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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

Did somebody say “Rubber”?

Casey and I are happy to announce the The Reef Warriors have teamed up with  Wetsuit Wearhouse to help you, our loyal followers get some great gear, from a great shop, at low $.

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By using coupon code REEFWARRIORS15 at check out Wetsuit Wearhouse will discount your purchase by 15%.

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Here are a few words from the staff at Wetsuit Wearhouse.

Hey all! We are stoked to be teaming up with The Reef Warriors! Just to get a little familiar with us, we are a wetsuit specialty shop located in Maryland. Not only do we offer 25,000 wetsuits in stock daily, we’ve also got an amazing group of knowledgeable and helpful folks here. We offer FREE U.S. shipping and our return policy is super easy. For all things wetsuits, check us out here: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/

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Wetsuit Wearhouse  is a great resource for the gear we need to stay warm throughout the year as we stretch out the season here in the Great Lakes.

 I have purchased hats, booties, gloves and a wet suit for Gail from Wetsuit Wearhouse.

I have missed many a late season sup surf session due to the lack of a good wetsuit.

             Since I am hard to fit body type, I am short for my weight, Wetsuit Wearhouse will be helping me with a custom made suit. https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuits/category/custom-wetsuits.html

The custom design page comes with an order form where you supply your measurements and the pros at Wetsuit Wearhouse will build you a suit to fit.

I will keep you all posted as to the progress of my custom suit, and let you all know how well it fits and how warm and comfy it is. Stay tuned!

Please check them out at, https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/. You can live chat with an expert or call toll free at (866)906 SUIT (7848)

You will be happy you did !

 

 

Good old July

Casey’s Blog:

This July feels like the old days when the first 3 weeks of July were always windy and wavy, with a recent stretch of 13 out of 16 days of wind/waves on Da reef. It feels good to have old July back again. I think everyone has been catching some great rides. I think fellow reef warrior Cliff said it best on his blog with one of the best statements about Da reef I ever read:

Sherkston seems so unreal, every time I go everyone is smiling. The sailors and kiters are smiling, the families and visitors are smiling even “the damn dogs are smiling” as Sandro put it. Is there a happier place on earth? It was surreal. They say that a good bout of laughter is like a hit of heroin, well a sick session a Da Reef is like smoking a big reefer in Shangri-La.”   Great stuff Thanks Cliff, check his blog out at.   http://sailboard.wordpress.com/

A Couple pics from the Action, Thanks Lou man.

Gail Setting to jump over the Laker
Gail Setting to jump over the Laker
Windsurfer vs Kiter drag race.
Windsurfer vs Kiter drag race.

 

Gail going for it, with a big jump. Ya!
Gail going for it, with a big jump. Ya!
Is that a ghost Ship?
Is that a ghost Ship?