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The TransAtlantic Windemption

by Eddy Patricelli

A windsurfing instructor at Big Winds in Hood River and Fishermen’s Hut Windsurfing in Aruba, Eddy Patricelli is a team rider for North/F2 with a BA from Southern Oregon and is the winner of the Southern Oregon Prose Writing contest.

photos by Tamotsu “Taki” Takiguchi, Karen Gillham, Chad Lyons, David Weiss, John Chao

I am alive, flying down the biggest swell of my life in the middle of the Atlantic. Best of all my goal, the Khlebnikov, is in plain sight. This joyous moment, however, is short-lived.

A Year in the Life of PWA: PART I

by Dan Atkins

With a Ph.D in aerodynamics with a background in applied mathematics and physics, Dan Atkins runs around the world providing quality control to all the PWA events as their Technical Officer .

Original 34 Page Article: Presented Here in Two Parts

Naomi & Newman Darby – Part II

article and photos by John Chao

Publisher/Editor of American Windsurfer is a former photojournalist for GEO, National Geographic and Time-Life Magazines.

PART II of Naomi and Newman Darby Interview: Full and Un-edited.

Fundamentals: Art of Tacking

by Mark Archer

Mark Archer has been teaching windsurfing for the past 12 years sails. He roams the world as the Instructional Editor and Chief Instructor for American Windsurfer Magazine Clinic Tour. You will find many of his instructional pieces in upcoming issues.

Having a divine dance with mother nature is what makes windsurfing such a special and meaningful sport.

Peter Thommen: Master Shaper

by Ken Winner

Technical Editor for American Windsurfer Ken Winner, US-1, has been influencing the sport since the late seventies and is, to many, the foremost technical guru in the world.

photos by John Chao

Publisher/Editor of American Windsurfer is a former photojournalist for GEO, National Geographic and Time-Life Magazines.

The celebrated board shaper had finally created something he thought was “perfect”.

1999 Equipment Test: All-around Boards

by Ken Winner

Technical Editor for American Windsurfer Ken Winner, US-1, has been influencing the sport since the late seventies and is, to many, the foremost technical guru in the world.

photos by John Chao

Publisher/Editor of American Windsurfer is a former photojournalist for GEO, National Geographic and Time-Life Magazines.

Everyone else needs boards that will work when the wind is light, but are still manageable in a big blow.

Sea Nymphs

by Douglas Faulkner

Contributor Douglas Faulkner petitioned in front of the United Nations from 1981 to 1987 and successfully prevented Belau from becoming a US military base and a Supertaker transit port.

Hints of their presence are often sighted as we windsurf across the surface…

2000 Maui Equipment Test: Bogus is as Bogus Does

by Sam Moses

Senior Editor, Sam Moses was a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and Deputy Editor of AutoWeek magazine, where he won the 1998 Ken Purdy Award.

photos by John Chao

Publisher / Editor of American Windsurfer is a former photojournalist for GEO, National Geographic and Time-Life Magazines.

Here’s the deal with this test…

Airborne WindSurfing

by Carl-Magnus Fogelholm

Carl-Magnus Fogelholm is the managing director of Skywings Ltd. He is one of the co-designers of the Skimbat Wingsurfer and the major force behind the development of the new winter sport.

photos by John Chao

Publisher / Editor is a former photojournalist for GEO, National Geographic and Time-Life Magazines

The latest trend among Wingsurfers in Finland is to get airborne…

More Than Half a World to Go

by Dan Welch

As this issue goes to press, Dan Welch, wife Liz and the Daq’Attack are near New Caledonia and will continue to update us on their remarkable journey.

I had just launched from the Floridian shore to windsurf around the world, and promptly ran aground.

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