Early Windsurfer Sails – #1 to #1000

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A history of the first 13 Windsurfer sails ever produced was completed and posted by Pierre Coupal (AUS), windsurfing freestyler and collaborator of our museum in Old School Windsurfers facebook group on 11th June 2021. Sail gallery was updated and reviewed in September 2022, by Pierre himself & Tom of the Windsurfing museum Prague.

Following photo gallery presents existing images of the first 13* Windsurfers ever produced. Rider´ s name, photographer´ s name and source of image are included (if known). Please email us your comments and better picture identification to ws1975@post.cz.

Thanks to our friend and supporter Bruce Matlack, an eyewitness and hero of our sport’s glory days, for his first-hand testimony, corrections, comments and the opportunity to publish rare documents from his archives here. +)

Special thanks to Pierre Coupal for his recommendations on the text and for finding many images.

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We try to acknowledge the sources of used images and documents and give credits to those who deserve it. Sometimes it´ s difficult and unclear. Please let us know if you find any omissions or mistakes.

The years in the image caption indicate the date the photograph was taken or the document was published according to the original source. We only correct or comment on dates when the dating is obviously inaccurate.

(BL) – sail rider/owner according to Bruce Matlack´ s list

#1 - a


Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer

Year, place: 1968?, Marina del Rey

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from: xxx


*) note the sign „SK8“, the original name for the „wind-propelled apparatus“

#1 - b


Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer

Year: 1968

Photographer: ?

Source: xxx


*)  note the Windsurfer logo instead of  „SK8“

#1 - c  (on the left)

Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer (Jim Drake is on #10)

Year: before 1970

Photographer: ?

Source: the W. I. dealer manual, posted by Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page

https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios


*) Bruce Matlack: „...  One of the few photographs ... of Hoyle and Jim together in the early days!“

#1 - d

Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer

Year:  1969

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  „Windsurf-Regatta in Los Angeles, 1969“ Calle Schmidt´ s archive

Similar footage available as „Windsurfing with Hoyle & Diane Schweitzer and friends“ film. 


#1 - e

Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer

Year:  1969

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  https://www.windsurfinghalloffame.com
Copy courtesy the Windsurfing Hall of Fame - Jonathan Weston´ s page.

#1 – f  

Rider: Diane Schweitzer?

Year, place:  1969, Baja

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  https://www.windsurfinghalloffame.com
Copy courtesy the Windsurfing Hall of Fame - Jonathan Weston´ s page

#2 - a

Rider: Matt Schweitzer (?)

Year: 1971

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  Retrieved from:  SURF magazine 1982(?), Article „15 Jahre Windsurfen In Bildern“


*) Aren ´t you curious what these little squares are? I´ d say „ Tell tales“ , but Bruce Matlack explains: „ Reef's points; definitely - cause I recall them! remember, sails were mostly very wet all the time back then and in salty, sticky water. tell tales were useless! Tell tales in those days were still pieces of wool yarn.“

#2 - b

Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer

Year: 1970

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from: 1989 Windsurfer magazine article on Matt Schweitzer

Picture available for study purposes - we are trying to get approval for it´ s publishing here.

#2 - c


Place: a Schweitzer´ s family display (?)

Year: 1970

Photographer:

Source: xxx

#3 - a

Rider: Alan Parducci

Year: 1970

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  xxx


*) Bruce Matlack: „... „ There were a very few Reggie Armstong sails … (of Costa Mesa). …Allen Parducci who is 96, had #3." 

#3 - b

Rider: Alan Parducci (right), Bruce Matlack (on the left), Matt Schweitzer (center)

Year, place: 1971?

Photographer:

Source: xxx

#3 - c - RED sail (!)

Rider: ?

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  „Windsurf-Regatta in Los Angeles, 1969“, Calle Schmidt´ s archive

Similar footage available as „Windsurfing with Hoyle & Diane Schweitzer and friends“ film. 

#4 - a

Rider: Bert Salisbury

Year: 1969

Photographer: Jim Drake /?/

Retrieved from:  SURF magazine 1982(?), Article „15 Jahre Windsurfen In Bildern“


*)  note the sign „SK8“

#4 - b

Rider: Diane Schweitzer (?) 

Year: 1969?

Photographer: ?

Source:  the first Windsurfer brochure (issued 1970?)

#6 - a

Rider: Allan Parducci (according to Pierre)  
Owner: John Anning (according to Bruce Matlack and his list of the early sails owners (BL).

Year: 1970

Retrieved from Windsurfer magazine article from Matt Schweitzer

#6 - b


Rider:  John Anning 

Year, place: 1970?, Santa Monica 

Retrieved from Bruce Matlack´ s post. 


*)  Bruce: John Anning with Santa Monica Pier in background #6. The only other ohoto of him that I know about is on the original green brochure.

#8 - a

Rider: Bert Salisbury

Year, place: 1969, Gorge - Columbia River

Photographer:

Retrieved from:  xxx


*) "…the  Gorge first board " - picture title 

**) Bruce Matlack:  Burt Salisbury ... was the first dealer other than Hoyle's old college roommate, Seymour Beek from Newport Beach. Burt is also credited with naming the thing, WINDSURFER" after It was discovered that Sk8 ( for Skate)  was taken.  ... Burt was the first stocking dealer, he bought 5 more sails besides # 8 here.


#8 – b   

Rider: Bert Salisbury

Year,: 1970

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  Desert Aire (add),   Jeffrey Henderson Archives

#10 - a

Rider: Jim Drake   

Year: before 1970

Photographer: ?

Source:  the W. I. dealers manual, posted by Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page

https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios


*) Reef's points are visible very clear on this sail, check comment on #2 – a

#10 - b

Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer  

Year: 1969?

Photographer: ?

Source:  the first Windsurfer brochure (issued 1970?)

#10 - c


Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer  

Year, place: 1969?, Marina del Rey

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  „Windsurfing with Hoyle & Diane Schweitzer and friends“ - film

#10??? - d

Owner: ?   

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  xxx

*)  Pierre: „ …doesn't look like a true Windsurfer number…“
Tom: „.. but the BAJA board looks authentic… “

#12

Rider: ?

Year, place: 1969?, Marina del Rey

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:   „Windsurfing with Hoyle & Diane Schweitzer and friends“, film

#13 - a


Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer  

Year: 1969?

Photographer: Michel Matte

Source: „Twenty Years of Windsurfing“ – Windsurfing International ad published in 1989-02 Wind Surf magazíne

#13 - b

Rider: Tara Schweitzer,

Year, place: 1969, Marina Del Rey

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  Pierre Coupal´ s post

*) Pierre: „1969 sounds too early - 70? .. probably from a Yachting magazine….

#13 - c

Rider: ?

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Source: Yacht magazíne 1/1972 *

Retrieved from:  SURF magazine 5/2007,  windsurfingmuseum.eu archives


*) published under the heading  " Am Wind',  small article with three photos on the subject   On the board sailing: Technically solved?"

*) Pictures of  #5, 7, 9, 11 sails are still missing…  Wanted!

During our search in depths of the earliest history of our sport, it turned out that even images of «original Windsurfer*» sails with three-digit numbers (before 1972) are rare on the internet and in the documents available to us.

In August 2022, Steven Carlson donated to the Windsurfing museum Prague very rare original sail #315.  It has increased our motivation in search of the earliest Windsurfer sails.

We have summarised 60 rare pictures of these very early sails. We would be grateful for any other pictures of the earliest «original Windsurfer*» from #1 to #1000. Either yours or any you come across. Please send them, including image source, description and your comments, to museum email ws1975@post.cz. Help us to save and better understand history of our sport. Thank you for your cooperation.
Enjoy and cheers,
Tom

*) Please note that by “original” here we mean a sail made in the USA, made by McKibbin, Hallmark sails, Reggie Armstong sails and/or Rick Taylor Sails, not Ten Cate (NL) or other licensed sails, produced after January 1973. 

#16 (on the left)

Rider: ?  

Year, place: 1971,  Huntington lake, Ca

Photographer: Bruce Matlack

Source: Bruce Matlack´ s post

 
*) Bruce Matlack: „Sail display with first yellow boards ...”

#19 

Rider:?   

Year: ?

Photographer: ?
Source: „Windsurfing early days“  film  in Calle Schmidt archive


#22   NEW!

Rider: Bruce Matlack 

Year, place: 1969,  Santa Barbara harbor

Photographer: ?

Source: Bruce Matlack´ s post


*) Bruce Matlack: "  Bruce discovered windsurfing.... The sail learned on was #22 in 1969 in Sana Barbara, Ca.
#22 (blue) was owned by early dealer Bob Peffley who lived on a houseboat in Marina 4. "



#25

Rider: Bruce Matlack

Year, place: March 20, 1970,  Malibu Pier

Photographer: ?

Source: DuPont magazine, July-August, 1971.

Retrieved from:  Bruce Matlack´ s post


*) Bruce Matlack:  "... First exposure to Europe of the sport by this magazine"




#27


Rider: John Austin 

Year, place: 1971?

Photographer: ?


Retrieved from:  Bruce Matlack´ s post

#44

Rider: John Fulton (BL)

Year: 1970

Photographer: ?
Source: WS Movie **

#48 - a


Rider: ?

Year: cc

Photographer: Stephen Lirakis

Retrieved from: http://stephenlirakis.com

Copy courtesy of Stephen Lirakis. Published with kind permission of the author.


*) FIRST WINDSURFER IN FRANCE (picture title)

Stephen Lirakis: " ..I returned from the 1972 Transatlantic to compete in the first world championships of Windsurfing held in Mission Bay. I ended up taking sail number 48 to France.."

#48 - b

Rider: ?

Year: ?

Photographer: Stephen Lirakis

Retrieved from: Stephen Lirakis´ s  post

Copy courtesy of Stephen Lirakis. Published with kind permission of the author.


*) Stephen Lirakis: „.. the first baja board on the east coast …“

#54

Owner: Donald Anderson 

Year: ?

Photographer: Donald Anderson

Retrieved from: Donald Anderson´ s post

Copy courtesy of Donald Anderson.

*) Donald:  „My first sail I bought 2nd hand in 75“ 

**) Note the Hallmark sailmaker triangel logo  Check  logo detail above.

#60

Rider: ?  

Year, place: 1970,  Mission Bay, San Diego

Photographer: ?

Source: Neva Sullaway´ s post 


*) Neva Sullaway: ” ...One of the earliest competitions on Mission Bay.... Hoyle is second and I'm yellow sail 104, not sure who #60 is? .... We were trying to figure out how to sail in light winds”.

#67

Rider: Bruce Matlack  

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Source: Bruce Matlack´ s profile


*)  Bruce Matlack still has the sail

#73 - a

Rider:  Bruce Matlack

Year:  ?

Photographer: ?

Source: Bruce Matlack´ s profile

#73 - b
 

Rider:  Bruce Matlack
Year:  ?
Retrieved from: Bruce Matlack´ s post 

*) Bruce Matlack: "...my first 1970 sail, #73, white with yellow stripes, was filmed by famous surf movie producer, Bud Brown (RIP) and Popular Science Mag the same day..."   

Note the triangle sailmaker logo of HALLMARK.


#83 - a  

Rider: Matt Schweitzer (?)

Year: 1970

Photographer: ?
Retrieved from:  WS Movie  **

#83  - b
 

Rider: Diane Schweitzer and Tara Schweitzer

Year: 1971

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:    Surfertoday: The thrilling story of the originál windsurfer ; https://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/the-thrilling-story-of-the-original-windsurfer

#83 - c
 

Rider:

Diane Schweitzer  

Year: 1971

Photographer: ?
Retrieved from:  Pierre Coupal

#83 - d
 

Rider: ?  

Year, place: 1971, Malibu ?

Photographer: ?
Retrieved from:  Pierre Coupal

#100

Rider: John Day   

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:   The invention of windsurfing in 22 minutes and 35 seconds

https://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/the-invention-of-windsurfing-in-22-minutes-and-35-seconds     

*) Note the Hallmark sailmaker triangel logo 

#104 - a  

Rider: Neva Griggs Sullaway

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:    Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page

https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios

#104 – b

Rider:  Neva Griggs Sullaway (?)

Year: 1970

Photographer: ?
Source: WS Movie  **

#107

Rider:  ?

Year:  ?

Photographer: ?

Source: Bruce Matlack´ s profile

#122  (on the left)

Rider: ?  

Year, place: 1973, San Felipe, Baja California

Photographer: ?

Source: Movie „Early Windsurfing - 1973 / San Francisco sailors join Windsurfer® Fleet 1 in Baja California” 

#131

Rider: Susie Swatek

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:   Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page

https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios

#154  - a

Rider: Mike Horgan (?)  

Year, place: 1973?, Santa Cruz

Photographer: ?

Source: Movie „ Early Windsurfing in Nor. Cal - 1973”

#154 - b (yellow?)

Owner: ?  

Year, place: 1971,  Huntington lake, Ca

Photographer: Bruce Matlack

Source: Bruce Matlack´ s post¨


*) „Sail display with first yellow boards summer 1971... ”

#193 

Rider: ?

Year: 1971

Photographer:  ?

Source:  Windsurfer add 1971-07, Windsurfer MotorBoating magazine -  Pierre Coupal´ s post

#195

Rider:

Year: 1970

Photographer: ?
Source: WS Movie **

#196 

Rider: Karen X. ?  

Year, place: 1973?, San Francisco peninsula

Photographer: ?

Source: Movie „Early Windsurfing in Nor. Cal - 1973”

#197

Rider: Diane Schweitzer

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Source: Czech magazine VTM, 13/1973 /windsurfingmuseum.eu archives/

#200 - a

Rider: Hoyle_Schweitzer

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:    Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page

https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios

#200 - b

Rider: ?  

Year, place: 1973, San Felipe, Baja California

Photographer: ?

Source: Movie „Early Windsurfing - 1973 / San Francisco sailors join Windsurfer® Fleet 1 in Baja"

#267

Rider: ?

Year, place: 1973, San Diego, Mission Bay

Photographer:  ?

Source:  1973-04 Sports Illustrated

Retrieved from: Pierre Coupal´ s post


*) „Windsurfer nationals on San Diego´ s Mission Bay“ (original picture title)

#315

Previous owners: Merle Canfield and Steve Carlson, Kansas windsurfing pioneers:

Year: 1971

Photographer:  fotonavzdy.cz, 8.2022

Source: windsurfingfingmuseum.eu

 
*) McKibbin sail Donated by Steve Carlson to the Windsurfing museum Prague in 2022.

Bruce Matlack: „Don McKibbin of A Costa Mesa, Ca Loft.  ...  I don't recall him making Windsurfer sails very long.  I believe he made Catamaran production sails as well…“

#325

Rider: Bruce Matlack

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Source: Horyzonty techniky magazine (Poland), Bruce Matlack´ s archive.

 
*) Bruce Matlack: „Here is me doing early photo shoot at Malibu pier on 325 with one of first t-shirt designs I call, "code of arms"

#354 - a


Rider: Bruce Matlack  

Year, place:  1971, Leeway Sailing Center, Long Beach, Ca.

Photographer: Peter Gales
Source: Bruce Matlack´ s profile

*)  Bruce Matlack:

" ... #354, the 2nd sail I owned.... The photo  was taken by Kodak  photographer and Sailor Peter Gales at the Leeway Sailing Center, Long Beach, Ca.  ...  The year was 1971......  
„Rick Taylor Sails (probably in Costa Mesa)  made my #354“


.....   #354 was most famous for my huge Kodak Colorama photo with Alan Parducci’s oldest daughter, Cindy, on display in New York’s Grand Central Station..."

Btw. Bruce still has the sail…

#354

Rider: Bruce Matlack

Year, place: 1971 (!), Seal Beach (?)

Photographer: ?

Source: Sunset magazine 

*) the same picture on the mauiglorydays.com blog is dated 1970, wich is NOT correct. 

**)
Bruce Matlack himself has written us: " .. I have on the first Windsurfer t-shirt from spring 1971, so 1971 has to be the year there"


#411

Rider: Dan Cohen?

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Source:  Dan Cohen´ s post

#488

Rider:  Cindy Parducci

Year, Place: ?,  Marina Del Rey (LA)

Photographer: ?

Source:  'Be a winner in Windsurfing' Charles Coombs 1982

#504

Rider: Brian Tulley ?  

Year, place: 1973, San Felipe, Baja California

Photographer: ?

Source: Movie „Early Windsurfing - 1973 / San Francisco sailors join Windsurfer® Fleet 1 in Baja California" 

#514 

Rider:  Allen Parducci (?)

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Source:  Movie „Jamie Budge´ s Professional Approach -  Windsurfing footage at Malibu Yacht Club and interviews with Hoyle Schweitzer and Allen Parducci and Mike Ross(?) 

#661

Rider:  Calle Schmidt (D)

Year:  4.1972 (sail sold)

Photographer: ?

Source:  Calle Schmidt´ s archives

Retrieved from: SURF 5/2007 in windsurfingmuseum.eu archives


*) the first Windsurfer sold in Germany 

#686

Rider: ?

Year, place: 1973, San Diego, Mission Bay

Photographer:  ?

Source:  1973-04

Sports Illustrated


*) „Windsurfer nationals on San Diego´ s Mission Bay“

#696  (on the left)

Rider:  Glen Taylor (BL)  

Year, place: 1973, San Luis Reservoir, Pacheco Pass

Source: Movie „Early Windsurfing in Nor. Cal - 1973”

#699  - a

Rider: Hoyle Schweitzer?

Year, place: ?, Malibu

Photographer: ?

Source:  Movie „Jamie Budge´ s Professional Approach“, Windsurfing footage at Malibu Yacht Club and interviews with Hoyle Schweitzer and Allen Parducci and Mike Ross (?)

#700
 

Rider: Mike Ross (??) (according to film commentary) or Glenn Hallal (BL)

Year, place: ?, Malibu

Photographer: ?

Source:  Movie „Jamie Budge´ s Professional Approach“,  Windsurfing footage at Malibu Yacht Club and interviews with Hoyle Schweitzer and Allen Parducci and Mike Ross (?)

#720

Rider:  xxx  (D)
Year:  1972 (sail sold)

Photographer: ?

Source:  Calle Schmidt´ s archives

Retrieved from: SURF 5/2007 in windsurfingmuseum.eu archives


*) the second Windsurfer sold in Germany

**) Pierre: „not a real number, doesn't count…“

#763

Rider:  xxx  (D)

Year: 

Photographer: ?

Source:  1973-04 Sports Illustrated

Retrieved from: Pierre Coupal´ s post

*) „Windsurfer nationals on San Diego´ s Mission Bay“ ." (original picture title)

#776   

Rider:  Calle Schmidt (D)

Year:  1972 (sail sold)

Photographer: ?

Source:  50 Jahre Windsurfen, Deutsche Welle,  2017.


*) the third Windsurfer sold in Germany (probably)

#777

Rider: Jay Glazer

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:  Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios


*) Bruce Matlack: „..I think both Pat Love and Jay Glazer #777 worked for Rick Taylor Sails (probably in Costa Mesa as well) …“

#803

Rider:  Calle Schmidt (D)

Year:  1972 (sail sold)

Photographer: ?

Source:  Calle Schmidt´ s archives

Retrieved from: SURF 5/2007 in windsurfingmuseum.eu archives

#818


Rider:  Sean Holland (BL)

Year, place:  ?, Newport Beach, Mendocino Lake, Seattle

Photographer: ?

Source:  Sunset magazine? 

Refrieved from: Pierre Coupal 

#822  

Rider: Don Fox

Year, place: 1974?, Ventura Harbour, Southern California

Photographer: ?

Source:  Don Fox´ s post
Copy courtesy of Don Fox.



*) Don Fox: "..my brother still has this sail..."

#828

Rider: ?

Year:  9. 1973

Photographer: ?

Source:  Calle Schmidt´ s archives

Retrieved from: SURF 5/2007 in windsurfingmuseum.eu archives


*) 1st European Championships in Sylt,  Germany

#833

Rider: ?

Year: 1972

Photographer: Stephen Lirakis

Retrieved from: http://stephenlirakis.com/?cat=240

Copy courtesy of Stephen Lirakis. Published with kind permission of the author.

#930 - a

Rider: Calle Schmidt (D)

Year: ?

Photographer: ?

Source: Windsurfing Intl. poster, Cor Benjamine´  s archive

#930 - aa


Rider: Calle Schmidt (D)

Year: 1972?

Photographer: ?

Source: Windsurfing News 9/72 (WI newsletter)  Bruce Matlack´ s archive 

#977

Rider: Doug Halsey (BL)

Year, place: ?, Bahia de Santa Maria

Photographer: ?

Source: Second day (?) article,  David Troup´ s post

#1000 - a

Rider: Diane Schweitzer

Year: 1972

Photographer:  Stephen Lirakis

Retrieved from: http://stephenlirakis.com 

Copy courtesy of Stephen Lirakis. Published with kind permission of the author.


*) Bruce Matlack: "That sail 1000 belonged to Windsurfer Company, most famously used in the 1973 Nationals/Worlds by Diane Schweitzer and Rod Woods, their International Sales Mgr. ....  He was at the event.  The sail was a bit ahead in numerical order - From my memory and the colors were strikingly custom/different for promotion I guess.  It became a company loaner sail that everyone wanted to be seen on.."

#1000 - b

Rider: Bruce Matlack

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:  Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page,  https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios

#1027

Rider: Gary Seaman

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:  Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page,  https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios

#1029

Rider: Alan Parducci

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:   Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page

https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios

#1111

Rider: Pat Love

Year: 1972 - 1973

Photographer:  Nan Herbeck

Retrieved from:   Wind Wizard Studios - Carla Laney and Bruce Matlack´ s page

https://www.facebook.com/WindWizardStudios

#1126 

Starring: Diane and Hoyle Schweitzer

Year:  197x

Photographer: ?

Retrieved from:  https://windsurferclass.com/history/

** „WS Movie“ – these screenshost are from a very rare movie from windsurfingmuseum.eu archives. We are investigating further details and conditions of copyright ownership for possible publication.  

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