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Just fell over this picture of the not popular acclaimed inventor of windsurfing (Newman Darby) taken approx 1964 - (he failed to take patent on his invention but was instrumet to Hoyle S didnt win the lawsuits - no doubt that Schweitzer/Drake was the reason that the sport became popular/known) - Here he is sailing backwinded, so cammar this is indeed an old move :-)

http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/ … 8625-3.jpg

And check the rockerline on this baby.............. :-D

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Surfingsen, nice photo. Yeah, doesn't really look like a wave board...

David, I would really like to try that board... and that wine!
Just make sure to go gently over the waves, bending your knees a lot, because it was not build for sailing and even if it's epoxy sandwich it may snap in two pieces.
Careful on the chop.

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If there is much chop, you will be on the wrong board anyways.
Yes, be carful in big surf, boards don't like being held in the middle by a sail and rig!

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I have a Jimmy Lewis 11 X 30 for standup, and wrote a little review about it in my blog at http://www.ponohouse.com/ponoblog/?p=112. I think this a great board for beginners and geezers like me (just turned 60), I'm not so sure about more experienced surfers. I'm a relatively new surfer (about 4-5 years), I started surfing after I screwed up my shoulders too much to windsurf (tore my rotator cuffs playing rollerblade hockey). I think surfing helped get my shoulders back into shape enough to windsurf again--that and superfreak sails, which I consider to be Viagra for busted up old windsurfers.

For beginners, the 11 X 30 is magic. I've put people on it that have never tried standup before and they can immediately paddle out, even in the kind of chop we've had recently on the south shore here in Maui.

When you get in a wave the board feels wobbly, unless you shift your weight to either rail. I think it's just hunting a bit, and it doesn't really do anything weird, it just feels that way. Moving your weight makes it stop, and then it surfs like any other long board with a lot of rocker and round rails.

I also have one of Jimmy's 11' 7" standup boards that I use as a big surfboard. For a guy my size (6'3", 240 pounds) it's really great in small to mid sized waves. Paddles like a rocket, and it'll catch a ripple on a millpond. I've started using it for standup, but I need to get better for it to really work. Also have one of the Ding King's hollow standup boards. Very nice, wonderful performance. I've got a mast track on the ding king board, none on the other two. Wish I had, but I bought them finished. I'm not sure how well a mast track will work on a epoxy sandwich board.

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Risky for breakage, but only it pounded by substaintial surf.
Lots of sailing boards to choose from for NEXT winter I think....

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Bill, if you don't want to wait till next winter, do like this:
go to Hookipa around 5pm during a weekend afternoon and look for a beat up beige ford ranger pickup with a couple of standup boards on top and a bunch of good looking girls around it. When you find it, ask Sean if you can try one of his 11.11 sailing longboards...

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I went out at Kanaha today on my Ding King hollow board and a 6.3 Superfreak. Delightful. great board, tremendous sail. What a treat to have a responsive sail that trims so fine and feels so light.

I'm new to this longboard windsurfing thing, though it seems lot like what I was doing 30+ years ago on a Bic on the Willamette river in Portland. Unfortunately my memory sucks so bad I can't remember what I was doing yesterday, much less how to drive a long windsurfer. I haven't uphauled in at least twenty years, and it shows--lots of falling and splashing. In the process I pulled the universal out of the base right on top of the reef. It was tough getting that stuff back together with such a floaty board. Giampaolo was on the beach watching, and decided I must be trying to waterstart in the five knot winds. That or drowning.

I'm not having much luck going upwind in this thing. As I recall we used to have daggerboards for that. I think I'm just losing too much distance jibing, I'll have to figure out tacking again. Giampaolo jumped on my board and had no trouble, so I have no equipment-based excuses.

Before I went to the beach I figured out how to do RSS-based feeds for my blog. Pretty slick stuff. If you like, Jeff, I can try to figure out how to do it for RunBB. Once it's done you can let people subscribe to a feed just by clicking a link like this one for ponohouse or this one for the AllAluminumTour. It sticks the feed right into your browser toolbar.

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Bill, help him upgrade to the latest version of the forum software too wink (I've offered help earlier, but you live next door). I'd be surprised if not RSS feeds were part of the latest version of PunBB. Any new blog or forum software is these days smile

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Yes, any assist would be great!

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