New England Windsurfing Show - reviews

New England Windsurfing Show - reviews

Post by Walter Clar » Tue, 23 May 1995 04:00:00


Please feel free to comment on thispast weekends New England
Windsurfing Show.

Here is mine...

Well, Jim DiSilva (Can Am) brought his usual weather to Kalmus.
No wind! Those who sail Kalmus frequently may recall last summers
race series that Can Am put on. Every other weekend (race day) we had
a guaranteed calm until Jim packed up. Jim, stay home! You are a jinx!

No really, both days were beautiful but the wind stayed away. Sunday
late afternoon finally saw around 15 for a couple hours.

The show itself was a mixed bag.

Winners:  

Town of Barnstable.  They were charging $8 per car parking at all the
town beaches.  No services like bathrooms were open except at Kalmus
but they were out there shaking down the windsurfers.

Can Am. Can Am hit everyone entering the Kalmus lot (on foot naturally
because by 10:05 the Kalmus lot was full) $5.  That didnt get you
anything but a hospital wristband. If you wanted to demo equipment
you had to still come up with a credit card and drivers liscense.

Robby Naish. He is as friendly in person as he appears in picture. I
think Robby is the best ambassador for windsurfing I have ever met.
Close second is American Magazine.

Nevin Sayre. Nevin was there representing Fiberspar. He is always
a genuinely warm person. I didnt get to speak with him but heck I see
him on the ice each winter weekend I am not snowboarding. He is the
blurr with US9...

Dennis Windsurfing Association and Jeff Brown. Jeff, with his usual
charm and craft (the popsickle stick miniature was a kick) seemed to
sign everyone up.  Nice work Jeff! Our checks are in the mail.

Sailboard Vacations. Even Sailboard Vacations kicked in $500 toward
the new walk at West Dennis Beach.  Way to go SV!  You made me feel
better about not demanding a portion of my April vacation package
price back. Maybe there are real people hiding in those offices. Now
if they would just address that equipment policy...

Various exhibitors. Some of the exhibitors were at their booths, able
and willing to talk about their equipment. I enjoy being able to talk
with the principles from companies whose gear I use and others I am
not familiar with or have considered.  I found my next set of race
sails and arranged some work for worn spots on my drysuit with the
manufacturer.

Kalmus beach. Thanks to the poor wind showing I am sure thousands of
NE sailors drove home wondering what the big deal is at Kalmus. That
is fine with me. Kalmus cant handle thousands of windsurfers every
weekend.

Losers:

Kalmus sailors.  First we had no wind so I guess that was a blessing.
Besides being forced to pay $8 to Barnstable then $5 each to Can Am
for the priviledge of being at our beach, ther were about quadruple
theusual number of Bozos between shore and the first hundred yards
out.  You could walk 100 yards out without getting wet. Getting run
over or fallen on was something else again.  I ended up going to
Sea St beach. Saturday Barnstable couldnt round up enough volunteers
to fleece sailors so they didnt charge for parking there. Sunday they
did and did.  Sea St. was also a better launch when the breeze filled
in anyway because we didnt have to fight through hundreds of visitor
windsurfers and demo gear to get out.  The fact is the local
windsurfers stayed away. If Kalmus had gone off I am sure Sea St and
Craigsville would have been jammin'. Us off-Cape Kalmus sailors took
our chances as usual and came down.

NE windsurfers. No to little wind meant no to little sailing. That
made gear demos tough unless you were shopping for a new 8.0 or 310cm
board. I saw more windsurfing gear on car and van tops and trailers
Saturday then I ever saw in one town before. I am sure the sailors who
drove from distant places were really bummed that the wind didnt
happen at Kalmus for them.

Bjorn Dunkerbeck.  He might be good but he is a pretty boy snot. Just
my opinion mind you but in my opinion Neil Pryde and F2 should pay
for some personality lessons. For me he is better appreciated from
the photos in magazines.

Summary.. not worth the $5. Purely commerical focus. Maybe if Can Am
could make it more festival-like.  The first show at Old Silver
featured a Windsurfing Mass sponsored Steel Band.  Stuff like that
would make me feel better about giving up MY beach for a weekend.

Walter

 
 
 

New England Windsurfing Show - reviews

Post by Johnny Carravel » Thu, 25 May 1995 04:00:00

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Quote:

>Please feel free to comment on thispast weekends New England
>Windsurfing Show.

I was dissapointed in the number of manuafacturers there and what gear they had
to show.  There didn't seem to be anything special there.  The bicycle
attachment for that long board thing-a-ma-gig looked interesting.  Unless it
can do 20 knots, though, what's the point?  ;-)

The Dennis Windsurfing Association did a great job raising money.  Congrats to
them.  I loved the popsicle stick pier, too.

Watched a Cort Larned clinic.  He was nice and personable; seemed to enjoy what
he was doing and kept everyone interested, informed ... and entertained, as
well.

My fiancee, who's a little interested in the sport, wasn't interested in any of
the clinics, but did enjoy seeing everyone in wet and dry suits.

The water was crowded, but when I was there (around 11:00am Saturday), the wind
was blowing 15-18 mph.  I didn't consider that exactly "no wind", but then I
don't sail at Kalmus.  What do you usually expect?

I didn't feel like waiting in line for the ***they had at the snack bar, so I
didn't hang around long enough to bother getting into a suit and risking my
life on the water with all those demo'ers shlogging around.  I went home and
mowed the lawn.

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New England Windsurfing Show - reviews

Post by JD » Fri, 26 May 1995 04:00:00

I agree, Robby's a real gem.  Genuinely nice and warm and never in a
hurry. Nevin's always cool.   Bjorn may not be such a charmer, but he
wasn't that bad.  I saw him hooking up with the cleaning girl of my motel
(later at Pufferbellies), hope he got lucky.

As someone who can't afford the best and latest.  I enjoyed ripping on a
Pryde Race sail with a Tiga 265 (which may not be the latest or lightest,
but hauled me past a good 70% of the yuppies out there) for those few
minutes of 15 knots on Sunday.  Was worth the 5 bucks to me.

I just want to know who took all my raffle entries out of the boxes.

I really liked Don McCormick of Gulf Tech booms.  A great guy with whom I
had a very pleasant conversation.  He obviously works for the love of his
sport and the craft.  Makes me want to dust off my engineering degree and
put it to work. If only corporate America had their priorities in the same
order.

Did you see that windsurfer one design out there?  In marginal and light
winds when even a no nose and a 7.5 won't cut it, it sure as hell looked
like a lot more fun than schlogging around with an 8.0 cambered race sale
and an equipe or whatever.  I suggest it be brought back with the same
design and lighter construction.  I'm sure it could be brought down to 25
pounds a la the tougher but lighter Mistrals.  That will bring the ladies
back into the sport, or rather into it for the first time.

John from Westbrook CT

 
 
 

New England Windsurfing Show - reviews

Post by Sting-a-ling-a-ding-do » Sat, 27 May 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>Please feel free to comment on thispast weekends New England
>Windsurfing Show.

>Here is mine...

>Winners:  

> [stuff deleted]

>Robby Naish. He is as friendly in person as he appears in picture. I
>think Robby is the best ambassador for windsurfing I have ever met.
>Close second is American {Windsurfing} Magazine.

    Absolutely here!!

    Got an autograph on the first issue of AWM, and a picture.  Cool, eh?

Quote:
>Nevin Sayre. Nevin was there representing Fiberspar. He is always

    He is a great guy!

Quote:

>Dennis Windsurfing Association and Jeff Brown. Jeff, with his usual
>charm and craft (the popsickle stick miniature was a kick) seemed to
>sign everyone up.  Nice work Jeff! Our checks are in the mail.

    Even Naish got a plank!  Cool, eh?  (as well as the ABC)

Quote:

>Losers:

>Bjorn Dunkerbeck.  He might be good but he is a pretty boy snot. Just
>my opinion mind you but in my opinion Neil Pryde and F2 should pay
>for some personality lessons. For me he is better appreciated from
>the photos in magazines.

    I have to disagree here...  

    I spoke to Bjorn *MANY* times throughout the show and he is a really
nice and friendly guy.  This was only his SECOND public appearance and
was very nervous!  Between that and dealing with a second language, anyone
would be quiet and seem *snotty* or *stuck up*.  But when you make the
effort to talk and open people up they may surprise you.  We had each other
cracking up and stuff! A very nice guy.

    (It also was cool to be out sailing with him)  He was noticeable better
and was cranking on the water.  It was a riot to see him screaming by on his
new 7.8 VX and F2 280 Sputnik, and everyone else was in slog city.  Just shows
what skill can do!

Quote:

>Summary.. not worth the $5. Purely commercial focus. Maybe if Can Am
>could make it more festival-like.  The first show at Old Silver
>featured a Windsurfing Mass sponsored Steel Band.  Stuff like that
>would make me feel better about giving up MY beach for a weekend.

    I too was hoping for more "LIVE" entertainment.  But the parties that were
held were fun after each evening.  Good bands there.  Just needed more
entertainment on the beach.  (However I would have taken more wind over
entertainment any day!!!)

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