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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:51 pm    Post subject: Early riding implement Reply with quote

This fascinating artifact was recently discovered on a dig in Northern California by a team of researchers from the University of Treasure Island. Despite the object's clear provenance, the expectation is that zirtaeb will claim he shaped and built it himself, using his own urine as a resin catalyst. He is also expected to claim that he later made the first ride of Peahi on the same board in late 1981, as Matt Schweitzer was not man enough to launch there.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been trying to recall that brand for years. That G&S logo was on my first short (windsurf) board.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Original(?) Feetbelts


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff, converting a surfboard to windsurf and then a tow in board at times.
I was a G&S team rider in 1970, them giving me several boards after a LaJolla 4A contest. Lost it in 1971, when I broke my leg in 6 places, needing 6 pins, wire, and a plate, besides 3 pins in my fingers from a 250 Novice motocross race crash and CarnegiePark in Livermore.
It probably helped that I worked at WiseSurfboards then, who carried G&S at the time.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

koogzah wrote:
Original(?) Feetbelts

I still have some of those. They're among the best I've ever seen, especially in the 3" wide style. These look like the taffeta material; the less slick material was better. The ONLY complaint I have about the latter was that their adjustment strap slowly slipped looser; had to tighten them about once a day ... which took about 10-15 effortless seconds per strap, unlike what seems like 5 minutes of high effort to adjust each of today's velcro-covered monsters.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very funny post koogzah! This might be the same model strap, a little less sunbleached. I didn't like them. They were slick nylon covers and way too easy to come out of the straps when you wanted to be locked in. The blue one is the 3" wide Feetbelt. Really comfy wide strap that might end up on the back strap of my 8'6" 120ltr Open Ocean.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:
Lost it in 1971, when I broke my leg in 6 places, needing 6 pins, wire, and a plate, besides 3 pins in my fingers from a 250 Novice motocross race crash...


In the seventies, real men rode in the 500cc class. At least that's what I'm told.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but a really good rider on a 250 could often match or beat the open classers on an MX course. In the desert and woods, where speeds range over a wider range,where you've never seen the course before, and where terrain ranges from salt flats to hand-over-foot slickrock and forests, the bottom end torque of a big engine was really advantageous. Add a reed valve and boost bottle (they were two-strokes then), and only modern 4-strokes could match or beat their pulling power.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Every party needs a pooper..."
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job Koog... That flew over two heads at once!
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