My first windsurfer back in 1978 ,we used to get 25 kts ne all the time in sydney back in the day.
Old days of learning minus straps and harness
Just wrote this cos we need to keep this thread current!!
Not a favourite but all I got from around 1981-82. Hyuck hyuck, some very early vintage hi-po gear and me learning to use it only after 1 season of learning on a wally size board. I was 21/22 so could handle the step learning curve. It's my first shortboard circa '81 (ex-Scotty O'Connor's by Hot Buttered) and way too short for me. I'm 5" or more taller than Scotty and equally heavier so that gives you an idea I bought the wrong size! But heck it taught me how to waterstart quickly coz I couldn't uphaul it. Sail rigged high just like everyone else in the day, it made sense back then. Obscured is the first gen high chest harness adapted from sailboats and you wore it high like a bra, killer single pin stainless hook, near drowned me twice! Also needed to see a chiro 2 years later because of it.
Hey kids come over here and look at your dad, look no gut!
Even then I thought John's sail was baggy, good ole dacron, stretches but holds together and lasts a long time. Pic circa '81/'82
Don was way advanced and had style, he could duck gybe with that 6'7" frame of his! Pic circa '81/'82
5th November 2006 (thanks digital images).
Two months later.
Powered up at Shearwater last year (thanks Haircut):
Three years later family finally came to the beach with me again. I don't know why it took so long either
They loved it. Currumbin was almost our second home last Summer.
Warming up in Currumbin Lagoon:
I'm out there somewhere
South Beach Slalom, WA, 25-30K, mad seas, fun times.
Came across these two the other day on the Windsurfing WA website. Some great shots courtesy of BirdsEyeView.
The rest of the photo's are here....
just a cool pic or two taken in safety bay from a different angle
Kato playing chess (he is known as the stig at sandy point) Look at the pics above from latedropeddy to see if the guy looks simular