Wally (Windsurfer One Design) News

Remember the Windsurfer One Design (affectionately known as the Wally down under? The board that's old enough to have kids in middle school? It lives on and they've just had the National Championships in Australia where it's still a thing.

And, they are updating the board: https://windsurferclass.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/future-windsurfer-board-revealed/

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Production of the original (plastic) windsurfer ceased last year
The new WINDSURFER is constructed like a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board, ie styrofoam type core with epoxy deck
The board is wider. It can be used as a SUP board and there is a proposed insert to cover the centreboard cavity when used in SUP mode
The board is SIGNIFICANTLY lighter
The centre board is fully retractable
The deck has soft foam grip (like surfboard Gorilla Grip)
The forward half of the board is double concave and it flattens out on the aft half.
The design spec was to create a board that handles like the Windsurfer and can be used as an SUP. Another interesting intention is that the board will become a common “white” board to be branded differently in other countries, ie decked out with different graphics and rigs.
The idea for a new board was conceived a year ago and top sailors have tested several concept boards which iterated towards the prototype boards
The proposed name for the board is “WINDSURFER LT” , LT for light
The centre board pivot point construction is not finalised and may differ from the prototypes
The current Windsurfer rig will remain. A two piece mast will also be available
The target price for early adopters/association members will be in the order of $700

Greg Johns from www.windgenuity.com.au talks about the new board

The board looks super interesting and affordable if we didn't live halfway around the world.


New Windsurfer One Design prototype

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Why we haven't written

For anyone who may be wondering why the production of articles has been lacking the last few months, we've been very busy with stuff behind the scenes to improve the web site usability and layout; and, a fair amount of the added content has been in the wiki.

  • A lot of the more visible changes have been to the site's layout. There's been some massaging, tweaking and modernizing. We did a lot to make mobile browsing easier and quicker. Some of the changes are cosmetic, like trying a little different hairstyle. Others were to improve navigation and make more features visible such as the "My Account" tab on the top menu.
  • We've done a lot of work underneath to improve page load times. There's a bit of technical work involved in some cases (database caching and other dry subjects with the effectiveness of Ambien) and others of streamlining the delivery of the various components by reducing the size and number that make up a web page.
  • We've done a huge rewrite and update of the entire Maps and Places to Sail on the wiki. We still have more work to do on the maps but we have information and directions for places over the entire Southeast. We have almost all of the 65 different pages updated with an individual map as well as regional maps for states and the entire Southeast.
  • We've already announced these but a reminder that you can subscribe to forums (either via that forum main page or notifications on your account page, write your own blog posts, make a photo album . If you have any questions, pop us an email:

But here's the best news - this website is about connecting the community and sharing the fun of being on (and above) the water. Everytime you visit and, better, participate, it improves the site. Keep logging on, reading and posting!
If there is more stuff you'd like to see here or have constructive criticism (which I may or may not listen to), again, drop us a line.

Snow Day: Where's Waldo

We ran across this remarkable photo of Lake Garda that Barrett Walker took a few years ago while skimming the front page. We were struck by the countless windsurfers in the photo during a quiet time of the day on the lake which is famous for its winds which blow strongly in one direction in the morning and then reverse in the afternoon.


Lake Garda windsurfing

Barrett was nice enough to send us a full size image because it's aspect ration will fit nicely as a banner at the top of the web site. As we looked over the photo, we though we recognized a familiar face.

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Could it be? Waldo? Click below for the full size image (neither one above are large enough to find him). Zoom in, take a look around and see if you see him. You'll have to look carefully because, being out on the water, he's wearing a lifejacket and without a hat. We hope this makes another snow day without windsurfing a little more interesting.


Lake Garda windsurfing

Our website: App -ly as Needed

We've just finished up a project that we've been tinkering with the last few months. A bit like Area 51, this explains the sometimes weird formatting you might have encountered recently as we experimented under deep secrecy. Not even our cockatiel was aware of what was going on (which is good since we don't have a bird).

Since the last major revision to the website a few years back, it's been relatively mobile device friendly. Relatively. There were some things that probably could have been done better but at least google didn't complain when we did mobile tests on their search console we use. However, we came across something neat on windguru.cz, a site we link under forecasts: a tutorial on how to "appify" a website, ie turn a website into a mobile app. Inspired, we've generated a special page you can go to and use for your "windsportatlanta.com" app. However, if you prefer, you can turn the regular home page into an app by the same process.


What's different about our "app" page? We've slimmed down the front page from slides into one page of the sections you'll probably use most. In addition, we've added some icons to help you refresh and guide you to the home page. These icons only appear on smaller screens - the desktop version looks just the same as the rest of the site. You must refresh the page to see new content. We experimented with a number of ways to autorefresh but it adds traffic to either/both your phone and our server. We've opted to save your battery and our bandwidth so just touch the refresh icon in the menu bar to see any updates.

If you aren't familiar with the process, here's what to do:
First, visit windguru.cz's app page and find out how to do it for your type of phone: Android or IOS. Progressive apps on windguru.cz
Next, go to our "To Go" page on your mobile device which you can then turn into your app using the above steps: windsportatlanta.com "on the go". Of course, if you prefer, you can turn the home page or any other page into an app as well.

That's it!

Short version of steps:
Android:

  • Load Windsportatlanta.com On the Go in your browser (or another page if you prefer)
  • Click the browser menu button.
  • Choose Add to home screen
  • Confirm

IOS (Iphone)

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