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Jim Drake, Father of Windsurfing, has died.
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allen



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject: Jim Drake, Father of Windsurfing, has died. Reply with quote

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/think-tanked/post/rands-father-of-windsurfing-james-drake-dies-at-83/2012/06/23/gJQAwQTtxV_blog.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: RIP: Thank you Jim for years of smiles and sighs and Reply with quote

sore forearms and blisters and 'the claw' and the operations and daze and the joy of planning to pass this on to my kin.

best. invention. ever.

thanks,

DD (CA)
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SWE106



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad day for windsurfing. We owe him very much!!!!
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sail-n-ski



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad news indeed
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stevenbard



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's not let this be a metaphor for our sport. Everyone get out there and try to teach some young people how to windsurf.

I must agree that Jims youthful excitement in the early days of Windsurfing, enriched all of our lives. RIP
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windoggie



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP Jim. I think he would be happy to know that there seems to be an increase in beginners at the Berkeley marina. Good to see.
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jeff_bennett64



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drake's paper, "Wind Surfing - a new concept in sailing", is a good read, with clear descriptions and drawings. It's available as a free PDF from Rand:
http://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P4076.html

Karen
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koogzah



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad to hear this. Met him a few times while a friend was renting a room in his house in Malibu. Very cool guy.
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vayu



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"once wind-surfing is mastered, it gives a unique and heady blend of sporting thrills" - James Drake
It takes a Genius to invent a mesmerizing sports like this.

-Deva
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reflections, stories, remembrances, insights...

A big thank you to the man who made our beloved sport possible...

http://danewsblog.blogspot.com/
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