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Started Jul 23

Post Cards from Maui

I never recommend leaving Michigan during the summer - t's a beautiful place.  But, I'm in Maui for the next couple weeks, recovering from my only daughter's wedding, and I thought I'd post a…Continue

Started Jul 22

Swap Meet
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Shout-out to Bob Schoen for organizing another successful swap meet  . . .  with chili dogs!Thanks Bob.Also nice to see so many MI WindsurfersBrianContinue

Tags: Meet, Swap, Lake, Cass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Ferguson May 13.


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The 10 Golden Rules Of Water Safety

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Post Cards from Maui

I never recommend leaving Michigan during the summer - t's a beautiful place.  But, I'm in Maui for the next couple weeks, recovering from my only daughter's wedding, and I thought I'd post a pic-a-day.  They'll show up on the Michigan Windsurfing Facebook page as well.  Here's my first morning at the Sprecklesville Beach Estates, on the north shore of Maui.  It's not a resort-type accomodation (no A/C for example), but it's right on the beach.  I'm not a photographer, and this was taken too…See More
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August 9, 2014 all day
OABI BEACH FEST – Saturday August 9thPADDLE | LIVE MUSIC | CRAFT BEER | FOOD TRUCKSOABI is the first-ever paddle event and festival of its kind to take place in Detroit.  No experience needed, OABI features the “paddlerama exhibition” featuring a series of onsite classes, demonstrations, contests, and sprint competitions as well as a featuring a seven-mile race around the island for experienced paddlers & racers presented by Outdoor…See More
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Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Virgin no more
"I think kudos are in order.  You might have saved someone's father, brother, son or friend.  That alone was worth your move to Michigan!  Good work Larry! "
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"I saw this.   It will be a must-have for windsurfers."
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Where do you sail most often?
Metro Beach, Caseville, Cass Lake, Stony Creek
Favorite Sailing Site in MI
Sturgeon Bay, Wilderness St. Park

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The 10 Golden Rules Of Water Safety

Fun is fun, but safety is number one.  Check out this worthy article from Boards Magazine: …


Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:40pm

Rocking Windsurfers

Since we haven't been blessed with much wind, and I haven't been blessed with any free time, I'm sitting here grading papers and Jonesing to get wet, and ran across Shawna Cropas' recent post about some of the Rocking Windsurfers that she's met.…


Posted on June 28, 2014 at 1:52pm

New Caseville SUP Rental/Retail Shop

Long-time Casevillian, windsurfer and kiteboarder extraordinaire, Larry Ruhstorfer, opened up a shop on the beach in the Caseville County Park.   The shop rents SUPs, kayaks and offers kiteboarding lessons, as well as some retail in the brands you know.  If you're in the area ( a ~2-hour drive from the metro Detroit…


Posted on June 9, 2014 at 3:18pm

Windsurfing / SUP Vehicles

Most of us can relate to the need to carry windsurf boards and SUP's - in style if possible.  Check out some of these rides:…


Posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:20am

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At 12:11pm on June 14, 2013, JEFFREY MOORE said…

Hi Brian:

 I have not windsurfed in about 30 years and am looking for advice on equipment. Thinking about getting back into it again. I miss sailing. Have you any advice on starter to mid-level equipment? Used is OK also. Thanks for the help


At 6:01pm on November 14, 2012, Gary John Matthews said…

dang, and I thought it was a given

At 2:47pm on July 12, 2012, Shane Crean said…

Hi Brian,

Do you have the bic fin still for sale, how much would P&P to Ireland cost?


At 2:06pm on June 15, 2012, Linda A. Merlo said…

Looks interesting.  I'll think about checking it out.

At 9:37am on June 15, 2012, Linda A. Merlo said…


Good Info.  I'll probably head to Cass Lake tomorrow and see if I can get in on a 90 F day.


At 10:14am on May 16, 2012, Nilesh Shah said…

Thanks for the welcome message.  

I used to sail long time ago (last sailed in 1997) at Stoney creek and Orchard lake.   I am planning to get back to Windsurfing and introduce my son (19) and daughter (16) to this wonderful sport.   Was glad to see this website for michigan windsurfing community.   I am looking for equipment (sold mine in 97) and feel bad that I missed the swap meet held at Dodge Park earlier this month.



At 10:51am on April 28, 2012, Steve Penn said…

Brian, Thanks for the welcome--I stumbled onto MW from a link on Windsurfing Int'l mag site. Nice to connect with this community. We have a small group of sailors living along the shore between the old Breakers-on-the-Bay and Port Crescent campground. I'm here almost full time. Hope to meet you in person some day. Do I understand that you are from Lake Orion? That has been our home for over 30 years.



At 2:46pm on April 3, 2012, Dirk van Putten said…
Hello Brian

Did my comment make it back to you? I hope you are having some good spring wind.

Thank you, Dirk
At 12:18pm on March 31, 2012, Brad B said…

Thanks for the welcome.  Lake Geneva is a small obscure lake in Northern Michigan (near Onaway).   Not particularly great windsurfing, but that's where I seem to be most.  

Do you happen to know if there will be a Windsurfing swap meet anywhere in Michigan this Spring?

At 10:36pm on March 29, 2012, Dirk van Putten said…
Once a Michigander, always a Michigander. I grew up right on Lake Michigan about 1 mile north of the Holland pier. I taught windsurfing for the Surf Shop in Holland. I started windsurfing in 1980.
I am thrilled there is a Michigan windsurfing group.
Thank you, Dirk


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