Nurturing the Sport ·
here. What does our volunteer President Karen do? One thing, she answers the toll free phone about a dozen times a week: foreigners traveling to the U.S. looking for rentals, lessons and good places to sail; retailers looking for demographics (how many boards sold in the U.S.) and access issues. Surprisingly, loss of launch access is something that they regularly work on. They don't have a legal team but do get assistance from windsurfing lawyers. They lend help to those fighting municipalities by putting the legitimacy of a national organization on the side of locals wanting to gain or regain water launch access. Letterheads do matter. Sometimes it's just cross referencing what worked in one area with similar issues in another. In our litigious world, using public parks and having involvement with the public requires some level of liability protection. This is one place where membership dues get used: insurance for events.
video. I didn't go, but the reports all agree: windsurfing's presence is dialed back from previous years (last year they held a separate wholesale show for retailers in Hood River). SUP is the bright light of the water sports industry. Even kite companies are making SUP gear. Has kiting hit a plateau? Some said yes. Even if that's true, they still did a massive job with video reports.
AWSI (Association of Wind and Water Sports Industries) is a trade organization that helps the wind industry with various business issues and organizes an annual trade show. This year they.partnered with Surf Expo to host the annual trade show event for most of the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the Windsurf, Kiteboard, and SUP industries.
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From my regular reading of Scuttlebutt I've learned that the yachties are also concerned about declining interest from the younger generation for the ye ole ancient art of sailing.
PWA is live from Sylt, Germany: Sept 22 - Oct 2: an all discipline tour ending extravaganza. The video player below will automatically turn on when there is a live broadcast. Apologies if this blows your cover at work.
Radar · The long running and now 26th Calema Midwinters will return March 1 - 4, 2012 · Tatiana Howard....new sails, new sponsors, new website · Water Sports Swap Meet...Miami, Rickenbacker Cswy...Oct. 22, 10 am - 1 pm · Clip Harness Line on Facebook · Lord Dunkerbeck found Facebook · Katie Crafts has stepped down as Executive Director of the CGWA · PWA may return to Maui in 2012 · Andy McKinney reports Wind-NC is back in action · RS:X updates from the recent AGM · Trudy Lary wants you to vote for her Tyson Poor photo · Lord of the Wind 2012 set for January 12 - 16 in southern Baja is offering $20,000 in prize money: Details
Video Replay is a selection, IMHO, of the best videos from last week's DaNews. (Sept 19 - 25 = 15 videos).
There are 2 very good event summary videos from KIA @coldhawaii. I like this one from Robby Swift and Heidy Clawson:
The Reunion Island Wave Classic ran Aug 25 - Sept 5:
El Faro, Pacasmayo, Peru:
These guys are doing something really important and introducing windsurfing to a new audience.
Light wind day at Waddell Creek:
11 year old Loick Lesauvage kicking ass:
Nicolas Dudet in Lobitos, Peru. August 2011: