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White Salmon, WA 98672

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Mike Burns

wind surfing
Email: mewindsurf@aol.com
Hometown: Oakdale, NY
Current location: Port Jefferson Station, NY
Sponsors: NoLimitz, Severne, Staboard, Chinook, Makani Fins, Ocean Air Sports 
Website: www.purewindsurfing.blogspot.com
Windsurfing since: 1992
Your car/Windsurfing Rig: Ford Expedition + 10′ box trailer

Favorite Sailing Spot:

Where ever my friends are sailing.  It’s hard to narrow it down to one spot.  Bonaire is great for the warm steady wind.  The Gorge is great for the high wind, full power windsurfing, Cape Hatteras is great because of the mix of everything, and then there’s my favorite local beach called West Meadow Beach.  this place is great because there’s an eight foot tide change and you can sail waves in the morning and perfect freestyle behind the sandbars in the afternoon.  Only bummer is that this place only works for a couple months of the year.

Favorite Rig Setup:

4.4 Severne Freek, 91 liter Starboard Flare, 18 cm Makani Koi, Chinook small Pro-1 Carbon boom, and of course my Nolimitz masts which work perfect my Severne sails.  I like this size the best or the gear because there’s enough wind to do all of the power moves, but it’s not too much wind to have perfect control for all of the really technical stuff too. 

Favorite Sesh Fuel:

I’ll usually take a sandwich with me to the beach.  Half of it on the way, and half of it during a break.  Perfect for a full day of windsurfing fuel.

Pre-sesh pump up music:

 know I’ll usually end up singing whatever the last song I heard in the car was for the entire session, so I’ll try and make that song a good one.  Something with a guitar, and a fast beat that I know the words to. 

Post-sesh music:

No music until after the post-sesh debriefing.  I like touching base with other guys that went to different spots to see how they did or hear some stories.

Dream Session:

4.0 in Bonaire.  I know, It doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch, but it’s usually lighter there.  We’re usually sailing 4.8 or 5.2 in Bonaire.   We were there for 2 weeks, 9 years ago and it blew 4.0 for days on end and the conditions there are just so good!  I haven’t been able to use a 4.0 there since then.   Oh how I’d love another 4.0 Bonaire day!!

What you are working on now:

I like to work on whatever the condition allow.  Instead of trying to go out and try for a specific move, I like to see what moves the conditions will allow me to do the best.  If it’s flat I’ll try to learn some new power moves from the backwinded position.  If it’s choppy, I’ll work more on the jumping air moves.  If I’m trying a trick in the wrong conditions for it, I just get frustrated and I’m not making progress anyway.  So I just like to concentrate on what the conditions deal out. This is also my favorite part of the sport!  Every day I go out offers up something different, so the possibilities are endless!  

Biggest pet peeve about windsurfing:

I don’t think I have any pet peeves about actual windsurfing.   Maybe the one thing is that a certain forecasting company that we all pay for constantly messes up the forecast by the same margin at our local spot almost every time.   It’s always low-balled, every time. 

Scariest moment sailing ever:

This was scary at the time, but pretty funny to talk about.  I was up in Cape Cod on the north shore maybe 12 years ago.  I remember it was pretty windy and the wind was side shore so we were heading out pretty far to play in the swells.  One run coming back in a rather large fin popped up right in front of me!  At the time, I didn’t know much about sharks or other marine creatures lurking below in Cape Cod.  I assumed it was a shark, so i high tailed it in and asked around to ask the locals what it might have been.  They swore up and down that it was a sun fish.  That’s the only thing living in the water up there….. yada, yada, yada….  So after about a 1/2 hour of sitting on the beach, it looked too good not to go back out.  So out I went, I nice long reach well past the area I saw the fin in question. On he very first run back out, I remember jibing on a nice big wave face and as I sheeted in my mast broke!!  Wayyyyy on the outside!!  I was wishing I was using a NoLimitz mast about then.  I had to swim in past the exact spot I saw the fin.  The mast broke just above the boom, so I had the sharp broken end of the mast in one hand while I swam the gear in with the other.  The swell was about six foot, so every time I reached the peak, I was looking for that fin!  it took me about an hour and 1/2 to make the swim in, but all was good and I came home with a great story. Later on I researched more about the fin I saw and yup…..Great White….

Best move(s)?

Right now a burner 900 is probably my best move.  But who knows, by the time this is up on the site I’ll probably have something even better.

What else do you like to see NoLimitz/ICE do…?

I think my favorite thing is to see the same guys that are building parts for Satellites orbiting the Earth are making my masts.   

Anything else to add?:

Get yourselves a Nolimitz mast!  I’ve been using them for years and it’s the only mast brand that I’ve used that hasn’t broken.