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Mike Wahl
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Corpus Christi - 63mph gusts
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Having been in Texas last year, I knew I needed a smaller sail - so I picked up a 3.7 - pretty small for a Michigan sailor, right?  Apparently not small enough for yesterday - here's what NOAA said…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Feb 26, 2013.

Great Lakes Demo Tour - 2012
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We're happy to announce that the Great Lakes Demo Tour will continue at least one more year in the summer of 2012 - we just finalized the schedule.  All the demos will be at northern Michigan state…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Feb 27, 2012.

Forecasters got it right! Higgins Lake goes off again
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Great late afternoon / evening session after the rains moved thru - just like they predicted!  I'd gotten pretty skeptical after they had predicted wind for several days now and nothing materialized,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeannie Driscoll Sep 28, 2011.

Higgins Lake went off yesterday!
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What a great surprise!  The forecast was only so-so, but by mid-afternoon, we were sailing 5.5s  and seeing some nice swells at the drop-off.  Maybe more of the same this week??!!??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeannie Driscoll Aug 24, 2011.

 

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Great Lakes Demo Tour - South Higgins Lake State Park at South Higgins Lake State Park

June 26, 2013 from 11am to 5pm
This "Pure Michigan" recreation 101 event will introduce participants to the sport of windsurfing in the waist-deep water of beautiful Higgins Lake. Introductory lessons for beginners; experienced windsurfers will have an opportunity to demo new equipment - boards from Goya and RRD, sails from Gaastra and Goya. Registration is required - you may register at the park office or indicate that you intend to "join" this event on Facebook.See More
Mar 25, 2013
Mike Wahl posted an event

Great Lakes Demo Tour - South Higgins Lake State Park at South Higgins Lake State Park

June 26, 2013 from 11am to 5pm
This "Pure Michigan" recreation 101 event will introduce participants to the sport of windsurfing in the waist-deep water of beautiful Higgins Lake. Introductory lessons for beginners; experienced windsurfers will have an opportunity to demo new equipment - boards from Goya and RRD, sails from Gaastra and Goya. Registration is required - you may register at the park office or indicate that you intend to "join" this event on Facebook.See More
Mar 22, 2013
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Great Lakes Demo Tour - North Higgins Lake State Park at North Higgins Lake State Park

June 19, 2013 from 11am to 5pm
This "Pure Michigan" recreation 101 event will introduce participants to the sport of windsurfing in the waist-deep water of beautiful Higgins Lake. Introductory lessons for beginners; experienced windsurfers will have an opportunity to demo new equipment - boards from Goya and RRD, sails from Gaastra and Goya. Registration is required - you may register at the park office or indicate that you intend to "join" this event on Facebook.See More
Mar 19, 2013
Brian replied to Mike Wahl's discussion Corpus Christi - 63mph gusts
"Yikes, sounds like da gorge! I talked to Dale Cook (Sailworks) one time and he told me that he rigs his 4.7  (or 4.8?) Hucker in up to 55 mph winds!   I've seen him out there on at least 1 m2 bigger than everyone else and…"
Feb 26, 2013
Mike Wahl posted a discussion

Corpus Christi - 63mph gusts

Having been in Texas last year, I knew I needed a smaller sail - so I picked up a 3.7 - pretty small for a Michigan sailor, right?  Apparently not small enough for yesterday - here's what NOAA said about the wind here in Corpus Christi yesterday:Sustained 54 mph with gusts to 63 mph at kcrp ASOS.I have no idea what you would have needed yesterday (2.0 or less, probably), and quite honestly, I'm not inclined to find out.  We couldn't even *walk* normally in the gusts and everything on the beach…See More
Feb 26, 2013
Mike Wahl is now friends with Don Ferguson and Chris Ferrara
Sep 21, 2012
Brian replied to Mike Wahl's discussion Great Lakes Demo Tour - 2012
"Here's the Great Lakes Demo Tour page:  http://greatlakesdemotour.com/ And here are some of the dates: Otsego State Park,  June 22 (23) Higgins Lake, June 27 Young State Park, July 11 (12) Burt L. State Park,  July  18…"
Feb 27, 2012
Mike Wahl posted a discussion

Great Lakes Demo Tour - 2012

We're happy to announce that the Great Lakes Demo Tour will continue at least one more year in the summer of 2012 - we just finalized the schedule.  All the demos will be at northern Michigan state parks, and most will be part of the "Pure Michigan" Recreation 101 program.  A great chance for experienced windsurfers to try out new demo gear and a low-risk way for wannabe windsurfers to see what it's all about.  We had over 100 first-time windsurfers get lessons last year, and everyone was…See More
Feb 25, 2012
Jeannie Driscoll replied to Mike Wahl's discussion Forecasters got it right! Higgins Lake goes off again
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Sep 28, 2011
Randy Bass replied to Mike Wahl's discussion Forecasters got it right! Higgins Lake goes off again
"Dave, It's good to hear you got some of that wind too.  Either you guys are wimps or I did not have as much wind as you.  5.5's and 5.2 and I was on an 8.0.  I probably should have rigged my 6.0 but did not want to waste any…"
Sep 25, 2011
Brian replied to Mike Wahl's discussion Forecasters got it right! Higgins Lake goes off again
"Yeah, we're all getting desperate for wind again.  August went out like a lion, but September has failed us all.  I'm blaming Jeannie for picking up a 62 L board a few weeks ago."
Sep 25, 2011
Dave Dalquist replied to Mike Wahl's discussion Forecasters got it right! Higgins Lake goes off again
"I had a gusty, after-work session on lower Lake Leelanau on Wed. First ride out was with a 6.0/95 combination, and when I got about 3/4 of the way across, possibly the strongest gust I've ever experienced got under the board/sail, and tossed me…"
Sep 25, 2011
Mike Wahl replied to Daneen's discussion Board package wanted
"Hi Daneen,   I'd echo the advice from Brian - stick with a modern, wider shape.  If your son doesn't need a trainer-type board, you may be able to go right to a good sized free-ride board - that's a board he could use for a…"
Sep 23, 2011
Randy Bass replied to Mike Wahl's discussion Forecasters got it right! Higgins Lake goes off again
"I got the same wind on White Lake in Whitehall.  I sailed from 4 to 6 pm.  It was a much needed session.  It was my best session of the year.  A cloud bank came through and the sun was streaming through holes.  It was…"
Sep 22, 2011

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Where do you sail most often?
Higgins Lake
Favorite Sailing Site in MI
Sturgeon Bay

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Great Lakes Demo Tour

The first two of the "Windsurfing 101" events sponsored by our Michigan State Parks were big successes; Mike and Dave want to thank Jeff and Myia in the DNR Recreation department for their assistance and support.  Over 30 first-time windsurfers were introduced to the sport - most of them young folks!  Additional participants had a chance to demo brand new gear from our sponsors.  Even the wind cooperated with 5 - 10 knot winds - perfect for beginners.  Everyone is invited to head up north to… Continue

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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At 9:19am on February 28, 2011, Brian said…

Hi Mike,

Welcome to MI Windsurfing.  It was good to see you and Kathy again down in Bonaire.  Hope to catch up with you this summer.

brian

At 8:37pm on February 25, 2011, Randy Bass said…

Welcome Mike!  I sailed Higgins once and loved it.  It is Bonaire in Michigan.  I hope to come camping there this summer and hopefully get some wind while I am there. 

 

Randy

 
 
 

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