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Greg Mejlaender

Sail: NW 44
Member since: 1989
Member type: racer, organizer, instructor

When did you start windsurfing?
1981 – bought first board!

Where do you windsurf the most?
Lake Washington – Seattle WA.

Your best session ever:
The days when my daughter will sail with me!

Tell us a bit more about yourself:
I’ve loved windsurfing, since I bought my first board in Seattle, in 1981. It’s always been a part-time hobby for me, so my “actual skill” is very amateur… but I’ve continued to promote our cool sport, for all these years. I started teaching others to windsurf in 1983… and still do, which gives me a good idea what works for different kinds of people. I also enjoy sport club racing for fun and have participated in it, off and on, since 1987. Like I said, I’m not all that competitive… but I have a great time doing all the social stuff. Like many avid windsurfers, I’ve traveled for windsurfing vacations – from San Fran to Baja, and Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras, Hawaii, Aruba, Costa Rica and Norway… and many other road trip adventures, including tons of Gorge trips (not that far away).

For the last 10 years, I’ve spent most my energy promoting windsurfing in the greater Puget Sound area surrounding Seattle. Donating my time to help people learn the skills they need for local sailing. And also advising countless people on gear buying decisions. And organizing many events every year. From 1980 to 1995, there were 20 windsurfing shops in the greater Puget Sound area. Since 2000, that number has been zero. So myself and others have taken it upon ourselves to promote windsurfing. We have an active online group, most of us know each other. We all meet up for windsurfing events, and to help anyone interested, and we chat about windsurfing daily.

The US Windsurfing Association has a similar mission and attitude, and I’m proud to be a contributing member. I look forward to learning more from others and sharing ideas to help support our great sport!