2013-06-14 08:44:04 / North Kiteboarding
North American Championships - San Francisco
It was a tough week here in San Francisco during the North American Championships. Those who have had a chance to race there, know how hard it can get. Crissy Field is a spot where the wind is extremely gusty and shifty, current is strong and water is choppy. During the first days of completion Blazej Ozog had a hard time to get used to that place. "I have to thank Ken Winner for sharing his knowledge on that spot, it prevented me from making even more mistakes. After 2 days of qualifying series I entered the gold fleet on 7th place and Sky Solbach on 9th. I was happy with my performance during the gold fleet series, I was able to finish the races on 3rd and couple of 4th places. I entered the medal races series at 5th place with my team mate Sky at 10th, hoping we will get better. Crissy Field is a spot where mistakes are not forgiven. I learned it the hard way during the 2nd
race of the finals. After trading places with the first two guys I made the upwind mark as 3rd with good speed and angle. I was hoping to get Ricardo during that last downwind and the moment when I was catching up with him, I entered a big wind hole. I dropped my kite into the water and for this moment, I couldn’t get it up anymore." Blazej finished that race on 5th position but unfortunately couldn’t concentrate anymore. "The last two races
were horrible and I can’t even count how many mistakes I’ve made." He still finished the regatta on 6th place losing by 0.3 to Adam Koch, teammate Sky Solbach was able to move up one spot finishing 9th overall. "I learned a lot during this week but most important thing is that I know I’m able to race the best guys in the world and that my equipment works great and it won’t let me down during the rest of the season." It is not over yetand Blazej is already on his way to Bonaire for the South American Championships.
Good luck and stay tuned! Blazej Blasco Ozog (North, Etisoft, VW Fota-Grobleski, Ristafins, ION)