Naish “Lift Foil Sail” Review.

Casey’s Blog:

I have been riding the naish “Lift” Foil specific sail for over a year now and it really seems to be the perfect foil sail, especially for WWF(Windsurf Wave Foiling).  I can definitely recommend this sail to anyone looking to step up their windsurfing foiling fun factor.

Is a foil-specific sail worth it?. When you’re learning no, but once you start to get better at foiling, it’s soooooo worth it. For all types of wind foiling (other then racing) you want lots of low end sail power to get you on foil then once you’re on a foil all you need is like  20% sail power to keep ya going. If you have too much sail power when foiling it gets very hard to control the foil. That is why when WWF I am usually using 2m less sail size then a normal windsurfing kit.

OK, now on to why the Naish Lift is so awesome for foiling and WWF.  First, it’s so freaken light and most of the time when I am uphauling in light winds that makes my back very happy. Second, it feels soo light in the hands with all that power down low and I feel like I am sailing nothing. I can sail this thing for hours without a harness which is pretty cool. Third, is the power you get when you pump the Lift. I mean you get Mega power out of this sail. With 2-3 pumps and I am flying in an instant and once on foil all that power disappears into a super easy handling/balanced lightweight rig=Perfect.

I have been using the 5.7 in 6-12knts and the 4.7 in 10-20knts.  Rigging is super easy. Set the downhaul to recommended settings with a tight leech. There is very little downhaul required. That’s one of the things that makes this sail special.  Also, you can use any manufacture mast on it and it should work pretty well because of this reason.  The outhaul is your “power setting” on this sail.  I will adjust this a lot depending on conditions anywhere from manufacture settings to -8cm of manufacture settings. For example, in 6-10knts the 5.7 manufacture setting is 194cm for the outhaul and I will set it at 186cm. What that does is it really bags the sail out and gives me uber low end pumping power to get going in light winds. It works amazingly well! That is why I don’t ever need a sail bigger then this 5.7 Naish Lift for WWF.

Who is this sail for?

  • Peeps into Freeride Wind Foiling.
  • Windsurf Wave Foilers
  • People who like ultra lightweight sails.
  • People who like ultra lightweight easy handling sails.
  • Sailors who don’t mind giving a couple sail pumps to get on foil.
  • Sailors who don’t want to buy a new mast
  • People who want to have more fun foiling.

Of course if anyone is looking to pull the trigger on a Naish Lift, Our fellow Reef Warrior friends at https://shop.wind-nc.com/ can get you one to your door Asap, with all the Reef Warrior discounts of course.!   Naish Lift Wind-NC Buy

 

 

Cam flying the Naish Lift like a Pro.

 

Some Movie action.

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2018 Goya QUAD 118 & 94 Windsurfing Demo Boards

Casey’s Blog:

Also check out Andy’s detailed review.

https://shop.wind-nc.com/blogs/windsurfing-info/2018-goya-custom-quad-windsurfing-board-review

 

Great news for all the Windsurfers out there. Once again in conjunction with Wind-NC and Goya Windsurfing, I will have 2 Brand New 2018 Goya Windsurfing boards available for demo all season, for anyone who would like to try one of the best Windsurfing Wave boards on the planet. The 2 boards available are the 118L &  94L  Goya Quad. These are the perfect styles for the great lakes. They will be available for demo on Da Reef and hopefully for your local sailing spot if possible. Once again Big thanks to Mr. Goya and Andy at Wind-NC, for making this possible.

If you are interested in trying one of these out please feel free to contact me thru all the regular know channel’s, or email me at

facemanz74@live.com

OBX Wind = Awesome event

Caseys Blog:

Wow that was one crazy action packed fun event.  one of the most fun events I have ever been a part of. I know I am this crazy waterman who does everything and anything on the water, but Windsurfing is still my favorite thing to do, its just so dang exciting. whether its Hitting the Lip or going as fast as you can the rush is addicting.

I haven’t done any Windsurfing racing in 19yrs, But I felt I still had the need for speed. hahaha.  Even thou I gave it everything I had in the tank, between the rust and lack of horsepower. I couldn’t knock off the 2 Big dogs (Pros) Tyson Poor and Phil Soltysiak.  They had great board speed.  Congrads to them.👍  At the end of the day I am pretty ecstatic with a 1st (master) and 3rd overall in the very competitive Downwind slalom racing.   I also got 8th overall in the Long distance race, there my lack of gear really made it tough to do any better. trying to hold down a 116L board in 40 knots gusts is quite challenging. 😆

Hatteras once again show cased how much it is “world class” and a truly special place. With perfect conditions, and off the chart fun. bring on OBX-Wind 2019. 😎👍

https://obx-wind.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ObxWind?ref=hl

This is Awesome
I am in the Red/black sail chasing down Phil Soltysiak into a jibe buoy

 

Turning and burning every turn.

Reef Warrior DNA?

Lou’s Blog:

   2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Hobie Cat 14 and if it were not for the Hobie Cat and it’s influences on many of us Reef long timers, our little corner of Lake Erie may not have become the great sailing spot we know today.

You may be asking yourself, why should I be interested in the Hobie Cat’s 50 year anniversary?

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

In the mid-twentieth century, the beach cat became a widespread category of sailing catamarans, owing to their ease of launching and mass production. In California, a maker of surfboards, Hobie Alter, produced the 250-pound (110 kg) Hobie 14 in 1967, {1st sold in the fall of 1968} and two years later the larger and even more successful Hobie 16. As of 2016, the Hobie 16 was still being produced with more than 100,000 having been manufactured. (from Wikipedia)

Hobie Cats are not the fastest cats around, Tornado’s and Nacra’s may hold that distinction. Hobies are the most fun cat around though, easy to pull off or onto the beach, sailing single-handed or with a crew on the trapeze, the wind in your face, these boats created a life style, a sense of community rarely shared in the sailing world at the time. Have a Hobie Day! was the greeting, a secret password, and the motto to many sailors. It was a promise of a fun day. You felt you were part of something special, a brethren who spoke a language all their own, yet welcoming to anyone who showed any interest in sailing, crewing, or just had a question to ask. This time honored way of life thrives here at Da’ Reef. While there are not the great number of Hobie sailors there used to be, the waterman culture has grown and spawned its own version of community.

The sherkston originals

Back in the late  ’70’s through the early ’90’s many Hobies  came to the shore of Lake  Erie to sail. Most weekends we had between  10 – 15 regulars and this number could double on any given weekend, but that story is for another post.

With all the interest in DNA self testing,  finding out family history and searching one’s family tree, I wish to share my DNA with you all, and I believe you will soon see how we are all related!

I once wrote these words: We live the hang loose life style of Hawaii. We have a reggae groove, with some Caribbean soul.

https://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/the-legend-of-the-reef-warriors/about-the-reef-warriors/ 

But in retrospect our true DNA comes from the shores of southern California.  We are the offspring of Hobie Alter.    

Hobie Alter passed away in March of 2014, leaving behind a legacy  that few truly knew or appreciated. From surfboards to skateboards, catamarans to  kayaks, Hobie impacted all who consider themselves watermen or waterwomen in some way.

So pour a rum, sit back, learn a little history, and help me celebrate 50 years of Hobie Cats, and Have A Hobie Day!

In 1968 the Hobie cat 14 was set free upon the waters of North America and soon “The cat that flies” would be seen worldwide.

Hobie Alter “flies” his invention, the Hobie Cat sail boat. The boat was one of Alter’s many creations that helped to change the face of surfing, sailing and other action sports.

Hobie Alter was more than a builder of sailboats, he was an innovator in the world of surfing, as a board builder, shaper, and visionary. Yes, the late 1950’s had many surf legends but Hobie may have had the biggest impact on the watermen of then as well as the watermen of today.

Robert August, Corkey Carroll, Greg Noll, Gerry Lopez, Mickey Munoz, Phil Edwards, Joyce Hoffman are a few of the better known surfers of the time and all rode for team Hobie during their careers.

 

Hobie Alter had a simple motto, “If it’s fun, it’s never work. And if it isn’t fun, it’ll never work.”

 

If you have surfed on a fiberglass board, you have Hobie DNA!

Hobie glass board
Balsa wood boards

Hobie was among the 1st to switch from heavy balsa wood boards to  the use  of fiberglass wrap with foam blanks.

Hobie logo on balsa board

 

Hobie’s surf shop

 

 

If you ever had a board with a through the hull fin screw, you have Hobie in your DNA!

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

 

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hobie was the 1st surf board maker to implement the through the board fin screw.

 

Watched “Endless Summer”? Hobie DNA!
A Hobie  surfboard was used in the original movie, and Hobie along with Bruce Brown & the cast drove a motor home around the country to promote the film. Hobie helped arrange an east coast tour for the Endless Summer. Pictured left to right: Mike Hynson, Bruce Brown, Joey Cabell, Pat Brown, Corky Carroll, Hobie Alter, Susan Alter, Heidi Edwards, and Phil Edwards. (from http://www.surfingheritage.org/2014/02/the-endless-summer-photos.html )

Later Bruce Brown help Hobie with promo videos for the Hobie cat line of products


Alpha sailboard?  Hobie  DNA!The Hobie cat company owned Alpha sailboards in the mid 1980’s. Scroll down to page 64 in this link to The Hobie Hotline for some Alpha board knowledge.   Hotline 1987.

 

Alpha sailboards and a Hobie 17

 

 

 

 

 

Love Robbie Naish & all his contributions to watersports? Hobie DNA.

While his path into the National Sailing Hall of Fame may have been far from traditional, Robby has always considered himself a sailor with his childhood roots in racing Hobie Cats before transitioning his skills to windsurfing.
“I was a sailor at heart. I loved tactics, I loved feeling the shifts and reading the wind and catching the bumps, that feeling that you get from sailing that you don’t find anywhere else in life. As sailors, we’re very lucky to be out there in the wind and the waves,” said Robby during his acceptance speech during the ceremony.

 

Robbie grew up sailing Hobie cats with his family, (Dad Rick Naish was the 1st Hobie dealer in Hawaii).  As legend has it Robbie used an old hobie trapeze harness to secure him to the boom of his sailboard, which led the way to today’s modern windsurf/kite surf harnesses.

hobie skateboard

Have you ever ridden a  Skateboard?  You may have Hobie DNA!Hobie was a leader in the growth of the skateboard industry during the mid 1960’s.

How many beer drinking folks were inspired to learn to sail because of these 2 beer ads & how many sailors were inspired to drink more beer due these 2 sailing ads!?!?

Hobie history time line

 

I have been part of the Hobie way of Life for over 40 years and have owned or sailed  just about every boat in the Hobie family. The lessons I learned while sailing and the people I shared them with helped make me who I am today. I am happy to know I share my DNA with such a wonderful group of friends, both past,  present, and future. The Reef Warriors would not be who we are today with out each and every one of you.

Thank you readers, for helping me wish Happy Anniversary  to the Hobie 14. My hope is to create a series of posts to honor the heritage and legacy which brings us to where we are today.

Please check some other Hobie links I have listed below.

 

 

 other hobie links
Hobie, Master of Water , Wind and Waves
the hobie way of life
tribute to hobie alter
Hobie hotline magazine archive
Hobie History
Sharing the wind
https://www.hobie.com/about-us/
Hobie Alters obit
Cat sailor hall of fame
Hobie Kayaks

Lake Erie Watermen & Women

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