In October of 2018, the ”Federación de Windsurf” was reinstated, and we announced the ‘’Wind Warriors Tournament’’. The event caused a huge buzz in the community. People all over the island starting practicing. Banter about who would be named the best took over the social networks.
The event was held on April 6, 2019. Powerful wind, and 5-7 foot waves made the wait worth-while. The event took place at Surfer’s Beach, PR. 16 competitors harnessed their adrenaline for 15 minute heats. The athletes ripped waves with jumps, forward loops, back loops, cheese rolls, takas, and massive aerials. Expert tacks, and big sprays made up the competition. It did not disappoint.
After the first round of the tournament, the athletes were in close contention. An “expression-round’’ was permitted by the judges. Photographers snapped away. Spectators jumped with excitement. The judges watched for technical wave sailing. The semi-finals were equally exciting. Waves came in long rolling sets. Competitors were challenged to get 3 bottom turns for maximum scoring.
In the final heat, four friends battled it out for first place. There were 8 heats in total. It was a day of great friends, and spectacular show of talent. The FWPR is a non-profit sports club dedicated to friendship, travel, healthy outdoor lifestyles, and youth development in Puerto Rico. We promote friendship through sport.