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2016 Session Recap

2016 Flew by! But yet it felt like an Endless Summer.😉
2016 Flew by! But yet it felt like an Endless Summer.😉

Casey’s Blog:

Wow what a year, 2016 is definitely going down as one of the most fun years in history. It was the windiest year I can ever remember on Da reef and no summer breeze stuff either, when the wind was up it was nuking. I accomplished my goal of 100 days in the waves with ease this year, and also got to surf all 12 months because of the nice warm el-nino winter.  Looking back year after year It still blows my mind that you can surf 100+ days on the great lakes and Da reef every year. In common logic that shit doesn’t supposed to happen, but with the right mindset and lifestyle its so doable, Heck I work 6 days a week and I can pull it off no problem, obviously.   Hopefully 2017 is a repeat, Life is Good.    Now to Da stats!

2016

109-Total play days! (12 months)

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

78-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)

8-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)

15-days Sup/prone surfing

4-days Wind Sup in waves

0-days Snowkiteing (No snow year)

4-Days skiing

10-days Scoring waves in Hatteras

Best day on the reef– Oct 29th (Everyone was there)

Best month-July( at 17 days its back on top, been a while)

Best SUP ride –Solo glassy session @ H-Bay in Dec.

Best new toy- Windsurfing/Sup Foil.

Past years

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)

2016 Monthly break down

JAN)  2-Windsurf

FEB) 2-Windsurf

MARCH) 1-Kitesurf, 5-Windsurf, 1-Sup Wave, 1-WindSup

APRIL) 3-Windsurf, 1-Windsup, 1-Sup Wave

MAY) 5-Windsurf,1-Sup Wave

JUNE) 10-Windsurf, 1-Wind Sup, 2-Kitesurf

JULY) 16-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf

AUG) 10-Windsurf, 2-Sup Wave, 2-Kitesurf

SEP) 4-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf, 6-Sup Wave

OCT) 7-Windsurf, 1-Windsup, 2- Sup Wave

NOV) 1-Sup Wave, 7-Windsurf

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

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

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

Bring on spring!

Casey’s Blog:

I am officially ready for spring. I put all the winter toys back in the basement and my mind is thinking about hitting the water, whenever that will be????   That’s a wrap on one of the best winters I can remember for snow sports around these parts. The snow-kiting on the east end of lake Erie was just awesome. I scored so many days XC-skiing I stopped counting.  Best of all there were lots of days sitting by the woodstove with my loving wife, dog and friends sipping rum and dreaming of endless reef waves and crazy projects to start. ahhhhh.

Now Bring on spring!

Cool shot of Windmills!
Cool shot of Windmills!
So Fun carving up a foot of untouched pow!
So Fun carving up a foot of untouched pow!
The terrain was great this year.
The terrain was great this year.
grabbing some air time. (This was not the shot I broke my tailbone thou. I think I lost that one)
grabbing some air time. (This was not the shot I broke my tailbone thou. I think I lost that one)
I finally got the skis out.  It was very fun. I will look to do more of that next year.
I finally got the skis out. It was very fun. I will look to do more of that next year.
Ahh!!   The face plant into a snow bank. priceless.
Ahh!! The face plant into a snow bank. priceless.
The Sunsets are even better in the winter!
The Sunsets are even better in the winter!

A Great Winter

Casey’s Blog:

Wow what a great winter it has been.  It’s been a couple of years since we have had a “real” winter in these parts.  It’s been super cold, everything is frozen and we got lots of snow.  I kind of forgot how enjoyable and fun winter can be. I have scored tons of gorgeous days cross country skiing, and when the wind bumps up the Snowkiting has been really, really good. It has just been fun fun fun.  Now surfing all year round is fun too, but I find my passion for it kind of flat-lines when you’re in the water all year.  A nice winter break recharges the stoke by playing on the frozen stuff so I find my passion for surfing will be super amped up for the upcoming season. That means even on the crappiest of days I will be so happy to get out on Da reef.  I Have even started some fun projects, Like turning my 10’ WindSup into a Quad fin, Installing a mast track into my new 7’11 SUP and I am even contemplating turning the corner of my basement into the “Da Board Room”. You may see a Reef Warrior Custom shape on the water in the near future! So all and all This has been a Great Winter for me!

Reef Warriors even make up new sports during the winter, here is the “Rookie” Cam Inventing Snow Windsurfing Tow In, Just wearing your shorts in sub zero temps.  Looks like a very extreme sport. I like it.
Cam Snow wind

Cam snow 2

A Tiny Clip From the recent Snowkite Action. Thanks Jim.!

Recent Snowkite action.

The future spot of “Da Board Room”

"Da Board Room"
“Da Board Room”

Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish all our loyal followers a very Happy New Year.

Lets hope that 2014 brings lots of wind, waves, and tasty rum.

Check out the 2013 photo page

https://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/photo-pages/2013-photo-page/

I am (reasonably) sure Casey is hard at work on compiling his annual

Days of the Water Report.

Be sure to check out page 32 in the most recent issue of Windsport

(late fall 2013)

there is a photo of our favorite chopper ridin’ ,green short wearin’,

rum drinkin’ ,Reef Warrior!

Rum Quest will be back starting in February,

sorry this was neglected but life sometimes gets in the way.

Since the Great Lakes are in the middle of a cold arctic blast, I would like to share a video with you to remind us all of warm, wavy days of summer.