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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?

Waves for Breakfast or Another Sunday fun day!

Here at Da’ Reef we have had a string of Sunday fun days, but this past Sunday was one of the “fun-est.”

party wave drop in
party wave drop in

It started with waves for breakfast, a real treat since paddle surfing days on the reef have been few and far between this year.DSCN1540

Perfect conditions of warm 77 degree water, light offshore wind and nice knee to shoulder high waves awaited as the 3 of us started out at 7:30am and with in and hour we had a full line up of 15 paddle surfers, with plenty of waves and smiles to go around.

party wave
party wave
Jim rides a dandy
Jim rides a dandy



all smiles
all smiles
Sandro gets a ride
Sandro gets a ride

A couple newbies to the reef got their 1st rides. 2 year old Mackenzie, and new Ken. (the 2 yr old shredded, new Ken, not so much),

kenzies 1st ride
kenzies 1st ride

After a late breakfast and all the waves were used up, the trusty south west wind kicked in for a perfect hobie day. I sailed another 3 hours after the 2 1/2 hr sup session.

Meanwhile Casey was working on his own Sunday fun day marathon, stay tuned for more about Sunday Fun day.



True Warrior

Casey’s Blog:

Well 2014 October Big wave season on Da reef started off with two gnarly days which stirred up every condition possible. It rained buckets, hailed, lightning, had massive wind shifts & gusts, huge waves(8-10ft at Buoy), frigid air temps, and then also had glassy, sunny, green/blue waves and rainbows. If you can imagine of it, it happened. It’s usually so nice and perfect on Da reef all the time that you forget what a not so perfect day is like.

I also forget how hard it is to surf Da Reef. It’s a feat in itself just to get out there and come back. You really have to be a true warrior to take it on, especially when it gets big and pissed off like a raging bull. At any moment it can beat you down and spit you out. It will break your board, boat, mast, rig, kite, body and your will. Plus on top of that, you may end up doing a mile walk of shame home. Yes you have to be a true warrior to get off your back and summon up the courage to charge it again and again after constantly getting beat up! If you choose to persevere, eventually the reef will reward you by laying down and letting you have a ride; and that ride that will be burned into your memory for days, months or maybe even years. It’s just those few “seconds” out of a whole day of getting your butt kicked that keeps you coming back time and time again to this special place we call “Da Reef.”

A Reef Warrior getting his ride on a Smaller 2nd Reef wave!
A Reef Warrior getting his ride on a Smaller 2nd Reef wave!

A perfect start to August

                June and July were full of flat water , rain and little or no wind. There were a few good days, case jump editbut in general not much of a sailing or IMG_0825IMG_0807IMG_0815sup surf season.

  Finally August arrives and brings 3 perfect days.IMG_1019 IMG_1145 IMG_1152 IMG_1175 IMG_1257 IMG_1312 IMG_1331 Winds from 15 to 25 mph all three days.IMG_0973 IMG_1145 IMG_1257Perfect sup surf on the reef saturday morningIMG_1429 IMG_1418and a beach full of windsurfers, kites, and hobie cats,IMG_1445. 3 perfect days .IMG_1455Keep it coming. Thanks August!!!

The Night before Christmas………Reef Warrior style

beach-sceneT’was the night before Christmas and all along the beach,

not a sail was fluttering, not from luff to leach.


The Reef Warriors were all snug in their beds,

while visions of new gear danced in their heads.


Our boards were all stacked up safe from a storm,

while inside we were all cozy and warm.



MoonDoggie and Possum sitting comfy on their bums

were enjoying the taste of some really fine rums.


When out on the Reef the wind rose in a clatter.

I looked to the wreck to see what was the matter.


Out on the lake I saw in disbelief,

Waterman Santa surfing the reef.


He sailed like Naish, like Laird he did surf,

making Lake Erie seem like his home turf.


He smacked the lip with such authority and grace.

He even put a smile on MoonDoggie’s face.


hobie santa

He came through the shore break an old Hobie for a sleigh

so loaded with goodies it filled up the bay.


His toes were all gnarly

his nose bent and broke

despite all his scars

his eyes showed pure stoke.


Some call him “St Nick”

Some call him “Kris Kringle”

Possum thought to herself

“I wonder if he is single?”


Then what to my wondering eyes did appear,

were 8 new boards and lots of new gear.

Super SUP (5)


A twin fin

a quad

a SUP board or two

a skinny mast

a folding boom

a quiver of sails 

all brand spankin’ new.


On to the deck he unloaded the swag,

a harness, a paddle, a brand new board bag.sup santa


When he finished his task he grabbed up his rig

 and caught a great ramp that was real freakin’ big.wind surf santa

(alternate verse for our kite friends)kitesanta2

With a pat on his head I helped launch his kite,

as he sailed away he got a jump of tremendous height.


The winter swell brought the Christmas Yule tide

And over the white caps Waterman Santa did ride.

I heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight,christmas_beach_picture

Merry Christmas,

Hit the Lip


to All a Good Night!



Happy Holidays from Casey and Lou