At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.
Windsurfing in Hong Kong?
Mr. Lai Gun's windsurfing obsession began in 1970 when he first saw foreigners sailing around the island while he was hanging out on the beach. His curiosity took over him and he immediately jumped into the ocean and swam towards the windsurfers to figure out what it was all about. Immediately after this discovery, he purchased his own sail and has been windsurfing ever since. As a native Cheung Chau islander, Mr. Lai appreciated this laid-back island lifestyle and together with his wife, Irene, they started the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Center in 1975, creating an oasis for people who are looking for an escape from the stressful city life and a shared passion for windsurfing.
He first introduced the sport to his kids, niece and nephews. His niece San San and son Duncan had potential and they both ended up joining the Olympic Team for Hong Kong. San San became the Olympic Gold Medalist in 1996. Mr. Lai continues to teach and influence young people in Hong Kong about the sport and became known as the "Godfather of Windsurfing" in Hong Kong.