it is time to announce The 2009 Midwest Speed Quest. We would like to thank everyone who has participated in past years, and also invite everyone back again in 2009. We will pay $1000 CASH to the fastest windsurfer on Lake Okabena in 2009. Speed shall be measured by the "The Best Ten Second Run". We follow the rules and methods set out by GPS Speed Surfing.com.
The speeds recorded in this Event can be compared with speeds recorded anywhere in the world.
If there is sufficient interest (at lest 3 riders per Category) Women's, Youth, Formula, Hybrid/RSX/Prodigy, Longboard, and Sailboat Categories will be created
Stay tuned for additional information on new Cash Prizes to be paid immediately on Race Days! These Special Cash Prizes will be awarded on top of the $2500 Cash Prizes at the end of the season.
The event shall run from April 15th to October 15th, 2009. Please visit our Web Site for complete information.
April 15th is the opening day. Wind Forecasts are exceptional, with winds of 24 mph gusting to 33 mph from the Southeast.
We will have the best demo gear from the finest manufacturers in the world available to the visiting racers.
This event is designed for sailors of all skill levels, from beginners to the most experienced windsurfer. We will be there to get you started right!!!
As always, this event is FREE!!! There are no fees or charges. You may enter as many times as you like all season long. We want you to participate as often as you can.
We will provide the GPS unit. The official GPS unit of the Midwest Speed Quest is the GT-31 by LOCOSYS Technology. This is the finest handheld GPS available. With over $1000 on the line, our racers will want to use the most precise GPS device available.
This Event runs on a completely flexible schedule over a 6 month period. You decide when you want to race. The National Weather Service Forecasts are quite accurate up to 5 days in advance. Find a windy day that fits your schedule, let us know you are coming down. We will meet you on the Beach with a GPS ready to go. See the "NOTICE OF RACE" Page for more information.
There will also be a number of Scheduled race Days as well. On these days, we will provide free Refreshments and Snacks on the Beach, and a Hot Meal at the end of the day. This is a great time to meet fellow Windsurfers.
Spectators are always welcome. This is a great opportunity to meet the Windsurfers and find out more about this Sport.
New for 2009, the Midwest Speed Quest has collaborated with Therapeutic Winds Windsurfing School of Worthington to provide free windsurfing lessons to interested youth. It is important to support and encourage new windsurfers. If you know of a young person who would appreciate a free lesson or perhaps cannot afford one, please contact <>Craig Bergh
Please visit our "Sponsors Links" Page. As you buy your gear in 2009, please support the Sponsors who have made the Midwest Speed Quest possible.
Thanks to the generosity of our Sponsors, we have the highest Speed Sailing Prize Money in the USA. We also have lots of demo gear and prizes for visiting sailors from such fine companies as
Carbon Art International
KA Sail Australia
Murrays Wind and Water
Vector Fins Maui
Peter Hart MasterClass Clinics and DVDs
Acrobat TV of Great Britain
Gath Helmets Australia
Windtronic 2 WIndmeters from Gusts.us
Red Bull Energy Drink
Red Bull Storm Chase DVD
We have a number of Epic Action Sports Video Cameras for visiting racers to try out. We tried out a number of helmet cam systems and found this to be the best. Watch for helmet came videos on the MSQ Web Site from our fastest racers. See what 30 knots on a windsurf board really looks like!!!
We have a number of discounted Motel Rooms at the AmercInn of Worthington available to visiting racers.
We also have discounted meals at La Azteca Mexican Restaurant of Worthington, the finest Mexican Food anywhere.
We also want to thank GPS Speed Surfing for supporting this Event year after year. Thank you Martin van Meurs, Onno Pierek, Dylan de Jong, Roger van Tongeren, and Frank Heinen of the GPSSS crew!
And a big Thank You to The Worthington Chamber of Commerce, and Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sanford Health Worthington Clinic and Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, United Prairie Bank, and Enxco Energy Energy Services of Paris France, for your financial support of the Midwest Speed Quest.
Stay tuned for even more announcements in the near future.
We look forward to seeing you on Lake Okabena in 2009!
The Midwest Speed Quest
133 Lake Avenue
Worthington, Minnesota 56187