Friday, April 09, 2010

Friday Flapper!



Peconic Puffin, February 2010: "The topic...'Worst Sailing Innovation Ever'...wasn’t a good topic for me, as 'worst' doesn’t really come to mind when I think of windsurfing innovations. Yeah there have been some short lived and/or goofy developments (flappers, football fins) but nothing really bad.
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Comment Posted by: bonnie | February 16, 2010 at 05:27 PM: I don't know what a flapper is in windsurfing but the mental image I'm getting is one that makes me wish I had Bowsprite-like illustrational skills.

Boop boop be doop, whoosh!
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Posted by: Michael | February 16, 2010 at 06:37 PM Well Bonnie, whenever we've convened a Blogfest you've shown off fine illustrating skills (I included your shark here). Your flapper would have been much nicer to look at than a windsurfing flapper, which is/was sort of a plastic tongue extending above and behind the board's fin, for the purposes of preventing cavitation. Boop boop be doop Sally will like that!
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2 months later - boop boop be done!

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Update - There is now a picture of the actual device known to windsurfers as a "flapper" up on Peconic Puffin. It actually makes a lot more sense than what I'd pictured, both initially (as depicted here) and then even after Michael explained it (when I was picturing something like the weed fin on my surfski, or perhaps a device like a small mudflap turned sideways, hanging underneath the boat).

BTW as I was drawing this, I was thinking it was really too bad that they didn't have windsurfers in the 20's - I bet Art Deco designers would have had a lot of fun with those!

15 comments:

JP said...

Great picture - thanks Bonnie and Bowsprite.

Of course now we want a photo ;)

PeconicPuffin said...

Awesome. Awesome! I must do a post immediately (after I find a photo of the flapper I was referring to.)

Did I mention that your drawing is awesome?

It's awesome.

PeconicPuffin said...

Thus posted.

Buck said...

I thought windsurfing flappers had tails... :-)

bonnie said...

There you go, JP, one photo!

BTW, saw your Gormleys the other night around twilight - pretty cool, those still figures up against the dark blue sky. Have to go back during daylight sometime.

Glad you liked this Michael - she was fun to draw!

Rebecca said...

Hi Bonnie,

I looked for a place to e-mail you but couldn't find it. I originally found your blog through the Outdoors NY State Blog last year. I wanted you to know that I just blogged about your 24 ways to get on the water post.

Thanks for a great blog!

Rebecca
http://outsideinnewyork.blogspot.com

bowsprite said...

boop boop de doop!
I saw that sketchbook, Frogma...you're holding some good stuff back...

Pat said...

Fun, great drawing, loved it, definitely brought a smile.

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bowsprite said...

so, you went after the big meeting for spam, and now it's following you...

bonnie said...

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bonnie said...

And why is it now that all the Spam is Chinese?

Bowsprite & I are referring to 2 spams that preceded her last comment, which were the kind with the short random quip followed by a string of periods, each period being a link, signed with Chinese characters - that's almost the only kind I see these days. Oh, that's right term paper sellers were big for a bit...English was not that crowd's first language either, as I recall. Hey, maybe that was it - maybe the term papers they were selling were in Latvian or something. If I needed a term paper in Latvian, I would almost certainly need to buy one, ethics be darned.

I delete those as quickly as I can.

Baydog said...

Way too much MSG in Chinese Spam. It's salty already

O Docker said...

Have you no compassion for the poor spammer?

That's just someone trying to make $67.50 per hour working online from home. Do you think it's easy cramming 58 links into a two-line message?

I think some of these spam messages have a spiritual, almost haiku sound to them. I think I'm going to start leaving blog comments in that style.


Drawing from the flapper girl with the mustard board has very art-like feelings happen.

bowsprite said...

so, when did we outsource our spam?