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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

A gift for all our readers!

As many of you know Casey & I  & our friends at https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ Wetsuit Wearhouse were able to set up a discount code this spring for all of our readers and now with the Great Lakes cooling off and winter sailing and winter surfing approaching fast, not to mention that the holidays are coming up like a close out set, Wetsuit Wearhouse is offering up a special discount coupon code (20% off)  to all The Reef Warriors for their Black Friday sale.

Great selection, Great service, Custom made wetsuits,

you can’t go wrong shopping at wrong at Wetsuit Wearhouse.

( A quick personal note, I purchased these womens-billabong-sealegs-ind_321x800

 https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/PROD/JWSHALPA.html#.WC4QK4WcHtQ      

for Gidget as a gift this summer and she loves them, so guys DON’T forget the water-woman on your list, Trust me these will be a hit.)

Check out the links below for all the important info.

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Wetsuit Warehouse https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ is having their biggest holiday super sale and wanted to give Reef Warrior readers a coupon to use towards anything on the site with no minimums or restrictions. Use code REEF20 to get 20% off plus free shipping on your order! Check out the entire Black Friday sale selection here: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuits/category/black-friday-wetsuit-specials.html. Get a head start on your holiday shopping now, or buy yourself a little something!”

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”