The first round of votes are in for the Inaugural PWA Windsurfing Hall of

Fame. There were 64 nominations in total. The PWA would like to thank the

selection committee for their very informed choices.

We have taken the top 7 nominees and sent them back to our selection

committee for the final voting. They will make their final choice of 3

names who will be inducted into Windsurfing Hall of Fame for 2002. The

results will be announced at a later date.

The top 7 nominees for 2002 Windsurfing Hall of Fame, they are as follows

(alphabetical order):

Jim Drake

Robby Naish

Arnaud de Rosnay

Hoyle Schweitzer

Barry Spanier

Mike Waltze

Ken Winner

(You may notice a predominantly high percentage of US citizens in the top

seven Hall of Fame nominations. This is primarily due to the fact that in

the days of windsurfings infancy the US was at the forefront of

windsurfing invention and subsequent development. Nowadays it is a truly

worldwide sport and we are sure, in years to come we will see a more

global representation of our windsurfing heroes.)

Hall of Fame International Selection Committee:-

MAGAZINES: American Windsurfer - John Chao, Boards - Bill Dawes, Freesail

- Michael McGrath, Surf [Holland] - Onno de Boer, Surfers - Dirk Herpel,

Wave Sardegna - Pietro Porcella, Windsport - John, Bryja, Windsurf Poland

- Mark Kasprowicz, Windsurf Italia, Kiki Guindani, WindSurfer - Ken

Ikenoya, WindSurfing - Eddy Patricelli, Surf - Steve Chismar & Alois

Muehlegger, Funboard - Ovidio Ferrari. PHOTOGRAPHERS: Darrell Wong, Eric

Aeder, Jono Knight, Sylvain Cazenave, John Carter, Eric Sanford. SAIL

DESIGNER: Geoff Bourne


FATHER OF WINDSURFING. On May 15 1967 in Marina del Rey, California, Jim

took the first step on the first windsurfer that he designed and built in

his Santa Monica garage. Born 38 years earlier in Hollywood, California,

he graduated from Stanford University to become an aeronautical engineer

for what was then called North American Aviation. His carrier took him to

the Pentagon, the Rand Corporation and lastly R and D Associates, a

technical studies firm he help found. He, with help of course, developed

the first designs of what became the X-15, the B-70 and the cruise

missile. Now retired, he still consults with the Pentagon but more

importantly with Starboard where the concept of the ultra-wide short

board, known as the Formula, was born. He and his late wife, Wendy, bore

six children. He and his second wife, Sam, have between them eight

children and six-teen grandchildren. They now live in North Carolina but

travel frequently to Bangkok, Paris, Rome and Hawaii in pursuit of his

technical infatuation with water borne, wind powered sports.


Born 23rd March 1963. Living Legend? He is the true windsurfing

ambassador. Robby has won multiple world titles over the years (world

champion 1983-91). He is still pushing the limits of windsurfing today

with new moves like the "table top push loop". Robby has shown us

time and

time again what it takes to be a consummate professional. Robby Naish is

also owns of Naish International manufactures of Windsurfing and

Kitesurfing equipment.


World Champion 1983-87 (Pre PWA)

Wave results: 1997 Ranked 2nd

1996 Ranked 6th

1998 Ranked 4th

World Champion 88,89,91


The adventurer. Arnaud de Rosnay was ahead of his time, a man with vision,

not afraid to take risks. He was the forerunner to all traveling

windsurfers, he showed us the freedom and possibilities windsurfing can

bring to us all and will always be remembered.

Arnaud¹s official website:


Born April 8 1933, Los Angeles, Ca. Graduated Pomona College, B.A.

Economics, 1955. Married to Diane Pardue.

Hoyle co-developed the sailboard with James Drake in 1967. He is known as

the man who brought windsurfing to the masses. He manufactured the

Windsurfer and was the first to promote one design racing. Hoyle will

always be known as the joint inventor of the windsurfer and the man who

brought windsurfing into the public eye. He is now retired and living in

Maui and Georgian Bay, Canada.


Born July 30th 1946. Barry Spanier is renowned throughout the world of

windsurfing and beyond as one of the greatest and most innovative sail and

equipment designers, having created many ground breaking prototypes and

quantum leaps for this progressive industry.

Over the years the sails that Barry has developed and designed have been

used by hundreds of thousands of recreational sailors and professional

sports people alike, with equal ease.

From speed sailing and course racing, to the wild and wide requirements

of successfully completing freestyle and wave maneuver's, Barry's

attention to refinement and sail details ensure that every discipline is

developed to its utmost premium.


The first person to sail a short board? Mike is widely recognized as

holding this title, he attached a sail to a surfboard (Ken Winner was also

there that day). By taking this momentous step he changed the sport of

windsurfing forever. We could say he took "One small step for himself and

one giant leap for Windsurfing!" Mike also brought Hookipa to the

windsurfing world by being the first guy to sail it. Mike Waltze now owns

his own film production company and is a professional waterman. Mike was

also a very competitive windsurfer winning the mistral worlds and placing

in the top three in all National one design events from 1970 1981. Mike

has two girls age 4 and 6.

Further information on Mike Waltze:

Started windsurfing in 1969 with Matt Schweitzer / taught by Hoyle Schweitzer

Began competing in 1970 (10 years old)

Placed top 3 in all national and international one design events from 1970

to 1981

Won first national championships in 1976

Won mistral worlds in 1978

First person to win all 3 disciplines at windsurfer worlds in Okinawa

freestyle, racing, slalom

First windsurfer on Maui with Ken Klieg in 1978

First to sail Hookipa in 1978

Experimented sailing on a surfboard in the waves in 1979

Held the first windsurfing wave event on Maui in 1979

Began the Tow in Surfing craze with Laird Hamilton, Kalama, Cabrinha,

Angulo and friends in 1994

Began Kitesurfing with Laird on Maui in 1994

Today, have 2 girls age 4 and 6

Part owner of Namotu Island resort in Fiji

Favorites sports today, Surfing, Tow in Surfing at Jaws, and Kitesurfing

and Foilboarding

still windsurf but away from crowds on other islands

Involved in Film, commercial, and television production on Maui, operate

broadcast equipment, film cameras and Avid Editing.


Former windsurfing world champion.

Born May 4th, 1955, He has lived in Hood River, Oregon, USA for the last

fourteen years. Ken has been involved in windsurfing since 1975 and has

participated in many aspects of the sport and business. He built the first

adjustable boom a feature found on virtually all windsurfers. He also

designed the Mistral WindGlider, the biggest-selling sailing craft in the

world. He built the first foot-adjustable mast track a feature found on

most longboards and all Olympic boards. All in all Ken Winner has made a

significant contribution to the sport of windsurfing. Ken now designs

Kites for the North.

Further information on Ken Winner:


1997 Overall US national champion

1996 Placed second in US nationals

1986 Finished forth in World, retired from pro racing

1984 Ranked 2nd in world

1983 Ranked 2nd in world

1981 First place, heavy-weight division, Olympic class US nationals

1981 First place, heavy-weight division, open class, US nationals

1981 First place, med-heavy division in Windsurfer class, US nationals

1981 First place PanAm Cup (World Cup predecessor)

1980 First place overall at Windsurfer World Championships

1980 First place in division in US national championships

1979 Freestyle Windsurfer world champ

1978 Overall US national champ

1978 Second overall at world championships

1977 Overall world champ

1976 First place in division in US national championships


2002 Designed the North Toro kiteboarding kite.

2001 Designed the North Rhino kiteboarding kite. Set several trends in

kite design: Dacron construction, tip battens, segmented construction.

1999 Co-designed the "Longhorn" carbon kite control bar, one of the


popular high-end bars on the market.

1999 Produced the first serious kiteboarding how-to video.

1997 Designed, raced and promoted the first modern wide, short boards,

precursors of the current Formula boards.

1995 Developed and patented the anti-ventilation skirt, a device that

improves the speed of shortboards in light to moderate winds.

1990 Together with brother Karl Winner, developed an automated,

computerized speed trap for windsurfers.

1986 With Larry Tuttle developed "pointer" fins, the first

spinout-resistant, highly efficient racing fins. This basic design won the

pro worlds in ¹86 through ¹89.

1985 With Larry Tuttle developed the Tuttle box, fin box of choice

among racers

1981 Built some of the first "sinker" wave boards first to sail them

at Ho¹okipa, the sport¹s premier surf-sailing venue.

1980 Co-authored a popular windsurfing how-to book.

1980 Developed the carving jibe a maneuver currently used by all

intermediate and advanced windsurfers.