Jay Watermeyer picked up top honors as Gorge Windsurfer of the Year at the annual Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association awards party last week. The annual event is an end-of-summer ritual for the CGWA and is a way to thank members and honor those who stood out and represented the sport in a positive way throughout the season.
As voted by CGWA membership, Watermeyer was named Most Stoked Windsurfer and Gorge Windsurfer of the Year. Tim Requa picked up the Dale Cook “Big Air” Award, Fiona Wylde was voted Grom of the Year and Temira Wagonfeld garnered Most Selfless Windsurfer honors.
In addition to the much-coveted awards/bragging rights, the evening was also an opportunity for CGWA executive director Greg Stiegel to review a successful season of events, projects and programs. Those included continued development of Blackberry Beach in Cascade Locks, an Adopt-a-Park agreement at Rowena, success (and wind) at Windfest, reviving the U.S. Windsurfing Nationals and the success of the Gorge Groms program, which gave more than 50 families and 100 kids the opportunity to enjoy the sport of windsurfing.