Pistol River Wave Bash… Big Announcement

We're Making a Movie!!!

An IWT Movie!
Be Part of It! Just be There! Windsurfing History!

From the Makers of “The Windsurfing Movie” Poor Boyz Productions will be creating a feature film on this year’s IWT.  Filming has already begun and will be focusing heavily at the Pistol River Wave Bash!

The 10th Anniversary is This Year!

Pistol River is back and bigger than ever this year.  The IWT has celebrated 9 successful events at Pistol River.  Help us make this 10th Anniversary event bigger than ever.  From June 15th – 22nd the Pistol River Wave Bash will see pros and amateurs from around the world competing for the top spot on the podium.  With a full week window, the IWT fully expects world class conditions, making for an epic show!  Riders will stay at the Inn of The Beachcomber in nearby Gold Beach. Call for reservations 1-888-690-2378. There will be social events around the community from Brookings to Gold Beach, culminating with the closing party at the Gold Beach Brewers Festival!  The first 30 registered riders will receive a pass directly into the Festival.  There are still many spaces available, so book your tickets, and register for the 10th annual Pistol River Wave Bash!

The 10 year Event History:

Originally a single event in Pistol River on the Oregon coast back in 2010, the success of that event demonstrated the huge hunger for fun Pro/Am regional and international events in the Pacific arena to compliment the strong PWA and Amateur events that largely service the European hemisphere. Things have grown form there…

In 2011, co-founders Sam Bittner and Russ Faurot, formed the AWT (The American Windsurfing Tour) and expanded to 4 events: Santa Cruz California USA, Pistol River Oregon USA, San Carlos Baja Mexico, Maui Hawaii. This was the first year that there had been a wave tour of any serous description in the Pacific for a very long time and there was a lot of energy and support.

In 2012 the AWT expanded to include Pacasmayo Peru and the American Windsurfing Tour then had two international events on the calendar: Mexico and Peru. The tour remained strong for 2013 and 2014.

IN 2015 The AWT expanded to include a 3rd international event, this new one was in Carbo Verde. This took the tour to 7 wave events, still with the best 4 to count toward overall rankings, 3 of the events were now international: Mexico, Peru and Carbo Verde.

In 2016 the tour changed its’ name to the International Windsurfing Tour, the IWT, to better reflect the increasingly international nature of the event locations. 2016 saw Carbo Verde dropped and Morocco come on board to join Mexico and Peru as the international event locations, joining now only 2 American events: Oregon and Maui. The Tour was now 3 to 2 International events. The tour continued like this strongly for 2017 and 2018.

In 2019 the tour is receiving a long overdue injection of funding that has allowed it to greatly expand its’ media platforms, offer overall tour prize money for the first time for the Pro Men and Por Women, and begin a global media campaign to unite the tribes of WINDSURFING to once again present the sport to the world as one nation of many tribes = WINDSURFING.

2019 sees Omaezaki Japan on the international Wavesailing calendar and this is deeply symbolic because the last time international Wavesailing was in Omaezaki was 1994 for the Sometime World Cup Grand Slam event, which was arguably the biggest single windsurfing event in the history of the sport and symbolized the peak of the sport in terms of global media attention.

The long term goal of the IWT is to offer more opportunity for more riders, of all skill levels, and to unite the global tribes of WINDSURFING to support the continual evolution and expansion of the sport around the world.

2019 Schedule

Clinic – Coaching from 2-6pm June12-14.

$200 for 1 day, $300 for 2 days, $400 for 3 days.

June 12 – Wednesday – Clinic day – BBQ at the Beachomber 7pm. Student/Instructor meet and greet.
June 13 – Thursday – Clinic day
June 14 – Friday – Clinic day – Wave Bash Registration 7-9pm at the Beachcomber

Contest days
June 15 – Saturday
June 16 – Sunday
June 17 – Monday
June 18 – Tuesday
June 19 – Wednesday
June 20 – Thursday
June 21 – Friday
June 22 – Saturday – Closing Party with Gold Beach BrewFest!

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6 Comments. Leave new

Chip Weinert
May 15, 2019 10:19 am

Very cool. As Managing Editor/Associate Publisher of Wind Tracks Magazine I was involved in running/organizing the original Pistol River Wave Bashes in the ’90’s. I might be able to offer some backstory if you’re interested.

Lisa Harris
May 15, 2019 11:49 am

Where is the wave bash located?

Emma DeRock
May 16, 2019 6:17 am

How fun! I am an influencer here in Gold Beach and would love to collaborate with this event and bring some recognition to the amazing events happening on the coast. I have collaborations set up for Dunefest and other events over the summer and would love to add wave bash to the list . Check out my IG Ladykissingrock

Karen Helgesen
May 16, 2019 9:02 am

Looking forward to seeing to again, Sam! Hoping to do an interview with you for Curry County Voices, our local educational channel. I film and edit for them now. Your “kite” friend, Karen Helgesen


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