I had one sweet epic sesh. And I had it all to myself, don’t know if it was a good thing or not.  Well to start off the wind was blowing north all day, till about 3:30 and that lake was butter smooth. Then the front went thru. WHAM! Blowing 35-45 SSW.  I arrived at 4:30 and it was cranking. I could barley stand up, had to chase my hat for about 100yds, it was freaking crazy.  The wave’s looked pretty flat but was building very quickly. I rigged up a 4.0 thinking it would back off a little bit. Suited up and headed out with the 70L wave board. Ohh ya I am the only one here. With it gusting up to 50+  I got the bright idea to test that new life jacket I got in the spring. Prob the only non crazy thought I had all day. Hehehe.   Well, went out, and got hammered, could not hang on to the 4.0. to save my life. Time to break out the 3.4 again.  This time the 3.4 felt perfect, and the lake was getting mean, there were head high chop. About every 20 feet there was a ramp to hit. And man it was windy! the spray off the waves hurt like hell when it hit your face. Then a rain storm hit and that really hurt, so took 5 for the rain storm to pass. Had a quick bowl of award winning chili, (from chili cook off 2010).  The rain passed quick and took a little wind with it. I went back to the 4.0 and it was perfect.  By now it was getting dark but the waves were huge. So I head out to the 2 reef to try to get some big sets.  When I was out there I noticed a 3rd reef and I have seen this before, its more obvious in south swell. Well I saw a monster set jacking up. I jibed on the second wave, almost wiped out cause it jacked up so quickly. This thing was huge I hit the lip on the 2 full bottom turn. Then got 2 more turns in. pretty much on the very edge of death the whole time. That was a sweet fast 15-20 ft glassy wave. I was beyond pumped. I caught 3 more sets like that, before I could not see anymore cause of darkness. As I was sailing in from being a ½ mile out into the lake. I thought to myself this place rocks 4 hours ago it was perfectly flat water. Now I was hitting the lip on a 20 ft wave.  Unbelievable!   Then the next thought popped into my head I’ve been sailing out here for the last 2 hours partly in the dark in 50+ winds and 20 ft waves  a half mile out, all by my self, I am freaking crazy. But man what a rush. Hey you only live once!  And I promise you one of these days, well get some pics of these big waves, its not easy cause they are so far out, you need a camera with a 100x zoom or a heli.  If any body has either please contact me.

Hit the Lip!!!





      I got in tube yesterday and I made it out alive.  I think that might be the first time ever.  I have been in the tube tons of times, but it always closes out on me.   I was SUP Surfing at H-Bay, with nobody around, no leash, air temp 46 degrees and just about dark.  I am really Crazy stupid!!!  The waves were glassy, about head high and peeling left.   On the wave before I had to swim in cause I got smashed trying to hit the lip, and of course the board washed all the way in.  I was going to pack it in after that, but I needed one more ride, it was too nice! So I paddled back out, right away a big big big set was right in front of me and I could tell it was turning a little more left. I caught the 2 wave, went down the face, got some good speed and turned left.  It was so glassy smooth, but it was walling up really really fast.  At this point I was in too deep I had to try to make it to the end which was about 15 yards away. So I crouched down, grinded my teeth and felt the board really accelerate. This wave was like a brick shit house.  Then in a split second I saw it! A tube of water, I was in! The barrel door was right at the front of my board. I could feel the top of the barrel hit the very top of my head. At that point I was like sweet, but I have been here before, time to get smashed.  I think I might have even closed my eyes for a split second awaiting destruction. Except this time it didn’t happened. It was like that barrel just froze, and I shot right out thru it, and stood up and was still alive. Surfed right in to the beach and started to walk home like nothing happened. It wasn’t till about half way home that I realized what I just did.  Holy Shit! I got in the barrel and made it out. I have never done that before. Sweeeeeeettttt.  My stoke meter is thru the roof today.  Every time I think about that 2 second moment it seems like it was a minute ride. Just amazing!   Hit The Lip! And get barreled. 

one particular arbor

gail and went to the buffalo botanical gardens last night for the night lights at the garden display. it was a great way to warm up on a cold winter night as well as enjoy the spectacular light show in the gardens. there were many interactive displays such as sound effects and a drum which controled the lights. this event runs ends next week with feb. 17-18-19 being the last days. if you get a chance check it out.

Lake Erie Watermen & Women

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