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Phil Soltysiak at Da’ Reef 10/29/17

Hey all,

Here is a video from  Phil Soltysiak by way of Windsurfing Now magazine.

Many of you may have already viewed this video, but for those of us who are jones-ing for wind and warmer weather……….

It was filmed at Da’ Reef on October 29th, a truly great day of windsurfing on Lake Erie.

 

Here are a couple pic’s I took that same day.img_7924-2 jump-over-24x4 stickers-1

2016 Session Recap

2016 Flew by! But yet it felt like an Endless Summer.😉
2016 Flew by! But yet it felt like an Endless Summer.😉

Casey’s Blog:

Wow what a year, 2016 is definitely going down as one of the most fun years in history. It was the windiest year I can ever remember on Da reef and no summer breeze stuff either, when the wind was up it was nuking. I accomplished my goal of 100 days in the waves with ease this year, and also got to surf all 12 months because of the nice warm el-nino winter.  Looking back year after year It still blows my mind that you can surf 100+ days on the great lakes and Da reef every year. In common logic that shit doesn’t supposed to happen, but with the right mindset and lifestyle its so doable, Heck I work 6 days a week and I can pull it off no problem, obviously.   Hopefully 2017 is a repeat, Life is Good.    Now to Da stats!

2016

109-Total play days! (12 months)

105-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

78-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)

8-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)

15-days Sup/prone surfing

4-days Wind Sup in waves

0-days Snowkiteing (No snow year)

4-Days skiing

10-days Scoring waves in Hatteras

Best day on the reef– Oct 29th (Everyone was there)

Best month-July( at 17 days its back on top, been a while)

Best SUP ride –Solo glassy session @ H-Bay in Dec.

Best new toy- Windsurfing/Sup Foil.

Past years

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)

2016 Monthly break down

JAN)  2-Windsurf

FEB) 2-Windsurf

MARCH) 1-Kitesurf, 5-Windsurf, 1-Sup Wave, 1-WindSup

APRIL) 3-Windsurf, 1-Windsup, 1-Sup Wave

MAY) 5-Windsurf,1-Sup Wave

JUNE) 10-Windsurf, 1-Wind Sup, 2-Kitesurf

JULY) 16-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf

AUG) 10-Windsurf, 2-Sup Wave, 2-Kitesurf

SEP) 4-Windsurf, 1-Kitesurf, 6-Sup Wave

OCT) 7-Windsurf, 1-Windsup, 2- Sup Wave

NOV) 1-Sup Wave, 7-Windsurf

DEC) 7-Windsurf, 1-Sup Wave, 1-Kitesurf

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

Rum Quest/Mekhong rum

I know it has been way too long between rum reviews and for that I can only beg your forgiveness.

Believe it or not…  tasting all that rum kind of dulls your senses. Soon everything tastes the same, hence a lack of rum reviews.

Then something new comes along and awakens your senses and tests your taste buds.

This, my friends, is the essence of Mekhong rum, th_51

the Spirit of Thailand.

This spirit is made from 95% sugar cane, (Thailand’s climate helps create some of the best sugar cane in the world) 5% rice and a secret mixture of herbs, spices and caramel.

The alcohol content 35% is low, which according to the distillers, should lead to making better mixed drinks.

The nose on this rum is rewarding and yet it does not yield the flavors hidden in the complex body of this fine spirit.

Now, you are wondering, just what does this  rum taste like?

It tastes like the far east, it tastes like The Smoking Budda, (all you locals know just what I mean!) it tastes like your favorite Thai restaurant, it tastes like this!thai%20%20jungle%20curry%20ii

There is ginger, toffee, citrus and vanilla on the tongue, a warm smooth finish. When I taste this rum I get a flavor I can only describe as green. Bamboo? Sprouts? Celery? Lemongrass? Who knows? But it sure is interesting.

Check Mekhong’s web site. It is full of information on this very different and tasty rum. Get some if you can, it was not very expensive and certainly worth a try.

A gift for all our readers!

As many of you know Casey & I  & our friends at https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ Wetsuit Wearhouse were able to set up a discount code this spring for all of our readers and now with the Great Lakes cooling off and winter sailing and winter surfing approaching fast, not to mention that the holidays are coming up like a close out set, Wetsuit Wearhouse is offering up a special discount coupon code (20% off)  to all The Reef Warriors for their Black Friday sale.

Great selection, Great service, Custom made wetsuits,

you can’t go wrong shopping at wrong at Wetsuit Wearhouse.

( A quick personal note, I purchased these womens-billabong-sealegs-ind_321x800

 https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/PROD/JWSHALPA.html#.WC4QK4WcHtQ      

for Gidget as a gift this summer and she loves them, so guys DON’T forget the water-woman on your list, Trust me these will be a hit.)

Check out the links below for all the important info.

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Wetsuit Warehouse https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ is having their biggest holiday super sale and wanted to give Reef Warrior readers a coupon to use towards anything on the site with no minimums or restrictions. Use code REEF20 to get 20% off plus free shipping on your order! Check out the entire Black Friday sale selection here: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuits/category/black-friday-wetsuit-specials.html. Get a head start on your holiday shopping now, or buy yourself a little something!”

The Night before Chili cook off- a poem

‘Twas the night before chili cook-off

and all through the land

every  Reef Warrior was stirring

no toes in the sand.

The chili’s were cooking

all bubbly in their pots

and in each rum glass

all that was left were the rocks

(and the bottle it was poured  from was safely tucked back in its box)

Each Reef Warrior dreaming

of chili and fun

and of being the winner of the Trophy

There could only be one!

But what in front of my rum- blurred eyes did appear?

A shiny red dress

Worn by some dude with a beard?!

I squinted my eyes

To read the sash

It said “Chili Cook-off Queen”

And I threw back my head and laughed!

And in that moment

Great joy filled my heart

For I knew chili cook-off was here.

And soon we would fill our bellies with chili

And we would all……………

play music!

(what did you think I was going to say????)

A poem by Possum

Thanks to Possum for getting us into the Holiday Spirit-yes this is an official Reef Warrior Holiday!

That’s right boys and girls, chili cook-off is this Saturday 9/24  at Casey’s .

If you are planning on bringing a chili please have it at Casey’s by 5:30 pm, hot and ready to go. Remember to  get your crock pot bag from Gail on Friday. It is a great disguise and is even better for clean-up!

The chili queen will arrive about 6:30 to kick off the festivities and the eating will begin.

It should be a nice evening so we are planning on a movie nite afterward on the sailboat screen.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Don’t forget to come hungry!!!!!