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From whitecaps to glass ... and back

Photo by Adam Lapierre

Neil Everett, ESPN SportsCenter anchor and University of Oregon graduate, explains the correct way to pronounce Oregon to millions of television viewers. SportsCenter broadcast from a portable set at the Hood River Event Site on Monday on the first scheduled day of the U.S. Windsurfing Nationals.

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

July 30, 2005

ESPN’s SportsCenter staff set up a portable set on the grass of the Hood River Event Site Monday with the company of whitecaps, waves, and strong Gorge winds. Tuesday’s live broadcast of SportsCenter’s 50 States in 50 Days—in Hood River to highlight the 2005 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals—aired three times Tuesday, on national television. The show featured talent Neil Everett in a crisp blue suit and tie, with a backdrop of some of the glassiest water possible on the Columbia River.

“You should have seen it yesterday,” Everett said after explaining why, geographically, the Gorge gets such strong summer winds.

Despite two days of 100-degree heat and dead-calm waters stalling the U.S. Windsurfing Nationals, racing action picked up fast Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Race director Scocia Bauer said the weather delay was only that, a delay, and racing should finish on Saturday as scheduled.

Flags flapping straight east, winds ripping 30-plus miles-an-hour, clear skies and zero chance of rain revived the event, bringing life to the faces of windsurfers who traveled to Hood River from as far away as Hungary for the race.

See the next issue of the Hood River News for further coverage and results from the 2005 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals. Updated information can also be found at: www.vmgevents.com

In other windsurfing news, the Formula Experience (FE) World Championships will be in Hood River next week, from Monday through Saturday, where the winners of their respective divisions will be crowned world champions at the end of racing Saturday.

The event will offer world-class racing in the Gorge, as well as clinics for those interested in learning more about racing and equipment trimming.

During the FE Worlds, Hood River’s Bruce Peterson (Sailworks) will give a free racing clinic the day before the event, and Svein Rasmussen (Starboard) will present 06 FE board concepts. A co-founder of windsurfing, Jim Drake, will also be there, talking about the future of windsurfing, and reflect on the past. For more information on the FE World Experience, visit www.vmgevents.com

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