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Turning the Page, 2017 Session Recap

Casey’s Blog:

Well 2017 is going down as “Awesome”.   It was Pretty much a repeat of 2016 except supercharged.  Its was another year were Dareef was Liquid all year, that made  accomplishing my goal of 100 days in the waves easy, and now that I have found my niche in the Foiling game , with “Surf foiling” its going to be sooo easy to get 100days every year.

Now that I am looking back at the last 12 months it was a incredible year of so many first. Building 2 Special Boards (Red Barron, Mystery Machine) that really broke the boundaries of what is possible was awesome by itself.  Then to be truly at the for front of an emerging sport with Surf & Surf wind foiling is such a addicting rush.  I will never forget the luck of catching and experiencing some of the best hurricane surf in Hatteras ever!  Last but not lest,  getting the chance to live on one of the best fresh water surf spots in the world for 100+ sessions, Its hard to imagine a better life.  But hey! ya never know, Bring on 2018 and Da stats.!

108-Total play days! (12 months)
108-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing/Foil)
63-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)
5-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)
19-days Sup/prone surfing & Foiling
21-days Wind Sup & Foil in waves
0-days Snowkiteing (No snow year)
0-Days skiing
19-days Scoring waves in Hatteras
Best day on the reef– Oct 19th Just Perfect!
Best month-July(14 days Second year in a row)
Best SUP ride –Big Wave no wind session @ H-Bay.
Best new toy- Surf Foil.

Past years

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)

2017 Monthly break down
JAN) 1-Kitesurf
FEB) 1-Windsurf 1-Windsup
MARCH)  2-Windsurf
APRIL) 6-Windsurf, 1-Windsup/Foil, 1-Sup/Surf Wave
MAY) 7-Windsurf,3-Sup/Surf,2-Windsurf Foil
JUNE) 8-Windsurf, 2-WindSup/Foil, 3-Sup/Surf
JULY) 7-Windsurf, 1-Sup, 6-Windsup/Foil
AUG) 8-Windsurf, 4-Windsup/Foil
SEP) 8-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf, 3-Sup, 2 Windsup/Foil
OCT) 9-Windsurf, 3-Windsup/Foil
NOV) 3-Sup Foil, 5-Windsurf, 3-Kitesurf,1- Windsup/Foil
DEC) 2-Windsurf

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


Red Barron Vid

Casey’s Blog:

A Cool little drone vid of myself and the Red Barron in Windsurf Wave Foiling action. This was one of the crappiest days on Da reef all year, and still an insane amount of fun WWF.     Big Thanks Marty for posting the vid.👍😁

Wind: 10-18mph,  Sail: 4.7 Naish Lift,  Foil: Go Foil Maliko, Board: 6’6″ Reef Warrior Custom😉

Once Around the Wreck/Labor Day Weekend

Thanks to everyone who braved the chill to participate/help out/ and share  photos for the  Once around the Wreck Paddle.
Even though the morning was a bit cold with a very uncommon east wind we still had a great turn out for this event. 70 +  paddlers braved the elements.  Give yourselves a round of applause!
The magic of the Reef was apparent the whole weekend, as the early morning chill made way to a warm day with a nice east wind that created a breezy, flat water, fun Hobie day. Then the remains of Hurricane Harvey cleared the beach in record time and left us with a Sunday Funday.
Waking up to waves for breakfast, a 2+ hr surf session turned into a great day for the sailors lucky enough to be here.
Big winds were forecast for Labor day Monday although they never materialized, it was an outstanding day,  the warmth and sunshine provided a perfect day at the Reef.
Here is a video recap of the paddle and funday Sunday.

Windsurfing Wave Foiling

Casey’s Blog:

  Foiling is the very hot topic these days, especially after watching the Americas cup cats flying around Bermuda in 10 MPH wind. Luckily for me I have been racking up the air time foiling for 3 years now doing Kite and Windsurfing foiling. Even though both are fresh and exciting, it was kind of more of the same old for me. Ultimately my feeling on the whole foiling thing is I could take it or leave it. Now hear me out since that is just my opinion as an Uber Watermen. Foiling “is” the future and it will be very very popular. All racing will be going that way and kiting/sailing has already gone that way, as well as most flat water cruising for sure. It is a New Era.
Now here is the game changer for me when it comes to foiling. Recently I have gotten into “Surf foiling.” These foils are quite different in the way they ride because they are big and slow with lots of lift designed for riding waves under control. I started off SUP foiling in small waves with the Mystery Machine, which is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in the water, but so freaken fun. Then I got the idea to stick a sail on the sup/wavefoil and give it a try. That Day turned out to be the Game Changer: Everything worked amazingly perfect, I was gliding/flying on wave after wave(and not good waves either! The crappiest waves: The ones that don’t even break, super small waves, and even open water swell). What I found after switching to my high performance Red Barron foil board is you can catch a swell and completely flag the sail out by just hanging onto the mast or boom and ride the waves forever on the foil with zero sail power. The best part is you don’t need much wind either. Just 12-15mph and a 4.7-5.7 sail and you’re flying on these big surf foils heading up wind like crazy, looking for more swell to ride. I can even go out to open waters and ride downwind swell for crazy amounts of time with zero sail power. There are all sorts of new things to do I haven’t even thought of yet.
This new discipline is WWF (windsurf wave foiling) that’s what I am calling it anyways. I am not even sure if anyone else in the world is even doing this yet? It’s truly opening up my waterman mind to all kinds of new things. WWF already has been replacing other water activities for me like light wind sailing, wind Sup longboarding and kiting. I don’t do much of those anymore). It has shortened up my quiver also. The biggest sail I ever need for WWF is a 5.7 or maybe even a 4.7 with the right designed sail. There is so little sail power required I will be out for a 3 hour WWF session and not use the harness once since there is no need to. WWF is not replacing everything though. When the waves and wind are up, its business as usual with all the normal toys, but for crappy conditions, non-breaking waves, and light winds, it’s crazy fun. I have new board designs dancing in my head and even some foil mods. Hmmmm. I am so very stoked on this newly discovered discipline and I can’t wait to score more sessions. I am really looking forward for WWF to evolve over the next 3-5 years. It’s going to be an exciting ride. Bring it on!


1ft wave perfect!

Just flag the sail out and ride the wave!
Heading up-wind for another ride in very little wind.

SUP and general water safety rules


As many of you have recently witnessed here at Da’ Reef there has been a great disrespect of water safety by a large number of power craft users.

This unsafe operation has prompted many calls to the Coast Guard and Niagara Regional Police water patrols requesting increased enforcement of laws/regulations in our corner of Lake Erie.

I have it on good authority that the patrols will be in the area on this coming weekend so let’s all be safe, aware and set a good example of what watermen and women should be.

As a reminder of what is necessary I have done some research and this is what I found….

Transport Canada pdf link

Transport Canada, like the United States Coast Guard, classifies Stand Up Paddleboards as human powered vessels when they are being used for navigation. When being used within the surf zone for surfing activities these requirements are not in force. When undertaking a trip or circuit such as a group crossing or solo outing, this is considered navigation.
As human powered vessels, Stand Up Paddleboards are subject to all carriage requirements, including lifejackets. There must be one Canadian approved lifejacket or personal floatation device available on board and available for immediate use. There are many PFD options available for ease of use, such as waist-pack inflatables (a popular choice among competitive rowers, who are also short on space and require a broad range of movement) or low profile paddling vests.
While we have received many requests for the consideration of a leash in lieu of a PFD, Transport Canada does not recognize the leash/paddleboard combination as a floatation device.

If everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket or a PFD of appropriate size, you are only required to carry .1) a sound-signaling device; and .2) a watertight flashlight if the boat is used after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.

Transport Canada supports leash use, but not as an alternative to a lifejacket or personal floatation device.

What does all that mean for you?

Wear or carry a PFD with you when you are heading out for a paddle, safety 1st. It is just common sense. A sound signaling device is also recommended.

Wear your leash, this prevents you from being separated from the board should you fall. Your board is the thing with the most float available should an emergency arise.

The PFD  guidelines apply for our friends on kayaks, canoes, and other paddle craft as well as sailors, wind surfers and kiters.

Ultimately the decision to wear a PFD is your choice, choose wisely.

Let’s all avoid hefty fines and keep the PFDs with us and have a safe summer out at Da’Reef.

Below are some links for inflatable waist pack PFDs.–ultra-slim-manual-inflatable-life-jacket-belt-pack-blue–15911308?recordNum=7–uscg-approved-type-v-inflatable-pfd–16975757?recordNum=18


Minimum requirements for all other craft are:

a PFD for all aboard,  a sound signaling device,  throw-able line,and a paddle.

Please refer to the Transport Canada link above if you are unsure about anything. Continue reading SUP and general water safety rules