Summer blew away with the onslaught of fall, but windsurfers hope warmer temperatures and winds of at least eight knots will last through next weekend for the B.C. Windsurf Fleet Championships.
The championships are the wrap up of the summer windsurfing season in B.C. and this year they are being held at Porteau Cove Provincial Park and Campground Oct. 9 and 10.
Although the site hasn't been traditionally used for organized windsurfing, it was selected to host the event because of the location and winds.
There had to be a location where people could camp on site because a lot of participants come from out of town, said Cam Rawlinson, a volunteer representative for Windsurfing Canada.
"It has potentially better winds then the venue from last year," he added. "The most important thing is to have good wind."
If there are problems with the winds, the event can be moved to Squamish.
The event is open for all active, competitive windsurfers, and the public is welcome to come and watch the races. If five recreational sailors want to participate, a recreational class may be formed.
So far, only around six people from the upper Fraser Valley, Seattle, and Vancouver have registered, but Rawlinson doesn't see it as a problem and he expects to have 20 to 30 participants in the event.
"Windsurfers are chronically late in registering," he said.
Course racing is the focus of the event, but there will be speed slalom racing, where racers concentrate on speed and tight corners, and adventure racing, where participants race for an item, recover it and head for the finish line.