Monty Spindler Loft Sails is the owner and sailmaker, who for many years has been based in Tarifa (Spain) and that in recent years is rapidly conquering new slices of the market for sailing to windsurfing. The news of his upcoming trip to Torbole (www.riwmag.com/a-torbole-monty-spindler-il-velaio-di-loftsails/) offered RIWmag the possibility of an interview with him.
RIW: Hello Monty! Thanks and thanks to Loft Sails Italy for this chance to interview a windsurfing pioneer like you! Your biography (www.loftsails.com/about) It really is full of great events, collaborations, results and big names of competitors in the history of windsurfing. How have you tied to the sport and to this work?
Monty Spindler: My father told me “presented to the wind” at a very early age. We lived on a Lake, We had two optimist in the courtyard … the wind became my escape and my friend very quickly. It was the simplicity that attracted me, When the Windsurfer was presented at the Annapolis boat show in 1977 I was fascinated, in the same year I met Ken Winner to the sailing club at a University of Maryland … by Ken I bought my first table, He gave me some suggestions and da li’ I have no more’ stopped.
RIW: In 1985 You invented the cutaway. This was the forerunner of the twist that every modern sailing offers today. How did you come to this concept and you could imagine then that more than thirty years later all windsurfing sails could still be affected by this invention?
M.S.: The concept of free the leech cutting away material had been explored by Barry Spanier that project’ a sail from speed to Haywood that had a conventional Roach until Batten above the boom, then stretched at boma – a cutaway very low. I have moved the cutaway to the middle of the leech, where has effectively given the freedom of the leech twist top. This worked because our trees at the time were almost all hard top, There was no system of tuning for the stiffness of the shaft, and therefore also most sailmakers sail designers in windsurfing were tops too that closed the leech moulded top. Now the trees are carefully produced to have flexibility in pen and designs have progressed so the cutaways is no longer needed.
RIW: For a few years you lived in Torbole. Now you live in Tarifa. How long ago you visited Italy for the last time? How come you decided this year to return to Torbole?
M.S.: Last time I was in London in the winter of 2014. I love Lake, the wind, the mountains, people. The Lake always holds a special place in my heart.
I worked to develop Loftsails from 1998, It is with great pleasure that I'm going to promote my brand Loftsails, Thanks to Maurizio (Ed Andreello) and Rob (NDR Hofmann) for their support.
RIW: A few days ago Loft Sail showed his new collection 2018 (www.riwmag.com/la-collezione-loft-sails-2018-adesso-online/). What are the main key factors? Can you tell us something more about animated rig?
M.S.: I'm an evolutionist, not a revolutionary. The collection of 2018 is based on our previous designs: work to resolve the weaknesses – If there’ There is no need to break a solution!
The 2018 Blade racing is now more accessible. The version 2017 was announced as “Ultra-Complete” by Planchemag … the competitive nature of our design is highlighted by the magazine test results and the results of Andrea (NDR Rosati) and Rob (NDR Hofmann). Our models 2018 are different from 2017: are easier with a lighter sensation. I hope that visitors to the weekend of Orange Power can try out new design to hear this evolution.
RIW: 30 years ago you had the vision of modern gliders. Where do we go in the next 30 years?
M.S.: In my opinion the evolution will lead to greater efficiency of rig. The trees and the advancement of sail design will give the windsurfing more wind, more speed and fun while the rig evolve. We learn to mimic nature as accurately when the design evolve, our wings are becoming more like natural extensions and “breathing” of ourselves.
photo: courtesy Monty Spindler
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