The “Fathers” of Windsurfing (infographic)

The “Fathers” of Windsurfing (infographic)

Although the original patent for the windsurfer was granted to Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer, a deeper look into the history of the sport reveals the several men played pivotal roles in the invention process. Here’s a look at five guys whose curiosity and pioneering work helped bring us the modern windsurf board and rigging.


Richard Easthaugh

1946-49 13-year old Australian Richard Easthaugh builds a variety of iron canoes with sails mounted on a split-boom. Although he rode these sitting down, the split-boom concept featured prominently in later designs of the windsurf board and rigging. Easthaugh’s design was credited in a patent dispute in 1984, effectively proving the invention much earlier than the accepted Drake/Schweitzer version

Newman Darby

1948-49 S. Newman Darby builds a rudderless sailboat with a handheld sail mounted on a universal joint

1963 S. Newman Darby & Naomi Albrecht shift the concept to a surfboard. Their design features a universal mount with a square-rigged, kite-shaped sail controlled by the rider who stands with their back to the lee side

1964 Darby and Albrecht test the first version of their “Darby Sailboard” & found “Darby Industries” to manufacture the craft.

1965 Darby publishes a promo article in Popular Science magazine

Patent papers are started but not filed

Plans for a 12’ “longboard design” are drawn, but ultimately shelved

DIY plans are sold through the classified ads in Popular Science magazine

1966 Darby publishes an article in British magazine A.Y.R.S that leads to European orders for the sailboards.

Declining revenues lead the company to drop the sailboards and manufacture other products. Sailboard products were begun again in the 1980s.

Peter Chilvers

1958 12-year old Chilvers invents and produces a sail-powered board while living on Hayling Island, England

He sails this craft for pleasure but does not produce any for commercial purposes

1970s Chilvers founds the Windsurfing Center in London’s East End to promote windsurfing and sailing to underserved kids

2007 He leads a major redevelopment effort for Hayling Island to become a windsurfing and sailing destination for watersport tourism

Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer

1964-1967 Drake & Schweitzer experiment with various ideas for an upright sailboard that combines the maneuverability of a boat (including rudder and centerboard) with the universal-joint concept necessary to control the sail while standing

1967 They produce an improved version of a sailboard with a modified racing sail and a wishbone boom

1968 Drake and Schweitzer file for a patent, which is granted in 1970

Schweitzer and his wife Diane found the company Windsurfing International to manufacture and market their products. The patent belongs to the company.

1973 Windsurfing Intl. registers the trademark “windsurfer” and launches its product as a “one-design” class

Drake sells his share of the patent to Windsurfing International

1970s The sport grows rapidly, especially in Europe. Windsurfing International produces boards that are based on a Malibu Surfboard design and feature computer-cut sails, an innovation in manufacturing for the time.

1980-87 Windsurfing International & Schweitzer aggressively try to protect their patents. The many court cases result in a gradual loss of patent legitimacy, and ultimately the company ceases operations.

Aloha Spirit:a deeper meaning people who live for the water can understand

Aloha Spirit:a deeper meaning people who live for the water can understand

Have you ever wonder why aloha spirit is a salutation very popular among to people who do water sports! Is just a salutation or there is something more? And who else could explain better the deeper meaning of the Aloha spirit other than the Aloha InternationalCurby Rule has done an extensive research and has written a great article about.  Let’s dive together to Curby’s article to find out the deeper meaning of Aloha Spirit.

From here starts the article originally posted to Aloha International :

For those who follow the path of Huna, or are fortunate enough to live in Hawai’i, it is common for us to use the word Aloha. We use it in greetings and farewells and in expressing love. But the word means even more, it is a way of life.

Besides these common meanings, the word Aloha holds within itself all one needs to know to interact rightfully in the natural world. These insights describe an attitude or way of life sometimes called “The Aloha Spirit” or “The Way of Aloha”.

The spirit of Aloha was an important lesson taught to the children of the past because it was about the world of which they were a part. One early teaching goes like this:

Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha!

As the child grew, the need for a fundamental code of ethics was taught. This code is found within a deeper layer of the meaning of the word Aloha. The code is derived from one of the acronymic meanings of Aloha.

A, ala, watchful, alertness 
L, lokahi, working with unity 
O, oia’i’o, truthful honesty 
H, ha’aha’a, humility 
A, ahonui, patient perseverance

The kahuna David Bray interprets this code as “Come forward, be in unity and harmony with your real self, God, and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all life forms, and humble.” He also stated that to the Hawaiian of old, Aloha meant “God in us.”

So far, within Aloha, we have found an explanation of our place in the world and a code of ethics to help us with our interactions in the world. The only thing we are missing is our “prime directive” while we are here, and that too can be found within the root words that make up Aloha.

alo, 1. sharing 2. in the present 
oha, joyous affection, joy 
ha, life energy, life, breath

Using Hawaiian language grammatical rules, we will translate this literally as “The joyful sharing of life energy in the present” or simply “Joyfully sharing life”.

But another layer of meaning can be found by factoring in the meanings of the roots words in aloha. “A” means “to burn” (figuratively, to sparkle) and it is also the name of mold found in souring foods. “Lo” is short for lo’o and loa’a which mean “to obtain or procure”. Together these indicate a transformation of energy (burning, sparkling, souring food), a product of an energy transformation (the mold), and an effort to get or obtain something. To me this sounds exactly like consciously manifesting or creating. This brings us to another translation of Aloha. “To consciously manifest life joyously in the present.” This is our prime directive.

Another translation of Aloha gives us the a prime method of acquiring the Mana or spiritual influence, to use in manifesting. Breathing in the present moment. Awareness of your breath and correct normal breathing increases Mana and concentrated breathing increases mana even more.

I have always had a Big Cosmic Question about our existence, which is much easier to contemplate when broken down into smaller parts. The parts are Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Aloha has answered three of these, so far. Who, of course is you and I. What, is the conscious creation of your Reality. When, is Now, the Present Moment, that place between past and future, which is the only place Reality exists. The answer to Where, is Nature. The answer to Why, is because we are here to cherish, protect and take care of this being we live upon, the Earth.

I will explain.

The Hawaiians have no word for “nature” as in the sense of “being outside in nature”, but they do have a word for “world” or “Earth”. The word is honua and it also means “background” or “foundation”. The ancient Hawaiians did not view nature as being something separate from themselves because nature was their reality. So, Where is in Nature, the foundation of our physical world.

To find the answer to Why, we must look deeper.

If we look at the root words in honua we find the word ho’onu a. Some of the meanings of this word are: 1. to give generously and continuously; 2. to indulge as a child; and 3. surging, rising in swells, as the sea. So, a deeper meaning of honua is that the foundation of our physical reality, Nature, is continuously and generously giving to satisfy our needs and fulfill our wishes. But here is also a meaning of give and take. Just as the rising swells of the sea recede to gain renewed energy, Nature must also “recede” to renew Itself and give strength to the foundation of our reality. So, just as Nature gives of itself to us, we must give of ourselves back to Nature.

This truth can be found in one the tellings of the creation story about Papa and Wakea, the prime Earth Mother and Sky Father.

“From the first union of Papa and Wakea, comes a male child who is born prematurely. The child is dead at birth and is buried. From his body grows a shoot that Wakea names Haloa. This shoot becomes the first taro plant. The next male child to be born is also named Haloa in honor of his dead sibling and he becomes the prime ancestor of mankind”.

Let me explain the meanings behind this story.

Haloa means “long, waving stem”. This first taro plant represents a staple of the Polynesian diet, but also all plants that grow on this earth. Haloa, also means “long breath” and on an esoteric level, “everlasting cycle.” The life and death cycle of plants sustain all creatures, including us. Plants are a source of food and medicine, and they produce the oxygen we breathe. The first human is named Haloa in honor of these plants and to remind us to honor and tend the “everlasting cycle.” The gift of life passes from a human to the plants and then back to humanity.

This story tells us that the quality of our existence is ultimately tied to Nature. Nature’s continuous transformative cycles of water, air and growth are necessary for existence. Nature is an embodiment of the meaning of Aloha, and vice versa. It is no coincidence that Aloha and Haloa are re-spellings of each other. It is in Nature that we can discover the wonder of our existence here on Earth. Where else but in Nature is the spirit of Aloha easier to experience? Its beauty is awe-inspiring and energizing and draws you into the present moment, not unlike the feelings brought on by love and joy.

Nature is also where we can gain the wisdom to make responsible choices if we approach with Aloha in our heart. With an attitude of Aloha we can gain from the wisdom of the wind and the wisdom of the water and the wisdom of the soil and the wisdom of the trees and learn from the truths and revelations presented by the non-human community.

So, we’ve seen that Aloha is indeed a way of life, an attitude and it even contains guidelines to help us in our lives. It is most definitely a “word to the wise.”

In closing, I’d like to bring to mind another old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and point out that Aloha is a perfect example that in the Hawaiian language sometimes the opposite of this saying is true as well. So, the next time you greet a friend with “Aloha,” hold its meanings close to your heart and think of the picture you’re painting. It is indeed a beautiful world.

Article reposted with permission from Aloha International.

GoZone IoT – Welcome to the Internet of Surf!

GoZone IoT – Welcome to the Internet of Surf!

GoZone is excited to announce the development of an IoT-powered social network to connect the surf, sail, and paddling communities. We are a team based in Thessaloniki & Athens, Greece, made up of windsurfers and outdoor enthusiasts.


Windsurfers, kiters, sailors, paddlers, SUPers – we all share one thing – love of the water. Most of us have some sort of device that we use to track our progress and our stats, and so a network based on watersports makes perfect sense. The GoZone network will harness the connectivity of these devices to bring together watersport enthusiasts of all ages and levels.


In addition to the network, GoZone’s own sensor-based system for tracking and training is currently in the pre-production phase. The patent-pending device is based on the wind-clock, and it also functions as a valuable supplemental tool for instructors and training schools. With the help of our Angel Investor,  the first prototype is in alpha testing, and we are ready to launch a crowdfunding campaign.


We believe in harnessing the power of the watersport community to gather valuable data, and mobilize in the interests of conservation. There are so many issues that affect the health of our water. From ocean plastic to inland-waterway pollution zones, windsurfers, kiters, surfers, sailors and paddlers all have a direct interest in helping to correct the damage and restore our ecosystems.


GoZone’s greater vision is to connect everyone who lives for the water. More than just a social network and a sensor-device, the GoZone surfnet is a connected community of boardsport enthusiasts, from all over the world, young and old. It allows members to post data from any device, share stats and experiences, make connections, and much more. Together we can build the Internet of Surf.


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