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NY Times S. Newman Darby, Inventor of the Sailboard, Dies at 88

Postby madworld » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:15 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/sport ... d=fb-share



S. Newman Darby, a sign painter whose passion for boating led him to invent a sailboard that is widely acknowledged as the first windsurfing craft, died on Dec. 3 at his home in St. Johns, Fla. He was 88.

His daughter Wendy Darby Brown confirmed the death.

Mr. Darby created his sailboard in 1964 out of frustration that the waves on lakes, like the one near his home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., were not big enough to surf on.

His solution was to attach a sail to a surfboard, and the combination worked. But it was flawed: It could not turn sharply or go well against the wind. So he created a universal joint using a nylon rope to link the sail to the board. This enhanced his control of both steering and speed.

Mr. Darby’s enthusiasm spilled over into an article he wrote for Popular Science magazine in 1965 about his invention. read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/sport ... d=fb-share

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Re: NY Times S. Newman Darby, Inventor of the Sailboard, Dies at 88

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Re: NY Times S. Newman Darby, Inventor of the Sailboard, Dies at 88

Postby Bille » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:35 pm

madworld wrote: ...
S. Newman Darby, a sign painter whose passion for boating led him to invent a sailboard that is widely acknowledged as the first windsurfing craft, died on Dec. 3 at his home in St. Johns, Fla. He was 88.
...
That guy was responsible for a Lot of adrenaline being pumped , by a Lot of
people around the world, for a Bunch of years !!

So Awesome ; what a Great example of what one-mans passion , can accomplish !!!! ... ...

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Re: NY Times S. Newman Darby, Inventor of the Sailboard, Dies at 88

Postby Toby » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:55 pm

Very interesting!

Wonder what he thought of kitesurfing???

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Re: NY Times S. Newman Darby, Inventor of the Sailboard, Dies at 88

Postby madworld » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:38 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Chilvers

Chilvers came into the public eye in the 1980s as the result of patent infringement lawsuit brought by Windsurfing International, Inc. against Tabur Marine, a competing manufacturer. Tabur disputed the validity of the patent, and presented to the courts evidence of a creation by Chilvers, who, in 1958, on Hayling Island, assembled a board powered by a freesail system 10 years before Windsurfing International filed for its patent for the Windsurfer. Although the Chilvers Sailboard differed in some respects from the Windsurfer it had all the elements of a modern Windsurfer. The court ruled for Tabur.[3] This case set important precedents for patent law in the United Kingdom, originating the well-known Windsurfer Test regarding the steps of inventiveness and non-obviousness.

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Re: NY Times S. Newman Darby, Inventor of the Sailboard, Dies at 88

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Re: NY Times S. Newman Darby, Inventor of the Sailboard, Dies at 88

Postby unbob » Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:53 am

So, then it's now official - windsurfing is dead. :(


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