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« on: Today at 02:50:44 AM »
The Vortex is intended for flat water only. If you want a board for rougher waters then that's the Equinox. I liked the 2016 Equinox - it was similar to the Ace but easier to use, except in surf. Very fast, and more stable than the 14x25 Ace. One of their team riders won the Fiji race on one, against the usual Starborg competition, and conditions were pretty choppy.
Ok, thanks very much for that explanation.I'm a foreigner so don't really understand the US healthcare system or the proposed changes. But a brief reading of Ryancare on Wikipedia makes me wonder in what way the act would result in benefit for Trump's core supporters. The arguments presented there seem to suggest that older/poorer voters would likely lose out (and indeed, die earlier) relative to younger/richer ones. Is this correct? If it is, why would Trump be shafting his own voting base? If it isn't correct, who does the bill actually help, and why? I'm not sure I understand the logic of it, overall (but then again, as I say, I know nothing about the US healthcare system so please excuse me if this is a stupid question).
So, if the problem is that healthcare insurance is too expensive, then what mechanisms exist to put pressure on the insurers and healthcare providers to be more efficient and reduce costs? The job of a company is to maximise returns for its shareholders, and screw as much money out of the customers as possible while staying afloat. That's fine if we are dealing with a company that makes TVs because you can always do without one if you don't like the deal. But surely it's not the same with life-and-death issues like healthcare? So, although it is clear that your government is clipping the wings of the insurers in various ways (e.g. not being able to refuse insurance because of existing conditions), who decides what is a reasonable cost either for the insurance or the healthcare, and even whether certain treatment decisions should be allowed (i.e. to avoid over-prescribing etc)? I'm not sure why in these discussions I don't hear more anger directed to the insurers/healthcare providers rather than the government. Looking at the amount you pay relative to other countries is pretty clear you are being ripped off. But instead you principally blame Obama, Trump etc.
But as I say, I don't understand your system and I'm not party to the numerous discussions that must happen in households throughout the US, so forgive me if I've got this wrong.
I'm a foreigner so don't really understand the US healthcare system or the proposed changes. But a brief reading of Ryancare on Wikipedia makes me wonder in what way the act would result in benefit for Trump's core supporters. The arguments presented there seem to suggest that older/poorer voters would likely lose out (and indeed, die earlier) relative to younger/richer ones. Is this correct? If it is, why would Trump be shafting his own voting base? If it isn't correct, who does the bill actually help, and why? I'm not sure I understand the logic of it, overall (but then again, as I say, I know nothing about the US healthcare system so please excuse me if this is a stupid question).
Breaking news - the British Parliament has been suspended because of a firearms incident outside Parliament in London and on Westminster Bridge. The situation is ongoing so it's not clear at this point exactly what is happening but it looks like a car has been used to mow down at least 5 people on the bridge, and a man stabbed or attacked a policeman outside Parliament, and then someone was shot (probably the attacker) outside parliament. Details are still coming in, but the area around Parliament is shut down and our government is being held inside while security deals with the situation. It is not clear at this point whether the bridge attack and the one outside parliament is part of one incident or two separate ones.
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:16:17 AM »
Those factors for sure. But first let's assume that you are tall enough that 1" narrower width makes negligible difference to how easy it is for you to execute your stroke properly. Then perhaps the main one (and linked to those) is how well you can keep your board on an even keel. This is something that Danny Ching (who has tended not to use uber-narrow boards) used to emphasise in the early days of race SUP but is rarely mentioned these days. A board design (especially a flat water one) is created with the assumption that the board remains flat in the water. Each design will vary in how much efficiency it loses as it comes off its unweighted lateral plane. Some suffer remarkable rail steer, and/or an increase in drag. If you are a tall, heavy, power paddler then inaccuracies in your technique will be multiplied in terms of yaw relative to a lighter less powerful paddler. So the powerful paddler can find a loss of tracking and increased drag that far outweighs any theoretical advantage of a small drop in width. This can be compensated for, to a degree, but going wider and by other design differences.At your height and weight I don't think you'll be any faster on a 14x25 than a 14x26. You might even be slower over a reasonable distance.
In general, I have a different emphasis than you do about where speed comes from, which probably reflects the fact that you compete at eg. cycling whereas I used to compete at swimming. pdxmike and UKRiversurfers for instance will know what I mean. In swimming, someone who used to be a fast competitive swimmer but has now gone to seed will always be faster than someone who is supremely fit but has never developed good technique. So, for me, I tend to look at technique and the way it interacts with the board as the easy way to increased speed, rather than emphasising so much aspects of fitness and strength as you guys have mainly been talking about (and yes, of course power at the blade captures some important aspects of technique, but technique is hugely more than that).
It is scary to see someone who is a skilled paddler from another discipline apply their feel for the water to SUP. They just seem to be able to extract speed from the water effortlessly, in a way that a much fitter stronger newbie will never do. SUP is an intensely technical sport IMO, far beyond that in cycling, running etc (whilst not denying that they have technique aspects also).
To my mind, the reason why Kai was able to kick ass at the ISA relays in 2016 was substantially that he was able to maintain impeccable technique that was perfectly matched to the conditions. Sure, he might be fitter also. But he probably leveraged his superior feel for the water that day, honed through thousands of hours in the water since he was a baby, combined with superb training and instruction from the likes of Dave Kalama. I think this is why the ocean guys generally do better in flat water than the flat water guys do in the ocean. They are used to thinking about how to maximise efficiency through the water, working with the conditions rather than fighting them. Just like in swimming.
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:38:58 AM »
Don't worry, Trump will make backs great again
I'm not sure if you were joking there, but you'd need to be very careful about using TENS on the head. Don't, for instance, apply to the temples. I presume you know the cause of your diplopia? If not, you really should get it checked out.
« on: March 21, 2017, 03:48:22 PM »
At your height and weight I don't think you'll be any faster on a 14x25 than a 14x26. You might even be slower over a reasonable distance.
« on: March 21, 2017, 03:26:19 PM »
Funny. Actually, I reckon about 310L would be ideal for you.Yeah but with the All Star don't forget that it's all about that all-important built-in "porpoising" effect Probably if you are over 85kg you will be too heavy for it to "spring you forward like you have a motor on the back"
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:41:11 PM »
Yeah but with the All Star don't forget that it's all about that all-important built-in "porpoising" effect Probably if you are over 85kg you will be too heavy for it to "spring you forward like you have a motor on the back"
260L for 95kg is pushing it I'd say. Literally
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:34:45 PM »
Downwinding really is what SUP is for, I think. SUPs are laughably slow in flat water. And they are slow and ponderous in surf compared to prone surfing. But when downwinding, the characteristics of SUP become advantages - such as standing up providing a sail area, and being able to move around the board in a way that you cannot in eg. surfski or OC. Downwinding is physically demanding, logistically demanding, can be dangerous, and requires a lot of ancillary skills and experience (swimming, surfing etc). But for me, it is the most fun and thrills you can have on a SUP, short perhaps of big wave riding. In big downwind conditions there is just so much happening, and so much raw energy around you. You don't need to be competing against anyone else to get an adrenaline rush.