Once around the wreck annual paddle parade

Happy Friday,

I know many of you have asked about our annual paddle.

The weather looks the most promising for Saturday, September 3rd,

Lets get all the boats and boards on the beach by 9:30 am for a 10am start. Once around the wreck as always and back to the beach, for some lite refreshments and comradery après paddle!

Any one looking to contribute some goodies, water, juice, ice, please bring to Ledge 12 by 9am day of paddle.  Reef Warrior swag will be available.  (limited supply of certain items)

Looking forward to seeing you all this year, lets try for the 100 paddlers mark.

Any questions please contact me at mailto:reefwarriors@outlook.com

Buffalo Board Company

After the race, Gidget  and Jim got to demo a few locally made, hand shaped boards from Buffalo Board Company.13133257_965450123569511_4962415127812205227_n

The first one she tried was the 11 foot yoga board. But we all know a Reef Warrior when there are waves (knee-high shore break) you have to surf. So surf she did.  Despite the shape of the yoga board it actually caught a wave before even attempting to really paddle on to it. It had great glide and amazing stability. The flat rocker and larger nose made the board want to pearl but the fact a yoga board could surf  was impressive. Seeing what she did on the yoga board, owner Brian quickly put the fin on the 10 foot board for Gidget to see how that one performed.14047335_1038999099547946_8139411877262140425_o 13987379_1038999106214612_2029993055429481769_o

The shorter length made turning to get on a wave a breeze. It did want to turn and was a bit tough paddling through the shore break but with a 10 mph wind and after a 6 mile race any board would be difficult to paddle out. Again this board turned very quickly to set up for the wave without losing any stability. The board did not accelerate on the wave but did provide good control.14047141_1038999296214593_1851871793177292706_o

 

Both boards would be great for anyone looking for that one board that can take you from flat water to feeling comfortable when the waves kick up. The stability (yes I keep using that word but I almost could not fall off these boards) would help anyone progress quickly and get them their first taste of SUP surfing. This just in time for windy season when Lake Erie waves are more prominent.

The slight increase in weight as compared to some other boards with a similar length should not deter anyone since I feel that adds to the boards apparent durability.

Jim dandy, being a man of few words had this to add,

I liked the yellow board (10′) you and Gail tried. I thought it was very stable especially the way it cut through waves on the way out. Maybe because of the pointy front. On small waves coming in it glided nicely and easy to keep it from pearling . I was not able to go left and right or down the line maybe cause the waves were small.

Thanks Jim your input is much appreciated!

For more information contact Brian at mailto:buffaloboardco@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page! If you wish to try these boards Brian will be at the Buffalo Maritime Festival at Canalside this coming weekend.

Thanks to Buffalo Board Company for rounding out our day at the Buffalo Paddle Festival!

Come visit us here at Da’ Reef sometime!

 

 

Buffalo paddlefest results

Congratulations to Jim Dandy and Gidget for their 1st place finishes in the Buffalo paddle-fest on Saturday. This event was held at Woodlawn beach at the Buffalo end of Lake Erie. Windmills to the right and the rocky shoreline to the left made for a very scenic setting.IMG_7663

Windy conditions forced course changes and had many competitors doubting whether or not to even race. (Jim Dandy was surfing the break to get loose while waiting for the pre race meeting)IMG_7665

The shore break created some carnage as many paddlers had to deal with the swell created by a good south breeze.

Jim easily finished the 1 mile race with a time just over 20 minutes.

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Jim surfing to a Dandy finish

( he was entered in the 3mile race but there was much confusion due the course changes, but hey a win is a win!) He even surfed to the finish line.

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Jim carrying his board across the finish line
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a surf to the finish

Gidget entered the 6 mile event, 3 miles into a strong head wind and 3 miles back for a time of just under 1 hr. 10min. 3 minutes faster than the runner up.

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crossing the line

The post race festivities included food, drink and many sup’s to try out.

Jim rode a couple of whaleback boards and an Uli inflatable or two, the inflatables were un -remarkable and the whalebacks looked better than they performed.

After the event Gidget was asked by a few of the other women competitors if she fell, or if she stayed on her feet the whole race, due to the difficult conditions. Some one even commented after the surf session that Gidget was a rock star paddler, to which she answered, “No, I am a Reef Warrior”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Water/Wind sports in one day!

Casey’s Blog:

5 sports one day 

I have been scoring soo many great sessions on Da reef this year I think my brain is officially getting water logged. I got this crazy idea a few years ago after seeing Kai Lenny’s video of him doing 4 water/wind sports in one day. Which made me laugh, because I have been doing that when Kai Lenny was in diapers. But since I don’t have huge sponsorships, red bull, and expensive film crews following me around in tropical paradises, it most likely goes unnoticed. No drama I am always up to the challenge of raising the bar, so 5 water/wind sports in one day had to be done. Standup paddle surf, Windsurf, Kitesurf, Hobie 16 sail, and Longboard surf was in the order it got done.

 The hardest part was getting the stars to align, and get the perfect weather day on Da reef and myself not to be at work, which never happens. Well last funday Sunday was the day. It took 12 hours on the water plus some rigging time along with 20GB/10000 pics on the gopro, but I pulled it off.  5 super fun water/wind sports sessions in one day.  Dang that was super fun and there is no better feeling then actually accomplishing a very hard personal challenge. I couldn’t tell you which session was the best, all of them were super fun. Maybe the Hobiecat 16 tops them all that day, probably because it’s been so long since I was maxed out and flying a hull that seemed like forever. I had to be my own film crew so my gopro session got a work out. It was pretty cool, I ended up using 5 different kinds of sport specific mounts to cover the action and get a great shot of each. I really had to use all the toys to pull this day off.

Hmmm I wonder what crazy idea is going to pop in my head next?

Waves for Breakfast or Another Sunday fun day!

Here at Da’ Reef we have had a string of Sunday fun days, but this past Sunday was one of the “fun-est.”

party wave drop in
party wave drop in

It started with waves for breakfast, a real treat since paddle surfing days on the reef have been few and far between this year.DSCN1540

Perfect conditions of warm 77 degree water, light offshore wind and nice knee to shoulder high waves awaited as the 3 of us started out at 7:30am and with in and hour we had a full line up of 15 paddle surfers, with plenty of waves and smiles to go around.

party wave
party wave
Jim rides a dandy
Jim rides a dandy

 

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all smiles
all smiles
Sandro gets a ride
Sandro gets a ride

A couple newbies to the reef got their 1st rides. 2 year old Mackenzie, and new Ken. (the 2 yr old shredded, new Ken, not so much),

kenzies 1st ride
kenzies 1st ride

After a late breakfast and all the waves were used up, the trusty south west wind kicked in for a perfect hobie day. I sailed another 3 hours after the 2 1/2 hr sup session.

Meanwhile Casey was working on his own Sunday fun day marathon, stay tuned for more about Sunday Fun day.

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