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Random / Batteries and flying
« on: March 21, 2017, 08:10:46 AM »

Several airlines get 4 days to implement a ban on laptops, cameras, and other electronic equipment on flight. UK quickly follows suite. Bet more will do so too, just to follow suite.

What a drag for travellers. If flights are down-time work-wise thatís a lot of time lost.

The classic ďtrickĒ for employees with company laptops to get an upgrade that the boss was refusing was always to simply check them in to as checked baggage. Ooops, broken, need a new one. Worked every time! This requirement to put them as check in baggage is going to create a lot of damage.

So hereís the question, IATA regulations prohibit passengers to put LiPo batteries as checked baggage in hold. So which devices have the new LiPo batteries and what is one supposed to do with them. (other than the logical ďdischargeĒ them thing).

Can someone sensible please take charge. [pun unintended]

Random / Fight for your rights [net neutrality]
« on: January 25, 2017, 03:49:14 AM »

Looks like Trump and Ajit Pai will do away with Net Neutrality. Obviously there is big money to be made as sites will need to pay to have quality of service guaranteed. The corporations will take over. Also, I suspect, Trump will use this to shut down independent news and opinion outlets. He clearly has a deep need to control news about him. Scary stuff.

I presume this also affects internet users sitting outside the US but  accessing a US based site. Like this site. Right? The bandwidth at the source will become less available [for those who didnít pay].

What an easy way to control what information people can receive, while still pretending it is available. This can't be healthy.

If it happens, what's next? A massive move of site hosting to outside the US?

Downwind and Racing / Downwind drone filming
« on: January 12, 2017, 01:40:48 PM »
What are the wind limits that a drone can be flown from a boat which travels downwind with SUPs?

If the waves get pretty crazy is it too hard to launch and land the drone?

Let's just say big bidget stuff. what are the limits possible this year?

Downwind and Racing / "only just" planing: new term competition
« on: December 25, 2016, 09:58:28 AM »

Random / Winter stoke
« on: December 13, 2016, 05:32:26 AM »
That "itch" is growing. The fun doesn't really start until way later in the season when we can do the big lines.

Anyone who's a skier, here's a little something to get the butterflies going in your core. My back yard:


Downwind and Racing / As the wind blows
« on: December 13, 2016, 04:49:49 AM »
Like wind and waves? Foils maybe?

Anyone following the Vendee Globe solo round the world race with crazy fast foiling monohulls? The pack following the leaders are coming into 50 to 70 knot winds and 10 meter waves. Helllooooooo. Batten down the hatches.

Anyone have any idea what thatís like? Well thatís between beaufort force 11 and 12.

Let's hear some wind stories.

[In Knots or Beaufort please. If you aren't accustomed to it get used to it. This is a watersports forum. it's really weird to hear people talk about wind in mph or kmh, means nothing to a waterman. Miles and Kilometers are for landlubbers.]

Plenty of wind scales available. Here is a good one:

Downwind and Racing / Dugouts for downwinds
« on: December 05, 2016, 02:48:38 AM »

Dugout style is so popular for those races. Top 10 it looks like.

I’m still not a fan of dugouts, I’m in this game for the planing feel and love to carve turns while downwinding. But I keep my eye on this trend and stay curious.

I know Titou also used to prefer an Allstar to an Ace when with Starboard because he like to work the planing. To see him in a dugout now means theres a good reason for the switch. Hmmmm.

Young gun (15) Clement Colmas, 2nd, looks set for a bit of career. He was on a custom Ace it seems. I know he’s proved that one can carve an Ace DW. In the video (yellow shirt) he pulls the most elegant glides. I hadn’t realised his father, working at Starboard, was on the Ace design team.

A 14’ took line donors. There’s some chatter with a lot of top racer support to have more racers in unlimiteds for this race. Strange this race favours dugouts and yet racers are keen to do it on unlimiteds. Anyway, between planing 14’s, dugout 14’s and unlimited the paddler still makes the biggest difference. 1st woman was on a Naish Maliko.

Random / developing world dynamics
« on: November 25, 2016, 01:03:45 PM »

Nairobi governor elections.

A little pre debate banter: [hey, just warming up]

Remind you of anything?


Technique / Leave no trace
« on: November 23, 2016, 02:46:33 AM »
Clean stroke

Ö and great interview
As a sailor I know turbulence is the telltale sign of something slowing you down. Standup paddling is pretty damn simple: all we have is the contact with the water. Any turbulence with our contact with water leaves a trace.

Iíve always noticed how smooth Kai Lenny is. One seeís here how he doesn't bounce the board (a la starboard flex theory). What is amazing with this footage is that his paddle doesnít leave the slightest trace in the water. Not once. Even in that last all out stretch.

Think about it!

Downwind and Racing / new [tiny] inflatable pdf coming
« on: November 17, 2016, 04:23:00 AM »
I'm putting this in the DW and racing section as it's always a good idea to have this with you but the more experienced riders rarely do since they feel safer.

I use the classic Restube. Keeps my local law enforcement happy even though it's not a full lifejacket (they are just happy we make an effort). They check a lot more and insist more the last years.

So small and out of the way I've just gotten in the habit of always carrying it. Which, at the end of the day, makes all the difference. The fact it's with you.

To be honest I will still prefer the simple tube. The likelyhood I'll use it to help someone else or to use as a visible signal is still greater than me needing a lifejacket. Just the visibility of the tube floating behind you is a very valuable thing in case of the need to swim in. Even if I carry a phone I'd most likely just be swimming in (knock on wood).

edit to add: the more experienced riders set the example. Once they all carry one then the intermediates begin too. Then beginners. It's a natural cycle I've witnessed with helmuts in biking and skiing.

Swiss lifeguards use the classic Restube and it has proved a valuable tool to save lives. I know Switzerland doesn't conjure up images of huge beach breaks which is the classic lifeguard image. However the interesting statistic is that there are more deaths from drowning per year in Switzerland than by avalanches. Yet we get skiers flocking here from the world all over doing what seems to be their best effort to kill themselves in avalanches. I lose 1 or 2 friends/acquaintances a year to avalanches and despite being a waterman in summer I don’t know anyone who has drowned. So that stat really speaks to me how dangerous water can be. And, yes, I am a certified lifeguard.

Downwind and Racing / noses
« on: November 15, 2016, 12:06:53 PM »
checking the worlds

Prone heats now. No more boof noses

The Shape Shack / drying EPS
« on: September 21, 2016, 01:01:49 PM »
I’ve had to open my whole deck. With age it broke and water was getting in. I cut around the whole deck pad and peeled it off. Gouged out a bunch of the wet eps. Got most of the really wet stuff out.

So, heres the question: how do I best dry any residual humidity that there is in the remaining EPS?

I was thinking to put the board in the sun upside down and let it heat, then at night here it is cold. Etc to let it breath. Or right side up, exosed EPS to sun?

Or other tactics?

Downwind and Racing / Hand blisters during a long paddle.
« on: August 23, 2016, 02:10:34 PM »

Doing a 30 mile paddle this coming weekend. Will be a long day out. Should be ready. My only worry is blisters. I donít blister much during the season. Has happened early season and a few weekends ago where I did 2 consecutive days of about 15 miles paddling, but all on one side. (quartering wind)

Will take a small roll of 3M Micropore surgical tape with me. Nothing else planned. Any other tips of something to bring along just in case blisters start?

This week should I be putting cream on my hands? Or leave them dry?

Downwind and Racing / Gorge race
« on: August 21, 2016, 02:18:29 PM »
Any online coverage?

Or at least some vids taken?

Gear Talk / breathing life back into a coiled leash
« on: August 04, 2016, 12:05:38 AM »
my coil leash got a bit stretched out the other day unfortunately. Is there any way to get to have it's spring again?

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