Philip, I must say, a very insightful post.
Really I don't think that the majority of windsurfers really want to go "off the top" on organizational viewpoints or controlled activities. Although some spots have active racing interests, there is absolutely no support for organized or formally regimented windsurfing activities in Santa Barbara (no negatives, it's just reality). At least locally here, controlled activities aren't consistent with participation in the sport. While things were bigger in the 80s, the situation wasn't really any different. Windsurfing is quite separate from traditional sailing viewpoints and rules, as is kiting now.