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Nothing like the Great Lakes

Where else can you sail past sunset and not worry about feeding any sea creatures.   We are lucky to like in the Great Lakes region.

Added by Brian on September 1, 2019 at 11:52am — No Comments

September 2019 Planned Trips

This post is about two upcoming windsurfing trips: boating to Pelee Island and camping at Muskegon State Park. I might write a follow up about each if there’s something interesting to say about these trips.  Thanks to those who offered nice comments on my last post about windsurfing + camping in Empire.

Trip 1 Pelee Island: 9/13/2019 thru…

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Added by Cris on August 23, 2019 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Camping + Windsurfing MI

Having some unused vacation days and lingering desire to somehow get sailing again. I decided to go on a quest to camp where the sailing is good, buy a new or used windsurfer, sail it and generally have a sailing vacation that's been missing from my life.

The Shop

Why buy? My windsurfing gear is about 20 years old. I got what I could afford at the time. As such that gear is old, heavy and slow. It served me well for years and years. I think it is well overdo to…

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Added by Cris on August 19, 2019 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

OBX Slalom Event

It looks like Ron McKay took 13th place in the OBX Slalom event this week!   That's pretty awesome, given that field of windsurfers.  I see Glendon Gardner in at 30th and Scott Fohey in at 43.  I know Don Ferguson is also in there somewhere.  Congrat's to all!  Da Mitt was well-represented!…

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Added by Brian on April 19, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Instructor info and new book for all windsurfers

There is a new windsurfing instructor program taking hold. https://www.windsurfingipa.org/

The web site is worth a look. It is supported by many pros and others to help promote the sport. It is geared towards getting more instructors out there, but there is a lot of related info as well. It appears to be better supported than US Sailing was (they are also backing this program and forgoing theirs). They are offering a gratis Level 1 rating…

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Added by Bob Schoen on September 1, 2018 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Top Ten Reasons for Women to Date a Windsurfer (Encore Valentine's Day Edition)

From our love-sick Long Island friends at www.peconicpuffin.com:

Ladies, are you still searching for that special someone? Consider looking amongst the windsurfers:



1. The ratio of men to women is 4 to 1.

2. They can talk about something besides football.

3. They don’t smell too bad because it’s a good bet they’ve gotten wet recently.

4. They have another interest besides sex.

5. You know they’re rich…

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Added by Brian on February 14, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hatteras IWT Race Results

Some fellow Michiganders and a Windsorite did pretty well in the IWT races in Hatteras this past week.  Here are some of the results for the locals, courtesy of Bob Shoen:

Results - FINAL Position

points 1st race

points 2nd race

total…

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Added by Brian on April 23, 2017 at 8:36pm — 1 Comment

New App: WaterSpotr - Where are your buddies sailing today

US Windsurfing just put out a new app with launch sites and instant connectivity - and of course Facebook integration.  They used some of the site from the map that Dave Dalquist put together, but they still need to add many more Michigan sites.  It's available for iPhone and Android, so check it out.

http://uswindsurfing.org/…

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Added by Brian on March 22, 2017 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

On days like this we must surf

Saw this on the Reef Warriors site.  Great winter stoke.

On Days Like These We Must Surf from Jake Kovnat on Vimeo.

Added by Brian on December 9, 2016 at 8:18am — No Comments

Glenn lake area launches

I'm heading to Glenn Lake for a week. Do you guys have any tips on good WS launches in the area? Glenn lake and Lake Michigan Sleeping Bear area? Thanks for any advice.

Added by Chris Ferrara on August 16, 2016 at 9:03am — 3 Comments

Skunked :(

Well, I just got back from a two week vacation on Lake Michigan.  I finally have a place to store my gear and I was so looking forward to some sailing on the big Lake.  But the gear just sat and sat and sat, waiting for the wind that never happened.  So disappointed.

On the bright side . . . I have never seen Lake Michigan so clean and clear.  After a few days of calm, the lake settled out and I could see the bottom plain as day in 10' of water.  As an added bonus, there was…

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Added by Jim O'Donnell on August 12, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Aloha

I usually don't recommend leaving MI in the summer - it's a beautiful state with great beaches (and no sharks).   However, for wind there's always Maui.  At 200 lbs, I could not hold onto a 4.7 the last two mornings.  Jeannie was on a 2.8, and Dan Katlein sailed a 3.5 all day long, two days in a row!  The Trades are just awesome.  You wake up any time, have some breakfast, maybe a little exercise and stretching session.  By 11am, you can almost assume that the winds will be blowing.  For…

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Added by Brian on July 29, 2016 at 3:35pm — No Comments

2006 Mistral Windsurfer - excellent condiiton

Windsurf board, sail & accessories - $400 (Irish Hills Marina at Wamplers lake) - Call Chris at 517-266-0746

14975 Wamplers Lake Rd

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condition: excellent

engine hours (total): 0

length overall (LOA): 7

make / manufacturer: Mistral

model name / number: Slalom 340

propulsion type: sail

safety tips

prohibited items

product recalls

avoiding scams

Minstral Slalom 340 Windsurfer for…

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Added by Howard Dawson on July 15, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Introducing myself

Hey, fellow midwest windsurfers!  My name is Jim.  I just joined MI Windsurfing forum.  I'm a native Michigander from Milan (S. of Ann Arbor).  I learned to windsurf at the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1991, and have been doing it as often as I can ever since.  I live in Oregon, west of Portland, so I do most of my sailing in the Gorge these days.  

My wife and I just bought a place near Lake Michigan that will eventually be our retirement home.  But that is several years out.  I have a…

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Added by Jim O'Donnell on July 12, 2016 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

Girl on Wave

Cool movie coming out soon:

GOW Fox 10 Interview from Girl on Wave on Vimeo.

Check out the trailers here:  http://www.girlonwave.com/

Added by Brian on June 30, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Windsurf Rentals in MI?

I get this question a lot, so I thought I should put it out there.   Does anyone know of a place to rent/borrow windsurfing gear in MI?  Two or three people, who will be vacationing in the TC area, want to rent equipment.  Can anyone help?

The lack of rental gear certainly is not helping our sport.

Brian

Added by Brian on June 1, 2016 at 6:39pm — 2 Comments

Getting Ready for the Season

The off-season/pre-season is a great time to work on skills, especially in a place like Bonaire, with the ABK BoardSports team. Andy Brandt and the guys are really awesome at helping everyone from beginner to advanced freestyler. If you ever have the chance to take an ABK clinic, I think you'll find it a good investment in your windsurfing future.…

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Added by Brian on March 2, 2016 at 6:23pm — 4 Comments

Sur-Thriving Cancer, Pete Wittstock

Nice article on Pete Wittstock on the St. John Providence website (thanks to Don Ferguson):

http://www.stjohnprovidence.org/about-us/believe-in-better/pete

Also check out Pete's tips to "Three Keys to Sur-Thriving Stage Four Cancer" on the link…

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Added by Brian on December 15, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Take some time to de-stress over the holidays . .

. . . with some Pidgin Shaka yoga

Added by Brian on November 27, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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