New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by marc rose » Mon, 02 Apr 2007 11:47:59


Windsurfing Magazine Press Release, April 1, 2007

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company in the United States

John Chao, former publisher of American Windsurfer has formed a
business partnership with several Chinese industrialists to
manufacture windsurfing products in the United States.  Several
factories have been set up in California, Arizona, New Mexico and
Texas to produce boards, sails, masts and booms, and other accessories
necessary for the pursuit of windsurfing.  RAGS, or Real American
GoodS, is the brain child of Chao and his Chief Financial Officer,
Long Bong Hitt, a native of Hong Kong.   Bong Hitt stated " With the
influx of so many illegal aliens in the United States, and their
willingness to work for so little, it was cheaper for us to hire and
train them to make windsurfing gear here than to manufacture it in our
shops in China and ship it overseas".  RAGS' executives boasts that
theirs is one of the few windsurfing companies that can proudly
display the label , "Made in the USA".
Chao, who had given up publishing years ago, still maintained a strong
desire to stay involved in the sport he loved.  His departure from the
magazine business allowed him to hire Eric Sanford, Cutbacks writer,
and Editor at Large to be the head sail designer and advertising
manager.  Managing Editor Josh Sampiero sees no conflict of interest
with Eric in these positions noting that the business arrangement is
for windsurfing products and not competing publications.  "Eric has
done so much windsurfing in his life that it seems natural that he
could design sails too" quipped Sampiero.  "His initial contributions
to RAGS was naming the wave oriented board and sail lines"
 " I wanted to keep that "Asian" feel but also stress the American
made attributes and that's how I came up with FITUSA for the boards
and MITUSA for the sails" said Sanford. " Get it, Fabricated in the
USA and Made in the USA".  "I also thought that the industry standard
for masts was too limited, you know, 400 and 430's?  I think adding a
420 will help make the heads real loose when you're out there
smokin'."
Chao also notes that most USA sailors have to wear wet or drysuits to
pursue their avocations throughout the year.  "It's not all Maui or
Cabarete.  I know most sailors here are using some type of thermal
protection and the same problem exists today when Mother Nature
calls."  "That's why RAGS has invested thousands of yen, er, I mean
dollars to help acquire some of the latest fabric and elastics
innovations from our military and space programs and we have enlisted
a former NASA astronaut to help design absorbent underwear for those
long sessions in a drysuit.
RAGS is devoted to a clean environment and a happy customer.  "Our
aluminum booms are prepared from reclaimed beer and soda cans and all
carbon fiber has been meticulously reformed in our Texas bio-diesel
refinery and board making facility". Chao continues,   "One day we
will all be in RAGS".

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by windmtn_p.. » Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:36:33

Sure is great to hear about this.. especially with John Chao at the
helm.  That dude has got quite the reputation for good business $ense,
I'm sure he'll do quite well with RAGS !!


Quote:
> Windsurfing Magazine Press Release, April 1, 2007

> New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company in the United States

> John Chao, former publisher of American Windsurfer has formed a
> business partnership with several Chinese industrialists to
> manufacture windsurfing products in the United States.  Several
> factories have been set up in California, Arizona, New Mexico and
> Texas to produce boards, sails, masts and booms, and other accessories
> necessary for the pursuit of windsurfing.  RAGS, or Real American
> GoodS, is the brain child of Chao and his Chief Financial Officer,
> Long Bong Hitt, a native of Hong Kong.   Bong Hitt stated " With the
> influx of so many illegal aliens in the United States, and their
> willingness to work for so little, it was cheaper for us to hire and
> train them to make windsurfing gear here than to manufacture it in our
> shops in China and ship it overseas".  RAGS' executives boasts that
> theirs is one of the few windsurfing companies that can proudly
> display the label , "Made in the USA".
> Chao, who had given up publishing years ago, still maintained a strong
> desire to stay involved in the sport he loved.  His departure from the
> magazine business allowed him to hire Eric Sanford, Cutbacks writer,
> and Editor at Large to be the head sail designer and advertising
> manager.  Managing Editor Josh Sampiero sees no conflict of interest
> with Eric in these positions noting that the business arrangement is
> for windsurfing products and not competing publications.  "Eric has
> done so much windsurfing in his life that it seems natural that he
> could design sails too" quipped Sampiero.  "His initial contributions
> to RAGS was naming the wave oriented board and sail lines"
>  " I wanted to keep that "Asian" feel but also stress the American
> made attributes and that's how I came up with FITUSA for the boards
> and MITUSA for the sails" said Sanford. " Get it, Fabricated in the
> USA and Made in the USA".  "I also thought that the industry standard
> for masts was too limited, you know, 400 and 430's?  I think adding a
> 420 will help make the heads real loose when you're out there
> smokin'."
> Chao also notes that most USA sailors have to wear wet or drysuits to
> pursue their avocations throughout the year.  "It's not all Maui or
> Cabarete.  I know most sailors here are using some type of thermal
> protection and the same problem exists today when Mother Nature
> calls."  "That's why RAGS has invested thousands of yen, er, I mean
> dollars to help acquire some of the latest fabric and elastics
> innovations from our military and space programs and we have enlisted
> a former NASA astronaut to help design absorbent underwear for those
> long sessions in a drysuit.
> RAGS is devoted to a clean environment and a happy customer.  "Our
> aluminum booms are prepared from reclaimed beer and soda cans and all
> carbon fiber has been meticulously reformed in our Texas bio-diesel
> refinery and board making facility". Chao continues,   "One day we
> will all be in RAGS".


 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by M. Gun » Mon, 02 Apr 2007 13:12:53



Quote:
> Windsurfing Magazine Press Release, April 1, 2007

> New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company in the United States

:) :)

--
Team Coyote
http://www.teamcoyote.net

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by tim_nitram_j.. » Mon, 02 Apr 2007 15:01:59

Pretty funny although naming the CFO Long Bong Hitt is a bit too
obvious.  "Bong Hitt states..."

-Tim


Quote:
> Windsurfing Magazine Press Release, April 1, 2007

> New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company in the United States

> John Chao, former publisher of American Windsurfer has formed a
> business partnership with several Chinese industrialists to
> manufacture windsurfing products in the United States.  Several
> factories have been set up in California, Arizona, New Mexico and
> Texas to produce boards, sails, masts and booms, and other accessories
> necessary for the pursuit of windsurfing.  RAGS, or Real American
> GoodS, is the brain child of Chao and his Chief Financial Officer,
> Long Bong Hitt, a native of Hong Kong.   Bong Hitt stated " With the
> influx of so many illegal aliens in the United States, and their
> willingness to work for so little, it was cheaper for us to hire and
> train them to make windsurfing gear here than to manufacture it in our
> shops in China and ship it overseas".  RAGS' executives boasts that
> theirs is one of the few windsurfing companies that can proudly
> display the label , "Made in the USA".
> Chao, who had given up publishing years ago, still maintained a strong
> desire to stay involved in the sport he loved.  His departure from the
> magazine business allowed him to hire Eric Sanford, Cutbacks writer,
> and Editor at Large to be the head sail designer and advertising
> manager.  Managing Editor Josh Sampiero sees no conflict of interest
> with Eric in these positions noting that the business arrangement is
> for windsurfing products and not competing publications.  "Eric has
> done so much windsurfing in his life that it seems natural that he
> could design sails too" quipped Sampiero.  "His initial contributions
> to RAGS was naming the wave oriented board and sail lines"
>  " I wanted to keep that "Asian" feel but also stress the American
> made attributes and that's how I came up with FITUSA for the boards
> and MITUSA for the sails" said Sanford. " Get it, Fabricated in the
> USA and Made in the USA".  "I also thought that the industry standard
> for masts was too limited, you know, 400 and 430's?  I think adding a
> 420 will help make the heads real loose when you're out there
> smokin'."
> Chao also notes that most USA sailors have to wear wet or drysuits to
> pursue their avocations throughout the year.  "It's not all Maui or
> Cabarete.  I know most sailors here are using some type of thermal
> protection and the same problem exists today when Mother Nature
> calls."  "That's why RAGS has invested thousands of yen, er, I mean
> dollars to help acquire some of the latest fabric and elastics
> innovations from our military and space programs and we have enlisted
> a former NASA astronaut to help design absorbent underwear for those
> long sessions in a drysuit.
> RAGS is devoted to a clean environment and a happy customer.  "Our
> aluminum booms are prepared from reclaimed beer and soda cans and all
> carbon fiber has been meticulously reformed in our Texas bio-diesel
> refinery and board making facility". Chao continues,   "One day we
> will all be in RAGS".

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by Roy Tansil » Mon, 02 Apr 2007 15:40:08

You been into those burnt dogs already- they are for Sunday!
looseClu
 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by josh.sampi.. » Tue, 03 Apr 2007 01:04:31

***ia Beach Hotshot Glenn Woodell signs with RAGS sails.

Read more here:

http://SportToday.org/

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by Glenn Woodel » Tue, 03 Apr 2007 01:49:30

Haha. Yeah, I'm really stoked about these sails. Don't tell Dave Ezzy
though.

Glenn


Quote:
>***ia Beach Hotshot Glenn Woodell signs with RAGS sails.

>Read more here:

>http://SportToday.org/

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by (PeteCresswell » Tue, 03 Apr 2007 02:03:54

Per marc rosen:

Quote:
>indsurfing Magazine Press Release, April 1, 2007

>New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company in the United States

>John Chao, former publisher of American Windsurfer has formed a
>business partnership with several Chinese industrialists to
>manufacture windsurfing products in the United States.  Several
>factories have been set up in California, Arizona, New Mexico and
>Texas to produce boards, sails, masts and booms, and other accessories
>necessary for the pursuit of windsurfing.  RAGS, or Real American
>GoodS, is the brain child of Chao and his Chief Financial Officer,
>Long Bong Hitt, a native of Hong Kong.   Bong Hitt stated " With the
>influx of so many illegal aliens in the United States, and their
>willingness to work for so little, it was cheaper for us to hire and
>train them to make windsurfing gear here than to manufacture it in our
>shops in China and ship it overseas".  RAGS' executives boasts that
>theirs is one of the few windsurfing companies that can proudly

Did anybody hear the NPS segment about the bill pending in NYC to limit all New
Yorkers to a choice of four cell phone ring tones?    Sponsored by The Soylent
Corporation "Bring high-protein foods to the American people"..."Try our Soylent
'Green' bars.."
--
PeteCresswell
 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by barryxw.. » Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:22:18

Marc,
You should have prefaced the press release with a warning disclaimer
-- I almost fell out of my chair laughing. However, you did slight
lowly NM and not tell us what will be manufactured here...
Your press release is almost as funny as the latest farce Windwing ad
that was run in Windsurfing Magazine. Windwing is dead, but lives on
as Hansen Sails. Will be interesting to see how long he can milk the
turnip and ride the coattails... reminds me of the Rushwind/Oceanic
story...
-Barry


Quote:
> Windsurfing Magazine Press Release, April 1, 2007

> New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company in the United States

> John Chao, former publisher of American Windsurfer has formed a
> business partnership with several Chinese industrialists to
> manufacture windsurfing products in the United States.  Several
> factories have been set up in California, Arizona, New Mexico ...

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by marc rose » Wed, 04 Apr 2007 01:58:51


Quote:
> Marc,
> You should have prefaced the press release with a warning disclaimer
> -- I almost fell out of my chair laughing. However, you did slight
> lowly NM and not tell us what will be manufactured here...
> Your press release is almost as funny as the latest farce Windwing ad
> that was run in Windsurfing Magazine. Windwing is dead, but lives on
> as Hansen Sails. Will be interesting to see how long he can milk the
> turnip and ride the coattails... reminds me of the Rushwind/Oceanic
> story...
> -Barry

Barry,
My information sources at RAGS told me that the New Mexico plant has
begun tooling to make Football fins as they have determined that this
will be the next trend in the industry- the return to our roots.   The
Texas plant has already started producing Z booms and has acquired ZZ
Top to help them promote it.
                               Marc
 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by barryxw.. » Wed, 04 Apr 2007 21:40:02

Just to clarify [in brackets] what I had previously posted:

"Will be interesting to see how long he [John Chao] can milk the
turnip and ride the coattails [of the former legitimate company
Windwing established by Bill Hansen]... reminds me of the Rushwind/
Oceanic story..."

So much for truth in advertising,

-Barry

PS -- Marc, did you know that the football fin has a 101 uses...?

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by Florian Feuse » Wed, 04 Apr 2007 22:36:13


Quote:
> "Will be interesting to see how long he [John Chao] can milk the
> turnip and ride the coattails [of the former legitimate company
> Windwing established by Bill Hansen]... reminds me of the Rushwind/
> Oceanic story..."

1. It didnt exactly seem like a hostile takeover to me.
2. Who is behind the Windwing product now? The sails look good...

--
florian - NY22

http://www.kasail.com/windsurfing/team/florianfeuser.html

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by barryxw.. » Fri, 06 Apr 2007 22:09:30

Florian,

There's a whole load of laundry that would be entertaiing to air in
public, but that would be in poor taste. Actually, make that a truck
load of laundry...
Next time you're in the Gorge, Bay area, or talking with someone in
the industry, ask for perspectives on the issue.

Re: 'takeover' from my myopic perspective
Chao bought into the Windwing business as a business strategy for
Windwing to stay afloat and grow. Economic times were tough at that
point. The split was due to a lot of reasons. FYI, the sail designer
that started it all, Bill Hansen, does not design for Windwing. The
Windwing brand currently has nothing to do with Hansen. Why didn't he
take the name with him? There are legal and other reasons.
I don't know who is 'designing' for Windwing these days, but there is
no continuity between the old and new Windwing designs. The 'new'
Windwing sails are probably [pure speculation on my part] just tweaked
with moved seams and new colors in the panels. To me, they appear to
be reruns of the Bash and Hammer. Perhaps Windwing's new designer
could fill us in. Bill Hansen could fill us in, but he's too much of
gentleman to get into this...
And what sails these days don't "look good"...? Even the off-brand
mailorder ***looks good.
-Barry



Quote:
> 1. It didnt exactly seem like a hostile takeover to me.
> 2. Who is behind the Windwing product now? The sails look good...

> --
> florian - NY22

 
 
 

New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company to open in the USA

Post by d.. » Sat, 07 Apr 2007 09:53:27


Quote:
> Windsurfing Magazine Press Release, April 1, 2007

> New Windsurfing Manufacturing Company in the United States

> John Chao, former publisher of American Windsurfer has formed a
> business partnership with several Chinese industrialists to
> manufacture windsurfing products in the United States.  Several
> factories have been set up in California, Arizona, New Mexico and
> Texas to produce boards, sails, masts and booms, and other accessories
> necessary for the pursuit of windsurfing.  RAGS, or Real American
> GoodS, is the brain child of Chao and his Chief Financial Officer,
> Long Bong Hitt, a native of Hong Kong.   Bong Hitt stated " With the
> influx of so many illegal aliens in the United States, and their
> willingness to work for so little, it was cheaper for us to hire and
> train them to make windsurfing gear here than to manufacture it in our
> shops in China and ship it overseas".  RAGS' executives boasts that
> theirs is one of the few windsurfing companies that can proudly
> display the label , "Made in the USA".
> Chao, who had given up publishing years ago, still maintained a strong
> desire to stay involved in the sport he loved.  His departure from the
> magazine business allowed him to hire Eric Sanford, Cutbacks writer,
> and Editor at Large to be the head sail designer and advertising
> manager.  Managing Editor Josh Sampiero sees no conflict of interest
> with Eric in these positions noting that the business arrangement is
> for windsurfing products and not competing publications.  "Eric has
> done so much windsurfing in his life that it seems natural that he
> could design sails too" quipped Sampiero.  "His initial contributions
> to RAGS was naming the wave oriented board and sail lines"
>  " I wanted to keep that "Asian" feel but also stress the American
> made attributes and that's how I came up with FITUSA for the boards
> and MITUSA for the sails" said Sanford. " Get it, Fabricated in the
> USA and Made in the USA".  "I also thought that the industry standard
> for masts was too limited, you know, 400 and 430's?  I think adding a
> 420 will help make the heads real loose when you're out there
> smokin'."
> Chao also notes that most USA sailors have to wear wet or drysuits to
> pursue their avocations throughout the year.  "It's not all Maui or
> Cabarete.  I know most sailors here are using some type of thermal
> protection and the same problem exists today when Mother Nature
> calls."  "That's why RAGS has invested thousands of yen, er, I mean
> dollars to help acquire some of the latest fabric and elastics
> innovations from our military and space programs and we have enlisted
> a former NASA astronaut to help design absorbent underwear for those
> long sessions in a drysuit.
> RAGS is devoted to a clean environment and a happy customer.  "Our
> aluminum booms are prepared from reclaimed beer and soda cans and all
> carbon fiber has been meticulously reformed in our Texas bio-diesel
> refinery and board making facility". Chao continues,   "One day we
> will all be in RAGS".

In this case, Truth is Stranger than Fiction.., however,  I think your
satire is a reflection that well captures the fiction based logic that
seems to pervade the marketing schemes of this group of fellows...