Category Archives: sailing

Reef Warriors support Adaptive Watersports

As Reef Warriors or followers of our site you know we are passionate about enjoying time on the water. Gidget and I are taking that passion and helping open up the world of watersports to a wider group. We are supporting  the efforts of Steve Spitz and WNY Adaptive Watersports and the newly formed WNY chapter of Team River Runner on behalf of the reef warriors.

WNY Adaptive Watersports is a local program which helps  the disabled and physically challenged enjoy the watersports including sailing, waterskiing, scuba and fishing. The kayaking component needed more attention so that spurred the linkage with Team River Runner

Team river runner is a national program to help disabled veterans kayak and sup. The newly formed WNY Chapter is in its infancy and is looking to grow in this region. Although its focus is on disabled veterans the WNY chapter is opening this up to the community at large.

We are spreading the word about these programs and hoping to stir up more support. Gidget and I were involved in an early planning meeting and will be volunteering at some of the upcoming water events. We wish to spread the word among the Reef faithful and ask for any help you can provide.

At this early stage the WNY chapter of Team River Runner is looking for support in many different ways. This may be in the form of gear (kayaks, gently used life jackets) your time for organizational meetings and paddle events and of course monetary donations.

We hope you will consider sharing what you can to  give back to the community and help others find that same enjoyment on the water whether it be a calm paddle or catching a wave!

For more info: please contact

Lou or Gail (Gidget) at reefwarriors@outlook.com

or

steve spitz at

                                                    sspitz@monroewheelchair.com

 

2016 Session Recap

2016 Flew by! But yet it felt like an Endless Summer.😉
2016 Flew by! But yet it felt like an Endless Summer.😉

Casey’s Blog:

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!

2016

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)

4-Days skiing

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.

Past years

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)

2016 Monthly break down

JAN)  2-Windsurf

FEB) 2-Windsurf

MARCH) 1-Kitesurf, 5-Windsurf, 1-Sup Wave, 1-WindSup

APRIL) 3-Windsurf, 1-Windsup, 1-Sup Wave

MAY) 5-Windsurf,1-Sup Wave

JUNE) 10-Windsurf, 1-Wind Sup, 2-Kitesurf

JULY) 16-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf

AUG) 10-Windsurf, 2-Sup Wave, 2-Kitesurf

SEP) 4-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf, 6-Sup Wave

OCT) 7-Windsurf, 1-Windsup, 2- Sup Wave

NOV) 1-Sup Wave, 7-Windsurf

DEC) 7-Windsurf, 1-Sup Wave, 1-Kitesurf

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

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

 

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

 

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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.

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CNC Fins

Casey’s Blog:

 Since I have started to build my own boards now, I naturally have spent a ton of time trying and experimenting with different fins and set-ups. I have found that different foils/shapes make a huge difference, and can really change the characteristic of the board a lot, especially on multi fin set-ups.   It’s a whole lot easier to tune in a single fin that’s for sure. Now learning all that, I wanted to make my Goya quads shred even harder, So Last fall I got my hands on some custom fins made by CNCfins for my Goya quads. I got to talk to the guys at CNCfins a bit at the AWT Hatteras last year. I came away very impressed.  They have some very impressive technology going into the fins they are making, Some of which I have studied and know about myself. So I knew they were not full of marketing B.S. like everybody else.

 Now if anybody knows me, knows A) I have to try everything and B) I am always looking for better performing gear. Now after 6 months of some Real world hardcore testing on these fins, I am “insanely” impressed.  These are the first fins that I have ever tried, that I could actually feel the difference in every situation. With these fins you can feel the board plane up quicker, glide thru lulls that it never did before, it feels faster, points higher, never spins out, holds like a rock in a bottom turn, turns sharper than ever. They freaken feel like these magic wonder fins. They gotta be rum infused or something like that. Hehe!  No really, I know I am probably sounding like an info commercial, but these fins are a huge jump up in performance compared to all the rest of the fins available on the market today.  I have tried most of the other brands fins and was always left disappointed, there never seemed to be much of a noticeable performance gain over the stock fins, and I always felt like I wasted my money.

 These CNCfins will make your multi fin board feel like it has been supercharged, some of the best money I have ever spent. I was so stoked on the fins, I bought a Weed fin for my 122L freeride board on their recommendation. Even though I have always despise all Weed fins, because they have all been so useless since they were invented.  It took just one session, and I couldn’t believe how good the fin worked, It felt just like a fast pointer fin., for the first time in my life I was actually having fun on a weed fin, Very unbelievable. If you sail in a location were you have to use a Weed fin. I highly recommend you get one of these, then do a direct comparison to your current weed fin. I am sure you’ll come away insanely impressed as I was. 

  Check CNC Fins out now!

http://cncfins.com/