Friday, May 29, 2009

All work and no play

For the past three weeks or so I have been busy remodeling my in-laws workshop and doing a bunch of home repairs. I have not been able to windsurf or paddle and I have been feeling like a drug addict needing a fix, so today my son and I snuck away for a few hours of windsurfing. The winds were out of the west at 10-15kts. Jared sailed the Expedition Windsurfer while I sailed my old formula board with a 9.1 race sail. Here are some photos of our day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It's out!

The issue of WIND SURFING magazine with the article about the EXPEDITION WINDSURFER is out. I just received my issue in the mail a few days ago. The article was written by Ian Berger and the photos were taken by Britt Viehmann of North Beach Windsurfing. I want to thank those guys for their interest and support in my project. I also want to thank Josh Sampiero, the editor of the mag for running the article.
Currently, we are moving forward with the refinement process of the board. Matt Layden, the navel architect has sent me preliminary drawings with changes to the shape of the board that should enhance speed and function and at the same time keep it's unique characteristics. I am also working on developing a retractable fin system that should make the board much more user friendly.
Again thanks to all who are interested in the EXPEDITION WINDSURFER!
Great Adventures!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

One of the activities we enjoy in my family is canoeing or kayaking on the Peace River here in Florida. Aside from the beauty and solitude that the river affords, it also offers a look into the past. Peace River is popular to fossil hunters the world over. I rarely pass over the river and not see someone knee deep in the river digging for fossils.
Here are just a few of the sharks teeth we found on a short trip on the river. Occasionally we will find a really nice one and have my mother- in- law wrap it so it can be worn as a necklace or hung on something. The bottom picture is just such a tooth that I am sending to Richard in the U.K. for winning the "spot Trey's dollar" contest.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

LIVE AND LET LIVE- not this time!

By my own definition I am a naturalist. I firmly believe we have a responsibility as the higher of all earthly creatures to care for those that are, let's say, in a more vulnerable position than ourselves. If we properly care for the small things, those that make up the natural environment around us, we can maintain the delicate balance of life on earth. We benefit ourselves by caring for those small things.
So it was with much trepidation that I took my shovel and decapitated the colorful little snake shown here. Why would I do such a thing? I have three beautiful kids who love to play in the same back yard this fellow was making a home in. I normally will not kill a snake of any kind unless it has fangs and is in the same yard I call home. While in the woods I enjoy observing them from a distance. Live and let live.
So my question for you is; What kind of snake is this and do you think I did the right thing in killing it?
Great Adventures!

Comments from Cayo Costa!

While on Cayo Costa I met a number of very nice people. Here is a comment from JJ, a volunteer at the park. She provided me with much needed information about the history of Cayo Costa.
The information has been very helpful in writing my article for Longboard Windsurfing. I have a few more changes to make to the article before submitting it. My first version was a bit too long and wordy so I am streamlining it and should have it done today.

JJ thanks for the kind words:-)

JJ Cayo Costa volunteer said...
"Trey, thrilled with your photos of Cayo Costa and comments about the park and rangers. I'm sharing all with the park staff and everyone we know who loves Cayo Costa. It was terrific to meet you and see your expedition windsurfer/kayak. Do visit us again. You are a great advertisement for Cayo Costa."