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Bob Schoen

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Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Wow, you weren't kidding about the drive! I think I'll keep looking for places a bit closer to home =]"
Dec 6
Jim O'Donnell replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"If you don't mind a REALLY long drive, come out to Hood River, OR, for a swap meet next summer. You will find used gear galore for really good prices. You could probably save enough $ to pay for your gas for the trip. Plus you will get a chance…"
Dec 6
Pam Levy replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Stay in touch Alex and let me know if you find equipment. I always have something in GR that I could come sail with you and give you a few pointers. Windsurfing with others is always fun!  Pam"
Nov 25
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Happy Thanksgiving from South Padre Island

Thanksgiving get together at Mike and Kathy Wahl's
Nov 23
Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Thanks, Bob! I just emailed you about some used equipment I'm wondering about buying. Alex a.sparks.hull@gmail.com"
Nov 23
Bob Schoen replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"I am a little familiar with the Viper and Techno. I believe the older Viper is the same board as my nTrance you see on my video.  I have also had a F2 Phoenix 320 (188L) that is 70 wide that I really like for myself and use with folks that are…"
Nov 23
Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Bob, your lessons sound like a perfect fit for me--I could definitely use it! Your DIY training board looks awesome! I'll start looking more in the 150-170L and 70-80cm wide range, thanks for the advice. My current board is an ancient 66cm wide…"
Nov 23
Bob Schoen replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"At 160#, you could stay in the lower end of that range. I would really recommend finding one with a centerboard regardless of volume.  I know BIC had a 150L with centerboard which would be a lower limit. You could get away with a shorter board…"
Nov 22


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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 for those with a US Sailing Instructor rating if you "join" and buy the book they are promoting. Registering is free. The book is about $70 depending on where you order. Already having a US Sailing rating, I went ahead and did sign up and got the book (so I will get my Level 1 rating). It is pretty awesome. It is 477 pages of full color photos and verbiage describing any trick and technique you can imagine and likely many you never knew existed. It gives tips and steps to take to learn moves and…


Posted by Bob Schoen on September 1, 2018 at 6:38pm

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 enough to afford windsurfing equipment.

6. You always get the latest weather report, several times a day.

7. They are capable of commitment, at least to their sport.

8. They have no issues about wearing rubber.

9. You always know where they are, at least when it’s windy.

10. Windsurfers are generally fit, tanned, and have cute butts.

Non-windsurfing men should NOT...repeat NOT...pursue windsurfing women, unless they are prepared to immediately throw themselves into…


Posted by Brian on February 14, 2018 at 6:00pm

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 points

Open Race (84 entries)

jersey number

first race

second race











Posted 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.


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


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