I think Johnny was often 10 or 20 seconds in front of the second place racer.
The back of the pack of racers were finishing in over 25 minutes. It was a two lap race and the leaders often overtook some slower racers who were still on the first lap.
More than half the competitors did foiling tacks and jibes. Those of us who couldn't were at a very big disadvantage.
It was not possible to compete in both every foilboard race and every raceboard race because they started some raceboard races only a couple of minutes after the first foilboard finished (there were still foilboarders racing on the course).
I competed but I am near the bottom of the results (I cannot do foiling tacks and jibes yet). I ride a Spotz foil with an Aguera board and use Ozone Edge kites (usually 7m or 9m).
The Spotz were the most popular foil. There were maybe 3 or 4 Swords.
The entry fee was $90 for two days of racing.
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