Windsurfing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Michigan
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 Mistral Screamer (old style) 103L board there and sails ranging from 4.2 to 6.7m^2. I'm looking to pick up a 7.5m^2 sail and another board in the 118-130L range for lighter wind days. Used gear is plentiful here in the Gorge.
Heading to Michigan in a few weeks for some vacation. Hoping for some wind. I've been spoiled by the Gorge conditions. Over the 4th of July weekend I sailed three straight days in 20-35mph winds and got blown off the water on my 4.2m^2 sail and 90L board on the last day. I needed about a 3.7, which I've never gotten around to acquiring because I just can't shake my midwestern mentality that nobody will ever need a sail THAT small! BTW I weigh in at around 200lb. If you haven't tried the Gorge, you are missing something special. I highly recommend a road trip.