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SUP and general water safety rules

 

As many of you have recently witnessed here at Da’ Reef there has been a great disrespect of water safety by a large number of power craft users.

This unsafe operation has prompted many calls to the Coast Guard and Niagara Regional Police water patrols requesting increased enforcement of laws/regulations in our corner of Lake Erie.

I have it on good authority that the patrols will be in the area on this coming weekend so let’s all be safe, aware and set a good example of what watermen and women should be.

As a reminder of what is necessary I have done some research and this is what I found….

Transport Canada pdf link

Transport Canada, like the United States Coast Guard, classifies Stand Up Paddleboards as human powered vessels when they are being used for navigation. When being used within the surf zone for surfing activities these requirements are not in force. When undertaking a trip or circuit such as a group crossing or solo outing, this is considered navigation.
As human powered vessels, Stand Up Paddleboards are subject to all carriage requirements, including lifejackets. There must be one Canadian approved lifejacket or personal floatation device available on board and available for immediate use. There are many PFD options available for ease of use, such as waist-pack inflatables (a popular choice among competitive rowers, who are also short on space and require a broad range of movement) or low profile paddling vests.
While we have received many requests for the consideration of a leash in lieu of a PFD, Transport Canada does not recognize the leash/paddleboard combination as a floatation device.

If everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket or a PFD of appropriate size, you are only required to carry .1) a sound-signaling device; and .2) a watertight flashlight if the boat is used after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.

Transport Canada supports leash use, but not as an alternative to a lifejacket or personal floatation device.

What does all that mean for you?

Wear or carry a PFD with you when you are heading out for a paddle, safety 1st. It is just common sense. A sound signaling device is also recommended.

Wear your leash, this prevents you from being separated from the board should you fall. Your board is the thing with the most float available should an emergency arise.

The PFD  guidelines apply for our friends on kayaks, canoes, and other paddle craft as well as sailors, wind surfers and kiters.

Ultimately the decision to wear a PFD is your choice, choose wisely.

Let’s all avoid hefty fines and keep the PFDs with us and have a safe summer out at Da’Reef.

Below are some links for inflatable waist pack PFDs.

 

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine–ultra-slim-manual-inflatable-life-jacket-belt-pack-blue–15911308?recordNum=7

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/dakine–uscg-approved-type-v-inflatable-pfd–16975757?recordNum=18

 

Minimum requirements for all other craft are:

a PFD for all aboard,  a sound signaling device,  throw-able line,and a paddle.

Please refer to the Transport Canada link above if you are unsure about anything. Continue reading SUP and general water safety rules

“The Red Barron” Windsurf Foil, A Board Room Project.

Casey’s Blog: 

Say hello to “The Red Barron” this is my latest creation out of the board room. It is a performance Windsurfing Foil board.  Specs are 6’6″ x 29 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ @ 16lb.   This board is made to fly like a jet, with everything designed just for foiling in mind. Check it out!

 

The Red Barron
Looking sharp
Much respect for the Red Barron!
Don’t mess with this Reef warrior, he will shoot you down!
Snoppy In the house! On the machine Guns! Look out!
Tiny at only 6’6″
Paired up with the XL Naish Chopper (5.3-5.7) the perfect foiling set-up!
I am very Happy with this one!
Just awesome!

“The Mystery Machine” a Board room project

Casey’s Blog:

Well the wait is over, say hello to “the Mystery Machine”.  The first Reef Warrior designed  Ultra High performance Stand Up Paddle board, plus so much more. This board got its nickname and theme cause its going to take Scooby Doo and the gang to solve the mystery of this machine. Its taken me over 4+ years to achieve my goal and dream of building a High Performance SUP designed specifically for the Great Lake Waves.   I am proud to say all the insane hard work has paid off, this board is soooo much fun and just rips.  It has so many unique design features, hopefully I will get some time in the near future to discuss. In the  mean time check out some pics and features.

The Mystery Machine 9’3″ x 30″ x 140L
Crazy Graphics that make you smile
The Bottom shape is just as Crazy or a Mystery?
Now this shot is a Mystery? Whaaat? Can it SUP FOIL and WIND FOIL! Mystery???? and a Quad fin SUP? whoaaa.!
Now thats the stuff!
Now this is a complete freaken mystery?  straps Whaaaa?
How does it do that? Mystery? Stay tuned!

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