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The Year of the “WWF & TopGun”. 2019 Session recap

Caseys Blog:

2019 was one crazy year again.  It was even worse than last year for surfing & wind (and last year was soo bad). If you’re a high wind junky you have to be losing your mind, but on the flip side if you have a TopGun/GoFoil kit, you are having the time of your life.  You’re having soo much fun in 5-15kt that its makes you not even give a shit about 15-25kt.   It truly is a game changer. As a result, 2019 was a huge year in The Board Room.  I spent a lot of time pumping out as many of these TopGun boards as I could. I am not going to lie, I am exhausted, but seeing soo many riders throughout the country and locally now having the time of their life riding these boards truly makes it all worth it. Spreading the stoke never gets old. Hopefully I can expand on that in 2020. Looks like another busy year ahead so lets get this party started Reef Warriors!

2019
95-Total play days! (10 months)
95-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite//WWF/SURFFoil)
19-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)
5-days Kitesurfing (9m & 7m)
15-days Foil surfing
56-days WWF (Windsurf Wave Foiling); Foil in waves
0-days Snowkiteing (Busy Building TopGun foil boards)
2-Days skiing (Busy Building TopGun Foil Boards)
9-days Scoring waves in Hatteras
Best day on the reef– Oct 27th Just Perfect!
Best month-July & Aug (17 days, Non stop WWF)
Best ride- 5 mile WWF Down winding. Crazy awesome.
Best new toy- 2020 93L Quatro Cube Wave board (Wave sailing).

Past years

2019-95 total play days, 95 total wave days (windsurfing,kite,WWF,Foil Surf)
2018-95 total play days, 95 total wave days (windsurfing,kite,WWF,Surf,Foil Surf)
2017-108 total play days, 108 total wave days (windsurfing,kite,SUP,Surf,Foil Surf)
2016-109 total play days, 105 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
2015-101 total play days, 93 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
2014-83 total play days. 75 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2013-95 total play days. 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2012-124 total play days. 119 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2011-129 total play days 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2010-144 total play days 104 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
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)
2018 Monthly break down

JAN) 1-WWF
FEB) None
MARCH) None
APRIL) 5-Windsurf, 4-WWF Foil
MAY) 2-Surf Foil, 3-WWF Foil
JUNE) 2-Windsurf, 6-WWF Foil, 1-Surf Foil
JULY) 14-WWF Foil, 3-Surf Foil
AUG) 3-Windsurf, 13-WWF Foil, 1-Kitrsurf
SEP) 2-Windsurf, 5-WWF Foil, 4-Surf Foil, 1-Kitesurf
OCT) 4-Windsurf, 7-WWF Foil, 2-Surf Foil, 1-Kitesurf
NOV) 4-Windsurf, 3-WWF Foil, 2-Surf Foil, 1-Kitesurf
DEC) 1-WWF Foil, 1-Surf Foil, 1-Kitesurf

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

Turning the Page, 2017 Session Recap

Casey’s Blog:

Well 2017 is going down as “Awesome”.   It was Pretty much a repeat of 2016 except supercharged.  Its was another year were Dareef was Liquid all year, that made  accomplishing my goal of 100 days in the waves easy, and now that I have found my niche in the Foiling game , with “Surf foiling” its going to be sooo easy to get 100days every year.

Now that I am looking back at the last 12 months it was a incredible year of so many first. Building 2 Special Boards (Red Barron, Mystery Machine) that really broke the boundaries of what is possible was awesome by itself.  Then to be truly at the for front of an emerging sport with Surf & Surf wind foiling is such a addicting rush.  I will never forget the luck of catching and experiencing some of the best hurricane surf in Hatteras ever!  Last but not lest,  getting the chance to live on one of the best fresh water surf spots in the world for 100+ sessions, Its hard to imagine a better life.  But hey! ya never know, Bring on 2018 and Da stats.!

2017
108-Total play days! (12 months)
108-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing/Foil)
63-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)
5-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)
19-days Sup/prone surfing & Foiling
21-days Wind Sup & Foil in waves
0-days Snowkiteing (No snow year)
0-Days skiing
19-days Scoring waves in Hatteras
Best day on the reef– Oct 19th Just Perfect!
Best month-July(14 days Second year in a row)
Best SUP ride –Big Wave no wind session @ H-Bay.
Best new toy- Surf Foil.

Past years

2016-109 total play days, 105 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
2015-101 total play days, 93 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
2014-83 total play days. 75 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2013-95 total play days. 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2012-124 total play days. 119 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2011-129 total play days 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2010-144 total play days 104 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
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)

2017 Monthly break down
JAN) 1-Kitesurf
FEB) 1-Windsurf 1-Windsup
MARCH)  2-Windsurf
APRIL) 6-Windsurf, 1-Windsup/Foil, 1-Sup/Surf Wave
MAY) 7-Windsurf,3-Sup/Surf,2-Windsurf Foil
JUNE) 8-Windsurf, 2-WindSup/Foil, 3-Sup/Surf
JULY) 7-Windsurf, 1-Sup, 6-Windsup/Foil
AUG) 8-Windsurf, 4-Windsup/Foil
SEP) 8-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf, 3-Sup, 2 Windsup/Foil
OCT) 9-Windsurf, 3-Windsup/Foil
NOV) 3-Sup Foil, 5-Windsurf, 3-Kitesurf,1- Windsup/Foil
DEC) 2-Windsurf

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

Oh Sweet Lines. and Da Reef is open!

Casey’s Blog:

Da Reef is definitely fully open. Seems like the wave days are starting to rack up for me now. Just scored an amazing and very surprising SUP session in H-Bay. Probably the best I have ever had there. Just absolute perfect. Mirror glassy super long lines that would peel left and right with about waist to head high sets. Yup a Long board dream wave. As usual I was solo for one of the best sessions of the year, so no pics or vid. So let me visualize a typical ride for you all. Catch perfect wave that stuck out like a mountain, gain some speed, walk out to the nose, hang 5 maybe 10, have a sip of rum, then run back to the tail do a full bottom turn then HIT THE LIP hard!, 3 paddle strokes to clear the section, run out to nose have some more rum, see the lip peaking again, run back to the tail, off the lip two paddle strokes, bottom turn smack the lip again then celebrate with a huge whammy air Paddle guitar solo jam. Turn around paddle back out and do again, and again, and again till sun goes down.

There ya go! Who needs pics or a vid when you have a visual like that? Hehe.

Ok all Reef Warriors it’s time to get on it! Ya!

Sweet sunset after a sweet day!

2012 Re-cap and Session Log

Casey’s Blog:
  Well 2012 is over, and all I can say is I had a “lot of fun”! Wow.  Any time you can spend a 1/3 of the year catching waves your living life.  That’s pretty good considering its was a poor year for wind and waves on the Reef.  Two things extended the season; first I surfed all  12 months on Da Reef for the first time ever, and second three Hatteras trips saved the day which resulted in 26 sessions. With all that added into the mix I can’t complain.  We added lots of new Reef Warriors to the clan this past year and the level of surfing on the reef took a huge jump up. More Windsurfers and Kiters then ever were charging waves hard and going for the Lip, it was very impressive and fun to see.  There were Lots of new Sup-ers getting their first rides thru the line up in 2012, that has cranked up the stoke. And finally!  after I have destroyed my retirement fund, I think I have found my “magic” quiver of toys, after many,many, year’s of searching and testing. I guess time will tell. Now to the stats and pics!
 
2012
124-Total play days! (only 365 days in year)
119-days – Total wave surfing!  (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
58-days   Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)
14-days   Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)
29-days   Sup surfing
18-days   Wind Sup in waves
3-days   Snowkiteing (No snow year)
2-days   Land sailing
26-days  Scoring waves in Hatteras
 
Best day –Sep 8th  (Hatteras mast high peeling Hurricane swell)
Best day on the reef– Oct 15th (Amazing 2nd Reef day)
Best month-Oct (broke the Aug streak with only 12 days)
Best SUP ride –Hatteras Wind Suping, dozen turn kind of day!)
Best new toy- Naish Choppers S,M,L,XL! And Exocet Wind Sup!
 
Past years

2011-129 total play days
          93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
 
2010-144 total play days
          104 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
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)
 
2012 Monthly break down
JAN
2-Snowkite
2-Sup Wave
2-Kitesurf
FEB
3-Windsurf
2-Sup Wave
MARCH
3-Windsurf
2-Landsailing
3-Sup Wave
1-Kitesurf
APRIL
7-Windsurf (6 Hatteras)
6-Sup Wave (2 Hatteras)
2-Kitesurf (1 Hatteras)
MAY
4-Windsurf (2 Hatteras)
4-Wind Sup
5-Sup Waves (4 Hatteras)
JUNE
6-Windsurf
1-Sup Waves
4-Wind Sup
1-Kitesurf
JULY
4-Windsurf
1-Sup Waves
3-Wind Sup
1-Kitesurf
AUG
7-Windsurf
1-Sup wave
1-Wind Sup
2-Kitesurf
SEP
8-Windsurf (4 hatteras)
5-Sup Waves (4 hatteras)
3-Wind Sup (3 hatteras)
2-Kitesurf
OCT
8-Windsurf
1-Kitesurf
3-Sup Waves
NOV
1-Kitesurf
4-Windsurf
2-Wind Sup
DEC
4-Windsurf
1-Windsurf
1-Kitesurf
1-Snowkite
 
That’s it!  Time to do it all over again.
HIT THE LIP!

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Love this shot! Glass head high perfection!

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In the barrel!
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A shot from day of the year!
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My first cover shot!
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Wind sup rules!
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Sandy bottoms cover shot!
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Thats hitting the wrong Lip!
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Love new freestyle gear!
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Shout out to all the Reef Warriors!
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Dont get any better than that! Thank you 2012!