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 Endless Bummer ~ Summer 2016

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The 2016 spring water & wind season has begun

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Here we go again, the high wind spring season is upon us. By now you should know the score, it’s going to blow 15 to 20 knots 3 days every week but it’s also going to be on the chilly side. You know this but a lot of you will ignore the good winds & wait for warmer air & water temps that will come when the wind starts dying out in June. As is always the case by the end of June you will start complaining how bad the spring was(even though you passed all the windy days because it was “too cold”.) The way to solve this is to buy a super warm wetsuit from your favorite shop, Red Sky. I’ll cut you a deal & we’ll order in a perfect suit just for you. It will be guaranteed to turn that cold frown upside down. Also there are killer closeout deals on kites & boards from Slingshot & also Ezzy and Aerotech sails. Let me know if you need anything & I’ll hook you up.

Mike Chamberlin~a pioneer passes in wind world

 

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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.

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Kiteboard & Windsurf spring 2015~Deals, Doings & the Dileo.

Spring has sprung but the wind hasn’t yet! A new wind season & the same ol’ same ol. If you are new to the wind game or a veteran that hasn’t figured it out yet, remember, IF it is windy in the spring do everything & anything you can to go out & ride. Do not skip a windy day because 60 degrees with overcast skies aren’t to your liking, don’t say to yourself “well there is a chance of rain”- man, your gonna get wet anyway. AND never ever turn down a chance to ride with your friends!  Go ride….right now. The toxic algae isn’t a problem yet(you know it will be), the winds haven’t shut off yet(they will in July & August) & the beach isn’t crowded yet(Maumee Bay SP on a warm weekend-forget about it). Check with me for closeouts, steals & deals on kiteboard & windsurf gear, no one beats our prices & we’re locals. Hell, we’ll even ship it to you. 😛

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