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Martha's Vineyard in a Bathtub

I have no idea if this crazy plan is going to work. Everyone I told about it said I was nuts. Probably true, but it still might work. Martha's Vineyard in a 12' Dinghy- I spend the first half of my vacation working on my boat, getting it ready for open ocean and to sleep in. Show More Summary

SUP Race Report: Lake Mary Jane

Race: 5th Annual Lake Mary Jane Paddle Race Date it happened: 25 September 2016. Host/Sponsor: Hosted by Wave of Wellness, a sup-based fitness / tour / yoga business run by Jessica Cichra. Sponsored by Albert Cichra Builders, a marine construction company that makes nice docks for lake houses and such. Show More Summary

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME!

For the second year in a row, our local windsurfing fleet is growing and we’re seeing more slalom racing on the San Francisco city front! It’s an easy to grasp format: if you can gybe, you can race! Come for the race and stay for the party. Show More Summary

ABK's Secret Clinic

At an undisclosed location on a special body of water to be named never (though its attributes…warmth, friendliness to beginners, shallowliness..may be reported) the mighty ABK traveling windsurfing clinic engaged with a group of windsurfing students for a clinique extraordinaire....

Martha My Dear

9-10-2016Josh and I make it over to Martha's Vineyard in his boat for kiting and fishing! This has been a goal for both us with our boating this year. Josh kiting in Katama Bay Is it crazy to come over here with his 40 year old motor that cuts out frequently? Yes, probably. Show More Summary

New Old Formula Windsurf Board, Again

This is my new old windsurf board. It's an Exocet Turbo Formula II from (I think) 2004. It's 230 cm long x 100 cm wide, with a 70 cm fin. It is a grand irony that this is the exact model of formula board I had FOUR boards ago when I lived in Fort Pierce. Show More Summary

SUP Race Report: CGT Summer Race #7

Race: Race #7 in the CGT Summer Time Trial series. Date it happened: 18 September 2016. Host: CGT Kayaks and Paddleboards, which you can become a groupie of by joining the CGT Tribe facebook page. Location: Riverside Park on the Imperial River in downtown Bonita Springs, Florida. Show More Summary

The Kook is Back

Watch out, world...I'm back on the water. After two months of landlocked exile, I returned to windsurfing yesterday, sailing with Bill at Mecox. Beautiful 6.2 conditions, and a jibatorium perfect for remembering how to do this darn sport. We ripped...

SUP Race Report: Ocean Warrior Challenge

Men's 14' sup podium- 1st Place Ryan Helm (center), 2nd place Vinnicius Martins (left), 3rd place Garrett Fletcher (right). Race: The Ocean Warrior Challenge. Date it happened: 11 September 2016 Host: The Town of Jupiter and Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. Show More Summary

Hermine: Windsurf, WindSUP, SUP, and SUP-repair sessions

Last week I was out on the water just about every day after work, as we had an extended period of Gulf of Mexico wave and wind action related to the passage of Tropical Storm Hermine. Tuesday, 30 August- There were strong onshore winds all day while I was at work. Show More Summary

Windsurfing Swap Meet (and SUP and Kiteboarding) Coming...

...September 17th at Hampton Watersports. Ainchoo on their email list? Cause it says: Saturday, 9AM to 4PM. Buy or sell used Standup Paddleboarding, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding and Surfing gear. Buying - closeouts available, specials on closeout '16 equipment, and loads of...

SUP Race Report: CGT Summer Race #6

Race: Race #6 in the CGT Summer Time Trial series. Date it happened: 28 August 2016. Host: CGT Kayaks and Paddleboards, which you can become a groupie of by joining the CGT Tribe facebook page. Location: Riverside Park on the Imperial River in downtown Bonita Springs, Florida. Show More Summary

National Parks Centennial

Happy 100th Birthday To Our National Parks! The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25th, 2016. In honor of this grand birthday, here is a list of our family trip reports to several of the western states National Parks from recent years past (click on the link for each specific trip report)....and videos below that. Show More Summary

SUP Race Report: RK Sunshine SUP Series #2

Photos pending...Race: The second and final of two races in the RK Sunshine SUP Series. (The first was on June 18th.) Date it happened: 27 August 2016. Host / Sponsors / Benefitting: Hosted by Island Water Sports, organized by racers Victoria Burgess and Roray Kam. Show More Summary

What Are You Thankful For?

8/24/16 Blue skies overhead, a trail beneath my feet, wonderful hiking company. This is what I'm thankful for. Ben On top of Mt Flume 2 peaks- Mt Flume, Mt Liberty. Flume Slide Trail up. Liberty Spring Trail down.

You Never Forget How to Ride a Bike

8/21/16 Kiting with Josh This is Josh's first session in 2 years. I thought I'd get to see some really good crashes! I was disappointed.

My New Kite Boat

Goodbye little red bathtub. Kiting in Chatham 7/16/16 Hello little gray bathtub. Kiting at Horseneck West End 8/5/16 My old boat was 10'. My new one is 11.5'. Just big enough to go looking for bigger trouble. I'm sorry to see the old red boat go. I have such great family memories in that little old boat.

On progress...

Progress- it doesn't come easy or fast but when you least expect it. Sometimes it doesn't seem to come at all despite everything you'd hoped for. The important thing- is to keep moving forwardI've been on the kite foil now for just over a 18 months- jump starting into the new discipline just after having learned how to kite a year or so before that. Show More Summary

North Sails in Manhattan?

"A new windsurfing shop in Manhattan" I wondered? Then "could it be a sailboat store?" No and No. At the site of what used to be Paul Smith's menswear shop (where I once interviewed Dee Dee Ramone) North Sails now...

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