Mike Chamberlin~a pioneer passes in wind world



When I started getting into windsurfing waaay back when I didn’t see myself racing or putzing along(we call it schlogging now) as all the other windsurfers were doing, I saw myself terrorizing the water ways, riding waves & jumping everything in sight, there were not a lot of guys close to doing what I considered  “windsurfing” BUT 2 guys in the area seemed to have the same vision, they were the Chamberlin brothers. They seemed to be riding at a level light years ahead of all the others. They rode shorter boards than most, they did dumb stuff, they drank & carried on, they rode big wind, they chased the wind & they rode Lake Erie. Man I wanted to ride like that! Mike & Tom were really fun to ride with, I learned all I could from them watching there every move on the water, trying to emulate how they rode. If  I could just jibe like Tom I would be dangerous! Tom was more of the technician, Mike was…..well Mike. I remember riding at Crane Creek & Mike rams my board- board tag he called it- jumps on it & walks down to me as I holding the sail & pushes me off my board & sails away with it. I was pirated, how cool was that I thought to myself. They allowed my sorry sailing butt to ride with them, took the time to give me pointers & kicked my rear end out on the water.

Skip back in time for a little history~ Mike founded 1 of the 1st windsurfing groups in the US-the Blackswamp boardsailers. He did lessons & demos to get people into the sport & he did a lot of the selling & buying of windsurf gear when it was in its hey day at the Mountain Man shop. Mike was instrumental in the growth of windsurfing & water sports in this region. He was fun to ride with & a good guy. Mike died last January after a long battle with cancer. If you windsurf or kiteboard around Maumee Bay Mike probably had a influence on you that you probably aren’t even aware of be it water access or just the simple fact there is riding scene around here. Mike was very influential on my riding & as the years passed I took great pride in hearing Mike & Tom, my mentors, compliment my riding, pics & vids-basically all rooted in their riding-it’s what I learned from them & ran with. Mike Chamberlin- R.I.P.




96 Responses to “Mike Chamberlin~a pioneer passes in wind world”
  1. Mark says:

    I’m thinking it but I’m not going to say it….yet.

  2. Mark says:

    Luna Pier was kinda all right today, Little waves & not wind but still a pretty fun day. It was also almost crowded, 4 kiters & 3 windsurfers(counting G & his deep pulls)

  3. Mark says:

    hmmm, could it be an E wave-ish day today????? Forecast on Sailflow shows around 2pm to be the time…..

  4. Andy says:

    Looking to cut out of work early today, gonna hit MB most likely unless the party is happening somewhere else. 1-2 o’clock @ MB is the plan right now.

  5. Red Sky says:

    Could it be the ever rare Luna Pier east wind/wave day tomorrow????? Maybe, we’ll soon see.

    • Ryan says:

      Pete, Jay and I at MBSP. Big kites and big boards. We will probably settle for MB again after work tomorrow. Saturday on the other hand….

  6. Red Sky says:

    Toxic algae update: http://www2.nccos.noaa.gov/coast/lakeerie/bulletin/bulletin_2015-022.pdf

    MB poo level: site shut down for season

    LP poo level: site shut down for season

  7. Ryan says:

    Catawba Island State Park raiding party tomorrow early. I’m leaving Toledo at 8:30 AM

  8. Ryan says:

    I hear I missed it last night. You’re welcome. Rolling. 1st feeler of the day

    • Mark says:


      • Ryan says:

        Sorry Sprint sucks out there so I normally don’t check here after getting there. Better than yesterday before it came up. Pete and I on 13’s. He was on his TT. I went back and forth between the TT and surfboard.

      • jay says:

        Just left MB for sloppy seconds. Wasn’t happening. See what tomorrow brings.

  9. Red Sky says:

    Pssst…..Don’t look now……Saturday wind(maybe)……..out of the NORTH….maybe a baby wave day….

  10. Red Sky says:

    It looks like it will be a while before we get a chance to put in & ride.

  11. Red Sky says:

    Once again Ride Night is not happening due to the lack of cooperation from mother nature.

  12. Red Sky says:

    could it be???? It looks like it might happen today (8/24) NOAA has a SCA up “I” is forecasting 18. Winds look to be out of the W so that means Maumee Bay.

    • Ryan says:

      Hoping there’s some left after work for me!

      • Red Sky says:

        Harbor lt 2 is showing 20 knots gusting to 23 out of the NW! Grabbing lunch & rolling, hope to hit the water around 2:30ish….

        • Mark says:

          well, that sucked, hopefully the after work crew scores better. Judd & the Traveler were coming in as I got there. I watched a very green deep outside wind line(about 1/2mile out) from 3 to 4:45 & called it.

          • Ryan says:

            No such luck. I got there in time to see Pete swim in from about a mile out.

  13. Red Sky says:

    don’t look now but I think today is looking pretty good all you are left now with is the age old question of where to go????? Boobies of Maumee Bay……hmmm….

  14. Red Sky says:

    Need I say it, really? OK, here it is, Ride Night is not happening BUT Thurs(& maybe Wed) looks possible.

  15. Ryan says:

    Looks like enough in the forecast for me to try and ride for Ride Night tomorrow after work.

  16. Pete says:

    Finally made it over to Pacesetter to take some pics. I told Brandon and Corbin I’d post a link here.


    • Mark says:

      those may be some of your finest work in the action sports category. They look great. Nice job.

      • Pete says:

        Thanks. I concur. I did learn plenty along the way so I hope to be able to translate those learnings to be beach to make our “water sports” shots better.

  17. Red Sky says:

    Today holds just the slightest glimmer of hope, but it looks like if you’re going to bite the earlier the better!

  18. Red Sky says:

    Ride not has been postponed until next Tuesday due to light winds & a diminishing forecast! Hang tight my friends it won’t be long………

  19. Patrick says:

    Just picked up a beautiful 17m Turbine from the best shop around. Maybe the dickfish joke will subside. (Not likely) Slowly but surely making my way from the dark side! Thanks Mark for the swag and sweet kite. Can’t wait to throw this thing up to pull my fat ass.

  20. Red Sky says:

    Oh NO!!!! You knew it was coming, this looks pretty bad. Check out the latest positioning of the algae bloom.


  21. Red Sky says:

    8/4 Ride Night is a fend for yourselves. The forecast is not favorable & the sensors are not showing a whole lot right now BUT stranger things have happened.

  22. Red Sky says:

    The last few days have been great considering the end of July/early August time frame. Could we get another sneaker session in later today?????

  23. Red Sky says:

    Pics from yesterdays session compliments of Pete Hustwayte(& a few from Ryan O) http://www.redskytoledo.com/gallery/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=44

  24. Ryan says:

    Road trip to Lake Michigan Sunday. Who’s in?

  25. Red Sky says:

    MB report, Pete & Ypsi Steve are out, I believe on big gear(13 kite & 7 sail?)

  26. Ryan says:

    I’m going to try and take off a couple hours early on Thursday. We’ll see

  27. Red Sky says:

    Tonight’s Tuesday ride night is cancelled because the wind & forecast sucks on the flip side I’m cutting heavy deals on Slingshots lightwind kite, the Turbine. Hit me up for some unbeatable prices.

  28. Ryan says:

    Solo morning session at Maumee Bay. 13 Fuel and surfboard.

  29. Red Sky says:

    I thought today might be good, now I’m not too sure.

  30. Red Sky says:

    The latest on the toxic killer algae- https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en-GB&shva=1#inbox/14eb192c0223d8c8 & the Maumee Bay E coli update http://www.ohionowcast.info/nowcast_maumee_bay.asp Killer algae & poo……..Ohio riding at it’s best!

    • Red Sky says:

      and if you haven’t figured it out yet, ride night is not looking too good, you can hold out hope for a MB thermal, it is every man for himself. Good luck.

  31. Red Sky says:

    It looks like we have a little while until it blows again, maybe Saturday?

  32. Red Sky says:

    I’l almost feeling like I might sneak one in

  33. Ryan says:

    I’m hoping for another thermal after work tonight!

  34. Melissa Tyler (Chamberlin) says:

    This is an awesome article about my dad! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this up and find these great photos! I had no idea my dad had such a big influence in the windsurfing world. Thank you!!!

    • Mark says:

      Thanks, I’m not much of a writer. Tom & Kevin supplied my with the photos so thanks to them for helping me out. Mike(& Tom) got it all started around here & I’m grateful that he did. This is my way of saying thanks to him.

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