I found some old shots of boards in a box this morning. That got me thinking about all the boards I've had over the years.... So, here's the list to the best of my ability to remember all of 'em! (in kinda chronological order, but not really)
It all started in 1982 with the original stock Windsurfer...
1. Windsurfer One Design 2. Windsurfer Rocket 99 (above pic) 3. Windsurfer Olympic One Design 4. Wings of Flight 9'6" custom tri fin waveboard (went through 3 finboxes) 5. Cobra 9'0 slalom board 6. Jimmy Lewis 8'10 custom wave slalom 7-8. Seatrend 9'0 custom carbon slalom board (2 - broke the first one) 9. Seatrend 9'8" square tail slalom 10. Seatrend 9'4 world cub slalom 11. Seatrend 8'11 ATV 12-13. Seatrend 88 ATV (two of 'em - broke the first one) 14. Seatrend 87 ATV 15. Seatrend 80 ATV (broke it in the gorge) 16. Seatrend 113 liter ATV 17. "Buzz" 9'0 custom slalom 18. Shuler 8'6" gorge wave (snapped in half at Swell City) 19. Shuler 8'3" gorge wave (in my office) 20-21-22. Mistral Challenge flex (3 of 'em - broke them all) 23. Logoz 9'4" wave board 24. 88 Fanatic Wave board (don't recall the model name) 25. Mistral One Design 26. Starboard 111 Carve Wood (buckled it) 27. Starboard 111 Carve DRAM 28. Starboard Acid 88 DRAM (broke it) 29-30. Starboard EVO 92 DRAM (2 - broke the first one at Sheboygan) 31. Starboard Freesex 110 Wood 32. Starboard Kombat 105 DRAM 33. Starboard x-186 Formula 34. RRD FSW 110 Carbon 35. RRD FSW 86 36. RRD Twin Tip 110 37-38. Mistral Pacifico (two of em) 39. RRD 98 X-Fire 40. RRD 75 X-Fire speed board
I didn't count any of my demo boards from sponsors, else the count would be 48+. Holy cow!
Since I'm gonna be on the sidelines for a while, I'll be taking a pile of video of the local crew when they're tearing it up.
The last time this happened, I was benched as a result of a nasty foot injury from a cleat on a ski boat. (makes my skin crawl just to think about it)
in 1999, I had a trip out to SF and since I couldn't sail, I camped out on the bluff and shot video of Troy all day. I think he blew through two sails that day - with his body! Seriously, he put his body through his 4.2 on a slam and I forget how he mangled the other one.
One of the guys needed an SD card in the office and I thought I'd double check to make sure it was clean and ready to go. Alas, it had a single solitary video on it from the Maui Board tests last October.
Fall is my favorite time of year for sailing. The winds of winter begin fighting with summer for control over our climate and through the end of October, the water is usually still warm no matter how vicious the cold fronts get.
While my focus in sailing has always been waves - this fall I'm gonna tackle the Midwest Speed Quest. The event is held in the SW corner of Minnesota on a little lake that gets amazingly huge amount of wind. Past year's speed postings have been very respectable and I'm really looking forward to going for it there. I've got some gear that I've been tuning and taken to 40+ on the GPS and I know it will go faster with flatter water conditions and more wind... provided I can keep the hammer down. ;-)