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Randy Bass
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Swap meet
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I am planning on attending the swap meet for the first time.  I am looking for gear to get my 11 and 8 year olds into windsurfing.  I am looking to see if anyone has the Ezzy or Chinook kids rigs 2.0…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Ferguson Apr 29, 2014.

 

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Randy Bass left a comment for Philip Riggs
"Welcome!  I am always looking for someone to sail with in West Michigan.  I live in Whitehall and have sailed Hamlin a couple of times.  Never sailed Hatteras but the long distance race they have started up is calling my name. Randy…"
Aug 16
Randy Bass replied to Eric Falker's discussion WTB - old Windsurfer board
"I was going to offer you my fin until I saw the board.  Not going to help.  My exact same board split all the way across the bottom and is completely useless.  I loved sailing it on light wind days.  Sorry I can't…"
Jul 27, 2016
Randy Bass commented on Tim Brinks's photo
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Dec 30, 2015
Jason Andrew Jobes left a comment for Randy Bass
"Torch is usually a day trip for me. There is a nice little campground in eastport near the boat launch that would be great for inexpensive overnight stays. My most frequent sail spots in the U.p. are  Sherman Park on the st. marys river…"
Dec 18, 2015
Randy Bass left a comment for Jason Andrew Jobes
"I hope to get up to Torch Lake this summer.  I am a teacher so I have the summer off so I can get up there sometime.  Where do you sail in the UP?  Do you have a place in Eastport that you stay so you can sail there? …"
Dec 13, 2015
Randy Bass left a comment for Earl Smolen
"That is where I have launched.  I bet there will be more boat traffic.  We will just have to wait a see.  Got your number in my phone.  I will be camping there again June 9-14.  Hopefully it will be windy and I will see you…"
Dec 13, 2015
Earl Smolen left a comment for Randy Bass
"Hello Randy, Heading up to Hamlin lake this morning. Don't plan on sailing, even though foot is healed and the wind was good yesterday, plus almost 60 degrees. This will hopefully be a short winter. If you ever plan on sailing Hamlin, give me a…"
Dec 11, 2015
Jason Andrew Jobes left a comment for Randy Bass
"Hi Randy. Thank you for the welcome! Eastport boat launch on Torch Lake is a nice spot on any South wind. Probably some nice spots on south end of lake also. If you ever want to sail it, give me a shout. Always love to meet other Windsurfers :)"
Dec 8, 2015
Randy Bass left a comment for Earl Smolen
"Hey, saw these pictures and makes me wish for summer.  I have sailed Hamlin a couple of times recently when I go camping there in June.  Great times.  Maybe I will see you out there when your foot is better.  I live in Whitehall…"
Dec 5, 2015
Randy Bass left a comment for Jason Andrew Jobes
"Welcome!  I live in Whitehall MI and have wanted to sail Torch lake all my life.  Maybe this summer.  Where do you launch?  I recently found a web cam on torch which makes me want to sail there even more. Randy Bass"
Dec 4, 2015
Don Ferguson replied to Randy Bass's discussion Swap meet
"Best swap I have ever attended and getting better each year!! Nice get together as well,,  and although gusty with any luck it might be windy and this is a sailable location, on a SWerly, or a short hop down to Metro Beach!!"
Apr 29, 2014
Randy Bass posted a discussion

Swap meet

I am planning on attending the swap meet for the first time.  I am looking for gear to get my 11 and 8 year olds into windsurfing.  I am looking to see if anyone has the Ezzy or Chinook kids rigs 2.0 and 2.5 for sale before I buy them brand new.  I have some gear to get rid of also.  Is it worth the 4 hour drive?Randy from WhitehallSee More
Apr 23, 2014
Randy Bass replied to Don Ferguson's discussion Vent Plugs?
"I went to a Do It center.  A small hardware store.  They were in the plumbing section.  Hope that helps. Randy"
Apr 23, 2014
Randy Bass replied to Don Ferguson's discussion Vent Plugs?
"It is funny you bring up o-rings because I just picked up two today for a mixing valve.  The hardware store had at least 50 different sized o-rings.  There would be no problem replacing them at all.  We got rid of our ice in…"
Apr 23, 2014
Randy Bass left a comment for Brian K. Boonstra
"Welcome Brian!  I think I have seen you on the Windsurfing Illinois website.  Are you now living in Holland?  I live in Whitehall just north of Holland and am always looking for people to sail with.  It you ever are up this way…"
Sep 7, 2013

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Where do you sail most often?
Lake Michigan near Pentwater and Silver Lake in Mears and White Lake in Montague
Favorite Sailing Site in MI
Pentwater

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At 6:21am on December 18, 2015, Jason Andrew Jobes said…

Torch is usually a day trip for me. There is a nice little campground in eastport near the boat launch that would be great for inexpensive overnight stays. My most frequent sail spots in the U.p. are  Sherman Park on the st. marys river and Trout lake township park. There are so many awesome lakes and places to sail, I try to sail a new spot every summer. Higgins Lake sounds beautiful would love to sail there sometime. You being a teacher sounds like the perfect gig for a michigan windsurfer having summers off!! :)

 

At 1:46pm on December 15, 2015, Earl Smolen said…

Hey Randy, Don't hesitate to call if you go to Hamlin. We have a second home a 1/4 mile from the launch that is getting the facelift. I live in Allendale but spend lots of time in Ludington hoping for that windy big lake forecast. Got a trailer full of equipment (the quiver) that usually stays up north. Be looking for you this spring...Earl S 

At 9:57am on December 11, 2015, Earl Smolen said…

Hello Randy, Heading up to Hamlin lake this morning. Don't plan on sailing, even though foot is healed and the wind was good yesterday, plus almost 60 degrees. This will hopefully be a short winter. If you ever plan on sailing Hamlin, give me a call (cell 616 635 8571), I'm up there for sailing mostly on weekends. Looking foward to some spring sailing. I usually sail at the end of Duneview Rd. There is a public launch there (You may already know where it is) that is being upgraded for boaters. Hope upgrade does not increase boat traffic there. Always enjoy meeting another wind junkie. Earl S

At 2:54am on December 8, 2015, Jason Andrew Jobes said…

Hi Randy. Thank you for the welcome! Eastport boat launch on Torch Lake is a nice spot on any South wind. Probably some nice spots on south end of lake also. If you ever want to sail it, give me a shout. Always love to meet other Windsurfers :)

At 11:38am on April 2, 2012, Mark Boersma said…

Hey Randy, We will have to get together and sail sometime! Give me a call if you hear of any good wind coming in. My cell # is 616 402 3772. My dad and I are always looking for some people around the area to sail with!

At 7:01am on March 26, 2012, Tom Stahl said…

I usually go to Austin Lake, it is close by and big enough to have pretty constant wind.

At 3:51pm on December 21, 2011, Tim Brinks said…

Hi Randy

Randy

My brother, a friend and I have access to lake MI at the end of Fruitvale road and that is where we typical sail when the weather and temp are right. We have sailed White lake a few times when the wind picks up out of the west. Gun Lake is another destination for us when the big lake temps are chilly. I recently met Rob Dykstra about the same time I found this web site. Crazy coincidence! 

We will have to get in touch this spring.

Tim

 

At 2:28pm on November 20, 2011, Rob Dykstra said…

Hi Randy,

Thanks for the email, yes, I am speaking of Whitehall/ Montague White Lake.  My parents have had a place on the lake for 38+ years.  They have since moved up there and live there full time so we (wife and 2 kids) are there very often in the summer (while living in Grand Rapids).

I learned to sail and board out of the yacht club.  I used the race both butterfly's and MC's... One year they offered a windsurf clinic and that is where i fell in love with windsurfing.  I learned on a whaler (not the boat whaler).  Do you remember them?  I think they went out of business 1-2 years after they opened.  

I currently do not surf (have not in about 5 years), but really want to get back into it.  I would consider myself an advance beginner to beginner intermediate.  I started thinking about this early this summer, but was very disappointed to find out there is no local place to get equipment.  Where in West Michigan sells windsurfer's?  Have you lived there all your life?  

 

Any help you can give me on equipment would be appreciated, I would love to sail with you this summer.

 

Thanks-Rob

At 1:33am on August 4, 2011, Ken Gothman said…

Thanks for the tip. I'll definately try it next time!

At 11:01pm on August 3, 2011, Ken Gothman said…
I also picked up a used, but in great condtion, 104 X-cite ride this Spring.  I got a good deal on it, but, unfortunately, I can't use it yet, because I still can't do water starts.  I hope to have them down before the end of this year.  I'm told this should be a great board for me, once I improve enough to be able to use it.
 
 
 

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