Prince Charles: windsurfer boy | Photo: Life

Prince Charles was once known as the "Action Man". As a young bachelor, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales used to take on challenging sports and radical activities.

The late 70s saw a boom in the windsurfing participation. Europe was surrendered to the easiest way to sail in a river, lake or ocean. Windsurfing was a mobile new sailing craft. You could easily transport windsurf gear in a car.

The man formerly known as Charles Philip Arthur George was one of the first Royal members in the world to discover windsurfing. In this "Life" magazine photography, Prince Charles shows his great physical shape and a matchless style.

The photo was taken in August 1978, in Australia, and was published in the local press. It looks like Prince Charles is sailing in Windsurfer One Design equipment. These were the days when HRH thought Australia should be an autonomous Republic.

Meanwhile, the winds of change blew many ways. The Windsurfer One Design class almost disappeared, but it is now being recaptured in a retro flashback.

The British Prince is a water sports fan. He enjoyed polo, scuba diving and sailing. Prince Charles would certainly be a great windsurfing and kitesurfing ambassador in the greatly needed support for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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