FOR COLDER CLIMATES
a snowboard... it's a wIndsurfer...
it's a snowfer?
Chepregi learned to windsurf in 1985, and he was hooked from the
getgo. As the sweet but brief Ontario summer came to a close that
first year, he knew he would have to do something to make the
season last longer. So he invented the snowfer, effectively turning
windsurfing into a year-round affair.
Chepregi built and sailed his prototype
that first winter, subsequently improving and patenting the Snowfer.
He has travelled widely with his invention over the last 15 years,
turning Snowfering into a worldwide sport. The Snowfer is a vacuum-moulded,
polyfoam or balsa board with a waxed base. The most popular model
is more than two metres long by 45 centimetres wide, and weighs
about 7 kilograms or 15 to 16 pounds. The board surface of the board
ensures it travels atop deep snow, rather than sinking.
Snowfering is easy, Chepregi maintains
- if you can windsurf, you can Snowfer. Though similar in feel to
Windsurfing, Snowfering is easier because you can't tip over on
snow and ice the way you can on water. Any conventional Windsurfing
rig can be hooked up to a Snowfer board, though a Snowfer sail need
not be as large as the sail of a Windsurfer travelling in the same
Snowfers can be used almost anywhere
winter happens, provided you have an open area covered with snow.
Its inventor suggests frozen lakes, golf courses, rolling farmlands,
fields and even mountains. The surface conditions don't matter much;
you can skim over ice, hard-packed or deep snow.
So don't mope around waiting for
the lake to thaw. As Chepregi writes on his website, "Snowfering
gives us a positive approach to winter, making it not just bearable,
but a welcome season." For more information, call toll-free:
1-877-745-9511 or visit: www.snowfer.com.