CNC Fins

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 Since I have started to build my own boards now, I naturally have spent a ton of time trying and experimenting with different fins and set-ups. I have found that different foils/shapes make a huge difference, and can really change the characteristic of the board a lot, especially on multi fin set-ups.   It’s a whole lot easier to tune in a single fin that’s for sure. Now learning all that, I wanted to make my Goya quads shred even harder, So Last fall I got my hands on some custom fins made by CNCfins for my Goya quads. I got to talk to the guys at CNCfins a bit at the AWT Hatteras last year. I came away very impressed.  They have some very impressive technology going into the fins they are making, Some of which I have studied and know about myself. So I knew they were not full of marketing B.S. like everybody else.

 Now if anybody knows me, knows A) I have to try everything and B) I am always looking for better performing gear. Now after 6 months of some Real world hardcore testing on these fins, I am “insanely” impressed.  These are the first fins that I have ever tried, that I could actually feel the difference in every situation. With these fins you can feel the board plane up quicker, glide thru lulls that it never did before, it feels faster, points higher, never spins out, holds like a rock in a bottom turn, turns sharper than ever. They freaken feel like these magic wonder fins. They gotta be rum infused or something like that. Hehe!  No really, I know I am probably sounding like an info commercial, but these fins are a huge jump up in performance compared to all the rest of the fins available on the market today.  I have tried most of the other brands fins and was always left disappointed, there never seemed to be much of a noticeable performance gain over the stock fins, and I always felt like I wasted my money.

 These CNCfins will make your multi fin board feel like it has been supercharged, some of the best money I have ever spent. I was so stoked on the fins, I bought a Weed fin for my 122L freeride board on their recommendation. Even though I have always despise all Weed fins, because they have all been so useless since they were invented.  It took just one session, and I couldn’t believe how good the fin worked, It felt just like a fast pointer fin., for the first time in my life I was actually having fun on a weed fin, Very unbelievable. If you sail in a location were you have to use a Weed fin. I highly recommend you get one of these, then do a direct comparison to your current weed fin. I am sure you’ll come away insanely impressed as I was. 

  Check CNC Fins out now!

Custom made wetsuit review

As many of you know I have always been short for my weight and never really liked squeezing into a traditional back zip off the rack wetsuit.


I tried a chest zip suit and had a difficult time getting in and out of type of wetsuit as well.

For many years I have missed early season and fall days of sailing and SUP surfing due to the lack of a good wetsuit, then it was suggested to try a custom made suit from Wetsuit Wearhouse and I am happy I did!

Just click on the custom suit link at the top of the web page and boom ! I was ready to order a custom made wetsuit.


The order form is super easy to fill out with all the needed measurements  and details.

The next step is to simply email it in and let the minions and wizards in the custom suit assembly labyrinth some where in Maryland work their magic. About 6 weeks later a great fitting suit is  arriving at my door.  I ordered a front zip 4/3 suit with zippers at the wrists. Wetsuit Wearhouse even added the  Reef Warrior logo! As with anything a good made to order product can cost a bit more than off the rack, but the difference in cost is off set by the quality and attention to detail.

The suit is super soft and flexible for stand up paddling , sailing and windsurfing. It is plenty warm enough for the early  and late season 50 degree water of Lake Erie. My last wetsuit was a 3/2 that was way thicker and heavy and not very supple. What a difference!

The only downside was learning the trick to putting on the front load suit. It was a little tricky on the 1st couple wearings but as it became more broken in it certainly became easier. I will definitely suggest this option to anyone I speak with who may be a hard to fit size.

Thank you Wetsuit Wearhouse, you folks rock!

Don’t forget about the Reef Warrior discount, just use the code REEFWARRIORS15 at check out for a 15% savings.

Ianovated Wetsuit Review

Casey’s Blog:

First thing I have to say is, if anybody is looking for a new cold water suit for windsurfing or kitesurfing. You have to consider the  ianovated suit as an option.  I know with the Tubes sticking out, it looks like something out of a Star Trek movie, but it’s no prop. This suit really works.  One of the basic things that impressed me the most is how comfortable it is to wear. It’s a bit loose fitting but nothing like a baggy drysuit. There is absolutely no suit material squeezing your forearms or shoulders, and as a bonus it’s very easy to get in and out of. The Tube system feels just like blowing into a snorkel.  Even if you find you don’t like the tube heating system. The tubes come out and it comes with seamless plugs for the holes. So at the very least you would end up with one of the best cold weather windsurfing suits on the market. That is the worst case scenario.
All I wore underneath was rashy shorts and top. I was always plenty warm in 35-50F temps. The gloves that come with it are open palm gloves and they do a good job of sealing up around the boom to keep the heat in. I found them a good option when the temps were around 50F. For the colder temps I would wear my Dakine mitts, with that combo my hands were always super warm. Such a nice feeling to have warm hands all the time.

There is only one thing that I don’t like about this suit, and that’s the dreaded drysuit zipper to get in and out of it.  They are such a pain in the ass.  If you always have someone around to zip you up then no worries ever. But if you sail alone a lot like I do, it’s such a Hassel to get that zipper closed even with all the tricks of the trade.

Overall this suit is very impressive and surprising, it offers many features all bundled together that no other suit can offer.

Pros: super comfy, very warm, easy in/out and of course the tube heating system for hands.

Cons: dry suit style zipper.

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Andy McKinney showing us action

Goya Demo Boards

Casey’s Blog:

I have some awesome news. In conjunction with Wind-NC and Goya Windsurfing, I will have 2 Brand New 2016 Goya Windsurfing boards available for demo all season, for anyone who would like to try one of the best Windsurfing boards on the planet.  The 2 boards available are the 105L Goya One and 106L Goya Quad. These are the bread and butter sizes and styles for the great lakes. Click on the link for all the info on these 2 boards, 2016 Goya Quad Info  and 2016 Goya One Info. They will be available for demo on Da Reef of course, and hopefully for your local sailing spot if possible. I will also try to get them out to as many spots in the Lake Erie/Ontario region as I can, but if anybody knows me it’s hard to get me away from Da reef. I will be charging a very small $ fee/donation to demo these boards, which I hope will help keep this program going for a long time.

This idea popped into my head last year for some crazy reason, mostly cause for the last five years everybody has been stealing and wanting to try my Goya quads. So I thought what better way to try one of these sticks then at your home local sailing spot?  Purchasing a new windsurfing board is an expensive and hard decision to make, and you usually never get to demo the boards that you are interested in.  So I would like to give a big shout out to Mr. Goya and Andy at Wind-NC, for making this possible. 

Andy got so excited he lost his mind, and is giving all Reef Warriors a %5 Discount on everything he sells, and a %10 Discount on all Goya gear (sails,masts,booms). Just type in coupon code: ReefWarriors for %5 off everything and: ReefWarriorGoya for %10 off all Goya gear at “checkout” @ Wind-NC.Com. Pretty freaken awesome!

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

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