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    Quote Originally Posted by Graemef View Post
    Tabou is a German operation from Knut Buddig
    It's origins are french though - same as BIC.

    Quote Originally Posted by Graemef View Post
    TIGA which was of course French and usually prefixed by the word cheap and suffixed by a word beginning in C as I recall ;-)
    Yes they where cheap but shapes like the plastic wave 250 & 257 or the wave 259 (carbon sandwich) from the 90's are legendary. Hughes de Turckheim (not sure how he is spelled correctly) was a shaper genius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graemef View Post
    Same reason we no longer dig up coal, or weave and sew cloth, it's cheaper to bring it in from elsewhere, mark it up and sell it on. Plus this country is a nightmare to obtain any sort of long term investment for manufacturing as I suspect Tushingham/Red Paddle might be finding. Most Venture capital firms want in and out within five years and to establish a long term brand you need all of that five years. The Germans have always had a longer view about money invested in their manufacturing base, which is why they dominate.

    Why invest in grubby manufacturing when you can go down to the Casino (City) and make a quick killing with a bit of insider intel, or a director in parliament.
    This. So much this!
    The City of London dominates so much of the UK and that has a massive impact. I’d love to see a new approach to politics, economics and capitalism as we face huge structural challenges.
    To state that though gets you consigned into the boring / nutter / socialist bucket. Sigh......

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    Everything gets better after the Brexit right?
    188x92kg 43y old, Supper/Windsurfer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroensurf View Post
    Everything gets better after the Brexit right?
    350 million times better apparently. Looking forward to that.....

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    Senior Member Graemef's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PK1111 View Post
    This. So much this!
    The City of London dominates so much of the UK and that has a massive impact. Id love to see a new approach to politics, economics and capitalism as we face huge structural challenges.
    To state that though gets you consigned into the boring / nutter / socialist bucket. Sigh......
    No, not so much, there are quite a few of us that agree un fettered de regulated capitalism is not doing most of us any good, great for a few, but not for the many.

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    Elite boards - UK, very light
    Seatrend board - USA
    Roberts boards - Canada, the first short wide designs, came with a flap at the back
    Sailworks sails - USA, still going
    NOW boards - descendents of AHD I think, so Swiss?
    Anyone mentioned North sails yet?

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    Critical Section-IoW

    Ken Black Sails- IoW
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