Wednesday, December 26, 2007

My friend Rob

I've windsurfed with my friend Rob more than anyone else the last 10 years. He and I are always drag racing each other, hooping and hollering out on the water, and both salivating for the next session as much as the other. He joined us on our awesome HIHO BVIs trip last July and we're usually at the Outer Banks together each year. He and I also like to hit the mountain bike trails.

Rob just started his own blog and has his own interpretation of our October 2007 Outer Banks trip on video. Check it out here.

In addition, his collection of the best pics from the past 10 years of windsurfing together and with other friends are comprised in this video.

I've linked to Rob's blog in the "My Favorite Links" section (below right). Be sure to check out "Windy Waters" now and then.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Windsurfing Santa

Check out the windsurfing Santa on CNN. Someone named John in Canada that makes an annual crossing over to Buffalo and back each year to raise awareness for homelessness. Looks like he got the local Coast Guard, firemen, and police up in arms this year and really made the news.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends and family. Of course, here is one of my favorite ornaments on our tree -

And a great year of windsurfing it was. From the Outer Banks, to the British Virgin Islands, and right back here in my backyard...Lake Norman. In fact, we capped off this great year with an awesome session at Lake Norman on Sunday, December 23rd in warm southwest 15-25mph wind. After the welcomed rain came through, the sun came out and so did the local crew...Dimitri, Jose, Chuck, Jeff (kiting), Alan, myself and a couple of other folks I didn't know. I forgot my camera but took some shots with Alan's camera. Here is a picture of Dimitri power jibing.

See you in 2008!

Sunday, December 16, 2007


We had been watching the forecast all week and knew something good was going to happen for the weekend. The big Nor'easter happening north of us gave us great west/northwest wind in 25-35mph range. The Lake Norman crew hit it again. Last month was "Smoke on the Water". Today was just plain honkin'. Air temps were in the high 40s, it was sunny, and the water didn't seem cold at all (thank you neoprene). I got a hall pass in between family commitments and had a good 2 hours on the water. We started on 5s and then rigged down to 4s after it picked up a good notch. Even though the sun was directly facing me when I brought out the camera, enjoy the pics (more pics in the picture album...see link at right) and video of the crew....