I finally got around to building two Kite surf boards this year. I actually shaped them up 3 years ago and they have been sitting on my rack ever since. I have never been happy with kite surf boards over the years they either feel like a wake board or a slow surfboard. It is challenging to make a kite surfboard that can handle the power and speed of a kite, yet still have that feel of a smooth surfy/carvy surfboard. Good thing I am always up for a challenge. 😉
First up is the “Pickle Slicer”. This board is designed to ride the biggest waves that the Great lakes can throw at us. The specs come in at 5’10” x 18 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ 23L Quad fin. This board has the speed and ultimate control of a gun, but yet its sooo smooth to ride. It likes to make big sweeping carves like butter all day long. A perfect big wave board for all, plus a great all-around board for lighter weights. This board even got some special artwork by the infamous “Big Z”. Its a must see and ride.
Next up is the “Guacamole” sizing comes in at 5’x20″x2 1/4″ 26L Quad fin. This is targeted as a Lighter wind/wave board. It is Rocket fast, goes upwind even faster and is very lively on a wave. I designed this board to have a fast squrity style were you can run down a wave, step on the tail and Hit the Lip as many times as you want. Everyone who has tried this board seems to really like it. here’s a quote from one tester. “Light on the feet, planes instantly, goes up wind like a rocket and rides the wave with no power needed from the kite and Top notch workmanship!” Well after comments like that I think I am on to something. 🤔 hahahaha.
I am proud to introduce to you the all new TopGun “GOOSE”. This is a High performance WWF/Sup surf Foilboard for the big guys. I had a lot of passion for developing this board, cause I didn’t want to leave the “big guy” behind like the general surf industry does time and time again. (they think everyone is 150Lbs and uber talented)😆 Arhhh. Well now the 200lb+ can out shred those annoying little surfers all day long. 🤙 and man dose this board shred. It took a lot of R&D and time but I couldn’t be happier with the results.👌 It must be another winner cause the orders are already coming in and riders who demoed it, keep saying “its perfect”. 😆 (anybody want to work for free and build boards) hahaha.
The final stats come in at 144L 7’x31″ but as I try to always remind everyone specs for foil boards don’t mean the same like they do for surfboards so don’t get stuck on them.
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Here at the Reef we were blessed this week to have a few tall ships anchor just off shore.
These ship were on the way to Buffalo for a stop during this summers 2019 Great Lakes Tall ship challenge. https://tallshipsnetwork.com/series/tall-ships-challenge-great-lakes-2019/
The few of us that were here this week had an opportunity to sail out to these ships while they were underway during crew training sessions.
Thursday morning Gidget paddled out to the ship while they lay at anchor.
Here are a few photos from this adventure.
Click the link above to see where they are headed next.
I just returned from the Awesome OBX-WIND 2019 windsurfing event in Cape Hatteras. What a week of soo much fun and Non-stop action. The weather and conditions were great, and the vibe was even better. definitely a highlight of the year.
As for racing, my expectations were pretty low this year, as I had all new gear and was completely out of shape from not being in the water for 4 months. With a couple sips of rum to go along with all my experience in the need for speed. I am super happy with a 2nd place finish in the very competitive and famous Long distance race. As for the slalom racing which is my favorite, the winds were too light for my gear and I couldn’t get going. which was a bummer but thats how mother nature works sometimes.
I have to give a big shout out to, WIND-NC, Goya Windsurfing, CNCFins, Tectonics fins. If it wasn’t for the best gear in the world there would be no Zoom, Zoom. I cant wait for next year hopefully see ya all there. https://oceanairsports.com/pages/obx-wind-2019