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John Bartolo 04-27-2007 09:09 AM

Happy Birthday Neil Hutchinson
An icon in the kiteboarding community, Neil Hutchinson celebrates a birthday today. And no better way to celebrate it than with a guy in his birthday suit! Neil (at his "office" on Ft Lauderdale's Tiki Beach) is instructing a fellow who has shunned Neil's numerous offers for a FREE PAIR of board shorts if he'll just put them on. Gotta hand it to Neil for going that extra inch, trying so feverishly to get another kiteboarder on the water. At the time of this writing, I do believe they still contact one another from time to time.


Sorry for the crappy resolution of the's a camera phone.
Neil and a prospective student. Hey isn't he wearing the latest in Slingy kiting unBaggies?

RickI 04-27-2007 09:28 AM

Happy Birthday Neil! My network filter at the office has blocked my accessing John's link, must be a good one, ha! Anyway, enjoy and give me some time. I need to go through my photo archives to dig up some images to put up myself.

N.B. - If anyone has some interesting Neil shots, let's see 'em!

toby wilson 04-27-2007 09:30 AM

Happy Birthday Neil!!!


John Bartolo 04-27-2007 09:45 AM

Hey Rick, send me your email address and I'll send you the image directly. It's worth the effort!

John Bartolo

kent 04-27-2007 11:30 AM

I think that I saw Neil going the extra "inch" at the Adventure Sports party! I saw the extra inch racing across the red carpet, yelling like a mad man. Actually it wasn't the extra inch that was yelling, it was Neil, but you get the point.

Actually, I would also like to give Neil a free pair of board shorts if he will only keep them on!

Happy B-day Neil!

RickI 04-27-2007 01:27 PM


I downloaded the image via air card and it's up. Strange ...

Kent, that happened after I tooled north after the party. Too bad there wasn't a photographer around, then again, maybe not!

Here are some shots of our man from across the years ...
Islamorada Invitational, 2003
Ft. Lauderdale Party, 2004
Same party, uh different position!
Fundraiser for Claudio, 2005
The Bathtub in some nuking conditions, Oct. 2001
Neil and his ride, Matanzas 2002
On the way to Cuba, December 2001
Photo by Red Bull
Towing to Oblivion and not having fun. Images captured from video, 2002
Wind waiting at the 2003 Air Sea Show along with 5 Million other people.
The kickoff Party for the kitesurfing race from Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini in the Bahamas 2005
Checking the hotdog layout for the first boarderdcross race in Florida, Tampa Bay Kitemasters 2006
The awards ceremony of Neil's first ever 60 mile race down the SE coast of Florida, December 2006
Another party at Adventures Sport and just this month

Sorry, I ran out of time. There are SO many events going back years. One of these days I'll have to really dig into things and put together an nice compilation.

Have fun!

kiwiar2000 04-27-2007 07:22 PM

happy birthday man!
Cheers for a wasted night!

E-Bone 04-28-2007 07:22 AM

Neil, I am so emo thinking about your special natal occasion that if you were here I'd give you a big hug and pinch your butt.

Well, maybe not.

CrazyJay 04-28-2007 07:22 AM

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This is from the first TampaBay KiteMasters race and bordercross..
Calibre and Timmy showing Neil how to ride 'West Coast Style'.

Sorry Neil.. I couldn't resist. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

kiwiar2000 04-28-2007 09:04 AM

wut is this? A threesome in the picture??!!

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