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See you at nationals

June 9, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

As 2013 festival ends, community learns it will host 2014 windsurfing championshipWORTHINGTON The organizers of the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival may have just wrapped up the 2013 festival, but they are already looking forward to next year when Worthington will host the US Windsurfing National Championships for a third time. Continue Reading

Stage hand: Janssen one of original Lake Okabena windsurfers

June 7, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON Among the ranks of the many volunteers who help each year with the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival, there are a few windsurfers not a lot but a few who occasionally test the wind and waters of Lake Okabena.
One such is Marc Janssen, although his volunteer effort has little to do with the windsurfing. Continue Reading

VIDEO: Arden and Adam Anderson finish first and second in windsurfing competition

June 11, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Brothers Arden and Adam Anderson finished first and second, respectively, during the 13th Annual Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival. Watch a video highlighting the windsurfing on Lake Okabena during the weekend. Continue Reading

Windsurfers from Midwest competing in Minnesota

June 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Windsurfers from around the Midwest are gathering in southwestern Minnesota this weekend. Dozens of windsurfers are competing in a variety of races on Lake Okabena (oh-kah-BEE’nah) in Worthington. Continue Reading

Three days of fun at the Regatta

June 12, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON Perfect weather dominated the final two days of the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival, as Saturday’s sunshine was ideal for festival-goers and Sunday’s higher winds were sublime for windsurfers.
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Regatta ready to set sail

June 7, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON After 12 years of helping to organize the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta, putting it together is “pretty much routine,” according to race director Jeff Hegwer. But the snag for Hegwer this year is that he’s living more than 150 miles away from Lake Okabena, in Mason City, Iowa.
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Against the wind

May 31, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

“It’s a bit too strong” said windsurfer Ken Crosson, Okabena, as he packed up after a few runs across Lake Okabena Tuesday afternoon. Crosson, originally from Waimanalo, Hawaii., did not have a sail small enough for the extreme wind conditions which had gusts up to 50 mph. Continue Reading

Alexandria: Birthplace of windsurfing?

September 2, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

One day, about 50 years ago, Al Seltz daringly rose to his feet on the edge of a sailboat, and skillfully skimmed over the waters of Lake L’Homme Dieu. That moment may have put him in the history books. Continue Reading

Strong winds in Worthington may draw windsurfers

August 27, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON – Breezy conditions and an alert from Mowind, a Midwest group of windsurfing racers and event organizers, may bring windsurfers to the shores of Lake Okabena over the weekend. Continue Reading