C – cigarettes: big brand windsurfing support from tobacco companies

Back in the day, when windsurfing was still fledgeling, the health implication surrounding such things as cigarettes weren’t as widely promoted. These were days when smoking was still deemed cool and advertising standards not as stringent as today. Fag companies, as some refer to them, were big brand supporters of windsurfing which can be seen by some of the magazine ads splashed across your favourite reads. Not only that but some of these tobacco firms took things one step further and sponsored whole teams, such as Silk Cut.

These days we’re more aware that smoking isn’t healthy and as such nobody would want them associated with a well being pastime like windsurfing. Back then, however, there wasn’t such an issue…


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