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by Bill S.
Fri Mar 08, 2024 9:46 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: March 1st, Windsurf opener (I did it!)....open water and wind.....
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: March 1st, Windsurf opener (I did it!)....open water and wind.....

A 9.5 sail on March 1??? Crazy, at Cannon on the same day/time (30 miles west of Lake City), I was fully lit on a 4.7. So often the high wind line on southerlies generated by an approaching low stops at about I-35...
by Bill S.
Sun Mar 03, 2024 6:48 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: The season is open!
Replies: 1
Views: 531

The season is open!

Pete, Chris B. and I sailed Cannon Friday, earliest season opener for me ever! And again today the Cannon fired, with a nice crew from the Cities down for some sub-5.0 shredding. Let the games begin!
by Bill S.
Thu Apr 07, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: How high do you have to be...in order to perform a forward loop?
Replies: 3
Views: 1439

Re: How high do you have to be...in order to perform a forward loop?

Thanks, Pete, this is a fantastic demo vid–-wish I'd had it years ago when I was going for forwards on a regular basis. Never stuck a landing and sailed off but did rotate and smack my back a few times. Not sure I'd go for it these days, ha!
by Bill S.
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Cannon Tuesday
Replies: 0
Views: 2874

Cannon Tuesday

Should be good.
by Bill S.
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Oct. 1st. is next week! Let Windy season begin!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 2501

Re: Oct. 1st. is next week! Let Windy season begin!!!

Dude, where were you on Saturday at Cannon? The parking lot filled up with familiar faces (including Randy J.) like the old days! Powered-up 5.5-6.5 sailing all afternoon, in shorties...!
by Bill S.
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Jim Oakes injured
Replies: 11
Views: 6916

Re: Jim Oakes injured

Pete speaks the truth! Brother Randy, you and Judd play with the Mother in some of her foulest moods, a feat of awesome daring and strength. Off Park Pointe I've had my rig ripped from me outside the break and flung a few seconds later on the sand 100 yards away. And then there is the water-logged s...
by Bill S.
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Lake Michigan
Replies: 3
Views: 3106

Re: Lake Michigan

Glad you got some sailing in! We have had an especially calm summer over here, beautiful weather but no wind.
by Bill S.
Mon May 20, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: tomorrow afternoon at Lake City
Replies: 0
Views: 1604

tomorrow afternoon at Lake City

Looks like some solid 4.0 wind at the Point later tomorrow, ESE and driving rain, classic Pepin!
by Bill S.
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Holly Kulkulcan! Big "W" in S. MN locats on Sat...BIG "W"
Replies: 1
Views: 1726

Re: Holly Kulkulcan! Big "W" in S. MN locats on Sat...BIG "

Yep, this is the week. Saturday was SW 20-30 at Cannon. Yesterday was W 20-30 at Byllesby. Thursday-Saturday all look 20-30 across the region.
by Bill S.
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Lake Superior birthday present- 2013, 2017 and 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 2079

Re: Lake Superior birthday present- 2013, 2017 and 2018

I thought of you yesterday, my brother Randy! Instead of riding the big water I rode the Chequamegon Fat Tire 40 race in nearby Hayward-Cable. I hope Mother Superior provided--her gifts only grow more precious with age....

Happy Birthday!

Bill
by Bill S.
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Tues, Sept. 11th, some wind in Southn MN Lakes, cm & gt it!
Replies: 2
Views: 2128

Re: Tues, Sept. 11th, some wind in Southn MN Lakes, cm & gt

Late afternoon at Cannon on Tuesday is shaping up for a few rides....
by Bill S.
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: yesterday on northern Lake Michigan...
Replies: 4
Views: 3633

yesterday on northern Lake Michigan...

80 degrees, 70 degree blue-green fresh water, no clouds, bright sun, fan-steady SW 23 knots (26 mph) and 4-6' perfectly shaped and glassy smooth waves to the horizon! After kiting all summer I went windsurfing for the first time. Rigged an Ezzy Wave 5.5 and Mistral Score 85l board. No neoprene, just...
by Bill S.
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: why MOST sailors lose speed during gybes...Most don't care?
Replies: 7
Views: 5577

Re: why MOST sailors lose speed during gybes...Most don't ca

Good advice is to always jibe in the biggest gust you can find and flip the sail early, before the apex of the turn. Many sailors jibe after rather than in gusts, wait to flip the sail at the bottom of the turn, and stall the board as it heads up into the wind. They jibe in a "J" shape by ...
by Bill S.
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Sunday Summary of Sailing,.Lake Pepin and Lake Madison and..
Replies: 3
Views: 2946

Re: Sunday Summary of Sailing,.Lake Pepin and Lake Madison a

Pepin was awesome, a lot stronger than 18-23 mph, more in the steady 25-30 mph range from 2-4 pm. I was lit for a couple of hours on 4.7, Chris B. on 5.0, shore-to-shore three-mile reaches! Mid afternoon the clouds blew away, the sun came out, a couple of barges came by, bald eagles soared overhead ...
by Bill S.
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: So, topic is: Windsurf boarding hoarding..Sky's the limit!
Replies: 2
Views: 2397

Re: So, topic is: Windsurf boarding hoarding..Sky's the limi

So how many boards and sails do you have? Be honest.
by Bill S.
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Kansas City today: 66 degrs. and 23 mph S-SW winds...
Replies: 2
Views: 2362

Re: Kansas City today: 66 degrs. and 23 mph S-SW winds...

If you really need to sail in the Minnesota off-season, go to Lake Cheney, an hour west of Wichita, KS. For three consecutive years, Tighe Belden, Scott Chapman and I spent a week there in mid-March, and were joined a couple of times by Brian Smith and Mike Doherty. The legendary windsurf and kite b...
by Bill S.
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Next revolution: Windsurf Foiling
Replies: 34
Views: 28926

Re: Next revolution: Windsurf Foiling

Hey, Chris, so good to hear from you! And, looking so badass hanging out with the one and only Legend of the Sport! Hope the Aloha Spirit is alive and well for you and yours.

Bill
by Bill S.
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Snowkiting - Looking for advice on kite size
Replies: 4
Views: 3949

Re: Snowkiting - Looking for advice on kite size

Hey man, welcome to the midwest! I'm 165 lbs. and ride 11m 15-25 knots on water, and 10-15 knots on frozen lakes covered with snow. I mostly alpine ski in the winter but find a day or two to ride untracked fresh powder on local lakes or farm fields. A few inches of fresh on a hard surface is a blast!
by Bill S.
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Cannon today
Replies: 2
Views: 2633

Cannon today

So good to see everyone at Cannon today! Late September, 90 degrees, S 15-30+ winds and board shorts! Margaritas and Mexican food at El Tequila afterwards, doesn't get much better.... Thanks to Eric for selling me an older Ezzy 5.5 in good shape. I rode it today in 4.0-6.0 conditions and it handled ...
by Bill S.
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: WORTHINGTON!!
Replies: 6
Views: 4948

Re: WORTHINGTON!!

Randy, I'm so sorry--I hope the fever passes quickly and you're back on the water soon! Unable to make Worthington this weekend, I joined the gang at Cannon for a couple of sessions this morning: S 30-40, lit 3.7m and board shorts! When I left a half hour ago it was still cranking. Rest up and stay ...