Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing you

  • Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing yourself instead of taking photos of me.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Autumn on the island, is my favorite time of year.



Jerry shows us a Great White shark attack a seal Chatham 2014
If the embed code isn't working... try here- [ http://youtu.be/orm2UdjLJdI
or here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orm2UdjLJdI ]

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So Da Local Boyz Made it to PSC

Punta San Carlos, By Pete. If this one is not there, try [ http://youtu.be/h9Waxi2NbC0?list=LLnAe9BqWd927NuNT36Aa01A or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Waxi2NbC0&index=1&list=LLnAe9BqWd927NuNT36Aa01A ]

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I’ve lost a about 30 pounds since my accident in 2011. While for the most part I have just gotten away with wearing extra layers under my wetsuit…This video explains why I just bought a new 5/4 and drysuit. I was duck diving two weeks ago and my neck seal let in about 50 gallons of water. Time to buy a suit that fits!


Video by Bartholomew Schwarz [found here- http://youtu.be/kXR2oZx7qYE?list=LLnAe9BqWd927NuNT36Aa01A  or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXR2oZx7qYE&list=LLnAe9BqWd927NuNT36Aa01A&index=5 ]

************************************************************************************************** Now for you freestyle/freeride folks...if Mike Burns say he likes something...Pay attention.

2015 Starboard Flare Review from Mike Burns on Vimeo.

2015 Severne Freek from Mike Burns on Vimeo.

Till we meet again...








Friday, October 31, 2014

1000 FRAMES PER SECOND

SURFING @ 1000 FRAMES PER SECOND from Chris Bryan on Vimeo.

Surfing @ 1000 FRAMES PER SECOND

Every once in a while I try to explain to someone what surfing or windsurfing is like.
I don't know why I do... because you either understand the ocean; or you don't.
If you are that person who slips into a drysuit or a 6 mil because you have to go out when it's 35 degrees and 30 knots, or the swell is just right... you understand.

The closest I have ever come to explaining it to someone, is to say, "it's like a car accident".
"Everything slows down. Milliseconds take seconds; seconds feel like minutes".
Maybe this video will help you understand?

Or this one from Andy...
Fall 2014 Slo-Mo from Andy McKinney on Vimeo.

Or this one from Iggy...

Ponquoge, Long Island wavesailing from Hudson River Rat on Vimeo.

Enjoy...

Surfing Hurricane Cristobal from A Hundred Miles to The End on Vimeo.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's going on



Thanks to Brook for this one.
I apologize for the Ad in the beginning.  I don't usually use ClapwayTV...
But the Video is well worth it.

Next up: 2nd Annual ECWF Cape Cod 2014. This weekend is the East Coast Windfest's Cape Cod competition.  Kalmus Beach in Hyannis on the weekend of September 13-14, 2014.
Sorry folks, I was just up there last week. You will just have to find someone else to come in last place.

http://www.ecwindfest.org/capecod.html

If you can't make it to the Cape, then maybe you need some new gear, or want to trade up to some new stuff? Hampton Watersports  is having a Swap Meet on the 13th. See Michael's Peconic Puffin for details.

http://www.peconicpuffin.com/the_peconic_puffin/2014/09/swap-meet-coming-saturday-913.html


And remember:  LIBAG.ORG needs your help for the Gilgo beach Clean Up Saturday September 20th, 9 AM

Saturday, September 20th, at 9AM, LIBAG, the Long Island Beach Access Group, along with the American Littoral Society, is sponsoring a Beach Clean UP at Gilgo Beach Long Island.

Details at 

http://www.libeach.blogspot.com/2014/08/gilgo-beach-clean-up-saturday-september.html




Sunday, July 27, 2014

I STILL DON'T GET IT.

So yesterday I sat at Gilgo State Park, [Old Coast Guard Beach] from 2 - 6:30 yesterday waiting for the wind to pick up. 

Nice to watch the surf contest. I was impressed with what they could do in that small on shore slop. 

We left at 6:30 because the wind was showing signs of life. Checked Cedar; [thank god no one was charging, [because they could have hit me up for $40.00 for 6:30 to 8 PM!] . At Cedar  I would have the privilege of carrying my gear a half mile each way, then sailing another 1/2 mile in the open ocean, across the inlet to windsurf the outer jetty. All this while LL sits at Cedar a mile away.  This is still better than walking 1 & 1/2 miles each way from RM2 to the jetty.
I also checked  Overlook: [who would not let me it, because I am a non resident] but no one was there. The beach was empty.

We could have continued on to Demo by truck with Lauralee; even though you still CAN’T Windsurf from your truck. 

I can drive right there; I can pull a surfboard from my truck and surf; but not a Windsurfer. What if the wind or wave state changes? What if I had to switch boards, sails, or fins?

What if fishermen had to walk 1 & 1/2 miles each way every time the had to switch a lure?
Essentially, that is what NYS is asking me to do. Only Windsurfing gear weighs a hell of a lot more.

So we aired our tires back up for the ride home.
The meters looked like it was a short lived sailable burst.

Did anyone catch it?  Did you? I didn’t.

I could have been motivated to take the 120 ltr. and the 6.9 back out in the ocean if I had some company, like I did Wednesday night at RM 2.

 Or if I could have rigged and sailed from my truck at the State Park. I could have caught a nice, safe, wave session. And I would not have to be a mile or more away from my wife.

I suppose I could have rigged at Cedar; dragged my gear a half mile in the sand, then sailed another 1/2 mile to Demo. Then Lauralee could have driven the three miles to Demo alone. This way she could still be at the same beach I was sailing from…

But when the day was over I could either de-rig at Demo and risk a ticket or the revocation of my permit by tossing my gear into my truck. Or we could do the whole operation in reverse… Lauralee drives 3 miles back to Cedar; I sail the 1/2 mile in fading light; then hump my gear another 1/2 mile back to the lot at Cedar.



One and one half miles, each way, in sand. Most people can't make that walk. What about people with families? How are we expected to do the thing that we love, with the people we love?

Have you ever noticed that the beaches with parking close to the water are filled with people, sitting in their vehicles, watching the water. Those people are not lazy. And don't dare call them disabled. That is not how they view themselves. They are just not capable of walking a hundred yards across sand to the water. Don't they have a right to the ocean? I know the lifeguards could wheel them to the water in one of those PVC giant tire contraptions. These people don't want that. It's about dignity. If they could legally use one of the 4X4 accessible beaches, they would. Until two years ago you had to be fishing to access one of those beaches.
Now the State of NY allows surfers access at just two beaches. Not the general public.

In 1987 the United States Coast Guard classified windsurfers as surfboards; not vessels. In 1991 The US Coast Guard reiterated that position.  Windsurfers ARE Surfboards.

I am allowed to Drive to Democrat Point, and Gilgo State Park with my surfing gear.
I am allowed to surf at Democrat Point, and Gilgo State Park. From my truck, with my family.

I am allowed to Drive to Democrat Point, and Gilgo State Park with my windsurfing gear.
I am allowed to windsurf at Democrat Point.
Just NOT from my truck.
Let’s just connect the dots.


Is this making any sense to you? Because it sure isn’t making any sense to me.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

These are waves.

THESE ARE WAVES by Graham Ezzy from Graham Ezzy on Vimeo.
Let's just say watching Graham sail is humbling in the best possible way.

2013 WindsurfingHighlights from jon sassone on Vimeo.
Jon  turns it on again.

Cape Hatteras 2014 - Mike Burns from Mike Burns on Vimeo.

Mike would continue to sail when the rest of us were just too spent to keep going.



Pete on a great West Meadow day. Love Brooks happy dance.


George does Gilgo.

http://www.sdpics.net/p396036100/e117efd6c

Link to TOBAY footage by Steve.



Saturday, July 19, 2014