1984 Olympic trials (race 4) that shows our Commodore racing the Windglider
on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach CA (note there was no harness
allowed in the Windglider class back then)
The Commodore's Comments - January 2014
As your new Commodore for 2014 I'd like to start off by letting
you know how I got into this position. Yes, yes, I did manage
to overcome a tremendous effort by Mike Levine at Festivus
and that did officially allow me to unseat him from the commodeDoor
position. The ENDO balance board was what finally got him
(it also got Adam pretty good - ¦you OK Adam?). But what really
got me here was a tap on the shoulder from the godfather,
you know who, the George Washington (or is it George Costanza?)
of windsurfing here in the big bend. He's the guy who had
the honor of receiving the first Airing of Grievances by announcing
he was bringing the Cervezas to Festivus and then showing
up after the events had been competed and the miracle witnessed!
Thankfully Bill Olson was able to supply your desperate new
Commodore with some fine India Pale Ale once I bought a couple
of Christmas party growlers off him. Which brings us to the
Holiday/Christmas party: DJ Bobby stayed true to the Genuine
Electric Eye theme and played plenty of that funky dance music
and 'everybody got up'. The Growler Bar was a big hit (Thanks
Bill) and of course Perry performed his Martini specialty.
This Commodore is more of a beer guy so expect to see more
growler action in the future.
So what can you expect from SPSC this year under a new Commodore? Well, the godfather must have also gotten to Bobby Graves so he is my able vice and I will be looking to him for advice. One thing you will see is some new activity at our general meetings. We'll be bringing in expert members and short videos to go over various aspects of windsurfing (rigs, rigging, gybes, tacks, racing tips, etc). Yes, we'll even drag an Equipe through Beef O'Brady's and rig it up in our meeting room! I've also dug up a bunch of old school stuff from way back in the day which I will be sharing from time to time on our web site. Although some time has passed from when windsurfing was 'the sport of the 80s' till now, I feel very lucky to have experienced those times and am happy to have a chance to give something back to a sport that gave so much to me. I gather that SPSC was responsible for Shell Point Beach Park (I hope we can get an accounting of that process on our web page so I can learn more about how it happenedâ€¦ I think the godfather and other board members may have been heavily involved). Windsurfing equipment and technique continues to improve and we have a great location, a diverse program of events, and lesson programs to gain new members and train our family members so SPSC continues to thrive!
Remember, Go Long or go Wrong!
Mark Powell, SPSC Commodore, 2014
Christmas Party 2013
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Another great party with the best people in the world.
Everyone had a good time and, due to the advancing age
of some of the members that have to go to bed early, lasted
only until about one.
The young at heart stayed to help clean up and get things
back in order.
People were dressed in their finest.
The donation drive for ECHO was also a big success as
can be seen from the back of the truck.
The growlers Bill brought to the party were delectable
too many as the disappeared quickly. Tiki Mon of course
made his presence, but went home with someone else.
Though we had a bouncer for the first time, he proved
to be ineffective, allowing in all kinds of windsurfing
people. Thankfully, he let in our spiritual leader, Swami,
who was brought to the front on a Kona, carried by his
minions, in order to read us a Christmas story.
And to all a good night!
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Foggy Festivus of 2013
|Once again, in the waning days
of 2013, the SPSC tribe assembled to celebrate the passing
of the torch from old to new, to usher out the old year
and; as has become customary for the SPSC, as with most
primitive bands of hunter/gatherers, Feats of strength were
performed to validate the arrival of the new head honcho.
The Commodore Apparent, Mark Powell braved the fog to challenge
incumbent Commodore Mike Levine for all the marbles. Perhaps
Dr. Powell (aka The Meteorologist) had arranged for a weather
control experiment to bring in the fog in a ploy to prevent
Southwood Mike from even finding Shell Point Beach to defend
his throne. In any event, Mike was there and Mark had to
gain the throne by besting the incumbent Commodore!
The diabolical challenges involved catching a tossed item
while standing on an Indo board, Whiffle batting, and Frisbee
tossing. By the time the third challenge was finished, the
incumbent had clearly shown his intention to avoid any sort
of conflict. Perhaps he was drugged. Perhaps an unknown
party from Atlantic City had called him and said “throw
this if you know what’s good for you… In any
event , Mark Powell wrested the reins of power from Mike’s
surprisingly delicate hands and will guide the SPSC for
2014. All Hail the Meteorologist! Now Mike can take a well-deserved
spot at the Past Commodores Lounge with the other SPSC luminaries,
great job Mike!
Once all this tomfoolery had subsided, and Adam found out
that the Indo board wasn’t as stable as it looked
the rest of Festivus ensued in full force. Tiki Mon showed
great courage, or callous indifference, as he warmed his
tooshie by the fiery final resting place of his hardwood
We were graced with Festivus miracles large and small, especially
since Wright had brought the beer and wine left over from
Xmas party, a miracle in and of itself, that there even
was any beer or wine leftover! A pot luck fiesta broke out
and everyone enjoyed some great food, thanks to all who
brought the grub.
Grievances were aired, by whom and what they aired I don’t
know, I wasn’t listening at that point. I was married
for a long time so such things are just background noise to me.
A very Special Festivus thanks to Perry Morris for providing
the miraculous martinis.
A Special Festivus thanks to Dave Denmark, who brought the
load of fire wood, which provided a very welcome blaze to
cut through the damp and fog.
All in all, despite the fog, I think we had a great end
to 2013 and we can all look forward to 2014. As the Swami says
“It has always been thus”.
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