The U.S. National Windsurfing championships will be held in Berkeley next week, from Monday through Saturday. Hosted by the Berkeley Yacht Club, the championships will be just offshore from Berkeley Marina (the video above shows recent slalom racing off Maui).

“We are delighted to welcome the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships back to Berkeley after 35 years,” said Jane Morson of the Berkeley Yacht Club.  “And, we invite the public to come out and see these world-class athletes in action – event admission is absolutely free for spectators.”

As both kite flyers and windsurfers know, summer in the Bay Area brings consistent winds across the Bay. The windsurfing championships include freestyle, slalom, techno and formula competitions in men’s, women’s and junior divisions. In addition to U.S. windsurfers, strong contingents are expected from Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.

Freestyle events will be in South Basin (south of Berkeley Pier), and formula, long distance and slalom events will be off Seawall Drive. Racing starts on Tuesday, and a updated schedules of events will be posted at the Berkeley Yacht Club. All racing is free for spectators.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...