A great loss for Windwing, but I hope it get's you more time and fulfillment
in your new endeavors.
Maybe I'll catch you up in HR some day, I'm still riding that Logosz Squish.
I understand if you don't want to elaborate, it's a small community.
I'm really just curious if the whole windexpress thing is to be avoided
or not. Right now it looks like it's better to steer clear, even if
the prices look good.
However, on a personal and professional level, I've always had a good
relationship w/ John. He does have a deep passion for windsurfing, and
it is part of his life ***. I think he's a great guy... maybe just
not the greatest business person? John has always been very fair,
friendly and generous w/ me, and I loved his magazine when it was being
Furthermore, Gulftech and Windwing were struggling companies when he
took over (as was Windtracks/WTJ), and I don't think he "cashed out" on
any of those companies, and I don't think anybody is really getting
rich on windsurfing. I may be wrong, but from what I understand, both
of those companies were on the way out when John stepped in, and I know
that John and his crew put in a ton of effort and energy to those
I'm not trying to make John out as a saint, but I don't think he's the
devil that a lot of people make him out to be, and will say Hi and chat
for sure the next time I see him. I for one hope to share some wind
and waves w/ him again.
Sorry to hear about this - I always preferred sails built by real people
with passion about Windsurfing.
I will always remember a day (long ago) at Wolf Lake here in the Chicago
area when the wind just kept coming up and up and up. At the end there were
only two guys left on the water - both with those beautiful white Windwing
sails with the bird logo. They were just ripping back and forth across the
water as the sun went down. Unforgettable.
Good luck in your next incarnation!
Tom - Chicago
I am sorry to hear about your departure from the Windwing brand. Your
contributions to the sport of windsurfing as owner and designer for
Windwing sails is something for us all to recognize and respect.
Sometimes change is a good thing, and I am sure that you are already
moving forward and pursuing new opportunities even as we write these
emails to you.
Back when you, Ami, Bob and Rick were in charge of the direction and
future of Windwing, there were some great products coming out the door
of the Windwing facilities. I was lucky enough to be around during that
time and very much appreciated the help and support that you and the
crew provided to me as a local racer back then.
Best wishes on your future pursuits and I'm sure we'll be seeing more
of your product developments out on the water this Spring, either
attached to either a pole or a set of strings.
2nd Wind Sports LLC
Windsurfing Club: http://www.ibscc.org
After having the honor of working for Sailworks R+D, and before that,
Mistral USA, I have recently made the change to becoming small business
owner as one of the new owners of 2nd Wind Sports in Hood River,
My partners and I purchased 2nd Wind Sports in October and have been
working hard to integrate a new level of organization within the store
and a stronger connection with the local wind and snowsports community.
I'd like to say more, but this topic line is really more suited for
honoring Bill Hansen.
If any of you need to contact me, you can do so at :
pepi at gorge.net
2nd Wind Sports LLC (541)386-4464
> > Are you no longer w/ Sailworks?
> > kev
> IIRC, Pepi left Sailworks sometime around September of last year.
> Hey Pepi, what's this "2nd Wind Sports" thing you've got going?
Glad to hear you're having fun (at least that's how I read it).
7. Hansen Sails