“Our mission is to create the perfect board for each unique Sailor and condition”
Upon arriving on Maui, Dave learned to shape sailboards from such greats as Ed Angulo (still learning to play golf from Ed), Mike Waltze, John Price, Ken Tilton and Mark Angell. He learned designs and rockers by making special boards for contests and big wave models for Ho’okipa. By 1986 he had already shaped boards for Mike Waltze, Matt Schweitzer, Phil McGain, Alan Cadiz and Fred Haywood.
The next few years, the team grew with Sierra Emory and Francisco Goya. Dave hired Sean Ordonez, who had somehow gotten fired as the glasser for Ed Angulo. Sailboards Maui was now making boards for over half the pro sailors in the world!
Though many of the Pros which honed their skills using Sailboards Maui custom boards have moved on to develop their own product lines, Dave continues to maintain a loyal following of those who have experienced his boards. Recent team riders such as Pascal Hardy, Kelly Moore, and Fabrice Beaux have further demonstrated the capabilities of Dave Mel’s designs.
Sailboards Maui, is the historical name of the first windsurfing shop in Maui and the initiator of the windsurfing custom boards and the wave sailing lifestyle.
Created in the late 70s by partners Mike Waltze, Fred Haywood and Bill King, Sailboards Maui’s business plan was to bring windsurfing to Maui. Together, they sponsored the first ever wave contest in windsurfing history called the Maui Grand Prix.
A young shaper by the name of Jimmy Lewis started shaping custom sailboards, a logo created by “Surfing Magazine” founder, John Severson and Sailboards Maui was forever set into motion. After Sailboards Maui’s success, the word was out, and Maui became a windsurfing mecca and custom boards became a must for wave riding and jumping.
The origin of wing foiling go back from the 80’s. Equipment was too heavy and funboard windsurfing was too fun to let those wings became a must.
But just thanks to the support and evolution of inflatable kite surf sails and especially thanks to use of the foil, this wing concept is back on the market today, and Maui Sailboards become a legend in this sport too!