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Board Room: ALGIE

Casey’s Blog:

This board is a pretty cool one.  A very high performance SUP Noserider!  that is named “ALGIE”.  It has been a dream of mine for 15yrs to have a SUP Nose rider.  I actually had one about 10yrs ago for about 40min, but then it broke in half in a 1ft wave. 😒  Ooops!  This board was very challenging to shape, because I just didn’t want it to nose ride, I also wanted to step back on the tail and carve some waves up.   The specs sum up to 10′ x 30″ x 3 5/8″ 136L 19LB.  The bottom shape has some concave up front in the nose for hanging ten, which flows into a double V in the mid-section for speed, then into a slight V in the tail for carvy carvy. The fins are a neat 4 +1 fin combination for max speed and grip.  I added a Lift sup Handle for easy carrying and finished off the hole deck with RSPro hexagon grip for maximum surfboard feel but without the wax.👌

So how did this board get named Algie.? nop it’s not named after seaweed. 😆  It got its name from one of my favorite music bands Pink Floyd. They have an iconic inflatable Pig that they use in their shows and was even on one of there album covers called “Animals”. Yes, and the name of that Inflatable pig is called “ALGIE”.   So that is where the theme of the artwork of this board came from. The nice piggy pink color to the Reef Warriors logo done up like “another brick in the wall”.  When I make a surfboard, not only do I want it to perform at the highest level, I also want it to tell a story. 😜🤙

 

me and the Algie creation.

 

Artwork turned out perfect.

 

Where do we paddle?

The Reef Warriors were recently asked to participate  in a  survey/ story collection  for the Red Paddle company. We were asked  about where   we paddle  and  share some of the  local highlights.

You can check out our submission at  this link   https://redpaddleco.com/en-us/location/sherkston-beach/

Also be sure to  check out  the  many other places to paddle  stories  on The Red  Paddle  page,  a great resource  to help plan a paddle vacation or weekend trip  &  to meet up with others in the paddling community.

The Red Paddle company also carries a  selection of inflatable  SUP’s , gear and clothing.

 

 

 

Once Around the Wreck/Labor Day Weekend

Thanks to everyone who braved the chill to participate/help out/ and share  photos for the  Once around the Wreck Paddle.
Even though the morning was a bit cold with a very uncommon east wind we still had a great turn out for this event. 70 +  paddlers braved the elements.  Give yourselves a round of applause!
The magic of the Reef was apparent the whole weekend, as the early morning chill made way to a warm day with a nice east wind that created a breezy, flat water, fun Hobie day. Then the remains of Hurricane Harvey cleared the beach in record time and left us with a Sunday Funday.
Waking up to waves for breakfast, a 2+ hr surf session turned into a great day for the sailors lucky enough to be here.
Big winds were forecast for Labor day Monday although they never materialized, it was an outstanding day,  the warmth and sunshine provided a perfect day at the Reef.
Here is a video recap of the paddle and funday Sunday.
Enjoy

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

First Flight!

Casey’s Blog:

Well I had a real dream come true!  Today I had my first go flying like a Pelican over Da Reef. This is something I always dreamed of since a kid. Now, with the emergence of Sup/surf foiling, that feeling is possible. It has taken me the last 3 years to get to this point; learning to foil in the different disciplines, building a board that will fly like an airplane yet shred like a surfboard (Mystery machine) and  finding a foil that’s good for the waves.  With some pumping waves on Da Reef it all came together and I flew: Gliding across a wave just like that bird does. What an amazing freaken feeling!

I nailed a couple of good rides during the session. It was just enough to get the feeling (but most of the time I got absolutely pummeled). The learning curve is steep on this one.  I think I bruised internal organs I didn’t even know I had, I definitely have some wicked whiplash and I even snapped a paddle in half.  Looking back at it I am  feeling kind of lucky the carnage to me wasn’t worse.  Ya I might want to get some hockey gear for next session! Can’t freaken wait!

Mystery Machine in SUP FOIL mode. Waaa How Whoaaa, Yup its a Mystery
Another broken Paddle. I am the Undertaker of paddles
Pelican flying on a wave, riding the updraft from the wave. Very Cool