Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer credited with inventing windsurfing in the late 1960s, died Tuesday at his home in Pfafftown. He was 83.
Drake developed a workable design for attaching a sail to a surfboard in 1967. He built a prototype. On May 15, 1967, he took it to Californiaâ€™s Marina del Rey to test it.
Fred Wikner of Bethesda, Md., Drakeâ€™s friend and colleague, said Drake designed the technology behind a windsurfing board, including an attached sail that could help control the board.
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