Come and ride with us. Tuesdays we meet up & go kiteboarding & windsurfing (weather & wind permitting). The goal is to go riding & have fun, bring your gear & come riding with us, got questions or just want to watch, come on out! We’ll post here where we’ll be, what its looking like & the biggest, most important thing, ‘IF’ the wind is cooperating & we’re actually going to be able to ride. The usual spots are Maumee Bay State Park & Luna Pier. 4 PM ish is when we arrive. Check back & see whats up!
I recently caught up with Don to talk about his recent nomination to the Watermans Hall of Fame. Here is the riveting conversation I had with him covering his windsurf career, his transfer to kiteboarding and other poignant topics. Enjoy!
Red Sky: You windsurfed forever before taking up kiting, what drew you to the water in the first place?
Don: You know, there’s like a boat-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join because I’m pretty good with a bow staff
Red Sky: ummm, thats great, lets try again, your cousin got you into windsurfing in Florida, lending you gear, correct?
Don: Well, I have all your equipment in my locker. You should probably come get it cause I can’t fit my numchucks in there anymore.
Red Sky: I didn’t lend you any equipment….you started making your own boards down there during the peak of the windsurfing boom, how’d you do it?
Don: I already made like infinity of those at scout camp
Red Sky: all right, moving on, what factor made you switch from windsurfing- where you were considered to be one of the very best to kiteboarding-where you had to start all over & work yourself back to the top-was it the allure of the air?
Don: Last week, Japanese scientists explaced… placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir Cort Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland’s local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its local residents and all those who seek for the peaceful existence of our underwater ally.
Red Sky: Soooooooo Nessie drove you to kiting? OK, lets try & focus- remember when we first met years ago, you had that van with the windsurf mural, all the adventures, those were some fun times, what comes to your mind from those early days?
Don: Well, you had a sweet bike. And you’re really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you’re like the only guy at school who had a mustache.
Red Sky: we didn’t go to school together….
Don: and I caught you a delicious bass.
Red Sky: well, I can see this is going no where fast! One last easy question, lets get this one right. They used to refer to you as “the panther” during your MCO days, honestly I never saw it, but the question is what is your favorite animal?
Don: A liger.
Red Sky: whats a liger?
Don: It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic.
Red Sky: any thing else to add before the Watermans hall of fame voting takes place?
Don: Just tell them that their wildest dreams will come true if they vote for me.
Well after last season I hope you’ve learned a few things. Don’t ever take what we do for granted, every time you ride is a special day. Ride early, ride often & don’t complain. Have fun even when its not perfect, jump higher, ride faster & as a wise man once told me “point it“. Tell us where you are going, tell us where you where, tell us how it was-spread the stoke. And remember, Red Sky is your friend!
Tuesdays!!! You know them, you love them (at least when the wind blows), back by popular demand—– Tuesday Ride Nite!!! We close up the shop at 4 PM and meet at some pre determined location by 5 PM to ride. The goal on ride nights is first & foremost to get out on the water & ride. If the direction & winds co-operate you can try out some of our small trainer kites or jump on a high performance windsurf board or the “Bat” if you’re a newb. Need some pointers, advice, help setting up or just are tired of riding on your own- then come on out! Remember Tuesday ride nights do not replace a lesson, they are more to complement it. Ride nites will go down if the winds are strong enough to ride, with gas a $4 a gallon no one needs to head out to the beach unless its looking promising! If this sounds familar it is! Pretty much the same rhetoric from last year, kinda if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Coming to a beach town near you (maybe), run for the hills, take cover, go to an inner room, say your prays & last but not least, consider yourselves warned!
This spring has already been pretty interesting. Just look at all these signs that the apocolpse is upon us: We started out with 80 degree temps in early March where the winds were similar to July instead of the big swell blows we usually get, cold rainy ass days in April, that well, felt like April & a lot of flat water days of no wind. We’ve yet to score a decent wave day and we’re already in to May! The toxic algae is supposed to be at never before seen levels this year, John has already “damaged” 2 kites this year (I believe he is trying to break his own world record of 19 set in 2009), Pete lost a board with about 5 of us around, which I still find hard to believe that we couldn’t find it. Don is back riding Slingshot gear (I guess there have been some cold days in hell this spring)- Man, I hope Dimitri doesn’t catch wind of this! Also, one sure sign that the end is near…..Ryan O has actually HAD to work on some windy days this year!!!!!! Surely our days are numbered, Red Sky is carrying SUPs now! Repent now, make peace while you still have time…..thats right, I said SUPs!