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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.!

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

Robby bring the “Chopper” back.

Casey’s Blog:

Ok, Robby Naish I will give you an out, you don’t have to do any more reading if you just bring the chopper back…………………………   No! you say? Now you’re going to get it!

  For some crazy unknown reason, 4 years ago now, Naish Sails stopped producing the greatest windsurfing sail ever made in the history of windsurfing known as the “Naish chopper”. Rumor had it, that it was the brainchild of Mark Angulo. This wouldn’t surprise me a bit since he seems very open minded and he pretty much invented 80% of what is cool and awesome in windsurfing today (moves,style,gear,ect). The chopper is a very innovative and simple concept which works so well in the real world conditions.  It’s a wave sail that is super compact(manuverable), very powerful, provides instant input and is Uber forgiving. Oh and the “Key” to the Chopper is the whole range (4-sails, 5.7-3.7) all rig on one size mast, A nice short 370 mast, and one 140-190 boom. Yes! How Insanely simple is that? You can go to the beach any day from 15 to 40kts with just 4-sails, 1-mast, 1-boom and you have everything covered! So freaking simple. Just that concept alone is worth gold. Now given the option, which quiver would you chose?

“Old windsurfing way”= 6-sails, 3-mast, 2-booms


“Chopper way”= 4-sails, 1-mast, 1-boom.

 No brainer right? Think about it, if you were new to the sport or you’re a parent of a Kid that just got the “Windsurfing Bug” and you were looking into to buying some new gear.  Which option is:  1) Way easier to sell. 2) Way easier to explain. 3) Total cost is way less. 4) Much Simpler and 5) More attractive!  Yup! The “Chopper way” (Did you understand that? Dumb windsurfing marketing people!).

      Another first on the chopper is they changed the sail sizing system. They changed it yet again to a simple system called: small, medium, large and extra-large. Just like your T-shirt size that’s how the different sizes of the Choppers are described. Now anybody “new” to the sport has no problems adapting to this simplified system, but most windsurfers have a complete melt down with this. They are so used to the number system they can’t envision it any other way.  They ask me what I am riding and I say “medium” and you almost can see the gears & cogs exploding out of there head. It’s really funny stuff! Look, it’s hard to teach old dogs new tricks, so probably Naish should have put some sail numbers on the sail along with the sizing system to keep the melt-downs to a minimum. The main reason for the sizing change is in the chopper design itself.  The choppers pack more power per square meter than any other sail ever made. For example, the Extra Large is really a 5.3m, but it sails and has the power of a 5.7-6.0. So is it really a traditional 5.3m!? No, not really. Thus the need for a new sizing system.  Once you get used to the system you can’t go back to numbers.  Say if a Large is too much then you go to a Medium, if it’s too light you go to a XL. Sooooo Simple! I don’t ever think about what size to be on anymore! It’s such a nice feeling and mind relief.

     Now as for the amazing performance of the chopper, I have written reviews, and other people and magazines have written reviews so I could go on and on but I am going to just sum it up.   The chopper is so different in every way that even the way you rig it up is completely backwards from normal sails. The “Trick” is just a hint of downhaul to make a guitar string leech and then lots of outhaul, and adjust the outhaul for desired power. That’s it! Done!  No more saying “is that enough downhaul?” or “Does that look right?”.  Again so simple!  This sail, in some magical way is both a “powerful” and “soft” wave sail at the same time. I think it defies the laws of physics…or it’s just really short! It can power up to 100 and then depower to zero in an instant. It feels so light and maneuverable that you will forget you even have a sail in your hands. It truly is a surfer’s sail by just disappearing and allowing you to focus on surfing the wave and being in the right spot to Hit the Lip!

  Look is the chopper the best sail for onshore wave? No. Is it the best for sideshore wave? No. Is it the best for down the line waves? No. Is it the best for bump and jump? No. Is it the fastest sail? Definitely not. Is it the most stable sail? Nope. Is it the best freestyle sail? No. Is it the lightest sail? No.  Look The Chopper would not win an award for best sail in any technical category, but yet it would be right up there near the top of every single one. There are things I can do on a chopper, that I can’t do on any other sail.  In real life it would win the category hands down for “having the most fun”. The category for making you “a better wave sailor”. The category for “keeping life simple and easy”. The category of “saving you money by not having so much gear”. Ect.

      The chopper has developed a cult-like following. I know about dozen people who have quivers of them and they all love and rave about them! Heck I know a couple of Naish Team riders that loved their Choppers and miss them so much. They said the Choppers were way better compared to what they are currently riding. I get monthly emails of people looking for quivers of them so there is still clearly a ton of interest there. I just can’t think of any good reason why Naish sails would just stop making them (other than listening to dumb marketing people?). I have tried many brands of 3-batten sails including Naish and they are all Floppy pieces of junk with little to no range. They probably work at Hookipa but that is the only place where they work. All brands 5 batten sails will always have there place on the water, as they are all locked down and super stable rigs that will pretty much sail themselves.  All the other 4-battens sails out there are just lightened up 5 battens (the same sail just a little lighter) and maybe in some cases a little less range. The end result is they are all the “same old” and none of them have a compact, 1 mast/boom concept.

    I have 2 quivers of choppers so I should be good for a while especially with that Naish quality. I will never go back to a normal windsurfing sail ever again!   Oh, every year I try the latest and greatest sails, and just one session on the newest stuff, reminds me how freaken awesome the choppers truly are. The difference is like night and day! So, when that day comes and all my choppers are worn out and I need new ones, I am coming for you Robby Naish! I will hunt you down and you will make me a new set or “there is going to be trouble”!  We are Called REEF “WARRIORS” for a reason. Arrrrrrr!

   Anybody else who wants to pick up the Chopper torch you got my support. Goya, Simmer, Sailworks, Hotsails, anybody?  You would be an instant hero and legend, and probably your bank account would like it too!

  If anybody is looking for some leftover Naish choppers there might be some left at “BigWinds” so check them out!


More January Fun!

Casey’s Blog:

I am loving 2013!  I Already have 5 amazing sessions racked up on the reef.  Check out this sweet go pro action that Cliff made from Wednesday action. It felt just like a July day, except air water were both 36F(2C). The color of the sky is just so cool looking!  Also check out Cliffs new blog its pretty neat! http://sailboard.wordpress.com/

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!
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
2-Sup Wave
2-Sup Wave
3-Sup Wave
7-Windsurf (6 Hatteras)
6-Sup Wave (2 Hatteras)
2-Kitesurf (1 Hatteras)
4-Windsurf (2 Hatteras)
4-Wind Sup
5-Sup Waves (4 Hatteras)
1-Sup Waves
4-Wind Sup
1-Sup Waves
3-Wind Sup
1-Sup wave
1-Wind Sup
8-Windsurf (4 hatteras)
5-Sup Waves (4 hatteras)
3-Wind Sup (3 hatteras)
3-Sup Waves
2-Wind Sup
That’s it!  Time to do it all over again.

Love this shot! Glass head high perfection!

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

Reef Warrior gift guide

While Casey has been reviewing sails, https://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/naish-chopper-review/

boards, https://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/118-wind-sup-rocks/


and wetsuits, https://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/drysuit-vs-wetsuit/

for you to add to your holiday wish list .

I just want to pass on some suggestions for those of us who won’t be restocking the gear quiver this year.

Here are  a few good gift ideas for the reef warrior on your list.


There are many cold winter days and nights we long for time on the water.When you need a fix a good video will keep the stoke going.

Here are a couple of fun choices.

The 1st is Unsalted, it is a movie  about the history of surfing on the great lakes.

A must have for anyone who is fond of fresh water.

available at http://www.amazon.com/Unsalted-Surfing-Documentary/dp/B002DQP1RG

Next up is H2Indo, a stand up paddle movie.

I recently picked up a copy at Eastern Mountain Sports here in Amherst, NY.

The movie was very well done and had many great insights to the personalities

of some of the leaders in S.U.P., and lots of great waves. The scenes of Dave Kalama “trick surfing” are great fun.

If you enjoy surf movies and stand up paddling then this is a great stocking stuffer.



If you are looking for a long board skateboard

go see Lonnie at http://www.surfontario.ca/


They have a great selection of boards and gear, from sup to surf to land.

Life is good when we are on the water and Life is Good t-shirts now has a watersports collection that includes windsurfing, paddleboarding and surfing .


For that significant other who is left behind  while you are out playing,

visit Liz at


she creates jewelry made from beach glass found on the shores of lake Erie along with many other gifts

For the rum lover, I recently found  Dos Maderas 5+5 at the local rum store.

This dark rum is a true delight. Get it, sip it, enjoy.       There will be a rum quest review in the near future.


Finally my favorite thing, the wind sup sail.

Casey, Amanda, Gail and I picked these up in the spring and it was easily our most used sail this year.

Nice power (can get a sup board up on plane) and ease of rigging (we left ours rigged all year, just unroll and go) allowed us to get out at a moments notice. A great compliment to our sup boards.

These sail got us out to the waves quickly and are light when wave riding. Perfect for those days when it is to windy too paddle out to the break but not windy enough to windsurf.


Available locally at


Have a safe and Happy Holiday season.