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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!!

National Rum Day

Here are a few thoughts to celebrate  National Rum Day!

~ Lewis Grizzard

Rum is a staple here at Da’ Reef, it is the coin of the realm, often used to repay a debt or a thank you for a favor.

Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels.

Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as in The Maritimes and Newfoundland. This beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy (where it was mixed with water or beer to make grog) and piracy (where it was consumed as bumbo). Rum has also served as a popular medium of economic trade, organized crime, and military insurgencies (e.g., the American Revolution and Australia’s Rum Rebellion).

For more on the history of rum click below

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum

Rum has been described and celebrated in song and verse through the ages and I have included some of those words of wisdom for you all to ponder.

Pour a glass of your favorite sugar cane juice and toast the day.

“In light rum, there is freedom

in dark rum, there is wisdom

in water there is bacteria

Drink more rum.”

  • Ben Franklin

 

 

 

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Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest–
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
Louis Stevenson

The Best ideas come while sipping Rum”
-Pavol Kazimir

“All roads lead to rum.”
-W. C. Fields

Why is the rum gone”

Jack Sparrow

 

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.

DIPLOMATICO RESERVE BLANCO Review

Here is another great find, and surprisingly it’s a WHITE rum again. Diplomatico Blanco reserve comes from the great rum brand that we all like very much “Diplomatico” from venezula. Drinking this Rum “straight” it’s silky smooth, with a nice vanilla sweetness upfront that finishes dry and a little warm. When enjoying it on the rocks, it just seemed to get watered down and not open up any more flavor, and of course this would make for a top shelf mixing rum for all mixed rum drinks. End result this bottle gets emptied way too fast! Definitely grab this rum if you can find it!

Charbay vanilla bean rum

The Charbay Artisan Distillery and Winery is know as The Still on the Hill in the St. Helena area of the Napa Valley.

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Gail and I visited this winery during our trip to Napa Valley last April.
At this small winery which rests 2100 feet above sea level we found copper pot stills, where we received a short but informative lesson about the distillation process they use in the making of their spirits, which we could not taste due to California laws.

The triple distillation should leave the product very clean and crisp to the taste, none of the alcohol or oily taste that often lingers with many pot stilled rums.

While in Napa we tried in vain to find a bottle of Charbay rum to bring home with us. Our hotel bar did stock Charbay vodkas but not the rum.

I had all but forgotten about this rum, when, finally, the quest was over, a bottle of Charbay Vanilla Bean Rum appeared at our local liquor store.

A white rum with good rum legs and a vanilla nose this rum is quite tasty as a sipper. It should make a good rum and coke as well as a nice mojito.

The triple distilling process truly does present a smooth, clean, crisp finish.

The vanilla bean flavor is very up front but not overpowering.

A great bar shelf rum, a little pricey ( I paid $40ish for it), but certainly fun for me since I was at the distillery.

The Charbay story of a family owned distillery and one of only few in the U.S. to have pot stills, is very interesting and informative.

If you can find this rum give it a try, it is different enough to enjoy and you are buying American.