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December 10, 2023

The Race Was Run!!!
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The i to i, (Inlet to Inlet Distance Race) is a windsurfing, windfoiling, wingfoiling, kiteboarding and kitefoiling long distance ocean race that runs from Fort Lauderdale's Vista Park, around channel markers at Port Everglades Inlet and Hillsboro Inlet, and returns to Vista Park.  2023 was the 21st year running this exciting event.  There is no entry fee for the event to view or participate. 

2023 NOR (Notice of Race)

Thanks to the 2023 race sponsors!!!

iWindsurf.com, iKitesurf.com, SailFlow.com, Windalert.com

Liquid Surf & Sail

Adventure Sports, Neil Pryde, JP

Sandy Point Progressive Sports, Aerotech, Exocet

North Beach Windsurfing


Plenty of wind and plenty of shore break this year.  Only two competitors made it off the beach, kiters Leif Given and Ramin Afshar, popped right out and were on time for the rabbit start with Leif being the rabbit.  Windfoilers Ron Kern and Fernando Martinez made two solid attempts to time things right and get off and running.  Ron's second attempt failed and his kit got washed in after not making it over a wave.  Disappointed Fernando and Ron decided it wasn't going to happen this year. Meanwhile Leif and Ramin were blazing upwind to the Port Everglades channel marker.  Leif rounded the PE mark after 20 minutes and was flying downwind.  He crossed perpendicular to Vista Park in about 10 minutes and rounded Hillsboro Inlet channel marker with an elaspsed time of about 40 minutes.  Ramin was really cruising along too, but nowhere near the speed Leif was getting on his full Olympic kitefoiling kit. With nobody else to race Ramin came into Vista Park having completed half the I-to-I in about 53 minutes.  Leif completed the Hillsboro to Vista upwind leg in about 20 minutes for a total time of 61 minutes 30 seconds.  It was impressive to witness.

Leif Given 2023 I-to-I Winner!!! 

L-R: Jesse - Liquid Surf & Sport, Dave Rhodes, Ramin Afshar, Leif Given, Ron Kern, Fernando Martinez, Mike Vogt, Gary VanDyke, Jesse's dog :-)

December 10, 2023                     Start Time:  10:06 a.m.
  Fleet       Elapsed Time     Finish 
Finish   Finish Fleet   Last Name
First Name
(Minutes)   Notes Time
1 1 Kite Foilboard Given Leif 61   Completed I-to-I 11:37:00 AM
2 2 Kite Foilboard Ramin Afshar 53   Vista - Port Everglades 11:40:00 AM
3 1 Windfoil Kern Ron 0   DNS -
4 2 Kite Foilboard Martinez Fernando 0   DNS -
5 1 Wingfoil Hermans John 0   DNS -
6 3 Windsurfer VanDyke Gary 0   DNS -
7 4 Windsurfer Vogt Michael 0   DNS -

The 2022 Race:

After a few different dates proved challenging to run the race in December, January or earlier in February, the race that first happened in 2003 was off and running.  The wait was worth it!  Epic I-to-I conditions prevailed starting at about 9 a.m. Saturday morning with strong wind from the north and a non-existent shorebreak.  After competitiors rigged, de-rigged, rigged, the race was started at 10:05 a.m. with Ron Kern taking off as a port tack rabbit to the upwind mark at Hillsboro Inlet.  The course was start at Vista Park, Hillsboro Inlet channel marker rounded to port, Port Everglades Inlet channel marker rounded to starboard and finish at Vista Park.


  Fleet       Elapsed Time    Start:  10:05AM
Finish   Finish Fleet   Last Name   First Name   (Minutes)   Notes Time
1 1 Windfoil Martinez Fernando 93   Completed I-to-I 11:37:00 AM
2 1 Kite Foilboard Ramin Afshar 95   Completed I-to-I 11:40:00 AM
3 2 Kite Foilboard Folz Corey 108   Completed I-to-I 11:53:00 AM
4 3 Kite Foilboard Mastriana Brien 120   Completed I-to-I 12:05:00 PM
5 2 Windfoil Kern Ron 132   Completed I-to-I 12:17:00 PM
6 4 Kite Foilboard Carlson Chas 96   Vista Park - Hillsboro 11:41:00 AM
7 5 Kite Paul Michael 190   Vista Park - Hillsboro 1:15:00 PM
8 3 Kona Campbell Steve 53   Vista Park - LBTS Pier 10:58:00 AM
9 4 Formula Vogt Mike 149   Vista Park - LBTS Pier 12:34:00 PM
10 5 Windsurfer   Dave 35   Started 10:45:00 AM