The wind died in revolt of the commercialism

Just got this in my inbox via the contact form from a guy who wouldn’t even leave his email address so I thought I’d address it publicly;

Name: derwwod

Message: This used to be the coolest site because it had a grass roots vibe to it – now the main picture is no longer windsurfing but one ugly corporate looking hotel that could be anywhere. Now just throw on a few McDonald’s and Wall mart adds [his spelling, not mine].

But than again somebody did do a lot of fun work to put the site together and why not sell out to the corporate machine.

The wind died in revolt of the commercialism -and the sharks are biting everyone now – all because if that crappy corporate commercialism on the once cool site!

So, apparently the wind has been so crappy here and there’s been shark attacks all because of me – because I have a photo of the new Marriott hotel by the airport on the home page. Who knew that I wielded so much power?!

So, here’s the deal. I started this blog in April 2004, 9 years ago, shortly after moving to Maui.┬áNow, well over 1,200 blog posts, dozens of videos, hundreds of photos and hundreds of hours put into writing, shooting photos and video, editing video later, I gotta admit, I’m completely burned out from it. Over it. Pau!

Keep in mind this has been a labor of love. The tiny amount of money I’ve made from selling calendars and ad space only paid for the web hosting and domain name registration. So there’s been no real compensation for my time and effort. And, add to that the occasional scorn of the windsurfing industry itself because it doesn’t like people posting photos and videos of their products before they’re ready to show them. Add all that up and it’s kind of hard to keep putting the energy into it when there’s other avenues that I can put my energy that are more rewarding, financially, intellectually, and personally.

I’ve seriously considered just shutting this site down. But it’s kind of hard to just kill something that you’ve created and put so much into. So, I decided to just de-emphasize the blog portion and leave it up as an information resource for windsurfers traveling here. Personally I think the hotel by the airport is a fantastic option for visiting windsurfers. And I’ve received no money from the hotel to place that photo there, so I haven’t “sold out to the corporate machine.”

So Derwwod (and any others with similar complaints), you try putting that much time and energy into something for 9+ years and then maybe you’ll have earned the right to complain.

I don’t see myself putting the time into this site that I once did. So, it’s going to remain basically like this, with an occasional blog post when I have the time, until the domain name expires next March. After that… ?

14 Responses to “The wind died in revolt of the commercialism”

  1. Greg April 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Pay no attention to that guy. ANY web site will get occasional hostile postings that make no sense! We think your site is great.

  2. Jeff Bennett April 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    True enough. Thanks Greg!

  3. Ian April 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Been following your website since you started it. Always look forward to it. Ignore that guy. He has some personal attitude issues, and he should grow up, and get his life in order.
    Please keep the website going. It’s great.

  4. Jeff Bennett April 8, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Thanks Ian!

  5. Fish April 8, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Yeah dude, that is a bunch of nonsense. I read pretty much everything you post and really enjoy it. Thanks for the efforts!

  6. Jeff Bennett April 8, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Thanks Fish.

    And thanks to Spencer at as well for the nice words via email.

  7. Geoffy April 9, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Followed this blog for a while, and love what you had done over all these years. Thanks! Go ahead and put your energies into what you love and what rewards you – this has been a great chapter and new dreams and fun are waiting; you did it fantastically and so smile within yourself for what you did and brought to us, and choose what’s next for you. Re-read the “Top 5 Regrets of the Dying” – and then do what you’d like. Derwwod is just wrong in so many senses of the word. Mahalo and Aloha.

  8. Jeff Bennett April 9, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Wise words Geoffy. Thanks!

  9. Smokin Joe April 13, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I’ve also been been following your website since shortly after you started it. Aside from Maui being one of my favorite places in the world, you have helped keep my enthusiasm and passion for windsurfing alive on the many windless days and the long cold winters here on the east coast. I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels this way. You deserve nothing but compliments and thanks. I look forward to your updates, but, totally understand the burnout factor. I hope you’ll keep the site up, but if not, I understand. Best wishes for continued great windsurfing, happiness and success. Mahalo, Mahalo.

  10. Jeff Bennett April 13, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Thanks Joe!

  11. Derwood April 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Your web site is the coolest- even my one of my non-windsurfing family members looks at it often back in their snow bubble shaken up hellish winter waste land , since i had them held hostage on these sand blasted beaches they formed a freakish bond with these scenes that are tatooed into our DNA. Your site captures the best of Maui windsurfing -and gives us all a way to flashback so we can flashforward to our next big high. Maybe I thought this permanenant dead calm was a deleberate hint for us – like natures way of lettilg us somethings wrong- maybe not like inserting people into the volcano – so after ingesting many times the daily recommended dose of those pills that some people have tatooed into their DNA I found myself not high, not chatty and in love with it all but dark and vengeful – so I stumbled into your site – and without the blue vertical water and windsurfer inserted I saw a big cement hotel that reminded me of Halburton, war, death, out-sourcing, cancer, anxiety, and concluded this was the reason for the dead calm – the reason why the tigers bite just to annoey like those crazy little ankle bitter dogs old ladies replace old men with. Sorry if this is a rant – I mean to say that you are real and pure and all you produce is art, is inspiration, it soulful,isvalued, is loved, is admired . is needed, is cared for, is mostly the only reason why I would ever r have neede to lear to write, read, and mre importantly to skip school, work, and all that is cement to ride vertical silly walls of water powered by our once ever present Mad Max on nitro overdrive trade winds .

  12. Jeff Bennett April 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Hmm. I have no idea how to respond. Thanks, I guess?

  13. Derwood April 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    bottom line – i am the snake in the grass – when the home page windsurfing picture changed to the hotel I though that Halburton or Marriot may have done a hostile takeover and panicked – my error. I feel like I just took all my trash for the last 3 years and threw it into the waters at Hookipa – I do not want to be the captain of the Valdez- remember that drunk boat cpt that single handly ruined the last pristine piece of the planet. I do not want to be the one to ruin the one good thing still left standing which is your site. So please forgive my original rant – I understand you are helping the traverls find lodging – now I feel bad for making you feel bad – sorry man.

  14. Jeff Bennett April 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    No worries man. It’s all good. Aloha!