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.

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 - to confirm your coming..

Some photo’s from our last Rescue coarse

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.


Oh Sweet Lines. and Da Reef is open!

Casey’s Blog:

Da Reef is definitely fully open. Seems like the wave days are starting to rack up for me now. Just scored an amazing and very surprising SUP session in H-Bay. Probably the best I have ever had there. Just absolute perfect. Mirror glassy super long lines that would peel left and right with about waist to head high sets. Yup a Long board dream wave. As usual I was solo for one of the best sessions of the year, so no pics or vid. So let me visualize a typical ride for you all. Catch perfect wave that stuck out like a mountain, gain some speed, walk out to the nose, hang 5 maybe 10, have a sip of rum, then run back to the tail do a full bottom turn then HIT THE LIP hard!, 3 paddle strokes to clear the section, run out to nose have some more rum, see the lip peaking again, run back to the tail, off the lip two paddle strokes, bottom turn smack the lip again then celebrate with a huge whammy air Paddle guitar solo jam. Turn around paddle back out and do again, and again, and again till sun goes down.

There ya go! Who needs pics or a vid when you have a visual like that? Hehe.

Ok all Reef Warriors it’s time to get on it! Ya!

Sweet sunset after a sweet day!

Lake Erie Watermen & Women


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