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In order to change direction while standing on the sailing surfboard, Seltz had to hold the sheet line in his teeth to control the sail while switching hands on the tiller. Standing and sailing took skill, but the model allowed the boat to heel (lean) well with no loss of steerage or stability. (Contributed photo)

Alexandria: Birthplace of windsurfing?

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One day, about 50 years ago, Al Seltz daringly rose to his feet on the edge of a sailboat, and skillfully skimmed over the waters of Lake L'Homme Dieu. That moment may have put him in the history books.

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While it is widely believed that windsurfing first originated on the California coast in the mid 1960s, Seltz, 79, of Fergus Falls, begs to differ.

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