SUP Paddle review: Black Project Epic Pro 95

Casey’s Blog:

It’s been a long time since I bought a new SUP paddle, and after lots of research plus breaking my current one. I pulled the trigger on a Black Project EPIC Pro 95 SUP Paddle with Med/Flex shaft.  I will have to say it’s very impressive. Obviously it is incredible light,(I really mean crazy Light) Resulting in a lot less effort just to paddle.  When I was digging in hard to catch waves, I could feel the instant power from the Blade, which impressively translated into a lot more board speed,  I have never felt a paddle transfer the energy directly in that way before. Pretty awesome cause I am catching waves even earlier now. Also I felt Zero speed wobble from the blade, it tracked straight, comfortable and predictable. I choose the Med/flex shaft cause that is what I like from all my experiences. I have had everything from super soft to very stiff.  I find it gives good damping which is good for my shoulders and back, but still gives good direct feel. The shaft on this paddle delivered on all those points perfectly. The shaft was a little slippery thou, and I am going to take a little sandpaper and lightly rough it up for a little more grip.

I really can’t find any negatives about this paddle. It’s by far the best paddle ever to be in my hands, But as always being the ultimate critic. I personally would like to see one with a 1in diameter shaft, I really prefer the small diameter shafts, I find them easier to handle during transitions, and easier to grip. Also, maybe an option for a tiny bit smaller square inch blade, these blades are so efficient it might beneficial, especially for a smaller lighter person.

Well to sum this up, If you are in the market for a paddle upgrade, I highly Recommend getting this one, and once you use this paddle for one session you will be kicking yourself why you put up with your old paddle for so long.   It is a premium paddle, That is made in the U.S.A. with the best materials (No China crap) and it is worth every $$$$.

Of Course I bought my paddle at WindNC.com were all the best toys are at, and all Reef Warriors get a discount. http://wind-nc.com/

 

2015 Session Recap

Casey’s Blog:

2015 was one fun year. It started off very slow but ended with a bang. I ended up with 101 insanely fun days on Da Reef, Great Lakes and oceans. Mostly Hitting the Lip of course. I am always stoked to hit my goal of at least 100 days I set for my self every year. It makes me feel like I am living life to the Max. 2015 was definitely a great year for windsurfing, The perfect combo of wind & waves were just firing together when there was action. I have a good feeling that 2016 is going to be great for lots of water time, with the odds of a early spring looking good. I also hope to do a little more SUP & Surfing in the new year, try to get back to my roots a bit! Now bring on Da Waves!

Now the Stats!

2015

101-Total play days! (12 months)

93-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

60-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)

9-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)

11-days Sup surfing

13-days Wind Sup in waves

8-days Snowkiteing (No snow year)

16-days Scoring waves in Hatteras

Best day on the reef– Aug 20th (Only 7.5ft at buoy, but so fun)

Best month-Nov (Every session was mind blowing)

Best SUP ride –Hatteras Tucking in tube, Nov Trip)

Best new toy- Enigma 2015 Severne Carbon wave boom!

Past years

2014-83 total play days. 75 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2013-95 total play days. 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2012-124 total play days. 119 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2011-129 total play days 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2010-144 total play days 104 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2009-102 total play days 42 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2008-100 total play days 40 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2007-83 total play days 36 total play days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2015 Monthly break down

JAN)  1-Windsurf

FEB) 7-Snowkite

MARCH) 1-Snowkite, 2-Windsurf, Sup Wave

APRIL) 3-Windsurf, 2-Kitesurf

MAY) 2-Windsurf, 3-Kitesurf,1-Windsup,1-Sup Wave

JUNE) 4-Windsurf, 3-Wind Sup, 1-Sup Wave

JULY) 6-Windsurf, 2-Wind Sup

AUG) 7-Windsurf, 5-Wind Sup, 2-Kitesurf

SEP) 7-Windsurf, 2-Wind Sup, 1-Sup Wave

OCT) 11-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf, 3- Sup Wave

NOV) 3-Sup Wave, 10-Windsurf

DEC) 7-Windsurf, 1-Sup Wave, 1-Kitesurf

That’s it! Time to do it all over again. HIT THE LIP

Happy winter solstice!

Casey’s Blog:
Happy Winter solstice everyone, My favorite day of the year. For the next 6 months we start gaining daylight every day. That means more playtime. Bring it on.
I would also like to thank Fall season 2015 for being one of the best ever. Just outstanding waves pretty much every other day. I will let my face do the talking to show you how good its been.😊

An awesome look at Lake Erie waves

A few posts past Casey wrote about how very few people believe there are waves on the Great Lakes.

Much has been written this subject, we have all seen videos and even feature films such as Unsalted that spread the word of how wonderful the great lakes can be.

A friend sent me this great link which shows the powerful waves we have on Lake Erie.

Take a good look, explore these links and share in the awesomeness that is Lake Erie.

Please check out Dave Sanford the man who took these great shots.

and read the story behind these photos

Lake Erie Watermen & Women

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