• Come on, somebody has to say it.

    70s, 80s, day after day in September, and not a lick of breeze anywhere. Gotta be the worst damned year for board sports in the 25 years I’ve been doing this. Heck, the US has been getting plastered by hurricanes, and we can’t even get any meaningful remnants of them.

    Geez, does this suck!!!

  • Excellent video from Robby on his new foiling setup…very different design than other efforts, which makes a WHOLE lot more sense to me: low aspect / high power delta shaped foil, purpose-designed board that doesn’t require moving back to the straps (allows straight to foiling from the sailing position), purpose-designed low aspect ratio sail…[Read more]

  • Hard as it may be to believe, yesterday was just day 2 for my 2017 season…and it wasn’t much to write about.

    Seneca Bouy looked to be cooking early, upper teens, so I finished up chores and arrived at 1:00 to about 10-ish. A few foiling and big kites, but not much. I was a perfect longboard day…had I brought it. Looked to be a lot of kiters…[Read more]

  • 1) Tie a figure-of-eight stopper knot in one end of your outhaul line. The reason to use a figure-of-eight rather than an overhand knot is that an overhand knot will get really really tight and be very difficult to untie (one almost never needs to untie this knot, but it’s good nautical practice to use proper knots). Also, a figure-0f-eight is…[Read more]

  • I’m looking for a home for an F2 All-Carbon Lightning, if you’re up for it Frankie. R I D I C U L O U S L Y   L I G H T, there is not an ounce of water in it (much lighter than my Fanatic Mega Cat); CB is in good shape; mast track has been updated to a modern track (lost a couple of inches of excursion towards the nose); CB gaskets were replaced…[Read more]

  • I have to admit, I see foiling a windsurfer as an interesting thing in and of itself, but I don’t see it as a viable long-term idea for light wind windsurfing. To me, waves / swell are much of the fun, so for big lakes foiling takes that out; any lakes that develop significant weed burdens are out; have heard multiple stories and can see the risk…[Read more]

  • Hi Frankie

    I don’t believe anyone foil windsurfs yet; several kiters are foiling.

    I understand that Tom Hammerton, of Hot Sails Maui (now living in PA just south of Corning, NY), is designing a windsurfing foil.

    Been an awful season for me, as work, moving, etc., have dramatically constrained my ability to get out. Only 1 time here in NY so…[Read more]

  • Like new, probably used ~6 times, there are NO scratches on the monofilm, no wear on fabric or stitching. Seriously, it’s like new except for very minor crinkles from storage. Works best on an Ezzy 400 skinny mast (with no extension). Fell out of my quiver when I switched to Hot Sails. It was in a friend’s garage in Pittsburgh and I picked it up…[Read more]

  • Local wind was bad, and my truck is broken down anyway. NY highway salt has had  it’s way with too many parts hanging in the underbody. Probably will get it back after July 4, and many $1000s to replace lots of parts. Good to hear you all are having good sessions. I’m still at 1 here in NY (had 3 down in Hilton Head in May).

    Doug…if the sail…[Read more]

  • Still for sale, heckuva great cartop carrier for windsurfing.

  • Cool pics.

    I made the error of bringing a big board and a little board, but NOT the board I needed (117 Aero). So I was on the rainbow Freak (6.7) and 89L Kombat…could of used more board in the Montana-sized holes.

    I agree that crowded launch sites are problematic and everyone needs to follow the rules of the road. Bikies and wind sports…[Read more]

  • Doug is correct.

    Floatation vests are not USCG approved, and if you were ever stopped by the CG it wouldn’t save you from a ticket. But it looks pretty good and I’ve never heard of any windsurfer being stopped. I have the same basic one and like it very much.

    Kayaking rodeo jackets are probably the best call if you choose to have a real Class…[Read more]

  • Inventor of the sailboard, Newman Darby, passes…

    RIP, pal. Thanks for all the great times.

  • You might need to back off on some of that coffee, Doug…

  • With the Fx as it was, I have no doubt about 10 foot swells. It’s been ages, but I’ve been in that and Erie definitely dishes up that kind of stuff.

    Sadly, it worked out to be too cold for the amount of wind we had here (my judgment). Sailable, but when it’s in the 30’s my enthusiasm wanes unless it’s 5.0 or better. For 7.5? Nuh-uh.

  • When I left, my little hand-held anemometer (down at water’s edge) was reading 28-30, lulls 20-25 and gusts 35. No wonder my 4.7 felt powered-up!

    But I’d have to say that “30” at Seneca is nothing like Erie. Can’t say about Hamburg, but when Presque Isle went to 30 the swells were logo high (see Joe in the pic above). Seneca swells/waves are more…[Read more]

  • What an afternoon! I sailed like cr*p, all in all, terrible on jibes, but had some nice airs and fair to good wave rides. The whole RWS gang was there well ahead of me, as I got there at about 2:15.

    Started off and was underpowered-to-powered on 4.7 Freak and *Board Kombat. I generally suck until I’m fully powered-up, and today was no exception.…[Read more]

  • Looks like the 20-knot rule may take effect tomorrow. Probably will be gusty, gnarly, challenging winds, but it’ll be sunny, in the low 60s, November doesn’t get any better than that.

    Seneca, Canandaigua, any other lake with an axis facing S. Current Fx is for SSE, so, despite my predilections for the State Park, Geneva Town Dock site is the top…[Read more]

  • Cool!

    Yes, that’s Suan (blue sail), Peter (yellow sail), and I don’t know the name of the third rider. I got there later (based on the clouds) and had a good 7.5 session before it got flukey. Scott showed up after it was over, and never launched but did he go help a kiter (haven’t heard the details).

  • OK, wind dudes and dudettes…last cast of the season as I’m away next weekend for work and those of you still reading this probably have a good notion of how to find wind.

    Jazzed to write this for you, coming off a GREAT mini-session this evening. It’s not often that I have a perfect session, usually only 1 or 2 half days when I’m down in…[Read more]

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