(Above) Club Vass Crew with James Stewart and PWA Freestyle Pro Clare Elliot in Greece. (Below) Pietro Porcella reading all night, his wife yelling for him to come to bed. (Bottom) Davo Berntsen's SUV at Chrissy Field, SF.
Photo right, my biggest fan, NASA Rocket Scientist Amy Ellison from Houston, gifting the book to her bestie. The book renews friendships and memories from glorious days gone by, forging new ones ahead.
Below, reviews from the UK Amazon site. Click on it to see the review on the US Amazon site.
“Jonathan’s book is a fantastic read of pioneering windsurfers in the 70’s 80’s and beyond on Maui. I followed it all at the time when I had started windsurfing and these people were gods. Jonathan documented it all and the book is full of all the stories and characters.” James Stewart, Client Director, Hertfordshire, UK
“Maui Glory Days is fantastic! I survived multiple swats and curses from my spouse because I could not put it down, and read until the wee hours keeping tbe lights on lol!” Amy Ellison, NASA Engineer, Texas
“Started reading this amazing book in the middle of the night. Lots of memories, tears and laughs on the origin of windsurfing and discovering of ‘our’ Maui wowie. Returning to the Impact Zone and having a glorious sunrise thanks to Jonathan Weston.” Pietro Porcella, Sports Journalist, Sardinia, IT
“Just finished Jonathan Weston’s ‘Maui Glory Days’...it really is a great read and anyone who is a member of this group will enjoy it. To paraphrase an Aussie music reviewer of the same era “ do yourself a favour” and grab a copy. It’s fun!” Michael Corkeron, Queensland AUS
The book is a whirlwind of courage, fear, gumption and triumph over odds enough to make Hemingway wince. The book truly comes alive when paired with the incredible photography that transports us back to when it was all so real. Dan Weiss, JD, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at Lawyer, Connecticut
“Maui Glory Days is a great book, a tour de force of windsurfing. Jonathan Weston is a sage, artist, photographer, athlete, and good writer with a fast, pacy and engaging style. He is the Homer of Windsurfing as in The Iliad and the Odyssey, not the other modern one. The reader senses the writer’s passion for windsurfing and of the heroes and heroines of the sport.” Richard Grauaug, Law Attorney, Perth, AUS
“I just started reading it and it's awesome! Jonathan Weston shares great experiences in the book. I'm about 5 chapters in and loving it!” M. Linus Isabell, Local Businessman, Michigan
“I finished the book last night and absolutely loved it.” Garry Koop, Teacher, Hood River, OR
“Finished Jonathan’s book last week. Absolutely loved it, brought back lots of memories and also gave a great story and insights into how Maui before the mid to late 80s when we visited. Great read!!” Grant Larkin, Adventurer, Sydney, AUS
“I would also like to thank everyone who inspired Jonathan to write his book. He is a great story teller telling a great story.” Steve Callaway, Captain, Osprey, FL
“Mate, you wrote a cracker!” Ian Lane, Business Coach, Perth, AUS
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“There aren’t many times in the history of sailing when it literally explodes in energy and ingenuity, but that was what occurred in windsurfing when it shifted to Hawaii. And now there is a tell-all book – Maui Glory days, Return to the Impact Zone.” Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News.
“OK, first off, I hate you. Just making sure you understand that.
Second, I wasted my life.
Third, I didn’t even know Maui existed when I was a pup. Now I am seriously depressed and looking at a bottle of bourbon on the shelf.
Fourth, I have you published under the “Short Tacks” section of the 2019-SEP issue. I’ll also print the cover of your book from your web page with the short write up.
Rot in hell Jonathan!”
William Grebenick, Editor of Southwinds Magazine, FL
"Maui Glory Days" is a must-have book for those who practice and seek to learn more about the origins of a sport that changed sailing and wave sports forever.” SurferToday Magazine read this article…
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“Wind, waves, girls and rocks that loomed like sirens – what could go wrong? Jonathan takes us back to the exploits of rock and roll thrill seekers who felt the need for speed and tempting unknown possibilities in the big wind, giant wave playgrounds of Maui.”
This book is the ‘Top Gun’ of windsurfing. Bill Boyum, Journalist, Author, “Journals from the Edge”
"A remarkable story of perseverance and triumph of the human spirit. We lived in a magical land and seascape, and Maui’s ‘Glory Days’ were an incredible moment is time. The heart of the story is the turbulence Jonathan survived along the way. I picked the book up and read it through a lazy Sunday afternoon and into the evening until the final page was turned."
Barry Spanier, Sail Designer of Champions, Author, “The Bare Chronicles.”
"Totally Siiiick! I had no idea all that behind the scenes stuff was
going down. Weston was an insider – witnessing, experiencing and
reporting it all. – absolutely fascinating!” Clay Feeter, WindSurf Magazine Asst Editor, Sports Publisher, Wind Tracks, SUP Journal
"Insanely good!” Bruce Matlack, First Windsurfing World Champion