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maxpowers



Joined: 29 Jun 2001
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait, what? I don't care about this thread. Well, it's funny and all. I just think you've said enough on iWindsurf that quite a bit of people wonder who the man behind the name is. I could care less about whether you're lying about running into someone or being misinterpreted. Sounds kind of boring to me, actually.

If you want an interview in a real life windsurfing publication, we can do an interview. You'll probably get a picture with it. Most windsurfers think that's pretty cool. I'm not going to dig around this site to find a place you may have accidentally answered a question I might ask. It's kind of strange that you told me to do that.

So, I'll put it like this: if you want to do it, let's get in touch. If not, no sweat. But it's a real offer. I'm not out to torch you. I've only done that to like two people. But I never bothered asking them questions. So you should be safe. The guys at the Gorge Surf Shop have my number. If you want to do it, give them a call and ask for my number. Then call or drop me a text with a time to talk.
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noshuzbluz



Joined: 18 May 2000
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maxpowers wrote:
I just think you've said enough on iWindsurf that quite a bit of people wonder who the man behind the name is.


Mmmmm I think we have a pretty good idea who that is. Don't really need to know any more. It's kinda like wondering who the people are in the Walmart pictures are really like.... Shocked

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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maxpowers wrote:
I just think you've said enough on iWindsurf that quite a bit of people wonder who the man behind the name is.

If you want an interview in a real life windsurfing publication, we can do an interview. You'll probably get a picture with it. Most windsurfers think that's pretty cool. I'm not going to dig around this site to find a place you may have accidentally answered a question I might ask. It's kind of strange that you told me to do that.

.. it's a real offer. I'm not out to torch you. I've only done that to like two people. But I never bothered asking them questions. So you should be safe. The guys at the Gorge Surf Shop have my number.

You're welcome to call or PM me anytime. Just about everyone here knows my name and home town (Mike Fick, Kennewick, WA), and my phone number (which I've posted) is in the book. I've known Garry and Scooter and Bart and MANY other Gorge locals for >20 years, so it's not like I'm a stranger to the scene. I'll be right here, as after 33 years of WSing, the past 25 being full time with heavy Gorge focus, I'm laid up for a year with a knee reconstruction.

As for getting an interview in a "real life windsurfing publication" ... I wrote one for years, often cover to cover. Jim Ballantyne told me people from around the country would walk into his Hood River Sail World shop pointing to my Performance Windsurf Report Magazine gorge gear test results and saying, "I want one of these, and one of these, and one of those ...". I've talked with and/or published my personal interviews with many of the industry's pioneers and movers and shakers, from world champions to the founder of Windsurfing Hawaii to Jim Drake. I wrote the pioneer windsurfing industry trade magazine, which survived about as long as I told the owner it would when the industry was rapidly shrinking. I've been asked by fellow windsurfers to write a book on the topic (as though >20,000 posts doesn't fill that square), and many of my tutorials have been published in venues ranging from other windsurfing magazines to WSing websites, one in several languages from multiple continents.

And that's just in the field of windsurfing.

You'd understand my initial and lingering suspicions if you had been wallowing in this and previous WSing forums for the past year or 20; there are a LOT of sick people here, several of whom think it's acceptable human behavior to feign interest as a trolling tactic. As just this thread alone demonstrates, far too many of the people in this sport behave more like hemorrhoids than humans.

Mike \m/
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reinerehlers



Joined: 25 Jul 2001
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maxpowers,
Which publication do you represent?
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daviddk



Joined: 13 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But seriously isobars, why do you BFF? I don`t get it.
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mac



Joined: 07 Mar 1999
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Isobars has done it. Found a way to "plonk" those whose views he disagrees with. Must be the coming apocalypse.
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yargerd



Joined: 05 May 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="isobars"]
maxpowers wrote:
As just this thread alone demonstrates, far too many of the people in this sport behave more like hemorrhoids than humans.

Mike \m/


I haven't found that to be the case. I can't think of many windsport people, kiting or windsurfing, that I wouldn't mind having over for dinner. I windsurfed consistently out east for a few years. Didn't find it any different over their either.

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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yargerd wrote:
I haven't found that to be the case. I can't think of many windsport people, kiting or windsurfing, that I wouldn't mind having over for dinner. I windsurfed consistently out east for a few years. Didn't find it any different over their either.

You're talking about adults in real life; I'm specifically addressing children from multiple continents hiding behind screen names and thinking lying about others is not only acceptable but actually cool. I have a list of about three dozen, with more begging for admission to that club, whose behavior would eliminate them from my home, retail business, or corporation just as it excludes them from my computer screen unless I give them a selective visitor's pass.
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daviddk



Joined: 13 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:


As for getting an interview in a "real life windsurfing publication" ... I wrote one for years, often cover to cover. Jim Ballantyne told me people from around the country would walk into his Hood River Sail World shop pointing to my Performance Windsurf Report Magazine gorge gear test results and saying, "I want one of these, and one of these, and one of those ...". I've talked with and/or published my personal interviews with many of the industry's pioneers and movers and shakers, from world champions to the founder of Windsurfing Hawaii to Jim Drake. I wrote the pioneer windsurfing industry trade magazine, which survived about as long as I told the owner it would when the industry was rapidly shrinking. I've been asked by fellow windsurfers to write a book on the topic (as though >20,000 posts doesn't fill that square), and many of my tutorials have been published in venues ranging from other windsurfing magazines to WSing websites, one in several languages from multiple continents.


Mike \m/


Why is it that the only place lifelong windsurfers have ever heard of this godlike person is on this forum?
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reinerehlers



Joined: 25 Jul 2001
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
You're talking about adults in real life; I'm specifically addressing children from multiple continents hiding behind screen names and thinking lying about others is not only acceptable but actually cool.

Oh you mean like accusing someone of being a child molester? Not cool!
I would watch out for the "real life" repercussions of those types of accusations. Luckily I don't think WMP has the type of demeanour of others who might choose to handle things differently.
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