Fiona Wylde, 15 years old, was nominatedfor 3 awards this year. The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association nominated her for 2. She won the CGWAAward, Grom of the Year. They wrote: “She is the most stoked windsurfer I know. It doesn’t matter that she is a grom, she encourages and exudes stoke like no one else. Fiona continues to dominate windsurf competitions around the country. She has been killing it on theAWT. She was a staple in the Gorge Cup race series and she did extremely well at the US Windsurfing Nationals.” She was 3rd overall in the 2012 Gorge Cup Race Series, finishing behind her dad, MacRae Wylde, and series winner, Bruce Peterson. In Slalom at the US Nationals this year she was 14th overall. She ranks first on the 2012 AWT after the Hatteras Wave Jam.
Fiona also won the Windsurfer of the Year contest (2012) held by the Association of Wind and Watersport Industries. The AWSIis an organization which represents the North American manufacturers, retailers and schools in the sports of Windsurfing, Kiteboarding and SUP. The contest promotes excellence in windsurfing and the winner is determined by public online voting based on an entrant’s video submission. Go toWindsport to see her contest video submission and her gracious thank you acknowledgement for being chosen AWSI Windsurfer of the Year.