July 2, 2005
Race four of the 2005 Gorge Cup windsurfing series took place last weekend, with the company of windsurfers on the US National Tour. After the results were tallied from the race's five individual heats, Hood River windsurfer Bruce Peterson trounced the competition, finished in first place yet again. Peterson has finished first overall in every Cup series this season.
The Gorge Cup is scheduled for nine races total, starting in May and ending in September. Last year Peterson and fellow Hood River stand-out Dale Cook battled it out in the series to a one-two finish, with Cook taking a narrow first place finish in the end. In the first race this year, Peterson and Cook again alternated heat wins with each other, with Peterson eventually taking a narrow win after five heats.
With Cook battling forearm injury and only able to compete in slalom races, Peterson has pulled ahead in the overall standings by a considerable margin. Cook, however, did win four of five slalom heats in the most recent Cup races.
Gorge Cup: The 2005 Gorge Cup has five more races, scheduled for July 9, Aug. 20 and 27, and Sept. 3 and 7. New racers are always welcomed. For inquires visit: www.vmevents.com
Swap meets: The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association has two more swap meets scheduled for this summer. On July 31 and September 4 , at the west lot of the Hood River Expo center, the public is welcomed to sell or buy winds gear of all kinds. Swap meets are free to buyers and sellers pay $10 per vehicle. Seller setup is 7 a.m. and buying starts at 8 a.m. For more information visit: http://windsurf.gorge.net/cgwa/
U.S. Nationals: The U.S. Windsurfing National Championships will rock the Hood River windsurfing scene in late July this summer. Organizers are expecting about 125 world-class windsurfers, ranging in age from 12 to 70, to compete for 2005 U.S. National Championship titles.
Giving the event a huge boost this year will be full broadcast coverage from ESPN's Sports Center. As part of a series title, "SportsCenter Across America", ESPN is visiting 50 states in 50 days, covering a sports event at each stop.
"This takes the event to an entirely new level in terms of coverage and exposure," event organizer Scocia Bauer commented."
Peterson commented on the coverage: "Hood River has an increasing presence as a world class sports destination, and we welcome ESPN to Hood River and the Nationals. The coverage will showcase our area and the sport of windsurfing." For more information visit: www.vmevents.com