Speedsailing to date 2015 Jan to Jun, and RIP RPS Elwood

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…



Travelled to Darwin for three months work July 1986. With accessories. And no speed limit– back then! poor old Ford Laser, was a rust bucket four years later


1987 at Buxton St, Adelaide, no wind, sorting the gear out- the ‘Wild Cats’ was an allright first slalom- although the RPS boys called it wild oats and wondered how it actually planed, the Tiga Race was great, the old Tiga Sprint was My First Windsurfer, and the wave board, yuk. No speed gun yet


Obviously at Wilsons Promontory on an exploration there and Sandy Point, late 80’s . Note speed gun on top


Barwon Heads, VIC, 1989. My little sister wondered where Tarnia travelled- ‘On The Roof’. Four boards, the speed gun, slalom awave and The 1989 Bic Race- with a 7m2 it would fly past catamarans at North Glenelg and Somerton




Salom 1988

Goolwa barrages late 80’s on a Wild Cats Salom

1989 loaded for bear at Aldinga SA

1989 loaded for bear at on a trip Adelaide to melbourne, somewhere along the coast anyway, four boards/masts/12 sails…


1988 Old 3.7m RAF Wave NP, hardly used since had it, the boom form same era,for HI . Warick sold me the boom at Brightom 1989 before RPS was a twinkle… Still in the quiver though!


The 1990’s graed into the 2000’s,adding children means less water time. less boards too.

faithfull old large steed for the beach

faithfull old large steed for the beach, Leviathon



sandypoint-2000-01-29-3, NP 5.8m VX and the  1993 Speed 8’8″ World Cup Slalom






To the 2010’s and  this…

four boards

two 20-teens Starboards, A 1990s Speed and a raely 2000’s Fanatic bump and jump

sdy pt 3 mar

sdy pt 3 mar


fixing the sturdy steed for bear

fixing the sturdy steed for bear June 2015





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 [2010] . the board apparently has remained ‘the same’ since 2010- but what do i care?

JP speedboard


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-

june2015 rankings

June 2015 rankings

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 (jasonten best sessions 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……   ….   ..   .The Family at my 54th_resize






About tone

Widowed exRigPigGeo 50yr old dad of 4 'teens', is doin' job raisin' kids, misses a lot of things. Family (close and extended) and Friends - an important part in our of life. Likes gadgets, speedsailing, reading (SF), geology/archeology, maps. Coffee monster- burnt out one espresso maker too many. Have to have plenty spare "moccona" in cupboard. Things I miss- Tarn. The rig life and income. A lot of sailing. Tarn. gonna try to break 35 knots speedsurfing- or 70knh
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