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Here at the Reef we were blessed this week to have a few tall ships anchor just off shore.
These ship were on the way to Buffalo for a stop during this summers 2019 Great Lakes Tall ship challenge. https://tallshipsnetwork.com/series/tall-ships-challenge-great-lakes-2019/
The few of us that were here this week had an opportunity to sail out to these ships while they were underway during crew training sessions.
Thursday morning Gidget paddled out to the ship while they lay at anchor.
Here are a few photos from this adventure.
Click the link above to see where they are headed next.
I just returned from the Awesome OBX-WIND 2019 windsurfing event in Cape Hatteras. What a week of soo much fun and Non-stop action. The weather and conditions were great, and the vibe was even better. definitely a highlight of the year.
As for racing, my expectations were pretty low this year, as I had all new gear and was completely out of shape from not being in the water for 4 months. With a couple sips of rum to go along with all my experience in the need for speed. I am super happy with a 2nd place finish in the very competitive and famous Long distance race. As for the slalom racing which is my favorite, the winds were too light for my gear and I couldn’t get going. which was a bummer but thats how mother nature works sometimes.
I have to give a big shout out to, WIND-NC, Goya Windsurfing, CNCFins, Tectonics fins. If it wasn’t for the best gear in the world there would be no Zoom, Zoom. I cant wait for next year hopefully see ya all there. https://oceanairsports.com/pages/obx-wind-2019
Turn up the Volume to the max, go full screen and get some popcorn Reef Warriors. YouTube or Vimeo its on.!
This is the “Game Changer”, its the reason I got into building boards. I wanted to be limitless in my vision and ability of what I could ride on the water, all hopefully resulting in some of the best surf craft on the planet.
After close to 2 1/2 yrs of design and water testing, Say hello to my dedicated Surf/Wind Foil Board line-up called “Top Gun”. These boards are ahead of there time and ahead of the game! From start to finish this was one of the most challenging and mind crazy thinking experiences I have ever had. I quickly learned in the beginning of surf foiling that everything is different. There are so many more design elements you have to deal with to get dialed in when compared to a regular surf board or Windsurf board. Your basically making a Jet that can surf. Crazy when you stand back and think about it.
In Total I have 4 boards in the “TOPGUN” lineup with basically the same design characteristics, but all of course having there own nickname ICEMAN, MAVRICK, GOOSE and VIPER.
ICEMAN is 7’x31″ 120L,17LB -This is the Board for everyone and can do “Foil” anything at any skill level.
MAVERICK is 6’x31″ 112L,15LB -This is the “PRO’s” board, sort of like an untamed Bull.
GOOSE is 7’3″ 145L,19LB -Just for learning and Heavyweights. Still in R & D phase.
VIPER is 5’4″ x 20 1/2″ 46L,8LB, -This is a Prone/Wake/Kite Foil surf board, Still in R & D phase.
Despite my best efforts to keep these High performance TOPGUNS on the Down Low. The word travels fast and the demand is crazy for the ICEMAN and MAVERICK, Resulting in a Long Waiting List already, So Please contact me if your interested. Facemanz74@live.com
2018 was the year of two tales, Its was the worst surfing & wind year that I can ever remember, just horrible. We had a long cold winter that seemed to go on forever, then a crazy hot and calm summer. it made for not many days of action. Now on the other side of the coin with the advent of Surf Foiling, thru sail, paddle, or kite. this year turned out to be soo much fun on soo many days. The days were you wouldn’t even have thought about getting a session in, turned out to be the most fun you can ever have. I think 2018 is the year that we turn the page, Thanks to Surf Foiling even on the worst years you still can have 100 days of an insane amount of fun. Its the new Norm now. Life is good. Now on to the 2018 stats and let the records fall in 2019.
95-Total play days! (9 months)
95-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing/SURFFoil)
28-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)
2-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)
17-days Sup/prone/Foil surfing & Foil surf
48-days WWF (Windsurf Wave Foiling); Foil in waves
0-days Snowkiteing (Bust building Kitchen)
0-Days skiing (Busy Building Kitchen)
14-days Scoring waves in Hatteras
Best day on the reef– Oct 11th Just Perfect!
Best month-October (18 days,Just an incredible action packed month)
Best ride- 90+sec Foil surf Ride all the way thru Da reef and right to the beach.
Best new toy- TOPGUN Reef Warriors Foil Board.
2017-108 total play days, 108 total wave days (windsurfing,kite,SUP,Surf,Foil Surf)
2016-109 total play days, 105 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
2015-101 total play days, 93 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
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)