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!
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.
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!
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!
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)
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.
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)