- 21 November 2013 | Windsurfing
Do you remember the world's longest windsurf board record day? It's time to get in the time capsule and relive one of the strangest and most exciting days in the history of windsurfing.
Let's travel back to the 1980s. Mistral was ruling the world of windsurfing. Coca-Cola was spreading its worldwide domination as the most popular drink in the planet.
Windsurfing was growing fast in Europe. Holland's first windsurfer, Toen Joop Nederpelt, wanted a new record for the longest windsurf board ever made and sailed.
From the water tank of the Delft University of Technology to the real world, there's a huge difference, but the model was ready to be tested in front of hundreds of excited spectators.
Nine windsurfers, nine Coca-Cola sponsored sails, and an 18-meter windsurf board. Could it sail away? Would it sink or float?
"Coca-Cola really wanted to do it. No matter what I said, everything was great for them. No matter how it costed. For Mistral, it was also a good deal. Their logo was on each sail", Toen Hoop Nederpelt once revealed Motion Windsurf Magazine.
The passionate windsurfer who taught the Dutch Royal House how to windsurf got impressed with the impact of the world's longest windsurfer record.
"One week later, the clipping service delivered over four hundred newspaper cuts from around the world. Even the Guinness Book of Records dedicated an entire page to it", Nederpelt explained.
The world's longest windsurf board record day was filmed and it reveals two extra funny moments. The moment the windsurfer tows a wakeboarder, and the double windsurf jump over the giant board. Classic and unforgettable.