Category Archives: Lake Erie

WWF (Windsurf wave Foiling) “What I Ride”

Casey’s Blog:

I have had sooo many Questions on the topic of WWF lately its crazy.  so I thought I would do some posts talking about this awesome new sport.  First up is the gear I am currently riding.  If anyone knows anything about me,  they know I only ride the highest quality and performing gear available on this planet. Its sort of a obsessive passion of mine.   OK so here is my Windsurf Wave Foiling kit (WWF).

Board:   6′ x 31″ 112L  (14LB) Strapless Reef Warrior Foil Board (aka”TOP GUN”), I will get into more with my foil boards in another post. but this baby is the “Pro” version, mostly for the very very experienced foiler.  This is the “Porsche” of Foil Boards.  For the majority the 7′ version of this board is perfect and is my recommendation to all levels.

Foil:    Go Foil these foils rock, and are the best for WWF and any other kind of wave foiling. (sup,kite,downwind,ect)  I have tried a few other brands and they work pretty good as surf foils, but not so good for WWF.   That’s what so unique about these foils is the range of use, from 6 knots to 25,  from flat water, to overhead waves with or with out a sail they absolutely rip, but yet are very easy to ride. The Iwa/Maliko200 wing kit is the best choice for most. I just got my hands on the 29.5″ mast and so far I am really liking it.

Sail: Naish Lift (Check out) is the best foil sail.  See Review here .  Just got the new 3.7 , its now my new fav size.

Mast: Naish 370 & 400 RDM 100% carbon. hey I only use the best.😉

Boom: Chinook RDG Carbon (Click Here) I also use the Goya RDG Carbon. both booms are super light weight and have the skinny grip, which makes for less arm fatigue and more fun.

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2018 Goya QUAD 118 & 94 Windsurfing Demo Boards

Casey’s Blog:

Also check out Andy’s detailed review.

https://shop.wind-nc.com/blogs/windsurfing-info/2018-goya-custom-quad-windsurfing-board-review

 

Great news for all the Windsurfers out there. Once again in conjunction with Wind-NC and Goya Windsurfing, I will have 2 Brand New 2018 Goya Windsurfing boards available for demo all season, for anyone who would like to try one of the best Windsurfing Wave boards on the planet. The 2 boards available are the 118L &  94L  Goya Quad. These are the perfect styles for the great lakes. They will be available for demo on Da Reef and hopefully for your local sailing spot if possible. Once again Big thanks to Mr. Goya and Andy at Wind-NC, for making this possible.

If you are interested in trying one of these out please feel free to contact me thru all the regular know channel’s, or email me at

facemanz74@live.com

Reef Warrior DNA?

Lou’s Blog:

   2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Hobie Cat 14 and if it were not for the Hobie Cat and it’s influences on many of us Reef long timers, our little corner of Lake Erie may not have become the great sailing spot we know today.

You may be asking yourself, why should I be interested in the Hobie Cat’s 50 year anniversary?

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

In the mid-twentieth century, the beach cat became a widespread category of sailing catamarans, owing to their ease of launching and mass production. In California, a maker of surfboards, Hobie Alter, produced the 250-pound (110 kg) Hobie 14 in 1967, {1st sold in the fall of 1968} and two years later the larger and even more successful Hobie 16. As of 2016, the Hobie 16 was still being produced with more than 100,000 having been manufactured. (from Wikipedia)

Hobie Cats are not the fastest cats around, Tornado’s and Nacra’s may hold that distinction. Hobies are the most fun cat around though, easy to pull off or onto the beach, sailing single-handed or with a crew on the trapeze, the wind in your face, these boats created a life style, a sense of community rarely shared in the sailing world at the time. Have a Hobie Day! was the greeting, a secret password, and the motto to many sailors. It was a promise of a fun day. You felt you were part of something special, a brethren who spoke a language all their own, yet welcoming to anyone who showed any interest in sailing, crewing, or just had a question to ask. This time honored way of life thrives here at Da’ Reef. While there are not the great number of Hobie sailors there used to be, the waterman culture has grown and spawned its own version of community.

The sherkston originals

Back in the late  ’70’s through the early ’90’s many Hobies  came to the shore of Lake  Erie to sail. Most weekends we had between  10 – 15 regulars and this number could double on any given weekend, but that story is for another post.

With all the interest in DNA self testing,  finding out family history and searching one’s family tree, I wish to share my DNA with you all, and I believe you will soon see how we are all related!

I once wrote these words: We live the hang loose life style of Hawaii. We have a reggae groove, with some Caribbean soul.

https://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/the-legend-of-the-reef-warriors/about-the-reef-warriors/ 

But in retrospect our true DNA comes from the shores of southern California.  We are the offspring of Hobie Alter.    

Hobie Alter passed away in March of 2014, leaving behind a legacy  that few truly knew or appreciated. From surfboards to skateboards, catamarans to  kayaks, Hobie impacted all who consider themselves watermen or waterwomen in some way.

So pour a rum, sit back, learn a little history, and help me celebrate 50 years of Hobie Cats, and Have A Hobie Day!

In 1968 the Hobie cat 14 was set free upon the waters of North America and soon “The cat that flies” would be seen worldwide.

Hobie Alter “flies” his invention, the Hobie Cat sail boat. The boat was one of Alter’s many creations that helped to change the face of surfing, sailing and other action sports.

Hobie Alter was more than a builder of sailboats, he was an innovator in the world of surfing, as a board builder, shaper, and visionary. Yes, the late 1950’s had many surf legends but Hobie may have had the biggest impact on the watermen of then as well as the watermen of today.

Robert August, Corkey Carroll, Greg Noll, Gerry Lopez, Mickey Munoz, Phil Edwards, Joyce Hoffman are a few of the better known surfers of the time and all rode for team Hobie during their careers.

 

Hobie Alter had a simple motto, “If it’s fun, it’s never work. And if it isn’t fun, it’ll never work.”

 

If you have surfed on a fiberglass board, you have Hobie DNA!

Hobie glass board
Balsa wood boards

Hobie was among the 1st to switch from heavy balsa wood boards to  the use  of fiberglass wrap with foam blanks.

Hobie logo on balsa board

 

Hobie’s surf shop

 

 

If you ever had a board with a through the hull fin screw, you have Hobie in your DNA!

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

 

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hobie was the 1st surf board maker to implement the through the board fin screw.

 

Watched “Endless Summer”? Hobie DNA!
A Hobie  surfboard was used in the original movie, and Hobie along with Bruce Brown & the cast drove a motor home around the country to promote the film. Hobie helped arrange an east coast tour for the Endless Summer. Pictured left to right: Mike Hynson, Bruce Brown, Joey Cabell, Pat Brown, Corky Carroll, Hobie Alter, Susan Alter, Heidi Edwards, and Phil Edwards. (from http://www.surfingheritage.org/2014/02/the-endless-summer-photos.html )

Later Bruce Brown help Hobie with promo videos for the Hobie cat line of products


Alpha sailboard?  Hobie  DNA!The Hobie cat company owned Alpha sailboards in the mid 1980’s. Scroll down to page 64 in this link to The Hobie Hotline for some Alpha board knowledge.   Hotline 1987.

 

Alpha sailboards and a Hobie 17

 

 

 

 

 

Love Robbie Naish & all his contributions to watersports? Hobie DNA.

While his path into the National Sailing Hall of Fame may have been far from traditional, Robby has always considered himself a sailor with his childhood roots in racing Hobie Cats before transitioning his skills to windsurfing.
“I was a sailor at heart. I loved tactics, I loved feeling the shifts and reading the wind and catching the bumps, that feeling that you get from sailing that you don’t find anywhere else in life. As sailors, we’re very lucky to be out there in the wind and the waves,” said Robby during his acceptance speech during the ceremony.

 

Robbie grew up sailing Hobie cats with his family, (Dad Rick Naish was the 1st Hobie dealer in Hawaii).  As legend has it Robbie used an old hobie trapeze harness to secure him to the boom of his sailboard, which led the way to today’s modern windsurf/kite surf harnesses.

hobie skateboard

Have you ever ridden a  Skateboard?  You may have Hobie DNA!Hobie was a leader in the growth of the skateboard industry during the mid 1960’s.

How many beer drinking folks were inspired to learn to sail because of these 2 beer ads & how many sailors were inspired to drink more beer due these 2 sailing ads!?!?

Hobie history time line

 

I have been part of the Hobie way of Life for over 40 years and have owned or sailed  just about every boat in the Hobie family. The lessons I learned while sailing and the people I shared them with helped make me who I am today. I am happy to know I share my DNA with such a wonderful group of friends, both past,  present, and future. The Reef Warriors would not be who we are today with out each and every one of you.

Thank you readers, for helping me wish Happy Anniversary  to the Hobie 14. My hope is to create a series of posts to honor the heritage and legacy which brings us to where we are today.

Please check some other Hobie links I have listed below.

 

 

 other hobie links
Hobie, Master of Water , Wind and Waves
the hobie way of life
tribute to hobie alter
Hobie hotline magazine archive
Hobie History
Sharing the wind
https://www.hobie.com/about-us/
Hobie Alters obit
Cat sailor hall of fame
Hobie Kayaks

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.!

2017
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