Finally, publisher John Chao who did the impossible by bringing the whole project together, had some some pretty nice perks for himself. Well, six weeks on Maui is one perk. The others? How about a ride in a fighter jet with one of our testers?
With this issue, Sam Moses comes onboard as the new Senior Editor (at large) based in the Gorge. A frequent contributor to American Windsurfer, Sam first came to Hood River on assignment for Outside Magazine in 1989, and his resulting cover story put Hood River on the national map.
The brilliant photographs you see in this issue did not come easy. Our senior staff photographer, Darrell Jones, spent hours everyday sitting on top of a scaffold to capture these Kodak moments.
THE MAKING OF this issue, the first American Windsurfer equipment test review came to life riding on the talents and dedication of a team of WindMakers.
The big secret Kim Ball has been hiding from us was the fact that he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska, but never entered the journalism field.
What do you do after receiving a Ph.D in aerodynamics with a background in applied mathematics and physics? Well, you go to work as the technical officer for the PWA. What else?
It is friendship that holds together the pages of this issue and delivers a dynamic testimony to the role it plays in the creative struggles of this publication.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.” We are proud to have among our pages some of the greatest images captured on film
Another Windmaker’s passion is Annabella Hofmann, who is no stranger to American Windsurfer, though many may consider her quite strange.
Robert Capa, the famous war photographer, once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
There’s a hurricane of activity around the office today, as the issue is finally taking shape. The printer is churning out proofs and as the completed files are put to disk, it is once again time to thank our contributors.
What can you say when the 8-time-world champion windsurfer has you by the neck? Well, you follow him halfway around the world, put him on the cover and give him an unprecedented 24 pages of words and pictures.
By now you're probably noticed that the issue of American Windsurfer you now hold in your hands is a little heavier than the ones you've seen before.
A Tale of two WindMakers
It was the best of times. It was the worst … → “A Tale of two WindMakers”
That’s Da Kine of WindMaker We Like!
Profiles of a WindMaker Cover
Winging Women & Making Best our WindMaker
Part of the joy of putting together American Windsurfer, is the sure chance of stumbling on to interesting contributors. Rodney Walden was just a name that Mariel Devesa, a sponsored windsurfer, mentioned one day on the phone. Six months later, his brilliant vision dazzles and electrifies the pages of this issue.
Walking on Water, Sex & the Windsurfer Windmakers
Maui Meyer is a long-time professional. At the age of 16, he became a professional windsurfer and traveled the World Cup for five years before retiring at the age of 21.
The Movers, The Shakers, our WindMakers