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The Windsurf Wing Slalom Storms the Cityfront

The St. Francis Yacht Club Friday night Windsurf Slalom series adds one more dimension to the Bay Area racing scene. You could argue that sailing has always been two-dimensional, with boats moving left and right on the surface of the water. With the addition of foils there’s now a third dimension, and, with the addition of wing foiling boards, there’s a new way to foil. Chris Ray sent in some shots of last Friday’s action, which started off the beach at Crissy Field in San Francisco, running a unique course adapted to wing-foiling slalom racing.

Windsurf Wing Slalom
The concept was in its infancy just a couple of years ago. Now there’s regular racing on the Bay.
© 2021 Chris Ray
StFYC Windsurf Slalom
The action is right off the breakwater at St. Francis YC.
© 2021 Chris Ray
Foiling Windsurfers
Foiling windsurfers are also part of the Friday night action.
© 2021 Chris Ray
Windsurf Slalom Course
The unique slalom course is adapted to provide maximum fun.
© 2021 St Francis Yacht Club

The first-ever 2021 one-race-per-month summer series ended this past Friday, with Stefaans Viljoen taking first place in the Wing Sail division and David Wells taking first in the Windsurf division. You can see complete results here.

Given the ever-increasing number of wings and foils on the Bay, we only expect it to get more crowded and competitive as course, wings, foils and sailors all sharpen their blades and their skills.

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A big "thank you" to Allyn Schafer for sharing this awesome shot, which has now become September's Caption Contest(!).