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.

Tuesday Ride Night 2016~Prepare yourselves it has begun.

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Come and ride with us. Tuesdays we meet up & go kiteboarding & windsurfing (weather & wind permitting). It’s not a lesson, it’s not a demo-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 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!

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.”

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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Ride Night 2014!!!! Its on!!!!!!

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 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!rn 002rn 1

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