Good outrigger turnout and mild conditions, although just a handful of surfski racers as there was a schedule conflict with two other local races. Kevin Olney, Brendan Donahue, myself, some guy named Greg Barton and a couple other ski paddlers who I didn't know prior to the race. More on that Greg guy later...
Weather was quirky per the typical PNW spring day. The start was shall we say "brisk"... into a stiff southern breeze, and Greg paddled out to show the rest of us the course while I tagged along. Very nice of him. On the return trip we had the pleasure of a wind shift with clearing skies, and a headwind and sloshy water to keep us from sweating too much. Nice touch weather Goddesses, you ladies have a terrific sense of humor!
Greg noticed me on his wash with about a mile to go and said something about being late for a race win and off he went. I did my best to wish him luck, but by the finish he was a minute away and probably couldn't hear me in between gasps. I think maybe he wanted first shot at the incredible buffet at the finish, or maybe he didn't want any more questions about graphene surfskis, hydrophobic laminar boundary layers or hydrofoils. Kevin Olney was in the mix and rounded out the first three a few minutes back. I think we had 60 or so racers in attendance, a great event that erased the memory of last years rebound debacle. For me at least.
In a strange twist they kept score of the ski racing totals through the series and I shamelessly snagged a bottle of Jose Cuervo Gold for the winter series win. I guess good racing can be bad for your health.
Hats off to all of those who clearly went to great lengths to make the PNWORCA Winter Race series an awesome time for all involved. It's going to be a jam packed racing schedule this spring with the upcoming Dan Harris Challenge, 2016 Lake Whatcom Classic, Tour De Indian Arm in Deep Cove, BC and of course Ski to Sea 2016 (aka "the Bellingham Olympics").
In other news, the New Epic V8 Pro should be in the hornet's nest soon and available for demo. We'll also have the new V5 in too for those of you looking share the love of ski paddling with friends and family or try it for the first time.