The Windsurfer@ is released, designed by Jim Drake and put to market by Hoyle Schweitzer through Windsurfing International (USA). A joint patent between Drake and Schweitzer will become the nemesis for many brands, though it will become the catalyst for a recreational and sporting phenomena that will change the face of water based board sports forever. Drake would go on to sell his share of the Patent to Schweitzer and become an altruistic figure head for the sport over the course of his lifetime.