How did windsurfing develop, and who were the individuals behind the genesis of the leading brands? Further, to what extent has the sport influenced the development of other board sports that remind us of that early pioneering creativity?
To answer these questions, researcher and author Steve West has combined interviews with Mistral, F2, Naish and Windsurfing Hawaii pioneers and broader research to provide fascinating untold stories. Windsurfing’s evolutionary journey goes far beyond the equipment and on-water technique advances. This book uniquely explores how the boom years of windsurfing were uniquely influenced by culture, image, competitive drive, egos, and a Hawaiian catalyst.
Supplemented by iconic images of Ulli Seer, Mistral’s principal photographer for some twenty years and other leading photographers of the time, it reveals windsurfing’s progression through the decades, from rudimentary wooden booms to carbon-enhanced performance. Mistral’s ups and downs throughout the book, by way of example, include the impact of six different owners (1976 to 2022), tensions between individuals and how a brand can survive through the highs and lows. This engaging, visual, anecdotal book, told through personal stories, may remind you of your journey in the sport.
Summary of the book
- A beautiful addition to any personal library
- Epic, iconic imagery
- Behind-the-scenes stories rarely shared
- Interviews with some key historical figures
- Enjoy a journey through time to the present
- The ideal gift to share with others
- Insightful historical moments
- Tactile and colourful softback quality
- Will stand the test of time
- Great source of reference
- Read from front to back or pick a chapter
- Dimensions: 24cm x 33 cm
- Inside: 150 gr
- Number of pages: 256
- Weight: 1.9 Kg