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Lawrence T Hoff
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  • Upton, NY
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Surfer's ear
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   During a recent hearing test, the audiologist asked me what I thought was an unusual question: "Do you do a lot of open-water swimming?"  "Not intentionally," I replied, "although I am an avid…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Aug 1.

My new helmet arrived today
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    I had a helmet years ago, but it did not fit well so I only used it in the gnarliest of conditions. Eventually I lost track of it (probably left at some beach).  My renewed interest in routinely…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Jul 18.

Comic relief during the current "wind drought"
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     This morning, I stumbled upon this 2 minute youtube video of an ABK camp 10 years ago.  Andy unilaterally decided that we needed to learn to do flat water loops in marginal planning conditions…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Jul 8.

Surprise Memorial Day weekend 4.1 session.
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    The weather has been beautiful this Memorial Day weekend.  On Friday and Saturday it was 70 degrees with a 5-10 knot ESE breeze.  That’s not enough for me to plane.  Instead, I spent each…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian May 27.

 

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Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Surfer's ear
"I've heard of this and tried earplugs once.  I felt that they affected my balance, but that could be me. Brian"
Aug 1
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

Surfer's ear

   During a recent hearing test, the audiologist asked me what I thought was an unusual question: "Do you do a lot of open-water swimming?"  "Not intentionally," I replied, "although I am an avid windsurfer."  The audiologist then revealed that I have small, but noticeable exostoses in my ear canals.  I was completely unaware.  This condition is commonly known as "surfer's ear" due to its association with cold-weather surfing.  Apparently it is benign, and in my case, minor.  Prevention…See More
Jul 31
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Benjamin Sauter's discussion July 19, 2020 - Caseville
"Yesterday was my first time sailing at Caseville. I am looking forward to a future session.  I made the trip from Lansing because the forecast was better at Caseville than at Lake Lansing and because I have enough free time on Sundays to…"
Jul 20
Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion My new helmet arrived today
"Larry, Thanks for sharing this story.  Not that I do, but there's no reason not to wear a helmet, since we all wear one biking and skiing without thinking about it.  I'm so glad that you're okay and recovering. Brian"
Jul 18
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion My new helmet arrived today
"Yes, I have sailed 2 or three times, only after following the established concussion protocol.  For a full week following the injury, I refrained from biking, sailing, or any activity that might result in another concussion.  After that, I…"
Jul 18
Randy Bass replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion My new helmet arrived today
"Have sailed at all since your head injury?"
Jul 14
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion My new helmet arrived today
"I feel lucky that the incident wasn't worse.  As I said, I have no memory of the incident itself or the immediate aftermath.  The next day, I met with some of the folks from the sailing club (two of whom are windsurfers) to collect my…"
Jul 13
Jim O'Donnell replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion My new helmet arrived today
"Wow. You are lucky.  That's scary.  Did a good samaritan pull you out of the water, or did you self-rescue? I am all for wearing helmets. There are two injuries that worry me. 1. Getting ragdolled with only the front foot in the…"
Jul 13
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

My new helmet arrived today

    I had a helmet years ago, but it did not fit well so I only used it in the gnarliest of conditions. Eventually I lost track of it (probably left at some beach).  My renewed interest in routinely wearing a helmet while windsurfing (as I do when skiing or biking) stems from an incident that occurred last month.   If I could, I would share the details of the incident as a cautionary tale.  However, I have no memory of what happened. My last clear memory was jibing from starboard to port near…See More
Jul 13
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Cris's discussion July 11 2020
"    It blew 10-15 at Lake Lansing today.  Nearly, but not quite enough to tempt me. I saw one windsurfer on the water.  I just watched.  Heading to the UP next week for some camping and hiking.  When I return, I hope…"
Jul 11
Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Comic relief during the current "wind drought"
"Larry, Great video.  Some of the folks didn't do half bad! Brian"
Jul 8
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

Comic relief during the current "wind drought"

     This morning, I stumbled upon this 2 minute youtube video of an ABK camp 10 years ago.  Andy unilaterally decided that we needed to learn to do flat water loops in marginal planning conditions (with predictable comic results).  I don't know who uploaded it, but I am also not going to admit which of the ham-fisted sailors is me. Enjoy.Loops and moreSee More
Jul 8
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Jim O'Donnell's discussion June 23, Lake Michigan Session
"How is the water temperature?  The Muskegon buoy is reporting 55 degrees.  Meanwhile, Lake Lansing is positively warm.  Some folks are sailing in board shorts.  Personally, I am still wearing a shorty wetsuit.  "
Jun 25
Brian replied to Lawrence T Hoff's discussion Surprise Memorial Day weekend 4.1 session.
"The ability to appreciate and take advantage of light wind days I suspect comes from attendance at many ABK camps.  Glad you got out.  I'm still dry. Brian"
May 27
Lawrence T Hoff posted a discussion

Surprise Memorial Day weekend 4.1 session.

    The weather has been beautiful this Memorial Day weekend.  On Friday and Saturday it was 70 degrees with a 5-10 knot ESE breeze.  That’s not enough for me to plane.  Instead, I spent each afternoon sailing (non-planing) at the Lake Lansing swimming beach (closed for swimming due to Covid-19), trying to hone basic sail- and board- handling skills.  This weekend’s goals were all varieties of helicopter tacks (and its close cousin, the upwind 360), e.g. clew-first, switch-stance, fin-first,…See More
May 25
Lawrence T Hoff commented on Brian's blog post MI Windsurfing Launches
"Nice! Randy, Pam, other west-MI sailors, what other sites merit inclusion?  Holland?  Gun Lake?"
May 15

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Long Island
Favorite Sailing Site in MI
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At 10:03pm on June 6, 2019, Randy Bass said…

Hey Larry,  saw your comment about moving to GR.  I am glad you want to help my cause.  It is a daunting one.  I am stirring up some interest.  All ability levels.  From never sailed to advanced.  I am a teacher and am almost done.  My sailing season starts now.  I did get to sail in Turks and Caicos over spring break but haven't been able to get out here yet.  I sent a friend request so you can message me.  Let's get together to sail this summer.

At 11:00pm on August 6, 2018, Mark Sellnau said…

Hi Larry,

Great meeting you yesterday.

Thx also for the links about the Scooter and South Bay, Long Island.

A unique and classy ice yacht for sure.

I hope Michigan will prove to be as good a venue for your sailing as Long Island.

When the wind is up, I will be at Cass Lake working on my skills and strength.

Many years past, we used to sail on nearby Orchard Lake but I haven't seen anyone there in my drivebys.

Lets's stay in touch.

Regards,

Mark  248 925-6759 cell

At 11:01am on June 2, 2014, Mark Musgrave said…

Barely a photographer! I do ride a lot though-mostly on Lake Erie! One of the guys I ride with is into photography & anytime he gets gassed he pulls his cam out, hence we get a lot of pics. 

At 3:04pm on May 5, 2014, Mark Beauman said…

Welcome To Michigan!!!  I'm glad you enjoyed the quick ride on my gear!  You sure were hard core without a wetsuit.  Hope to see you on the water again soon!

Cheers

mark

At 10:50am on February 22, 2014, Molly Young said…

Thanks for the info! :)

At 6:24pm on February 15, 2014, Scott said…

Larry, Molly, You'll both want to sign up for the Yahoo MIWindsurf email group.

send an email to: miwindsurf-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

There is discussion of upcoming wind events, occasional session reporting,

launch discussions, etc. The best feature by far is Millard's upcoming wind

analysis. You don't want to miss that.

Molly: You don't want to launch at most of these places until you've got a reliable water start:

Larry, you'll want to launch at Kettle Point in Ontario on a NNW or N wind for waves, or possibly St. Joseph.

At Marysville if it is a strong South (closest thing around to the Gorge),

At Lexington if there's an NNE or NE.

At Sterling if it is a SE.

Caseville works on a SW.

Maumee works on a West

There are numerous places much farther north too, but I'm not too

familiar with them.  After work you'll have to make Lake Lansing work for you.

At 1:02pm on February 15, 2014, Molly Young said…

Haha - I'm new too! I just started windsurfing last summer. I'm afraid I won't be much help. Maybe we could get a group together to go windsurfing sometime this summer, though??

I've surfed Higgins Lake a couple times and Mullet Lake - both are nice places for Windsurfing: usually windy, grassy rigging areas, shallow. That's all I got. :)

 
 
 

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