Saturday, November 22, 2014

22 November- Plymouth Pond. Maine- Cam Lewis, Kitewing
FIRST ICE!!!!
 Well not really. There is always ice somewhere, but this ice is first ice for New England.
 The organizers of http://www.wissa2015.com/    
reported smooth ice 10-12 cm thick last week on Lake Winnebago in Winsconsin.
 The time is fast approaching!
Here's hoping to see lots of folks in Fond du Lac Wisconsin for WISSA 2015
 W

Monday, November 17, 2014

17 November 2014- Lake Winnebago NOW!

MORE BREAKING NEWS:

 This is a photo of Lake Winnebago today! Lake Winnebago http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Winnebago   
 is so big that you can not see across it! And now it is frozen!!
 Let the games begin
 W
Feodor Gurvits on a Hiberna Board
BREAKING NEWS:
 Fish Lake Iceboards http://www.fishlakeiceboards.com/
will have 12 Hiberna Boards http://www.hiberna.lv/Site/Hi.html 
 available for rent at WISSA 2015. http://www.wissa2015.com/
If you are traveling from a long distance and do not want to carry your own Hiberna Board, you can still compete on the Short Track Slalom.
 You might still want to have your own rigs, but if not, contact Kevin at http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/

You can come to WISSA traveling light, and still compete!

 See you on the ice.
 Will

Friday, November 07, 2014

few readers can identify this!
Thank you for the excellent video link. I still have that original video tape from Sami Tuurna. Back in the day, when folks "in the west" were getting started sailing on snow & ice using windsurfing rigs, there was a parallel universe "in the east".

 I will never forget 1991 in what was then the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic. I met individuals with whom I had been communicating for several years by means of the post office. I still have the double spaced letters typed out on a cryllic typewriter machine [that I wish I could own now] from friend Vasilly Laptev from Nickoliavsk- na- Amur in Russia's far east- over by Japan. We wrote many letters- always double spaced so that we could translate using a dictionary. We sent photos and stories back and forth from our distant locations

Eventually, in 1991, "east met west " at Valgerand, Estonia.  It was a life changing experience for me, and in many ways it was a turning point for the sport of ice and snow sailing.

 It might be time to start scanning some of the photos and posting them. After all- this IS WISSA history!

 William Tuthill/WISSA