I am starting to wake up!

  Thats right fellow Reef warriors, I am alive. I crawled out of my snow cave and saw some grass. Its been a long winter(22 days snowkiting to be exact), but the ice is starting to melt.   and i am thinking its time to Surf.  I am so pumped to get back in the water, I am ordering a new addition to the shack. most likely in the 115L version. stay tuned.   In the mean time, i will try to get the blog up to date with some good stuff.  And kudos to Reef warrior Master Lou for doing such a kick ass job with the new site.  We owe ya lots of our Rum rashings.

HIT THE LIP

CASEY

Great Year!

BEST YEAR EVER!

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!     I want to thank everybody, for making 2010, flat out the best year ever.  Some highlights, obviously! Getting married!!  What an experience and incredible time, with friends and family.  My health was the best it’s been in 6 years, so nice!  Rum Quest, Ummm Rummmm.   104 Days surfing, and 144 total play days.(see play log below) Big wave SUP surfing in hatteras, Spring trip and for Wave Jam. Amanda starting to shred some waves. All the new toys, way too many.  And of course! the ReefWarriors ever expanding surf crew. Thank you 2010.  I want a repeat in 2011.

     Here are all the stats for 2010, from the “black book”.  For the last 4 years I have been keeping track of all “my” play/surf days for the year.  1) Just for fun and curiosity 2) for all those peeps, who are always complaining that there are never any wind/waves or fun stuff to do on the north shore of lake erie. Now there is hard proof!!  Enjoy all Da Stats.

2010
144-Total play days! (only 365 days in year)
104-days – Total wave surfing!  (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
57-days   windsurfing (7.5 & smaller)
7-days   kitesurfing (10m & smaller)
40-days   SUP surfing
16-days   Sup Flat water paddling
18-days   Snowkiteing (Epic year)
6-days   Land sailing
Best day –Nov 17th  (of course windsurfing!)
Best month-Aug (shocking I know! 25 days)
Best SUP ride –Hatteras spring(double/triple over head on a 12”6)
Best new toy- Naish 10’6” SUP and Go Pro camera!
Past years
 
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)
2010 Monthly break down
 
JAN
2-Snowkite
7-Snowkite
MARCH
2-snowkite
6-Landsailing
1-SUP flatwater
APRIL
7-windsurf
4-SUP waves
MAY
3-windsurf
6-SUP flatwater
2-SUP waves
JUNE
7-windsurf
5-SUP waves
JULY
9-windsurf
6-SUP waves
1-SUP flatwater
1-kitesurf
AUG
12-windsurf
8-SUP wave
4-SUP flatwater
1-kitesurf
SEP
11-windsurf
10-SUP waves
2-SUP flatwater
OCT
7-windsurf
3-kitesurf
4-SUP waves
1-SUP flatwater
NOV
2-kitesurf
1-windsurf
1-SUP waves
1-SUP flatwater
DEC
7-snowkite

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

Full winter mode!

IN FULL WINTER MODE!

  Winter came in, like sombody fliped a light switch. Its been so cold the west end of lake erie is already starting to freeze.  This may be an epic season for snow kiteing! Yeaaa.  In the mean time ckeck out some of these pics from the fall. these were all taken from my go pro camara. and zoomed in alot. so the quality is not the greatest. but still cool anyways. Enjoy!   P.S. check this link video.  so Sweet! Must see!

  

Dan T. backloop on Da Reef.

Dan T.  Big set.

Yes oct 7 arrived!

Finally Oct 7 arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally Oct 7 arrived.  A little late!, but arrived.  I know, your like what the???  It is Nov 17th.  Let me explain!  Last year on oct 7 it turned out to be the best day I ever had in my ‘backyard”(sherkston).  It blew like stink SW all day like  then switched to WNW right when I got there after work.  It was so cool it sucked all the water out which made it super shallow, and from shore, the waves did not look that big.  But I had 2 try it anyway. I went out on 5.3 and the goya 115.  It turn out 2 be the best day of my life in my backyard.  Mast high sets, everything was like glassy smooth, 6+ full bottom turns(I mean lay down turns), nice crumbly waves, with perfect side off cond.  I sailed hooikpa for 3 months straight, and I swear if I closed my eyes I could have been there, very little difference. Except 6000 miles away, salt water and those, are every day cond for hooikpa.  But never less you get my point.  The  sweetest thing is when its blowing WNW nobody thinks its good at sherkston so they sail Ontario or elsewhere. I have the best wave of the year to my self.  Well randy and gail got out last year but both got thrashed  pretty good. This is funny ! I told randy  before he went out, the first rule of big wave sailing is don’t “ Fall in front of the big wave”. I told him that 20 times before he went out. So what does he do! Yup fall in front of the first big wave he caught.  Completely demolished his 5.3 and mast. He just paddled in on his board and boom. Great stuff.  Poor Gail, got surprised by how shallow it got ,and first trip out hit a rock and completely took the nose off her board. Ya the REEF was very mean that day, but makes for great stories.  So November 17 2010 I finally got that day.  It was the exactly the same day. check out the bouy report for port colbourn www.wunderground.com/MAR/buoy/2010/11/17/45142.html<FONT< a> face=Calibri>  ya! 11ft waves! When it hits the reef easy 22ft. and glassy.  And being nov 17 its too cold for everybody else(thanks oneil wetsuits and botties for making such warm shit) so I had all the waves 2 myself again.  The only snag, I had 2 wear gloves .water 49 air 45, little cold, its so hard to windsurf with gloves, especially wave sail.  But I had to suck it up, for these cond.  Very painful on the forearms, they feel like bricks today.  And I think I broke something in my foot! Its, very hard to bail out of the foot straps with 6mm booties on.   But other than that, the waves were perfect, I sailed till dark on my 5.3 and 115 goya again. Please board  companys make bigger wave boards for the real world! I couldn’t live without my 115 wave board.   So conclusion, I wish every day was Oct 7th. HIT THE LIP!

Lake Erie Watermen & Women

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