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Robby bring the “Chopper” back.

Casey’s Blog:

Ok, Robby Naish I will give you an out, you don’t have to do any more reading if you just bring the chopper back…………………………   No! you say? Now you’re going to get it!

  For some crazy unknown reason, 4 years ago now, Naish Sails stopped producing the greatest windsurfing sail ever made in the history of windsurfing known as the “Naish chopper”. Rumor had it, that it was the brainchild of Mark Angulo. This wouldn’t surprise me a bit since he seems very open minded and he pretty much invented 80% of what is cool and awesome in windsurfing today (moves,style,gear,ect). The chopper is a very innovative and simple concept which works so well in the real world conditions.  It’s a wave sail that is super compact(manuverable), very powerful, provides instant input and is Uber forgiving. Oh and the “Key” to the Chopper is the whole range (4-sails, 5.7-3.7) all rig on one size mast, A nice short 370 mast, and one 140-190 boom. Yes! How Insanely simple is that? You can go to the beach any day from 15 to 40kts with just 4-sails, 1-mast, 1-boom and you have everything covered! So freaking simple. Just that concept alone is worth gold. Now given the option, which quiver would you chose?

“Old windsurfing way”= 6-sails, 3-mast, 2-booms

 VS

“Chopper way”= 4-sails, 1-mast, 1-boom.

 No brainer right? Think about it, if you were new to the sport or you’re a parent of a Kid that just got the “Windsurfing Bug” and you were looking into to buying some new gear.  Which option is:  1) Way easier to sell. 2) Way easier to explain. 3) Total cost is way less. 4) Much Simpler and 5) More attractive!  Yup! The “Chopper way” (Did you understand that? Dumb windsurfing marketing people!).

      Another first on the chopper is they changed the sail sizing system. They changed it yet again to a simple system called: small, medium, large and extra-large. Just like your T-shirt size that’s how the different sizes of the Choppers are described. Now anybody “new” to the sport has no problems adapting to this simplified system, but most windsurfers have a complete melt down with this. They are so used to the number system they can’t envision it any other way.  They ask me what I am riding and I say “medium” and you almost can see the gears & cogs exploding out of there head. It’s really funny stuff! Look, it’s hard to teach old dogs new tricks, so probably Naish should have put some sail numbers on the sail along with the sizing system to keep the melt-downs to a minimum. The main reason for the sizing change is in the chopper design itself.  The choppers pack more power per square meter than any other sail ever made. For example, the Extra Large is really a 5.3m, but it sails and has the power of a 5.7-6.0. So is it really a traditional 5.3m!? No, not really. Thus the need for a new sizing system.  Once you get used to the system you can’t go back to numbers.  Say if a Large is too much then you go to a Medium, if it’s too light you go to a XL. Sooooo Simple! I don’t ever think about what size to be on anymore! It’s such a nice feeling and mind relief.

     Now as for the amazing performance of the chopper, I have written reviews, and other people and magazines have written reviews so I could go on and on but I am going to just sum it up.   The chopper is so different in every way that even the way you rig it up is completely backwards from normal sails. The “Trick” is just a hint of downhaul to make a guitar string leech and then lots of outhaul, and adjust the outhaul for desired power. That’s it! Done!  No more saying “is that enough downhaul?” or “Does that look right?”.  Again so simple!  This sail, in some magical way is both a “powerful” and “soft” wave sail at the same time. I think it defies the laws of physics…or it’s just really short! It can power up to 100 and then depower to zero in an instant. It feels so light and maneuverable that you will forget you even have a sail in your hands. It truly is a surfer’s sail by just disappearing and allowing you to focus on surfing the wave and being in the right spot to Hit the Lip!

  Look is the chopper the best sail for onshore wave? No. Is it the best for sideshore wave? No. Is it the best for down the line waves? No. Is it the best for bump and jump? No. Is it the fastest sail? Definitely not. Is it the most stable sail? Nope. Is it the best freestyle sail? No. Is it the lightest sail? No.  Look The Chopper would not win an award for best sail in any technical category, but yet it would be right up there near the top of every single one. There are things I can do on a chopper, that I can’t do on any other sail.  In real life it would win the category hands down for “having the most fun”. The category for making you “a better wave sailor”. The category for “keeping life simple and easy”. The category of “saving you money by not having so much gear”. Ect.

      The chopper has developed a cult-like following. I know about dozen people who have quivers of them and they all love and rave about them! Heck I know a couple of Naish Team riders that loved their Choppers and miss them so much. They said the Choppers were way better compared to what they are currently riding. I get monthly emails of people looking for quivers of them so there is still clearly a ton of interest there. I just can’t think of any good reason why Naish sails would just stop making them (other than listening to dumb marketing people?). I have tried many brands of 3-batten sails including Naish and they are all Floppy pieces of junk with little to no range. They probably work at Hookipa but that is the only place where they work. All brands 5 batten sails will always have there place on the water, as they are all locked down and super stable rigs that will pretty much sail themselves.  All the other 4-battens sails out there are just lightened up 5 battens (the same sail just a little lighter) and maybe in some cases a little less range. The end result is they are all the “same old” and none of them have a compact, 1 mast/boom concept.

    I have 2 quivers of choppers so I should be good for a while especially with that Naish quality. I will never go back to a normal windsurfing sail ever again!   Oh, every year I try the latest and greatest sails, and just one session on the newest stuff, reminds me how freaken awesome the choppers truly are. The difference is like night and day! So, when that day comes and all my choppers are worn out and I need new ones, I am coming for you Robby Naish! I will hunt you down and you will make me a new set or “there is going to be trouble”!  We are Called REEF “WARRIORS” for a reason. Arrrrrrr!

   Anybody else who wants to pick up the Chopper torch you got my support. Goya, Simmer, Sailworks, Hotsails, anybody?  You would be an instant hero and legend, and probably your bank account would like it too!

  If anybody is looking for some leftover Naish choppers there might be some left at “BigWinds” so check them out!

http://www.bigwinds.com/

Aloha Classic! Its a great time of year.

Casey’s Blog:

It’s that time of year, were you can watch the greatest event of the year, (well at least for a windsurfer). It’s called the Aloha Classic, and it’s pretty much the Super bowl of Windsurfing. Grab your Computer get online and enjoy watching the greatest watermen and women in the world ride some awesome Waves in an arena type atmosphere.
What’s so unique to this event, besides that it’s got some of the best waves in the world, is the amount of elite talent and diversity of the competitors all at one event. There are many, many past champions of this event, super young guns, SUP world champs, Kiteboard designers, surf board shapers, and incredible surfers all competing to win the Super bowl of windsurfing. No other sport in the world can attract such multiple sport athletes, it’s really a testament to how much freaken Fun Wave sailing can be.

forecast looks good for a 5pm E.T. start for the pro heats today, check it out.  http://www.alohaclassicmaui.com/

http://www.alohaclassicmaui.com/

aloha

 

5 Water/Wind sports in one day!

Casey’s Blog:

5 sports one day 

I have been scoring soo many great sessions on Da reef this year I think my brain is officially getting water logged. I got this crazy idea a few years ago after seeing Kai Lenny’s video of him doing 4 water/wind sports in one day. Which made me laugh, because I have been doing that when Kai Lenny was in diapers. But since I don’t have huge sponsorships, red bull, and expensive film crews following me around in tropical paradises, it most likely goes unnoticed. No drama I am always up to the challenge of raising the bar, so 5 water/wind sports in one day had to be done. Standup paddle surf, Windsurf, Kitesurf, Hobie 16 sail, and Longboard surf was in the order it got done.

 The hardest part was getting the stars to align, and get the perfect weather day on Da reef and myself not to be at work, which never happens. Well last funday Sunday was the day. It took 12 hours on the water plus some rigging time along with 20GB/10000 pics on the gopro, but I pulled it off.  5 super fun water/wind sports sessions in one day.  Dang that was super fun and there is no better feeling then actually accomplishing a very hard personal challenge. I couldn’t tell you which session was the best, all of them were super fun. Maybe the Hobiecat 16 tops them all that day, probably because it’s been so long since I was maxed out and flying a hull that seemed like forever. I had to be my own film crew so my gopro session got a work out. It was pretty cool, I ended up using 5 different kinds of sport specific mounts to cover the action and get a great shot of each. I really had to use all the toys to pull this day off.

Hmmm I wonder what crazy idea is going to pop in my head next?

Time for a Great Big Thank You

I just want to get a quick post up to thank everyone who participated and donated in today’s paddle. We had 118 people sign the “guest book”.  We raised over $700 for the Ronald McDonald house Hamilton. Great job one and all.

Radek and his family want to share a warm thank you as well, they were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.

Thank you to all the paddlers today, the exact on water count is unclear but there were at least 60 paddlers. The conditions were a bit tough but everyone got out and back seemingly unscathed.

A shout out to Dave for sharing his time and providing the chase boat, which helped out a few of you when the waves got the best of you.

As always a big thanks to Tod for the seadoo, Tod drives the camera man, or in today’s case, camera woman around during the event.

Thanks to Christina our official “Reef” camera woman. Christina gave up her board today and took photos.

Great job!!

I also wish to thank Mark, who added his drone copter/camera man to the action. Awesome footage. Thanks again!!

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Thanks to Ben and Tanner for sharing their sunfish which served as the buffet and wet bar today.

Thanks to every one who brought some goodies to share and all those who helped get them to the boat buffet and ready for all the hungry paddlers. By the way, I tried everything and it was all good.

Thanks to Jacie and Jordy for helping Aunt Gail mind the store.

Special thanks to Darrel and Laurie for the donation of the goodies used in today’s raffle. We missed you on the water, but your generosity was appreciated.

Thanks go out to Rob as well for his additions to the raffle.

Thanks to Ken at Ledge 14 for allowing us to use his site for the group pic.IMG_3190

I hope I did not miss any one, but if I did this is a big THANK YOU for everything.

 

You all showed the Reef Warrior spirit of supporting each other that helps create the special bond we all share.

As someone once said ” Reef Warriors Rock”

 

Calling all Paddlers

Hey all, it is almost Labor day and time for the annual paddle get together.

The weather looks very promising for the long weekend so let’s see if we can get over 100 paddlers of all shapes and sizes.

As of this post, we will plan on Sunday September 6th, 10 a.m. start. So let’s all be on the beach and ready (9:30) to go before then.

Don’t forget life jackets, we don’t need anyone getting a ticket and ruining a fun day.

For all the  followers of this site and the Reef Warrior facebook  page, please help spread the word.

 

If you are not a Sherkston resident but would like to join the fun please contact me at ledge12two@msn.com and we will work out the details to get you to the beach

The sunfish cooler and buffet will be set up in front of Ledge 12 as usual. Gail and I will provide some drinks and snacks. If any one would like to bring something to share it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Every year we have done this event, someone always asks…”Why do you do this? Is it for charity?So this year we decided to give back and share the Reef Warrior spirit of helping others.

This year we are going to be collecting donations to support Ronald McDonald House .

 

In the next post ( coming up soon) we will share the story of Radek LaRose, our youngest and bravest Reef Warrior and why Little Radek has chosen to help Ronald McDonald House.

We are going to have a few items to raffle off  and Reef Warrior gear will be for sale, $1 for every hat and shirt will be donated to the cause. Plan on hanging out for a while. It is a great time to meet your fellow paddlers. A few boards will be available for any one interested in trying stand up paddling.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the beach.