, the Aguadilla Office of Culture and Economic Development, and Discover Puerto Rico assisted in making the event a success.

The National Title Championship is important because it incentivizes international athletes to travel to Puerto Rico to earn points on the pro circuit. It also uncovers local talent and encourages them to compete in international events. The best athletes are extended invitations to prestigious events such as tournaments in Pacasmayo, Peru, Cloud Break, Fiji, and even the grand finale in Maui, Hawaii.

First Place

First place in Windsurfing was awarded to Charlie Rovira from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  Charlie Rovira is an accomplished athlete who has won first place in international windsurfing competitions in Hawaii and Baja California. 

He hopes to continue on the professional circuit and participate in other Pro Windsurfing Association Sanctioned events on the IWT tour. Charlie is a certified Boat Captain and has a long-time board repair business. 

Second Place

Second place was awarded to Jean Séb Lavocat, a pro-windsurfer from St. Martin. Jean Séb Lavocat put on an exceptional demonstration, with high-flying jumps and tricks and stylish wave riding. Jean Séb carved the waves and dazzled the crowd with advanced maneuvers that no other athletes completed.

Thirds Place Tie Break

Regarding the third place, athletes Felix Bermudez and Quique Figueroa, were tied.  The judges proceeded to the standard tie-breaking procedure of evaluating the top individual wave score, and the athletes remained tied with a top score of 15.  The judges reviewed the second-highest score on a wave, which was 8, and the athletes remained tied.

The event organizer, Nelson Perez, sought a fourth resolution to break the tie.  He settled on the best overall tournament score. He conferred with the tournament committee, and they agreed to proceed forward.  We’re carefully calculating the scores, knowing that any error at this point would degrade the integrity of the contest.  The tournament committee reviewed the overall best score between Quique Figueroa and Felix Bermudez and found that Felix Bermudez had, in fact, won 3rd place in the contest.

Because the athletes were so close, having been tied on 3 tie-breaking criteria, it became a hotly debated contest.  Many reviewed the rules and shared their interpretation of how the rules and scores should be calculated.  The tournament committee sent all scorecards to the International Windsurfing Tour, and the decision was upheld.  Due to the highly contestable 3rd place, the best overall score was a very credible criterion for breaking the tie.  Felix Bermudez, the popular windsurfer from Santa Isabel, was deemed the third-place winner.

Best Overall Tournament Score:

Felix Bermudez: 31.75 points

Quique Figueroa: 27.02 points

Fun Raffle Event

That Saturday evening, all of the event participants and fans were invited to the Reef Restaurant for a Raffle Event.  Participants purchased $10.00 tickets, and over 100 prizes were given away.  Fans won incredible prizes such as:

  • Clothing apparel from Acquavento Watersports. 
  • Sport equipment from N1 Surf Shop
  • E-foil classes from Seakindly Foil School
  • Gift Certificates to Acai Express
  • Sport Supplements from Isagenix
  • Hotel Stay at Punta Boriquen Resort
  • High-end Sunglasses from Lip Sunglasses

“There were lots of laughs and great food. It was a raffle event we hope to repeat,” said Tournament Director Irene Kravitz. 

 1st “Wind Warriors” Wave Wing Foil Event

The following day, the first-ever wave sailing event in the Wingfoiling class was held in Shacks Beach. This new wind sport was introduced in Puerto Rico in 2020 and has been growing in popularity among the Puerto Rican sailing community.

The Federación de Windsurfing de Puerto Rico and N1 Surf Shop hosted the event.  Waves and wind conditions are challenging.  The forecast showed light winds of 8 knots from the east and weak waves of 2 to 3 feet.  Fans rallied and tuned in for a full day of competition. 

The competitors in the final heat included:

  • Rafke Sanchez, a 4-time first place wingfoiler in Puerto Rico. 
  • Dylan Shewfelt, owner of N1 Surf Shop in San Juan
  • Adrian Negron, a 13 year old surfing and wingfoiling athlete
  • Evan Netsch, a professional wingfoiler who had travelled to the event from North Carolina,

The athletes put on a great show, gliding to the wave crest, carving the cascading water, trick-flipping the sail in challenging positions, and transitioning with graceful expertise. 

Thanks to our Volunteers

Para Coordinar Entrevistas comunica con Irene Kravitz.

irene (at) windsportspr.com

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