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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

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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

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

“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!

Reef Warriors support Adaptive Watersports

As Reef Warriors or followers of our site you know we are passionate about enjoying time on the water. Gidget and I are taking that passion and helping open up the world of watersports to a wider group. We are supporting  the efforts of Steve Spitz and WNY Adaptive Watersports and the newly formed WNY chapter of Team River Runner on behalf of the reef warriors.

WNY Adaptive Watersports is a local program which helps  the disabled and physically challenged enjoy the watersports including sailing, waterskiing, scuba and fishing. The kayaking component needed more attention so that spurred the linkage with Team River Runner

Team river runner is a national program to help disabled veterans kayak and sup. The newly formed WNY Chapter is in its infancy and is looking to grow in this region. Although its focus is on disabled veterans the WNY chapter is opening this up to the community at large.

We are spreading the word about these programs and hoping to stir up more support. Gidget and I were involved in an early planning meeting and will be volunteering at some of the upcoming water events. We wish to spread the word among the Reef faithful and ask for any help you can provide.

At this early stage the WNY chapter of Team River Runner is looking for support in many different ways. This may be in the form of gear (kayaks, gently used life jackets) your time for organizational meetings and paddle events and of course monetary donations.

We hope you will consider sharing what you can to  give back to the community and help others find that same enjoyment on the water whether it be a calm paddle or catching a wave!

For more info: please contact

Lou or Gail (Gidget) at reefwarriors@outlook.com

or

Steve Spitz at

Spitzskier@gmail.com