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Call Chris at 231-220-5997

cj.surfer@yahoo.com

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Bob Schoen

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Brian replied to Cris's discussion St Pete Beach, Fort De Soto, Florida Jan 2020
"I totally agree.   In Michigan there are too many days between sessions, making it hard to progress."
Nov 25
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Cris's discussion St Pete Beach, Fort De Soto, Florida Jan 2020
"Have fun in Bonaire and in the ABK clinic.  At the risk of sounding like a shameless plug for ABK, I firmly believe that immersive learning from top-notch instructors is the best way to up your game.  Take some pictures to make the rest of…"
Nov 24
Brian replied to Cris's discussion St Pete Beach, Fort De Soto, Florida Jan 2020
"Well, I've been there 10 times.  It's one of the best places in the world to learn new things due to the shallow, warm water and consistent winds.   I'll be taking the ABK clinic with Andy Brandt."
Nov 16
Cris replied to Cris's discussion St Pete Beach, Fort De Soto, Florida Jan 2020
"Thanks Larry. I like cross-country skiing and find MI being mostly flat is a good place for it at pretty much any park or golf course. We got 11" of it on Monday. Too bad my boot binding snapped, so no XC for me until I get new boots. Downhill…"
Nov 16
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Cris's discussion St Pete Beach, Fort De Soto, Florida Jan 2020
"OK, I'll break the silence. Thanks for asking, Chris, but I'll pass.  In the winter, my attention generally turns to skiing.  I'm OK with taking a windsurfing trip to a place with reliable, strong, steady wind, like the…"
Nov 16
Cris replied to Cris's discussion Anyone interested in a Winter Trip to FL?
"Right on! Let us know how you like Bonaire."
Nov 16
Brian replied to Cris's discussion Anyone interested in a Winter Trip to FL?
"Cris, I've been to Tampa area, Fort Myers area (Pine Island), and Calema Windsurfing on Merrit Island.  Tampa and Merrit Island had the most windsurfers. I'm using my only time off to go to Bonaire this winter. Brian"
Nov 15
Cris replied to Cris's discussion Anyone interested in a Winter Trip to FL?
"Ugh... the silence. Good thing I'm fine going solo. Maybe I'll post about my adventure here or somewhere else. I'm looking forward to it."
Nov 14
 

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Nothing like the Great Lakes

Where else can you sail past sunset and not worry about feeding any sea creatures.   We are lucky to like in the Great Lakes region.

Posted by Brian on September 1, 2019 at 11:52am

September 2019 Planned Trips

This post is about two upcoming windsurfing trips: boating to Pelee Island and camping at Muskegon State Park. I might write a follow up about each if there’s something interesting to say about these trips.  Thanks to those who offered nice comments on my last post about windsurfing + camping in Empire.

Trip 1 Pelee Island: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

Update: See my session post for more info on how it went down...

Last year about this time, my wife and I took our boat to Pelee Island for a weekend. We keep a 22’ Nautica Deluxe docked at my childhood home in Grosse Ile, which is located where the Detroit River meets Lake…

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Posted by Cris on August 23, 2019 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Camping + Windsurfing MI

Having some unused vacation days and lingering desire to somehow get sailing again. I decided to go on a quest to camp where the sailing is good, buy a new or used windsurfer, sail it and generally have a sailing vacation that's been missing from my life.

The Shop

Why buy? My windsurfing gear is about 20 years old. I got what I could afford at the time. As such that gear is old, heavy and slow. It served me well for years and years. I think it is well overdo to treat myself to a new rig. After all I work hard all year long, it's my cake day and there's a whole bunch of justifications I could make, but that's not the point.

My first thought was to head to Hatteras, rent some gear, try it before I buy it kind of thing. There was a great shop called Wind NC which had impressed me when I vacationed there in the past. Unfortunately, Wind NC moved from Hatteras and is now a online…

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Posted by Cris on August 19, 2019 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

OBX Slalom Event

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!

Posted by Brian on April 19, 2019 at 8:30am

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