Windsurfing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Michigan
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 some reason, when the wind meters say 21 mph at home, I'm on a 6.5-6.9 m2 sail. Here, I'm on a 5.4 or maybe smaller. Pretty awesome place if you can't be in Michigan.
If you look carefully (or click to expand), you'll see the tiny windsurfers. No on is on bigger than an 86L board and probably a 4.5 sail.
And after a day of getting beat up on small gear, there's the cocktail hour: