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Reef Warriors Rule!

Don't know if anyone has been getting out lately.  Let us know if you are.  Me - I'm hunkered down and dry, with a couple boxes of Kleenex.  The Reef Warriors, on the other hand, are definitely not waiting until boardshort season.   Our brethren of the lakes definitely rule:…

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Added by Brian on January 17, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Happy New Year

Wishes of warm winds and glassy waves in the new year to everyone on Michigan Windsurfing

Hope everyone got all the water toys they wished…

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Added by Brian on January 1, 2013 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Robby Naish Retrospective

Thanks to DaNews:

Robby Naish Retrospective - Lifetime Achievement Award (from La Nuit de la Glisse) from Tiroir A Films on Vimeo.

Added by Brian on December 9, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Thinking About a Winter Trip

Well . . .  if so, here are some good safe-travel tips.  Saw the link on Tanya Saleh's site:

http://getswellsoon.com/…

Hypothermia cold water surfing

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Added by Brian on December 1, 2012 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Pure Michigan

Added by Brian on August 9, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Mark Beauman in the Gorge

Mark's jump made the Ezzy web site!

http://www.ezzy.com/latest-news/mark-beauman-big-friday-in-the-gorge/…

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Added by Brian on July 30, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Windsurfer Int'l to cease publication

Some exciting news. Windsurfer International will cease production as Publisher Brian McDowell joins Windsurf Magazine in a deal to become Editor and lead a new digital project for the largest English language title in the sport.



Here's the official PR below.  We'd like to say a special and huge thanks to all the readers, advertising supporters and awesome contributors to the magazine and Beach Telegraph over the past 4 years. Without your backing there would've been no progress to… Continue

Added by Brian on July 13, 2012 at 11:31pm — No Comments

2012 Rondeau Bay Canadian Windsurfing Masters Association Race

Here is Don Ferguson's report from the 2012 Rondeau Bay Canadian Windsurfing Masters Association race, on Saturday June 30th:



On Friday, the windcast had downgraded to a max of 9 MPH from the SW, Yuckkk!!!!

Friday afternoon I called the Howard Johnson in Ridgetown to see if…

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Added by Brian on July 4, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments

Jim Drake 1929-2012

One of the Fathers of Windsurfing, and certainly an influence in Standup Paddleboarding design.

 

From the Starboard Site:

 

In memory of Jim Drake



"Jim Drake changed the lives of millions of people and will continue to do so.



Windsurfing has made people experience the wind, waves and water in new ways.

The…

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Added by Brian on June 20, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Windsurfing Nationals - some good news!

Windsurfing Nationals Rescued!

US Windsurfing is thrilled to announce that Sam Bittner (organizer of the AWT wave tour), the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing…

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Added by Brian on June 8, 2012 at 11:24am — No Comments

Update on the Olympic Screw-Up

Check out Farrah Hall's Blog:  http://farrahhall.blogspot.com/

US Sailing:  http://media.ussailing.org/Latest_News/2012/Brenner_052312.htm

Also check out Nevin Sayre's Letter: …

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Added by Brian on May 24, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Meet Mark Boersma, USA 17

Just as the Michigan windsurfing season was kicking in, Michigan Windsurfing’s Will Splashtack strolled over to the Grand Rapids area to talk to Mark Boersma, USA 17, about some of his accomplishments - and to…

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Added by Brian on May 20, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Keep Windsurfing as an Olympic Discipline

I just got back from Hatteras to see that the 2016 Olympic Committee really screwed up.  There are so many people that have given so much time and money to train and prepare for the Olympics.  Gear has been developed.  Training centers and programs are in place.  It's really a shame to remove windsurfing.  It's not too late.  Please check out this site and sign the petition:…

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Added by Brian on May 7, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Meet Steve Bodner, USA 4

For the second installment our Get to Know More Than Sail Size series, Michigan Windsurfing’s Will Splashtack sneaked into the city by the bay to interview Steve Bodner, USA 4.  Steve is another Michigan/Ohio-made windsurfer who has definitely made his ‘mark’.  If you followed the recent Lord of the Wind Showdown or the La Ventana Classic, then you’ll already be aware of some of Steve’s most recent accomplishments.  If…

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Added by Brian on April 1, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The Battle: Dry vs Wet

Taken from Casey's Blog, on the Reef Warriors

Casey’s Blog:

So I was talking to Randy from Michigan and he asked me if my wetsuit was a drysuit in my cold…

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Added by Brian on March 9, 2012 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Meet Tim Ortlieb

As the first of a Get to Know More Than Sail Size series, Michigan Windsurfing sent intrepid reporter, Will Splashtack, out to the Gorge to interview Tim Ortlieb.  Tim is a made-in-Michigan windsurfer who found a career in the ‘industry’.  If you ordered a new Ezzy sail, it may have come from Tim.  So meet Ezzy’s main man on the mainland(click the title or the Blogs tab to see full…

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Added by Brian on January 16, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Windsurfing Magazine Goes Down

In case you haven't been reading the forums, it looks like Windsurfing Magazine will suspend publication, apparently to the surprise of the editor.  This from Josh Sampiero on the iWinsurf Forum:

Hey everyone,



Word is getting around, and I wanted to be the one to tell the iWindsurf community.



WINDSURFING magazine will be suspending publication for the upcoming year.



There's still quite a few details I'm not sure about,…

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Added by Brian on December 27, 2011 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

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