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More Smiles per Mile!!!!!

Need photos and articles!!!!



Early Aug '16 Morning

I got to the beach on an early August morning, the water was flat at the moment. I quickly rigged and was ready waiting for a ripple to appear. As I looked out on water, I could see wind starting to spool lightly on the water. Then one wave appeared. I headed to the water with my gear. Once on water white caps started to appear, wind was blowing around 15 mph. It was a great 4hrs of sailing.

Jared Reifenstein



Windsurfing restored to Brazil 2016 Olympic 11/24/15

We are pleased to relay the information that Windsurf will be back for Olympics 2016 and indeed, protests and petitions do work sometimes.
Thanks a lot for signing up the petition.
From: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/20284543 (also other reports on the web)
Windsurfing restored to Brazil 2016 Olympics
Windsurfing will remain in the Olympic programme after the International Sailing Federation reversed a decision to replace it with kiteboarding.

Both men's and women's windsurfing will be retained after a vote at the governing body's annual general meeting in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

The reversal comes after a surprise decision in May to drop windsurfing for kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympics.

Delegates later blamed the move on confusion due to language difficulties.

The ISAF at the time described the move as a "fantastic addition" but windsurfing federations vowed to pressure sailing chiefs to reinstate their sport.

British windsurfer Nick Dempsey, who won silver at last summer's London Olympics, condemned the decision as "bizarre" back in May.

Israel's sailing chief Yehuda Maayan later revealed that, in voting for kiteboarding, delegates had probably been confused or did not understand the motion because of ambiguous language translations.

Among those, the Spanish Sailing Federation has since acknowledged that its representative voted for kiteboarding by mistake.

The Royal Yachting Association has been among those campaigning for windsurfing and its performance director, John Derbyshire, said: "This is what the membership of the RYA asked for.

"We have a very strong youth pathway and some 10,000 windsurfing members of the RYA, so on their behalf we are delighted with the decision.

"We obviously have great compassion towards the kiteboarding community, with whom we have been working very closely, and I am sure that they will continue to work very closely with both the RYA and ISAF families with a view to gaining inclusion for the discipline in future Olympic Games.

"We can now look forward to preparing for Rio 2016 with the clarity that this decision brings." 


Subject: Gallagher Beach
 by Michael Celej 7/25/2016

The most recent spate of warm summer weather has Buffalo area residents seeking ways to beat the heat, with area beaches well attended. The Buffalo News has often published photos of sweltering individuals enjoying the cool water of Gallagher Beach, despite the posting of a single sign proclaiming ' No Swimming, No Lifeguard on Duty'. The other sign present, asking people to clean up after their dogs, is also obviously disregarded, as anyone who wants a no-leash experience for 'Fido' knows he can have it here. Disposal of human excrement is also an issue, with a single porta pottie on site, which is usually found vandalized by Monday morning. The parking lot has not been striped in years, causing road rage when drivers are blocked in, or access to the water by windsurfers or kayakers is blocked by vehicles parked helter-skelter. Monday morning will also find debris to include discarded footware, clothing and underwear, as well as cans and bottles discarded by inebriated 'guests'.
   As an avid windsurfer, I have observed these conditions and more. Safety issues are numerous, to include toddlers unattended at the water's edge, youths jumping off the fishing pier into shallow water, and, this past Sunday, a power boater attempting to pull tubers from the midst of the crowd of swimmers, oblivious to his turning propeller. The NFTA apparently feels it is good judgment to create an attraction, and then ignore the obvious lack of patrol and enforcement of regulations. Even with area beaches available at Beaver Island, Woodlawn and beyond, there is still the market for location where 'no rules' behavior abounds. The inevitable tragedy will stir action by the NFTA, but it needs to act before the fact, not after.

A Windsurfing Haiku Poem 
 by Ross Rottner


White caps were forming

The sun was shining brightly

I rigged up quickly


Sand blew on the beach

Umbrellas flew everywhere

Children were running


Waves and rollers grew

Paul yelled 6.5, Pete 5.7

Cliff shouted 5.5


Sails filled, surfers flew

Jumping high, getting big air

Shaka shaka, stoked


No Excuses

by Dave Moomaw and New Jersey Windsurfing Association 7/22/12

All of us have heard the usual excuses (and sometimes have
used them ourselves) for not getting out on the water: it’s too
cold, it’s too hot, it’s too cloudy the water’s too choppy, the
wind is too light, the wind is too strong, the wind is too gusty,
the wind is from the wrong direction, I have the wrong board,
I have the wrong rig, my joints ache etc. etc. Well for all of
those who all too easily find one of these convenient
excuses for not getting out there and challenging
themselves, in this issue, we have an article written by a
good friend of ours, Dave Moomaw, who spends his
summers sailing in upstate New York, and his winters sailing
in Bonaire.
From a distance it appears that there is nothing about Dave
that makes him stand out from the rest of the windsurfers on
the water, apart from being an excellent sailor. However,
look closely at the photograph below and you can see what
makes Dave special.

Dave unfortunately lost his right leg a number of years ago in
a motorcycle accident. This was before he decided to take
up windsurfing! Dave has had to overcome many challenges
to get so proficient at the sport. Fortunately, being persistent
by nature and an inventor by trade has allowed Dave to
overcome these challenges. In his article, Dave discusses
how he got into windsurfing and what adaptations he has
had to make, and the challenges he had had to overcome, to
allow him to enjoy the sport that he is so clearly fanatical
about. It has always impressed us that Dave rarely
complains about his own circumstances or the water and
weather conditions. In light winds, we have even seen him
taking out an 11.00 m 2 sail! just to get out on the water.
 It is true that back in NJ not everyday can be considered
epic. But this should not be an excuse for not getting out.
When winds are light, why not use the conditions for
practicing light wind freestyle maneuvers. Apart from being
fun and a surprisingly good workout it is great training for
high wind short board transitions such as fast tacks, planning
jibes and duck jibes. Freestyle maneuvers can best be
practiced on a larger board (>120 L) and a small sail (4-5 m 2)
in flat water. It is relatively easy to master new maneuvers
such as clew first beach starts, clew first sailing, heli-tacks
(see also ―On the Water‖ for a video link of Mik practicing
short board heli-tacks), push tacks, backwinded sailing,
switch-stance sailing, fin-first sailing, ducking the sail,
 nonplaining jibes, duck jibes, tacks, and sail and body 360s on a
big board with a small rig. However, it is recommended
getting instructions from Jack or Petra to be taught the
correct technique to shorten the learning curve. In addition,
there are some excellent DVDs available such as the
―Showing off‖ series by Peter Hart. Just don’t except to be
able to perfect a body drag under light wind conditions!
For those who do not feel like going through the process of
rigging and de-rigging for just playing around, why not try
SUP or Kayaking. Although not providing the thrill of
windsurfing in high winds, they still can provide a most
enjoyable afternoon out on the water. Furthermore, SUP can
be a really good workout.
So next time conditions are not perfect for windsurfing, why
not ask yourself what you would rather be doing – watching
the grass grow (or even worse, being forced to cut the grass)
or getting out on the water enjoying yourself, getting a
workout, and improving your skills.


By Mike Celej 7/22/12

How many times has it happened? The forecast is for 10-20 knots at the coast guard, it's blowing hard at your house, or at work, and you arrive at cargill or hamburg to find the bubble has done you in! The cool air over the lake will not allow the breeze to reach the water surface. On other days, if the air temp is a bit lower, a thermal will increase the forecast wind speed, and oops! you didn't bring your 5.5 and 90 liter board.
    It's all part of the experience, whatever your interests are on the water. The lakes cause us to experience 'micro weather', with conditions changing over very short distances. The local weather tv gurus and the noaa forecasters pretty much ignore this fact, giving us the macro view.We have to use our own experience, available forecast tools, and communication with our fellow water brothers and sisters to deal with it. Or buy a jet ski.
      Seriously, the last couple of weeks have demonstrated some of the fickle tricks nature can play. July 21, Thursday, found great 6.0 conditions at cargill, from 9am till 1230. The wind then ramped to 5.0 or better, and then proceeded to drop slowly thru the very warm afternoon. But, hamburg town park continued going off with 4.5 to 6.0 thru the afternoon. Over previous days, checking the wind at the Buffalo Airport showed northeast wind around 10 mph, while thermals at the coast guard were west, 10-15 knots. I am not making this up!! A couple of years ago, Denny and I were on 8.5' s at Bowen Rd on light north wind, and when we called Dave M to tip him off, we found that he was at cargill in 6.5 west conditions. So, a lot can happen in the space of 10 miles or less.
    On another note, wny watermen have entered the digital age, or at least opened the door to it with the activity on facebook. Please consider enabling texting on your cell phone, if you have one of those contraptions. In this busy age, it is a lot easier to respond a text than a call.
    Thanks again to the Curtis clan for all they do for local windsurfing enthusiasts. Its great to see new and old friends at the picnics, and be sure to stop at the shop and buy some of my old gear.Please. Don't forget to join or renew your club membership. See you on the water.




Ready, Set.....Windsurf!

By Robin Curtis 7/15/11


Okay, so maybe you don't take a windsurfing vacation in Hatteras this year....maybe you just skied until the snow melted even in in the mountains and then just like that, it's Summer and time to drag the board rack out of the garage and put Summer toys on the truck. Yay! Can't wait to splash into the water and zip across Cargill Harbor on a breezy day. Hey, wait...I haven't worked THOSE muscles for almost nine months! Don't panic....let's review....


Ideally, we would have been doing shoulder, back, biceps and triceps for the last three months. As this, however, is less than a perfect world, let's assume we have made a few feeble attempts at getting in shape, but are still pretty wimpy. If all of a sudden, a perfect sailing day comes upon you and, in spite of your surprising lack of tone, you dash out the door with your wetsuit flapping behind you. Hold on....just stop for two minutes and stretch....you know your shoulders, forearms, upper arms. Then go sail until you can't hold the boom anymore...then wait: as you pause on the beach wondering how in the world you will ever be able to transport all that equipment that found it's way to the beach back up to your vehicle, stretch again...slower, longer this time.


The next day there will be that satisfying stiffness we all know and love. But perhaps not quite as excruciating as it could have been simply because we took a couple of extra minutes before, and especially after, sailing.


Stretching is easily overlooked during our athletic activities, but it has been proven to improve our flexibility, which enhances athletic performance and decreases the risk of injuries. By improving flexibility, which can, by the way, be done at any age, our joints are better able to move through their full range of motion, decreasing the risk of tendinitis or worse. Of course, there are those who think stretching has little or no benefit. The truth is: stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles. It is a good idea to stretch before you take to the water, or running path or whatever, but even more important to remember to do it after.


It only takes a few moments, so while you are doing it, take some deep breaths to add a little oxygen to the blood for good measure, and take a look around. Enjoy where you are...the beautiful day, the sunset, your friends sailing or socializing....it can be more theraputic than you think!





The WNYWA Website is back and better than ever!  Check out pictures, sailing sites, directions, tips and stories at WNYWA.com!


Sunday Afternoon on the Water


Summer is here again!  Let’s make the most of it.  Check out our event schedule on the Curtis Sport Connection website, the WNYWA website or on the back of this newsletter and come to the beach, bring some newbees, enjoy old friends and an afternoon of sailing, socializing and a sumptuous picnic.


Many Hands Make….Lots of Fun!


We have a great windsurfing club.  There is no other bunch of people more fun to spend part of your precious weekend or your vacation time with!  Let’s keep the sport and club going strong.  Don’t ever be afraid to help.

-        call a windsurfing friend when you  go

-        teaching beginners

-        race set up

-        beach access

-        hosting events

-        clinics

-        writing articles

-        recruiting new club members


The Club consists of volunteers.  If everybody does a little, the rewards are great! 


This time we have to give a special thanks to Eric & Lisa Mihelbergel and Mike Celej for their great articles! Thanks for taking the time…we all appreciate it!


News on Water Access


The New York State Parks Department at Woodlawn is open, but the seaweed is buggering up the water…so we can’t go in.


Hamburg Beach also has a new open beach policy where you can purchase a day pass for $5.00 in the upper office. 



Ready, Set, Paddle!


Sunday afternoon, Event Day, sitting in the lawn chairs wondering if we should fire up the grill…Stop moping around!  Let’s grab a paddle, the biggest board you own and race around that buoy out there!


Paddleboarding is about as green a sport as you can get (aside from windsurfing)!  Why not take advantage of low wind event days and (instead of sitting on the beach suffering from “brain shrinkage” as some of the more avid wind junkies call it) have a group paddleboard session? 


If you don’t feel like a friendly race, how about an excursion to explore the shoreline of whatever venue we are currently enjoying?


Kids Rigs


The new kids rigs really work great!  Making windsurfing fun and easy for kids 5 to 11 years old.  Ezzy has a 2 sail rig, quiver available for the price of 1 sail.  Wide boards and light rigs have made it so much easier for the new kids on the beach.


Did You….Renew???


What a deal!!  It’s still only $20.00 per year, and you can enjoy a chicken bar-b-que every other Sunday, a few beers at a Sailabration and all the sailing buddies you can stand!  See the membership application attached to this newsletter and get your membership in! 


Photo Page


Left to right: Alex Curtis planing, Michele Hutz planing, Robin Curtis, Joe the paddleboarder and Mike Celej.


Windsurfing Thrills – A Beginner’s Perspective

By Eric L. Mihelbergel



“Wow, the wind is at 16 knots and building,” I said to my wife.  “Drop everything.  Let’s go!  Grab your stuff.  Kids, get your shoes on and get in the car.  Everything else can wait til we get home.”  The thrill awaited.

It all started 2 months earlier with a relaxing trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina at the end of July. We were there to enjoy the beach and the sites with some friends.  That first evening, we sat out on the porch to watch the sun set.  It was deep orange and spectacular.  And so were the mosquitoes – the largest I have ever seen.  “Are those mosquitoes or hummingbirds?” I asked.  Their bite was even bigger.  But as it turned out, their bite paled in comparison to the bite of the mighty Windsurfing-Bug.  My wife, Lisa, got bit first and bit hard by a Windsurfing-Bug on our very first day.  Her whole head seemed to swell up from the powerful venom.  We had heard that the only cure was a trip to Barton’s windsurfing shop in Rodanthe, NC.  So, off she went.  Two hours later she returned with a rented board and rig for the entire week and the promise that if she purchased a package before we went home the rental fee would be refunded.  That should have been my first clue that I too was about to be bit by the Windsurfing-Bug.  For four days she sailed and practiced and enjoyed her newly found past-time.  I, however, was too preoccupied with the freedom of not having our 2 children with us to recognize the thrill of windsurfing.  But on day five……it happened.  I was walking down the boardwalk minding my own business and…OUCHHH!!!  I got bit.  “That was no mosquito,” I thought.  As I neared the beach and the end of the boardwalk my head began to swell from the powerful venom of the Windsurfing-Bug.  And, low and behold, sitting there at water’s edge was the board and rig. 

I dragged the rig into the shallow waters and pretended like I knew what I was doing.  It was a wide beginner board – about the size of a garage door or a little bigger.  I stood up on it and felt about as comfortable as a horse on a trampoline.  But the wind suddenly grabbed the sail and away I went, sailing across the open sound.  At that moment nothing else in the world seemed to exist - only the wind, the sail, the board, and the water.  Time ceased to exist.  The people on the shore became invisible.  Beach houses vanished into thin air.  There were no thoughts of cell phones, business responsibilities, email, paying bills, the Buffalo Bills, or anything else.  It was just me, the sail, the board, the wind, and the water.  It was a fresh reuniting with a freedom I had lost for too long - a freedom that I so loved during my years of competitive sprint kayaking.  That feeling had returned.

Needless to say we drove home with our new baby girl, Rio, strapped to the roof of our car, her sail and mast sticking up into the front seat from the trunk.  We spent August, September and part of October learning and loving windsurfing.  Our skills are growing slowly, but the passion runs strong.  I have learned new patience and found new excitement.  Found new aches and pains and made new friends.  And above all have reunited with a freedom that few people ever find – few people except windsurfers.

Below is a list of my Top Beginner Principals from our limited experiences thus far.

1.      Be patient.  Skills take time to develop.  Frustration doesn’t seem to help – believe me I have tried it.  Progress is directly related to time on the board. 

2.     Ask for help.  As a group I have not found a more friendly, helpful, pleasurable group of people to associate with.   The folks we have met are very open and knowledgeable.

3.     Buy good equipment.  While good equipment will not necessarily make you a better windsurfer it will make it easier for you to get better.  Good equipment is lighter and less frustrating to use which ultimately gives you more energy and positive attitude to sail thus speeding up your learning progress.

4.     Take a rest.  In the beginning windsurfing can be very tiring from up-hauling the sail, swimming, and using your body in new ways.  If you get tired and/or sore take a rest for a few minutes or a few days.  The passion and excitement will not go away once the Bug has bitten you.

5.     Watch the wind conditions.  Keep an eye on the weather reports and look for wind conditions that are not too overpowering for our beginner skill level.  My wife and I seem to prefer learning in wind from 10mph to 20mph so far.

6.     Enjoy the ride.  Windsurfing can provide your life with a freedom that takes you away from the pressures and responsibilities of everyday life…if only for a few hours at a time.  Enjoy all that it offers.

We hope to see you on the water.  If you ever need help with your windsurfing skills or advice on equipment don’t ask us.  We don’t know much yet.  But if you want to know if windsurfing is fun, challenging, inspiring, and refreshing then we will talk your ear off all day – unless the wind is blowing.


Light Wind In Hatteras

By Mike Celej


  This April's trip to Hatteras was different for me; I stayed for 2 weeks, in 2 different rentals, rather than my customary one week. It was also unlike the last couple of years in that there was a shortage of wind. I have taken to leaving my light air [formula] board at home, as I found myself using my smallest gear more often than not. Truth is, the formula gear would not have gotten much use any way, as the no wind days were really no wind.

   So, how do you utilize all the down time? The weather was fair and warm enough to work on the tan. Peter got us out paddling around the sound on our larger windsurf boards. Pete also had hauled his bicycle along, and it was utilized daily.
    The lessons learned are, foremost, do not depend on great conditions every day, every year. Try and take your bikes, and you might think about other recreational gear, depending on what is in your area. Denny and I played tennis one year, and if you are in Frisco, there are probably tennis courts and basketball hoops at the school. I've been thinking of a board, maybe a Bic Jungle type, that could be used for paddling or even surfing on the ocean. Fishing gear is also a good thing, if you have room in the vehicle. If not, maybe Doug will haul it down for you!!
    Bottom line: have fun, you're on vacation! Get up early to catch those morning sessions. Enjoy the company of family and friends, and stop whining, I could hear you all the way back here!


Frisco 2010

By: Robin Curtis


This Spring, we blazed new trails – well, for us at least.  We  boldly booked a house in Frisco for vacation.  We pored over Google maps and closely inspected all the soundfront  houses and carefully noted, as best we could, the depth of the water and how it might change with an off shore wind. In the end, we closed our eyes, crossed our fingers and booked Miramar, which had a $1,000,000 view.

We arrived in Frisco just after dark and after some difficulty finding our street, Sunset Strip, we confidently drove down that road, thinking we were as good as home.  We hesitated for just a moment at a Y in the road, then proceeded with authority down Sunset Strip.  It worked for a while, then it got narrow.  Then narrower and the trees started closing in overhead…but we persevered.  Then things started to look familiar…hey, wait a minute….we were just here!!  Okay, let’s do it again, slower this time ….around we went…again. STOP.  Let’s call Al,  Doreen and Ron and hope they actually found it!  We called and they talked us in…meeting us at the end of the hidden driveway with flashlights.  Yes, it was THAT difficult to find.  When we got there, the house was lovely, as they always are.  The next morning we were greeted by a beautiful view of the sound. 

The water access was shared with another house who’s owner was a windsurfing instructor with the gift of gab.  We checked out the water depth and soon realized if the sandbags that anchored our beach were not visible – it was going to be a good day!

There were a few sandbars to watch for, but once you found your way, the sailing was typical Hatteras sailing:  wonderful! Yes, sometimes the sandbags were clearly visible – then it was great to jump on the paddleboards and check out the swarms of skates.

The town of Frisco is conveniently located a short drive to the North to Avon, and an easy drive to the South to Hatteras Village.  We chose a warm, still day to visit the lighthouse…the first time up for the girls, and we checked out the museum and surroundings in Hatteras Village. 

The last day the wind was off shore.  Not to be denied , we rigged up, found the way to sail out to the wind and ripped it up!  As long as you kept an eye on the shore and didn’t keep jibing out to the mainland, you were golden.  A perfect way to end the week! 

I suppose it’s good to leave for home wanting more NC sailing….that’s what keeps us going back….and back we will go! 



By: Doug Curtis


….are bringing new people into watersports.  Very versatile, can be used as a stand-up-paddleboard, kayaks, surf board and windsurfing boards.  It’s a great core exercise…for the “6 pack” we are all striving for.  They work great in shallow water, light wind conditions, and waves too!


Adrenaline Rush….or maybe not…

By: Doug Curtis


Once you plane that first time, you’re hooked.  You can’t wait until you fly over the water faster than you ever did before.  But wait! There are other windsurfers that just want to cruise.  Never have planed and are happy light wind cruising.  Freestyle adds a whole new challenge and is cool to watch.  So mix it up and keep having fun!


Just a Few Hours

By: Alexandra Curtis


Next year I’ll be heading off to college, and while it won’t be too far away – I’ll be dorming at UB – for a college freshman without a car, it’s still quite a ways from family, friends and the windsurfing paradise I typically enjoy through the balmy Fall breezes of late September. 

            From what I’ve gathered about college, especially the transition into Freshman year, it can be very stressful and time consuming.  Through all this, however, I remain optimistic that I will be able to find a weekend next Fall during which I can come home and (amidst my studies, of course) once again immerse myself in family, real food, clean laundry, and hopefully windsurfing.

            Even during my short time here on earth, I know for a fact that life is always changing.  It can go from relatively manageable to near insanity with very little notice.  However, I’ve noticed the positive effects of a few hours of experiencing near perfect windsurfing conditions. 

            The wind (and sometimes the water) in your face, the smooth boom of a balanced sail in your hands, the water tickling your ankles, and the freedom of the open lake before you is often worth all the packing, unpacking and rigging.  I hope that during all the crazy times and transitions in your life, you’re able to find solace in just a few hours of sailing, or even just a day at the beach surrounded by family and friends.



Windsurfing – The Spice of Life

By: Sam Curtis


Windsurfing…the spice of life.  Never lacking variation.  High wind, low wind, maybe even no wind, choppy waves, no waves, wind direction ….maybe you’re having an unlucky day: your equipment breaks!  No matter what, no day is ever the same: weather-wise, wind-wise, location-wise.  But one thing that is always the same is the fun that you have.  Even though rigging can be quite the hassle, the fun and adrenaline rush that always comes with a good sailing day pays off!




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