Waves for Breakfast

So many people start their day by going to their local Starbuck’s, Tim’s or other coffee shop. They wait in line ups to order their Iced Caps, Grandes and double doubles.  Usually they are greeted by someone they know at the shop and exchange a few cursory hellos.
Me, I was lucky this morning to break from that norm and enjoy a real Reef “Break”fast.
I paddled out to a host of waiting waves, with no line-ups in sight I picked my favorite “white cap” and surfed on down the line. While out there I shared many smiles, and hoots and hollers of excite with some good friends.
There is nothing better than starting your morning off on the Reef, the sun shining above, the waves glistening below.

Could there be any thing better than  Waves for Breakfast?!?!?!?

Good old July

Casey’s Blog:

This July feels like the old days when the first 3 weeks of July were always windy and wavy, with a recent stretch of 13 out of 16 days of wind/waves on Da reef. It feels good to have old July back again. I think everyone has been catching some great rides. I think fellow reef warrior Cliff said it best on his blog with one of the best statements about Da reef I ever read:

Sherkston seems so unreal, every time I go everyone is smiling. The sailors and kiters are smiling, the families and visitors are smiling even “the damn dogs are smiling” as Sandro put it. Is there a happier place on earth? It was surreal. They say that a good bout of laughter is like a hit of heroin, well a sick session a Da Reef is like smoking a big reefer in Shangri-La.”   Great stuff Thanks Cliff, check his blog out at.   http://sailboard.wordpress.com/

A Couple pics from the Action, Thanks Lou man.

Gail Setting to jump over the Laker
Gail Setting to jump over the Laker
Windsurfer vs Kiter drag race.
Windsurfer vs Kiter drag race.


Gail going for it, with a big jump. Ya!
Gail going for it, with a big jump. Ya!
Is that a ghost Ship?
Is that a ghost Ship?

Surfer rescue course



Lake Erie Surfers Rescue Coarse..July 13 2014

A couple of us participated in this course a few summers ago and found the info very helpful.  Thankfully we have never had an incident on the Reef  but we should be prepared. If you can attend you will come away a better waterman.
Hope you can make it

A Lake Erie Surfers Rescue Coarse is being Held Sunday July 13 2014 at Holloway Bay Beach, Lake Erie Ontario Canada..Please email for directions to parking ….We are going to start at 10am and should finish around 1pm.. 

We will have a accredited lifeguard showing current cpr techniques and how to use your surfboard as a lifesaving device,we will also have a manikin for in water practicing  

The idea is to help great lake surfers react confidently when they see swimmers or surfers in distress.. Lunch and drinks will be provided…This event is free to participate in..

A competitive manikin rescue race is planned for after the coarse,SUP and Prone paddling 
Prize’s will be awarded for the best 3 times.

Questions Please Email – notlsurfclub@live.ca to confirm your coming..

Some photo’s from our last Rescue coarse http://www.notlsurfclub.com/2012/06/surf-rescue-class.html

Buffalo Paddle Fest

Just a quick reminder about the Buffalo Paddle Fest on July 12th, 2014.

I also want to remind everyone about another event happening this summer, The North Shore Stand Up event, more details to come.



Buffalo Paddle Festival

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 9:00 AM

Gallagher Beach, NFTA Boat Harbor Park
Buffalo, NY

Jared Callahan

Event Website:

The Mission of the inaugural Buffalo Paddle Festival is to bring awareness to the recreational opportunities on Buffalo’s Waterfront and to promote environmental awareness and stewardship for its waterfront. Proceeds from the event will benefit WNY Adaptive Water Sports a 501 (c)(3) local chapter of Disabled Sports USA organized to promote and advocate water recreation for the disabled.

The Buffalo Paddle Festival will be held Saturday July 12, 2014 (Sunday July 13, 2014 alternate date due to weather cancellation) and include approximately a competitive race and recreational races for Kayaking, Canoeing, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding within the harbor of Gallagher Beach. Awards and swag will be given to the top three winners in each division for both long and short races. WNY Adaptive Water Sports will hold demonstrations of adaptive paddling and other water sports activities for the disabled.  In addition, Paths, Peaks & PaddlesBuffalo Paddle Board Co and City Of Light Fitness will hold Kayak, Canoe, and Stand Up Paddle Board demonstrations, provide rentals, and fitness classes.

Event Itinerary (Tentative)




Time Activity
  • Vendor Set-Up
  • Registration
  • Pre-Race Dry-land Yoga (Long Race)
  • Long Race, Pre-Race Instruction
  • Pre-Race Dry-land Yoga (Short Race)
  • Short Race
  • Pre-Race Instruction
  • SUP Yoga
  • PaddleFit
  • Kids Intro SUP and Race
  • Ausmosis SUP Board Demo
  • Barre Centric Class
  • SUP Yoga
  • PaddleFit
  • Ausmosis SUP Board Demo
  • SUP Yoga
  • PaddleFit
  • Ausmosis SUP Board Demo
  • Award Ceremony!









  1. Kayak, Canoe, and Stand Up Paddle Board Demos: Spectators and participants will have the opportunity to test out Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks, and Canoes from local dealers.
  2. Kayak, Canoe, and Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons: Take a lesson from a certified instructor on the hour starting at 12:30PM. (limited availability)
  3. Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Demo: Schedule for a SUP Yoga class on the hour starting at 12:30PM. (limited availability)
  4. Adaptive Water Sport Clinics: Demonstrations of adaptive paddling clinics for the physically challenged by WNY Adaptive Water Sports and Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana – Chapters of Disabled Sports USA.
  5. Fitness Classes: Yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard Fitness, Barre Centric and various outdoor fitness classes offered (TBA).


PFD testing

Casey’s Blog:

I have been looking for a high performance inflatable Life jacket for about 5 years now. But nothing ever caught my eye. Till I stumbled upon this company.


I have both the jacket and the rashie and will be given them a good test. Hopefully in some monster waves. I love the concept and the biggest thing that I like is they are capable of deflating rapidly.

Here is a Pic of Blondie testing out her new PF”DD”s! he he.  In true Reef Warrior fashion too.  No really,  she is trying out the inflation system on the Rash guard. Check these products out


Also check me testing the jacket out. Good fun.


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