(sorry everyone for the false post a bit ago, I f-ed up)
I am loving 2013! I Already have 5 amazing sessions racked up on the reef. Check out this sweet go pro action that Cliff made from Wednesday action. It felt just like a July day, except air water were both 36F(2C). The color of the sky is just so cool looking! Also check out Cliffs new blog its pretty neat! http://sailboard.wordpress.com/
Well 2012 is over, and all I can say is I had a “lot of fun”! Wow. Any time you can spend a 1/3 of the year catching waves your living life. That’s pretty good considering its was a poor year for wind and waves on the Reef. Two things extended the season; first I surfed all 12 months on Da Reef for the first time ever, and second three Hatteras trips saved the day which resulted in 26 sessions. With all that added into the mix I can’t complain. We added lots of new Reef Warriors to the clan this past year and the level of surfing on the reef took a huge jump up. More Windsurfers and Kiters then ever were charging waves hard and going for the Lip, it was very impressive and fun to see. There were Lots of new Sup-ers getting their first rides thru the line up in 2012, that has cranked up the stoke. And finally! after I have destroyed my retirement fund, I think I have found my “magic” quiver of toys, after many,many, year’s of searching and testing. I guess time will tell. Now to the stats and pics!
124-Total play days! (only 365 days in year)
119-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
58-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)
14-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)
29-days Sup surfing
18-days Wind Sup in waves
3-days Snowkiteing (No snow year)
2-days Land sailing
26-days Scoring waves in Hatteras
Best day –Sep 8th (Hatteras mast high peeling Hurricane swell)
Best day on the reef– Oct 15th (Amazing 2nd Reef day)
Best month-Oct (broke the Aug streak with only 12 days)
Best SUP ride –Hatteras Wind Suping, dozen turn kind of day!)
Best new toy- Naish Choppers S,M,L,XL! And Exocet Wind Sup!
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)
2012 Monthly break down
7-Windsurf (6 Hatteras)
6-Sup Wave (2 Hatteras)
2-Kitesurf (1 Hatteras)
4-Windsurf (2 Hatteras)
5-Sup Waves (4 Hatteras)
8-Windsurf (4 hatteras)
5-Sup Waves (4 hatteras)
3-Wind Sup (3 hatteras)
That’s it! Time to do it all over again.
HIT THE LIP!
Wow 2012 sure ended with a bang. On the 31st I got up at 7am scored a fun snow kite sesh in a foot of powder. Then raced up to the Reef and windsurfed in 30 knots/ mast high waves till dark, even Sandro and Steve joined in on the fun. Then I wasn’t done yet with the day. Most of the Reef Warriors assembled at sherkston for a killer news year eve party. I lasted till 2am before I finally ran out of gas and Rum. Not a bad way to end 2012, 19 hours strait of pure fun. Now the first problem in 2013 is its taken me 3 days to recover from all that action. I getting old. Amanda and I did start off the year by scoring the first sesh on the reef. It was a nice Sup sesh with some very smooth waist high peelers. I am very proud of Amanda for suiting up and going for it. Cause it was cold (Air temp in Low 20F(-6c)). She broke thru the Mental barrier and found out how fun cold weather surfing can be. Session #1 is now in the books. Bring on 2013!
Thanks Christina.Sandro and Jim for the pics.
Black Friday turned out to be “big friday” on the reef. With winds gusting up to 45 knots easy and some sets way over mast high rolling thru. It turned out to be pretty much the biggest day of the year, I wouldn’t call it the best thou. The conditions were very difficult with the water and air temp in the 40’s adding to it. I think everybody got one good last ride in for the season, As it is snowing today! It was Great to see so many sailors and kiters out so late in the season, I love to see other people pushing the limits.
Check out these links too for some great vids of the day!