Wind, water & waves summer of 2017 kiteboard & windsurf~where, what, how was it.

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Time to ride! No excuses, Erie is slowly but surely warming up, the water is running high, the winds are starting to blow with some regularity & Maumee Bay is as brown as ever-so WTH are you waiting for? Maumee Bay SP, Luna Pier, CI, Boobies, Avon PP, Pats, the sandbar, Findlay reservoir or wherever you choose to rig, get out there and ride- kiteboard, windsurf or SUP doesn’t matter just do it. Tell us were you’re going, what was going down & how it was. We’ll see you out on the water.

The Winter Swell Soul Riders~none but the brave 2016-17

When the winds start to blow at gale force out of the SW you know the winter wind season has arrived. The water will be uncrowded & the beaches will be barren. You will be very cold, your hands will go numb followed soon by your feet & you will love it. The winter swell is for the soul rider, the rider who will go out despite all these negatives to get his fix in. Here’s to all of us, be careful out there. Ride on!

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KITEBOARDING & WINDSURFING CONSIGNMENT USED GEAR SALE~ 2016

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Are you looking to get into kiteboarding or windsurfing but the high price of new gear is beating your dream down? Now is your chance, we take in consignment kiteboard & windsurf gear from our local riders, most of the gear is in fantastic shape with a lot of life left, some of it, well, is not , but the price reflects it! The list will change often so keep checking back for “new” arrivals! Too lazy to stop in, we’ll ship it out to you(if possible)! Also we guarantee to have the lowest price on all new windsurf & kiteboard gear from Ezzy, Slingshot, Aerotech, RRD, Exocet & more. Tell us what you want & we’ll give you a price quote. 8-) Gear will be available until Oct. 1, 2016.

Check back in the spring of 2017 for consignment gear.

He ain’t no hodad Squidlips! The fall winds 2015, where & when.

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“…In the old days, I remember a wind that would blow through the canyons. It was a hot wind called a Santana and it carried the smell of warm places. It blew the strongest before dawn across the Point. We would sleep in our cars and the smell of the wind would wake us. And each morning, we knew this would be a special day.

The summers passed with each year. I don ‘t seem to remember them anymore. I remember the fall and the coming of winter. The water got cold. It was a time of the west swell. A swell of change. A swell you usually rode alone.

The north swell was cold and lonely and dangerous. It was a powerful swell that marched down the coast in the winter. We used to ditch school, go down to the Point and watch it break.
There were light breezes and low-tide afternoons. I remember the rocks and the clear, cold water.
But now it all seemed to be behind us. The change wasn ‘t in the beach or the rocks or the waves.
It was in the people. Some got married, some moved inland, some searched for a new spot and some died.

Who knows where the wind comes from? Is it the breath of God? Who knows what really makes the clouds? Where do the great swells come from? And for what? Only that now it was time and we had waited so long.”

There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues~ Kiteboarding & Windsurfing Lake Erie summer 2014

I’d hate to say I told you so……….but………… I told you so! I hope you got your wind fix in already because we’re in the summer wind doldrums. Its not that you can’t/won’t ride this summer its just now you’ll be lucky to put in once a week & that day might be a very marginal day. Those southwest winds that you avoided all spring are the norm right now, those 12 knot days that you were skipping a month ago are now the windy days.  But there are positives to be had in the summer. You might get lucky and score an afternoon thermal wind session from out of no where, the weekly parade of thunderstorms will give you an opportunity to score some wind before they roll in, as NOAA says: “wind & waves may be higher in & near thunderstorms” , the water is warm, the toxic algae hasn’t reared its ugly head yet, the E coli warnings have been infrequent & last but not least the beach scenery is a little more pleasant! Buy a big kite, buy a lightwind kiteboard, buy a big sail if you must, just don’t sit around doing nothing but complain, you were warned & you knew that the summer shut off was coming! Stop on in, we’ll hook you up with some lightwind gear because we feel for you & we care!

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