This Town Blows (04.11.03)
Ahh daylight savings time. All around the world people
forget to turn their
clocks ahead, making it the un-official "Be an hour late for work"
Besides creating havoc with sleep patterns, this also signals the changing
of the closets as the sun finally takes off its jacket and stays a while.
This would also indicate the birth of a new summer event
season in our neck
of the woods and this year there's some doozies. Of course, like always,
there are the usual suspects guaranteeing a good time. The Test of Metal
weekend, the Triathlon, not to mention countless days of softball
tournaments, climbing, kayaking, hiking and other such hijinks. However,
classics aside, this summer Squamish steps it up a notch with our first
World Cup and it's all about the spit.
Yes, bring on the board and sail, windsurfing is carving
out another piece
of the summer event pie with the Canadian Nationals as well as a Women's
World Cup. Not to mention, this summer is the first time Women's World
Formula racing is coming to North America. The Sea to Sky Canadian National
Windsurfing Champion-ships will have the top sailors from around the world
giving it their all at the spit.
Seeing as Squamish roughly translates to "Mother
of the Wind", it shouldn't
come as a surprise that we've got some of the best windsurfing around.
But in true Squamish style, the location is both a blessing
and a curse, and
for a successful event to happen there will be many rings of fire to jump
The spit is truly a spectacular gem of a location but
right now it's just a
gravel road and to fully realize the full potential of a world cup event,
facilities must be made that have been a long time in coming.
But that's for bigger minds to mull over; we need only
to make some room on
the social calendar July 24-27. Those days will be filled with nothing
of breathtaking talent exposing our watery jewel for what it is, the world's
If you've never made it out to the spit, I can think
of no better time as
the world's elite come to compete in our backyard. The talent pool will
even deeper this year now that competitors participating in this event
receive points good towards World Cups - sort of like championship air
So without further ado, let's get this summer started.
Dust off the shorts,
fill up the barbecue tank, get plenty of ice for the cooler, and hold
tight, summer is on its way.
Now if I could only remember where the heck I put my