Most locals in The Blue Mountains, Ontario, could point out Willi Winkels in a crowd, and he was known and cherished by many across North America. He spent his entire life inventing new technologies, manufacturing, and testing products. His innovations in skateboarding and snowboarding impacted companies and athletes in the 70s, 80s and beyond. Willi's work was integral in the development of the flexible skateboard, creation of a portable half pipe, early snowboard development, and he was also involved in early wakeboarding.
Share your stories, pictures, and memories of Willi, and you'll help to shine a spotlight on his life, his inventions, and his impact far and wide.
To learn more about Wee Willi Winkels, visit the Craigleith Heritage Depot in person at: 113 Lakeshore Road East, in the village of Craigleith, Town of The Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada or visit the website links below.
The submission process is free and it takes about 10 minutes. You are welcome to share as many digital items as you like. The content may be used in an online project about Willi Winkels and would be accessed by the public for the duration of the online exhibit.
Before you submit, please make sure your content:
- Reflects the life of Willi Winkels and/or his inventions
- Is an original work to which you own the rights, or is in the public domain
What can I submit?
Suggested content includes: audio recordings, typed stories or anecdotes, pictures of Willi, pictures of your favourite products made by Willi Winkels and more!
Accepted File Formats:
Audio files, images, videos, PDFs. All content will need to be digital. TIP: If you would like to share a brief story or memory by text, you may wish to save the document as a PDF on your device, then select “Written Content (Other)” under Work Type on the next submission page.
If you need help digitizing files, please contact a member of your local library who can help direct you to the best resource (including staff)! If your local library is The Blue Mountains Public Library, please visit the website links below for contact information.