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!
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
( 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.
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.
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”