Happy 4th birthday to the GPSTC
May 2007 was the first month the site went live.
I think Gaz summed it up very neatly in another thread.
Has it been 4 years already? Wow.
I'm always humbled by comments like this one (and Gaz's), they are very much appreciated.
Hardie and Nebs, thanks and congrats from the Roaches!!!!
Ditto from the Tassie Speed Seekers, ...
Very Good job, the focus for pure fun speedcompetition is just perfect! Bringing people together and have fun. Keep up the good work!
Yes, I hope all active participants of the Challenge enjoy it. Personally I've made developed a few friendships through the Challenge. It gets a bit frustrating sometimes but overall gives a different dimension to windsurfing.
4 years of hell you bastards!!!!!!!!!!
You pair of sadistic monkey ball licker's forcing me to actually (attempt to) gybe properly
Yeah, top work guys. I often mention the impact you guys have had on the sport to none windsurfing types - they're always blown away by the number of countries and sailors participating. You've lit a fire in so many of us..
Thanks from me as well, and from my credit card company. Joined in September last year with 1 cammed sail. Now have 4 and a slalom board and a speed board and a quiver full of fins.
Really enjoy how my local spot (Portland Harbour UK) and this complement each other. Every wind direction gives something to go for somewhere in the harbour. Yesterday was choppy Easterly but wind from the east is more consistent so got my best mile yet.
It is a great competition
What an awesome way of bringing windsurfers with the same 'tweaking' mindset together to compare speed.
I enjoy the beach conversations and the sight of the Southerly Busters when we're having a great run down the inlet.
It's awesome to see where you are in the world and setting your goals based on teh site.
Well done, keep up the vital service!!
Firstly congratulations on turning 4.
Having joined two and a half years ago, for me anyway, through the Challenge I have meet some great people that I otherwise would never have had the opportunity to do so and got to sail in spots I would never have thought of going to. For a sport which is very individually focused the GPSTC has provided a team element which gives me the incentive to compete with (& against) my team mates and contribute to our overall standing whilst pushing me to better myself every time I go sailing.
Kudos to Nebs and Hardie (and others) for reinvigorating our great sport.
Wow that's gone fast. Happy to say my mob's been in it from day one, started with just 2 of us, junior and old bastard and with only wave and free ride gear. Pleased that through GPSTC I have dragged quite a few sailors back onto the water and now have nearly 30 sailors in our team, everyone of them now a good friend.
I'm also humbled that no matter where I go, GPSTC members are so keen to say hi, become instant friends and are more than willing to help with any thing in any way they can.
As said before, GPSTC has become a retailers dream come true. The amount of gear just my team has bought and the fact some have gone all the way from freestyle to speed gear, lots of smackeroonies.
Biggest mobs of thanks Hards & Nebs, happy 4th and see you end of year
Wow, time flies when your trying to go quick, I still remember the first day we all sailed together as a team at VP Nebbs included, May the 12th I think. Have met some great people and made lots of friends because of the challenge and also spent plenty of $s on speed. This challenge has definately been good for the sport and the retailers, thanks Hardie and Nebbs for your hard work. Heres to another 4 years and I hope I have joined the 40 club by then.
i believe i've seen it evolve and it amazes me how much enthusiasm there is...too bad we can't even get a pair to go at it here..I've tried my best though...cheers to all of ya
Swore I'd never use cambered sails or own a slalom board.
Since september when I was introduced to GPS sailing I've owned 5 race sails 2 slalom boards and a speed board and have just replaced one of the slalom boards.
Thanks guys you've made me poor again and caused me to neglect the waves a bit.
But you've also motivated me like never before. Awesome work
... and you've almost covered 5000 km in that time
4 years ago I started doing a renovation on my house, took an Arvo off to go for a sail with my new gps.
4 years later I am just getting back into finishing that reno, have grown my quiver from 3 wave sails with a FSW board to 5 slalom sails + 3 wave sails, 2 speed boards, 2 fast freerides and a wave board plus a s£€tload of fins and other spares.
I have also become a Mandurah mobber, met a lot of great people, joined the 40 knot club and had a bloody great time along the way.
My sailing is still evolving and improving
GPSTC has been great for windsurfing across all areas, hats of to Hardie and Nebs for getting it going and keeping it going.