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Time to crown ‘King of the Hook’

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

August 5, 2006

King of the Hook has always been a little different. Entering its sixth year the annual windsurfing competition has a few characteristics that set it apart from other competitions, like guys sailing in lingerie, windsurfing clowns, and riders standing on top of one another.

“It’s a goofy windsurfing event,” organizer Katie Crafts said. “It’s very different from other events because it’s focused on fun.”

The event brings together a wide variety of windsurfing groups every August, from kids and adults, pros and amateurs, big manufacturers and little shops.

The event has seen significant growth every year since its inception. King of the Hook was started in 2001 by a group of windsurfing instructors.

The event featured 10 windsurfers and maybe 20 spectators. That grew to 30 windsurfers and over 100 spectators last year.

King of the Hook is sponsored by DaKine, Sailworks, Big Winds, North Sails, and Naish, and prizes will be provided to competitors and spectators alike.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. today at the Big Winds van, and goes until 5:15 p.m. The competition starts at 5:30 p.m. inside the Hook.

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