I want to give a Huge shout out to fellow Reef Warrior and good friend Dan Thomson for just Winning the 2014 AWT Amateur Overall Tour Champion. An incredible impressive job well done. It blows my mind how a school teacher from Ontario Canada with a normal “day job” can beat out the best Amateur wave sailors from around the country/world. Then again he does sail Da Reef.
Its been a long time since I did a gear review, but I got a couple of new toys and a little time, so enjoy.
Ok I have gotten some days on the water with the new 2015 Force 3 5.0 meter and I have to say its better then I thought it was going to be. (still not even close to Chopper performance, but nice sail for what its designed for). Its has nice even pull in between the hands, maybe with a hint of pull towards forward. When sailing in Side off Down the Line conditions It would basically drive you up towards the Lip all by itself for big hits. Another thing I liked about the sail is it felt very very light, tight and maneuverable in the hands and during transitions(that part very chopper like) Second thing I liked about it, was the High cut of the sail, its basically a straight line from mast foot to the boom end. You really could lay down and lean into the pocket of the wave like never before. I found even thou the sail had good amount of pull, it didn’t have much power to get you going. It would really be better for lighter riders. And of course with just 3 batten its get to be a handful when the big gust hit, it just doesn’t have a big range. So its not very good for On shore/B&J conditions.
If I sailed Hookipa everyday, or Side Off wave conditions like that, I think I would choose this sail.
It might work for very lightweights in more conditions. (hard to beat Naish Session thou)
I think it would be a great sail for Beginners cause its so light weight with a nice even pull.
But overall its a purebred DTL Hardcore Wavesail.
Well 2014 October Big wave season on Da reef started off with two gnarly days which stirred up every condition possible. It rained buckets, hailed, lightning, had massive wind shifts & gusts, huge waves(8-10ft at Buoy), frigid air temps, and then also had glassy, sunny, green/blue waves and rainbows. If you can imagine of it, it happened. It’s usually so nice and perfect on Da reef all the time that you forget what a not so perfect day is like.
I also forget how hard it is to surf Da Reef. It’s a feat in itself just to get out there and come back. You really have to be a true warrior to take it on, especially when it gets big and pissed off like a raging bull. At any moment it can beat you down and spit you out. It will break your board, boat, mast, rig, kite, body and your will. Plus on top of that, you may end up doing a mile walk of shame home. Yes you have to be a true warrior to get off your back and summon up the courage to charge it again and again after constantly getting beat up! If you choose to persevere, eventually the reef will reward you by laying down and letting you have a ride; and that ride that will be burned into your memory for days, months or maybe even years. It’s just those few “seconds” out of a whole day of getting your butt kicked that keeps you coming back time and time again to this special place we call “Da Reef.”
Another awesome Wave jam is in the books. First off I have to thank the Hatteras and AWT crew who worked very hard and pulled off a great event. Second off, thank you all Reef Warriors and family for all the support and great stoke.
This year the amateur division was really stacked with more incredible talent then ever from all over the world, but after the Spray settled I came up a little short this year and scored a very happy Second place. Congrats to Ian stokes(skinny kid) for taken the well deserved Win.
also Congrats to fellow Reef warrior’s, Dan Thomson(3rd masters, 5th amateur), Jim king (3rd grand masters), Cecilia (2nd women’s). Just more proof of how good of a World class wave sailing spot Da Reef is.
I will post more pics soon.
Casey is heading to Hatteras this week to defend his wave jam AWT amateur title.
He is stoked and ready with a couple of great warm up day last week on Da’ Reef.
This year he is accompanied by his squire Sir Cam-a -lot, who will serve as scribe, valet, and chief board caddy.
You should be able to follow the action here, on facebook ,instagram and the AWT page.