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!
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)
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.
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)
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!
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.
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,
(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……………
(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.