Zach Lyman won his first race ever, and it happened to be at the
Texas State Championships 2002 at Lake Whitney.
Local Abilene windsurfer Zach Lyman surprised the fleet in the Fun Fleet
division of the Texas State Championship. In a large division of adults,
many with prior experience at the Texas Championship, Zach won a first and
second place trophy for his performances, and a great deal of comments from
experienced adult sailors who wondered how such a young windsurfer could
sail so fast. This remarkable achievement happened in Zach's first ever
entry in an official windsurfing race, and it happened on the weekend of his
fourteenth birthday, April 27th, and 28th.
Weighing only 106 pounds and being the youngest and smallest of the racers,
his sailing drew many compliments and several questions about where his next
competition might be, including encouragement to enter the United States
Zach started windsurfing only two years ago and had only practiced impromptu
races with his coach, local windsurfer Charles Ivey, until this event. The
local conditions at Lake Fort Phantom, an excellent venue for windsurfing,
allowed Zach to be prepared for the high wind races and also the shifty
winds of the long distance race on the second day of competition, where he
finished first. For one Abilenian, his fourteenth birthday will never be
Zach was on a Starboard Formula 155 with Sailworks sails.
14 years old Zach Lyman won his first race.
Disqualified because he was too young.
The 10 year old "Naish of Rosas"
The young Freestyle Champion.
the new Youth Formula World Champion.