|The first issue of 2012|
Are you a magazine, or a newspaper, or a hybrid, or does it matter? I'd say I'm a magazine printed on newsprint. Keeps costs down and is easy to recycle.
|Sikorsky Black Hawk|
Windsurfing is challenging enough. What motivated you to buy a windsurfing magazine? It was the old dream of making your avocation into your vocation. I loved my job at Sikorsky, but I thought I would love this one, too. Despite that fact that I was going from being a mechanical engineer to being a writer/photographer/editor/publisher, it was all the same basic job: problem solving. All jobs are about problem solving in one way or another, and that's what engineers do. Just different problems. And my in-laws were publishing a small newspaper at the time, so they showed me the ropes.
Speaking of which, what's it like being the only current print windsurfing publication in the U.S.? Huge pressure. Actually, nothing about the NEWJ is huge. It is a small publication with roots in the totally local experience, so while it is not now, nor probably never will be, a huge national magazine, I think it has huge national appeal.
What do you like about windsurfing? It's all about the motion--the three-dimensionality of it tickles my inner ear. It's the fastest-feeling sport this side of skiing. After the gear is paid for, the cost-per-use is really cheap. The wind is free. Because of the nature of the wind and the water, every session is unique. You can always learn something new. It doesn't hurt to fall down. I live near the beach. I always wanted to fly. You are in complete control--there is no other crew on board. It's green and quiet. It's a mode of transportation--you can actually go places and explore. This list could go on and on...
|Hatteras - Windfest|
How do you see the NEWJ, and for that matter all other windsurfing media, in the role of entertainment and nurturing our sport? With windsurfing being such a personal sport, something that you regularly do by yourself, it is less social in some ways than it was when everybody met at regattas. So I want the NEWJ to be able to connect people and let them share what is going on. Let people know they aren't the only ones out there sailing. While we aren't a straight instructional publication, there is always something you can learn from other people's experiences.
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South America will be well represented in London 2012. Brazil qualified for both the RS:X Men and Women at Perth. Argentina also made it into the men's group at Perth; ARG is leading the Women's Silver Fleet and should qualify at Cadiz. On the men's side, Columbia is in by making the Gold Fleet and Venezuela is leading the Silver Fleet and is favored to qualify.
Racing continues until Wednesday, March 28.
The big dog still hunts · As promised, the legendary and newly reorganized Boards Magazine is ready to publish the first of their 2 promised print issues: Spring - Summer Annual 2012. It's set to hit news stands in the U.K. on April 4 with a whopping 180 pages. Have a look at the updates to their website.
Radar · Brian McDowell's online Windsurfer International Magazine wants quality writers/editors. Use their contact page to apply - A birthday present for Jimmie Hepp - Maui Sails February Maui Monthly Newsletter - Congrats Trudy Lary for a 6th place finish in River Rippers 2011 Photo Contest - The Trudy Lary album from the Hatchery photo session - Steve Bodner of SF says good things come from the America's Cup - While the last RS:X countries qualify for London 2012 in Cadiz, Kite Racing is also in Spain demonstrating why they should be chosen as the sole representative for the board sport in Brazil 2016 - Making a difference at +H2O - Rip current safety - Sarah Hebert has returned to Brittany, France - Josh Angulo Live Chat Interview - Wet vs. Dry Suit debate
The Simon Bornhoft Chronicles · I'm guessing that most American windsurfers have probably not heard of Simon Bornhoft even though he's got tremendous street cred as an instructor, has written books including Intermediate Windsurfing and Advanced Windsurfing for the Royal Yacht Association, has penned numerous articles for Boards (the print) Magazine and has conducted many clinics via his business, Windwise. When you read his articles don't be put off by some unfamiliar odd phrase and get over the Brits calling jibes, gybes. While the new, reconstituted Boards scrambles to bring their website up to fully operational Battlestar status, some things have slipped through the cracks. A forward thinking Learners guide to windsurfing linked up their collection of his articles before the big change. Even though his articles are stored on Boards servers, they are not accessible from their website, yet: 25 Articles by Simon Bornhoft
- 5 Article series on the counter intuitive moments in windsurfing
- 7 Article series about the best possible ways to achieve the "stock moves"
- 2 Articles on feasible freestyle
- 3 Article series on how the windsurfing body mechanics work
- 5 Article series on the secrets of windsurfing body mechanics
- 3 Article series on helping beginners get started
Postscript · Next week, no blog post. I couldn't resist sharing this photo of Diony Guadagnino, "As high as a kite" from HotSails Maui Photos.