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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.
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This is the “Game Changer”, its the reason I got into building boards. I wanted to be limitless in my vision and ability of what I could ride on the water, all hopefully resulting in some of the best surf craft on the planet.
After close to 2 1/2 yrs of design and water testing, Say hello to my dedicated Surf/Wind Foil Board line-up called “Top Gun”. These boards are ahead of there time and ahead of the game! From start to finish this was one of the most challenging and mind crazy thinking experiences I have ever had. I quickly learned in the beginning of surf foiling that everything is different. There are so many more design elements you have to deal with to get dialed in when compared to a regular surf board or Windsurf board. Your basically making a Jet that can surf. Crazy when you stand back and think about it.
In Total I have 4 boards in the “TOPGUN” lineup with basically the same design characteristics, but all of course having there own nickname ICEMAN, MAVRICK, GOOSE and VIPER.
ICEMAN is 7’x31″ 120L,17LB -This is the Board for everyone and can do “Foil” anything at any skill level.
MAVERICK is 6’x31″ 112L,15LB -This is the “PRO’s” board, sort of like an untamed Bull.
GOOSE is 7’3″ 145L,19LB -Just for learning and Heavyweights. Still in R & D phase.
VIPER is 5’4″ x 20 1/2″ 46L,8LB, -This is a Prone/Wake/Kite Foil surf board, Still in R & D phase.
Despite my best efforts to keep these High performance TOPGUNS on the Down Low. The word travels fast and the demand is crazy for the ICEMAN and MAVERICK, Resulting in a Long Waiting List already, So Please contact me if your interested. Facemanz74@live.com
I have been riding the naish “Lift” Foil specific sail for over a year now and it really seems to be the perfect foil sail, especially for WWF(Windsurf Wave Foiling). I can definitely recommend this sail to anyone looking to step up their windsurfing foiling fun factor.
Is a foil-specific sail worth it?. When you’re learning no, but once you start to get better at foiling, it’s soooooo worth it. For all types of wind foiling (other then racing) you want lots of low end sail power to get you on foil then once you’re on a foil all you need is like 20% sail power to keep ya going. If you have too much sail power when foiling it gets very hard to control the foil. That is why when WWF I am usually using 2m less sail size then a normal windsurfing kit.
OK, now on to why the Naish Lift is so awesome for foiling and WWF. First, it’s so freaken light and most of the time when I am uphauling in light winds that makes my back very happy. Second, it feels soo light in the hands with all that power down low and I feel like I am sailing nothing. I can sail this thing for hours without a harness which is pretty cool. Third, is the power you get when you pump the Lift. I mean you get Mega power out of this sail. With 2-3 pumps and I am flying in an instant and once on foil all that power disappears into a super easy handling/balanced lightweight rig=Perfect.
I have been using the 5.7 in 6-12knts and the 4.7 in 10-20knts. Rigging is super easy. Set the downhaul to recommended settings with a tight leech. There is very little downhaul required. That’s one of the things that makes this sail special. Also, you can use any manufacture mast on it and it should work pretty well because of this reason. The outhaul is your “power setting” on this sail. I will adjust this a lot depending on conditions anywhere from manufacture settings to -8cm of manufacture settings. For example, in 6-10knts the 5.7 manufacture setting is 194cm for the outhaul and I will set it at 186cm. What that does is it really bags the sail out and gives me uber low end pumping power to get going in light winds. It works amazingly well! That is why I don’t ever need a sail bigger then this 5.7 Naish Lift for WWF.
Who is this sail for?
Peeps into Freeride Wind Foiling.
Windsurf Wave Foilers
People who like ultra lightweight sails.
People who like ultra lightweight easy handling sails.
Sailors who don’t mind giving a couple sail pumps to get on foil.
Great news for all the Windsurfers out there. Once again in conjunction with Wind-NC and Goya Windsurfing, I will have 2 Brand New 2018 Goya Windsurfing boards available for demo all season, for anyone who would like to try one of the best Windsurfing Wave boards on the planet. The 2 boards available are the 118L & 94L Goya Quad. These are the perfect styles for the great lakes. They will be available for demo on Da Reef and hopefully for your local sailing spot if possible. Once again Big thanks to Mr. Goya and Andy at Wind-NC, for making this possible.
If you are interested in trying one of these out please feel free to contact me thru all the regular know channel’s, or email me at