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Who Among Us Does Not Love Windsurfing? [Free Republic mentioned]
The New York Times ^ | September 5, 2004 | Kate Zernike

Posted on 09/05/2004 8:46:21 AM PDT by Sarastro

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To: PJ-Comix
So why did windsurfing decline in popularity?

It was a hot fad sport of the 80's. But unless you had a beachfront or lakefront home, it ended up being a pain to have to car top the board to some location and then haul it from the parking lot to the water, then go back and get the sail and harness, and then spend some time rigging the thing, then hoping that the wind would hold up, and then at the end of the day having to repeat the whole hauling the stuff back to the car. If you lived on the water you could leave your board all rigged on the beach and start sailing whenever you wanted.
I remember board sailors complaining that it was a real pain to haul everything (which usually includes a cooler and towel and other beach stuff) from the Cape Cod beach parking lots to the water, which was often a hundred or two yards across soft deep sand. They made a little 2 wheeled dolly to help such hauls, which helped (though it wasn't that good in soft sand) but in the end was another piece of equipment you were hauling around. It ended up being a sport, that for most entailed too much work, and you had to be careful where you went with your board strapped to the roof. Stop at a restaurant and there was a chance it would be gone when you came out (the locking systems for the racks did little to help stop thieves.)

My friends store did great business in rollerblades in the 80's and could barely keep in demand models in stock, but now sells a few,now and then. It was a big fad that has died off with mostly hard core inline skaters carrying on.
151 posted on 09/08/2004 11:55:00 AM PDT by BansheeBill
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To: AndyJackson
***I will tell you why he comes across being a dork - it is becase he is a dork.***

Yep, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig

152 posted on 09/08/2004 1:13:06 PM PDT by daybreakcoming ("U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?".....Zell Miller)
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To: orangelobster

Bush would laugh harder than anyone. Therein lies the difference.


153 posted on 09/08/2004 2:01:08 PM PDT by daybreakcoming ("U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?".....Zell Miller)
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To: GretchenM
Riddle me this: Bush and John F'n, both went to the same Prep Schools and Yale. John F'n has that disgusting Andover Honk and Bush talks like an educated Texan.

I worked with a guy who had that Honk and I felt like throttling him every time we spoke.

154 posted on 09/08/2004 2:23:56 PM PDT by Little Bill (John F'n Kerry is a self promoting scumbag!)
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To: Sarastro
Who Among Us Does Not Love Windsurfing?

Especially when the Israeli national anthem is playing in the background.


155 posted on 09/08/2004 2:30:21 PM PDT by Alouette (Pray for the Children of Russia, Israel and the USA)
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To: avital2

As a fashion expert, Kerry should not be wearing those floweredy long shorts to windsurf in. His shorts should match the little safety doohickey (you know chastity belt thingy) that hitches him to the surfing doololly. The shorts should be white if the chastity belt thingy is white, and conversely, if the little chastity belt thingy is black the shorts should be black. Just trying to help.
Don't shoot the messenger!


156 posted on 09/09/2004 5:01:28 PM PDT by Twinkie
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