2015- RIP RPS Elwood, a new direction [AGAIN?] thanks to actually working…
and not because of Joe (the treasurer), and other stuff
The late 1980’s
In the late 80’s I sailed an original South Australian-made little yellow beauty 8′ speed board gun, which at the right times I enjoyed a LOT, especially with a NP RAF Wave 5.2m. In fact I once chased a seagull west to east over the barrage at Goolwa- that was FUN- it could not go up or downwind to get away from me!! T’was made in South Australia, board by Shane O’Callahan, Wind Force (Cut Loose), at Point Lonsdale, SA.. Note the Clamp-on Z boom from HYDRODYNAMIX (made in WA)! And the poor old Ford Laser- it was only rusty on one side- blaming Noth Glenelg parking bays where it spent a ‘few hours’ per day over several years… Well, it managed 140kmh with a Tiga Sprint sailboard on top when I travelled to Darwin one time…
The 1990’s graed into the 2000’s,adding children means less water time. less boards too.
To the 2010’s and this…
The Fanatic used twice or less, not sure about BumpNJumping anymore, and it is too old to sell it. Bought a 2010 Starboard ISonic 94l from RPS ( in 2013) with a 2010 Severne 6.5m and a 120l iSonic from The Zhu ( in 2014)’ with a 2012 7.8m Severne
Mistake made buying a 4.9m Naish mast to go with a earlier bought North 7.8m2Sail- because I actually doubled up with the sail by mistake and faulty memory of what was in the collection, and could not [ or did not?] progress with the mast and sail combo- but- upgraded collection instead with the following, jus A Few new fings to the collection by June 2015. [Thanks to http://boards.co.uk/ ]. I cannot wait to try the 2012 JP Speed 50 Pro Edition board with a “new” sail- Neil Pryde RS Racing EVO2 Limited  . the board apparently has remained ‘the same’ since 2010- but what do i care?
Thanks to Fletch- loosely associated with SHQ
New board and sail are actually older stock but brand spanking new freah out of the wrapping- Suspect paid too much for old stuff, getting over it.
Speeds this year and other news
Since January on sailing-
Got to 30 knots the last 12 months a few times for a few seconds with a couple of the boards and sails. The old Speed board still competetive, but really want to break 30 with the new stuff. Hence the newish speed gun board from JP (jason polakow), a 50cm wide 64liter type. I have GT51 GPS speed logger and use GPS-Speedsailin website, to only keep track of how I am going of course. Joined up with the crew gps-speedsurfing.com so to keep tab on how I am going. Even have a leetle peek on a utube vid from 2014 mel Cup weegen at Sandy Point
First the other news- RIP the Board Store at Elwood, Melbourne, Victoria. Andrew and Warick decided to shut down RPS (as it was in 1990- The Repeat Sailboard /Surfboard /Skateboard Store) after twenty five years. It was frequented weekly by myself 1991-1994 as it was only just around the corner- a deliberate move it must be said – I mean to be by the seashore and a sailboard shop whilst Son#1 was unleashed upon the world… And he became a mascot I think, one of many during the 90’s! Well- one of the first there anyway. Her’s a few photos of that week they closed shop this year, 2015:
And I got Older…… …. .. .