Apple iWindsurfer: it didn't have chips or disk drives

In the mid-1980s, and without Steve Jobs in the company, Apple decided to diversify its portfolio of products.

A complete windsurfing kit was marketed - with board and sail - but people still preferred computers.

In 1985, an internal battle nearly killed Apple Computer, Inc. Steve Jobs and John Sculley fought for the leadership role, and Jobs was forced to leave the high-tech company.

That was when the management team at Apple decided to innovate.

The Apple Collection - an odd catalog of t-shirts, watches, boardshorts, umbrellas, sunglasses, pins, and backpacks - wanted to sell more than just computers. Despite good intentions, it failed.

F2 America 360: the windsurf board sold in The Apple Collection

The iWindsurfer

But The Apple Collection also sold windsurfing equipment. Or should we say an iWindsurfer?

The catalog showed us a complete windsurfing kit "for beginners and seasoned sailors alike."

It basically featured an F2 America 360 11'10'' sailboard, "constructed of ultralight EPS wrapped with impact-resistant ASA" and specially designed for windsurfers over 145 pounds.

The giant Apple logo added a trendy factor to the avid summer windsurfers wanting to impress friends and co-workers.

If you wanted to get your hands on the Apple iWindsurfer, you'd have to pay roughly $2,500 at current prices.

Do you enjoy unusual windsurfing logos in sails? Take a look at what Coca-Cola did in the 1980s.

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