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Windsurfing and Free Enterprise

September 01, 1985

Your article on windsurfing lessons at Alamitos Bay was misleading.

The article gave most readers the impression that the Long Beach Windsurf Center had complained about Wilfred Otaguro and other individuals teaching their friends how to windsurf. We did not. We did have a problem that same day with an illegal commercial lesson interfering with our classes, but this was two hours earlier and 150 yards away from Mr. Otaguro.

The article also implied that we were against individuals teaching their friends to windsurf. This is totally false. In fact, we always recommend that a person starting in the sport get proper instruction either from friends or an accredited windsurfing school. We even go so far as to provide free tether ropes (a long rope tied to the windsurfer) to prevent friends from drifting too far out while learning. However, we would recommend limiting teaching to one friend at a time.

JEFF JONES

Owner

Long Beach Windsurf Center

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