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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Spitz at
I just want to get a quick update and thank you to all those who participated and helped out with the Labor day paddle.
Our head count this morning was 99 paddlers on the water and 2 dogs.
Thanks to the support crews on the water and the beach.
And thanks to everyone who brought some goodies to share, no one went away hungry.
When I get some more photos I will get them up here and on face book.
Thanks again one and all for making another great memory!
I know many of you have asked about our annual paddle.
The weather looks the most promising for Saturday, September 3rd,
Lets get all the boats and boards on the beach by 9:30 am for a 10am start. Once around the wreck as always and back to the beach, for some lite refreshments and comradery après paddle!
Any one looking to contribute some goodies, water, juice, ice, please bring to Ledge 12 by 9am day of paddle. Reef Warrior swag will be available. (limited supply of certain items)
Looking forward to seeing you all this year, lets try for the 100 paddlers mark.
Any questions please contact me at mailto:email@example.com
I would like to let everyone know about the Buffalo Paddle fest, which is taking place next Friday & Saturday August 19th & 20th.
Gail, Jim and I participated last year in this fun event.
Click here for all the info.
Hope to see you all there!
Welcome to the 3rd Annual Buffalo Paddle Festival Buffalo’s largest paddle sports race! The Buffalo Paddle Festival takes place on August 19 – 20, 2016 at beautiful Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg, NY. The Buffalo Paddle Festival is a 2-day community expo celebrating Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, and promoting Environmental Stewardship all while showcasing the unique Waterscapes of Buffalo NY and its surrounding area.
This year we have partnered with Woodlawn Beach State Park to introduce visitors to one of Buffalo’s nearby waterfront treasures. Join us Friday August 19, 2016 for Beach Camping at Woodlawn Beach State Park and enjoy a fun night in prep for a full day of paddle activities! Race Day, Saturday August 20, 2016, will include SUP and Kayak Demos, a variety of Fitness Classes, a Pig Roast and Craft Brew After Party, finishing with Live Bands and a Bonfire on the Beach! Proceeds from the event will benefit Kids Escaping Drugs and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper!