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Goodwind



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:19 am    Post subject: Windsurfing - Octogenarian Reply with quote

Iron man Fred was windsurfing at the Stick for about three and half hours this afternoon. Found out that he will turn 80 tomorrow. He is an amazing guy, snow skiing the Sierra mountains from December to April and windsurfing from May to October, and for many years, the first man hit the water and the last man out, truly an inspiration to us local sailors. With Fred as example, I think some of us will continue to buy new equipment, believing many happy sailing years lie ahead.

Happy Birthday, Fred!



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Respect!!! Sail on!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:18 am    Post subject: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRED! Reply with quote

Have a happy birthday and another 20 years of windsurfing!


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gerritt



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those photos have to be at least 25 years old. I don't know Fred, but wish him well. Fred's only clue he just turned 80 are those "I don't give a fuck" sunglasses in the second photo. Otherwise, I'd swear he was in his middle 50's. Sail on Fred. You are indeed an inspiration.
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Goodwind



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Those photos have to be at least 25 years old."

Fred's picture in my post was taken on 7/30/17, about 6 hours before he turns 80. Most at the Stick know he "has been old" for a while....but Fred will be thrill to hear that he looks 55 . Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:05 pm    Post subject: fred Reply with quote

Fred is indeed an inspiration. I was about to hang it up after this season but now will have to rethink it. Seven more sounds like a lot, but the way time flies...
As I recall, the flat water (most of the time) at the stick was nice to the old leg joints. Might be one of the keys to ws longevity. Is that what draws people to the foil?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Fred's Birthday Reply with quote

I don't think that the flat water is the answer. Fred loves to ski moguls in the winter at Squaw.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That guy connot be 80!!!
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bert



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

windsurfing keeps you young..you guys aren't sailing enough. I'll foil the Stick today on Monday. Hope to see Fred to wish him happy birthday.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aside from the increase in gravitational force and the increased hardness of various surfaces, 66 still works. Crashing used to be a non-issue.
These days I try to avoid it as much as possible. 80? I'm going for it. Besides, there's not a better narcotic available for pain relief than doing that thing we do!

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