Friday, October 9, 2009

Bill Weir- fare thee well

We lost an icon in the sport of windsurfing this week. Bill Weir of San Francisco succumbed to a year long battle with brain cancer. Like everything in life, he gave it everything he had up until the last minute.
We knew Bill as a great waterman. His passion for windsurfing went beyond racing as he was an ambassador for the sport- always bringing new people in with his zeal and enthusiasm for the sport and life. He even went on to document the sport of windsurfing with an amazing film on the beginnings of the sport.
His van and music were icons in the StFYC parking lot for as long as I can remember.

I spent countless sessions with him at Fort Point and on the Friday night course at StFYC but they all seam like a distant memory now.
In my first years in SF, he pushed me more than anyone else, owning the Friday night course but always available for a "debreifing" in his van after the racing.
That was his course and we all knew it. When I was finally able to beat him in a Friday nite series, I was so damn happy. I had so much respect for the guy.

He was larger than life and always fist to the mark.

We'll miss you dear friend.
Godspeed on the journey ahead.

A memorial service will be held @ 3:30 pm Monday October 12th @ the Saint Francis Yacht Club (adjacent to Crissy Field). More info @ http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billweir

There will be a brief service to honor Bill, followed by a reception at the yacht club.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Surf Rider Foundation and Save the Bay
Before the service you are still encouraged to walk along the beach at Crissy Field and enjoy the beautiful place that Bill called his second home.












7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Steve~

Thanks for taking the time to honor our friend "Bill Weir". Yes he will be missed!!

KenG~

Anonymous said...

Steve,

Great tribute. Bill is indeed missed.

Eric
(Christianson)

Abisail said...

This is a wonderful, thoughtful tribute to a truly great waterman. Tx for sharing this Steve.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Steve - This is a gorgeous tribute to Bill. How very imaginative and kind of you. What a dear friend.

Our family is puzzling over what to do with Bill Weir's vast archive of windsurfing footage, historical doc's, photos, interviews, magazines. There's a museum here! testament to his love of the sport. Any ideas or leads to someone who'd want to pick up his torch, by all means let us know. Margaret Weir, SF