It is dat time mon (and womon). The water is still warm, the winds are picking up, and you want/need/deserve new gear! (Also you may want to pass on some stuff you want to upgrade or no longer use.) Windsurfing swap meet, kiteboarding swap meet, stand up paddle swap meet, surfing swap meet...it's all of that! Saturday 9/13 at Hampton Watersports. Starts at 9AM, ends at 3. The good stuff goes fast! Also this word in from the store: 2014 boards on sale.
If you've never been (or need reminding):
1. People will be there to help you (if you want help) with evaluating used gear (and its suitability for your needs.)
2. Swaps are fun places to meet other water people!
3. If you're selling gear, you get 100% store credit or 80% cash. I always ask "what windsurfer (etc) isn't going to be spending money at the store in the next year?" I never understand why anyone would want cash.
Hampton Watersports is at 1688 County Road 39 Southampton, NY 11968. 631-283-9463 (WIND)
Windsurfing. Stand up paddling. (cough) Kiteboarding. All that stuff to buy, to sell, to swap.
I love swap meets. All that gear that's seen all that wind and water. Waves even!
Hampton Watersports, Saturday May 10th, 9A-4P. Swapping is free, if you sell you get 100% store credit or 80% cash (last time I checked.) What watersportsman (or woman) isn't going to spend every dime they get from selling gear on MORE GEAR? Not me. I need more gear. You need more gear. Also you have too much gear that you're done with but that someone else could really use. Go swap.
See you there! For more info call the shop (631-283-9463). Hampton Watersports, 1688 County Road 39 Southampton, NY 11968
From points west:
Take the Long Island Expressway (495) east to exit 70 south (County Road 111 Manorville).
Follow CR 111 south to end.
At end it forces you onto Sunrise Hwy (RT27) east.
Follow RT27 past exit 66 (North Road Shinnecock).
RT27 will merge into North Highway CR39
When 27 changes from highway to road (with 2 lanes in each direction), Hampton Watersports will be 1 mile further on your right.
I have 16 windsurfing fins, but Joe has more. I love a good fin!
Back in Windsurfing Magazine's heydey they used to publish a checklist of skills that told you whether you were a beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced, expert, or pro-level windsurfer. One of the things that made you an advanced windsurfer was using different fins to trim your board (I used to torment OG Puffin Steve about this...he was a better sailor than me, but he had a screwdriver allergy.) I still tweak each of my boards with varying fins at every session, but I rarely see the other guys do this. In Joe Natalie I've found a fellow fin man.
Witness Peconic Jeff standup paddling a windsurfing board. In the waves. Oh yeah! "The footstraps are like kick pads," Jeff told me while waiting for a wave. I caught up to Jeff and Christian at Ponquogue on Saturday (knee high waves), and Jeff (apparently in between SUP boards...let the swap meet come!) was riding his Starboard Go. And doing quite well. The width looked particularly good to me. Watch the video!
How: Drive there. If you're selling gear it's best to arrive before 9A or to bring it days before, though you can still show up during if that's your only option.
Why: Because! Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddling, Kiteboarding, Surfing! Find great used stuff, sell your stuff that you don't need anymore, pick amongst the closeout gear for deals. If you need more info call Jonathan at 631-283-9463.
The mighty Mark Skelton is back on Peconic Puffin radar. Mark, the auteur of the best windsurfing videos of all time IMHO (The Kooks of Hazard, Parts 1 and 2). Mark, who has a story about windsurfing at The Reef at midnight, on a 3.5, possibly after several drinks. Mark, who sent the first box of Barbara's Puffins to the Peconic Puffin back when PP was a three page print rag. Mark who remains the first local I touch base with upon arrival in Cape Hatteras (and who has told me I'm way past due.)
Mark is making plans. We at the Peconic Puffin are always interested when Mark is scheming. For now, go to Facebook and check out Windsurfing Museum.
(Mark on the old stuff...no harness lines? No harness? Footstraps? Photo circa 1977.)
Sally and I will be going to Bonaire in the not too distant future, to windsurf with some friends. Amongst those friends will be Lily and Dana, Napeague shredettes whose wetsuits Sally has long admired. A couple years ago Sally told the Peconic Puffin "if I had the sleeveless shorty that Lily and Dana have, I would sail faster and with more control, and my jibes would improve." Thus began a two-year search for a particular Excel wetsuit in a particular size. Of course the thing was no longer made, but on the search went.
Yesterday Sally came home from work sporting a huge grin. It had been Found. Not only that, but when she tried it on, She Liked How She Looked. (She looked smokin, btw.)
It was a Great Day.
Now I'm wondering what will happen in Bonaire. I'm hoping Dana and Lily will be wearing their Excels and they all sail happily together. I wouldn't mind if they've got newer harnesses (Sally could use a new one, but when I've proposed this there's been no interest; apparently harnesses don't rate as an accessory.) What would be a disaster is if D&L are wearing identical NEW wetsuits, wetsuits that my darling wife liked better than her brand new one. That would be a frickin' nightmare.
I myself will be sporting a lycra that I bought in the '90s.
Windsurfing swap meet. Kiteboarding swap meet (if you must). Stand up paddling swap meet. Swap swap swap. This Saturday September 15th at Hampton Watersports. Now that the wind is back (thank you!) you need more gear! Sell your existing stuff and find something better! Find beginner gear for your friend (or yourself). Find expert gear with just a few scratches for a fraction of the cost new. Find something, and clear out your garage to make room (for more windsurfing gear.) Things to know:
-If you're selling, best to drop off your stuff this week, or bring it Saturday morning early (the swap starts at 9A.)
-If your gear sells, you get 100% store credit or 80% cash. I myself have never understood the people who take cash...if you don't find something you want that day (used or new) you're going to need something sometime. We're windsurfers, and s*** breaks!
-If you're looking for good carbon (masts and booms) arrive early. That stuff gets scarfed up quick.
-SUP boards and beginner windsurfing gear...the same is true.
-Store employees and volunteers (like yours truly) will help you sort through everything there to find the equipment that best fits your needs and budget.
-There are usually some closeout sales on new gear in the store.
-If you are a newbie (or a new gear only freak) FYI: Swap meets are fun!
Hope to see you there (early...then I hope to sail or SUP with you in the afternoon.)
Break your outhaul, and you can retie it in a minute.
Break your downhaul, it will take several minutes of fuss but you'll be able to sail back to shore.
Break your inhaul, whaddayagonnadu? Unhook your uphaul and lash the boom to the mast? I don't want to have to try it.
Futzing with the gear in my van one recent windless day I spotted the nick in my inhaul. Closer examination revealed that it was not minor. So out with the heat gun and a brand spanking new downhaul line and I'm back in business. If only there was some wind.
When was the last time you checked your inhaul? I check mine regularly, and have no idea when the line was damaged. Check yours!
You’re out on the water and a line breaks. Inhaul, outhaul, downhaul, uphaul, harness line…something you need snaps. You’ll be happier if you’re carrying a piece or two of downhaul line to put yourself back together. In twenty years of windsurfing this has only happened to me once (I’m fanatical about checking and replacing worn line) but the time it did I was two miles from the launch and my harness line tore off. Yes I could have flipped the boom (that’s fun to do in deep water) but instead I pulled out a piece of line, tied it on, and had an improvised harness line that worked just fine to get me back home.
When I bought a new harness recently I didn’t make a point of stashing emergency line on it (I usually have two downhauls taped behind the bar). But after Christian’s adventure at sea a few months ago I made a point of correcting that situation (as did Christian). He and I opt for behind the bar storage, but you can also stash line in the back pocket of your harness if you have one (I don’t want to take my harness off if I don’t have to) or put a piece in the luff sleeve pocket of every one of your sails (requires sails with pockets, and line in each sail).
Do this. And while you’re at it, replace all your downhaul lines for cold weather sailing (now is not the season you want to use your emergency lines). Cut off the worn portion of your downhauls and make them your new outhauls. Check boom inhauls (how often do you do that?) For super stud status, replace your lines with Formuline if you haven’t already, and glory in easier downhauling and longer line life.
(Looks a little silly, works great. My purple tape and Christian's blue line both call more attention to the set up than perhaps is necessary. I'm going to switch to electrical tape in the name of fashion! Note the orange bit on my rig...that's a safety whistle...less than $5 at Amazon. Photo by Jeff.)