Windsurfing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Michigan
Those of you who make the annual pilgrimage to Hatteras probably know Andy McKinney at Wind NC. Andy is having very serious health problems and I'm guessing that he and his family could probably use a hand. If you're thinking about new gear, or even just parts, consider getting that gear at Wind NC. Maybe even get something that you don't need! https://shop.wind-nc.com/
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Bob Shoen started a document listing the windsurfing launches in and around MI. I converted this to a Google Doc so that anyone with the following link can edit this document. You can add sites, or add launch photos or maps, or comment on favored wind directions, obstructions, etc.
Here's a really well done video on how to interpret the wind forecasts (from Sailboardsforum.com)
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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!…Continue
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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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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
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.Continue
Saw this on the Reef Warriors site. Great winter stoke.
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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…Continue
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Cool movie coming out soon:
Check out the trailers here: http://www.girlonwave.com/
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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.
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.…Continue
Nice article on Pete Wittstock on the St. John Providence website (thanks to Don Ferguson):
Also check out Pete's tips to "Three Keys to Sur-Thriving Stage Four Cancer" on the link…Continue
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. . . with some Pidgin Shaka yoga
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Anyone know these guys?
When Gregory Page arrived at the beach Tuesday, the sky was a dreary gray, northerly winds flew flags straight and towering waves crashed near shore, stirring up white waters like a Jacuzzi.
It was perfect.
"The wind is really, really strong and the waves are some of the biggest I've seen in 10 years," said Page, 58, of Evanston. "It's really fun out there. I've been sailing 20 years, and this is my…
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Congrat's to Pam Levy who was crowned Queen of the Cape at the East Coast Windsurfing Festival. Pam carries as much stoke as anyone I know.
(Pic stolen from The Windsurf Loop.)