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Gear Talk / Flat water board with deep recessed deck
« on: March 14, 2017, 08:20:43 PM »
I started paddling an Ace-GT which has a fairly deep recessed deck probably about 3 inches from the waterline.
Outside of the Ace, I thing that the Sprint has a similar recessed deck.
The new NSP Ninja might also be similar.
Is there any other flat water sup that you know of with a  deck very low above the waterline?

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Going to the Dark side
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:13:02 PM »
I got a used Ace-GT from one of my friend.
I think that it will be a nice distance/touring board.

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Riviera RP-Downwinder
« on: July 23, 2016, 05:52:44 PM »
Just got a used Riviera RP-14 Downwinder from a friend.
14'x26" Carbon Innegra less than 24 lbs.

This is a big banana like a Glide V1.
Just tried the board for the first time on the chop created by tide and wind on a local sand bar.
So far so good. Managed to get some good glides even without wind which is quite an achievement for my limited skills.
Board fits nicely in the through.

Gear Talk / Kings Downwinder and Infinity Blackfish DW (not ST)
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:23:33 PM »
While everybody talks about the 2016 Starboard Allstar, there are plenty of boards that it is impossible to find any user's information or review about.
I was curious about a few Made in USA downwind boards like:

1. Kings Downwinder
2. Infinity Blackfish DW
3. Blackbox DW

If anybody has tried any of these board and would care to share their views, it would be great.



Gear Talk / 2015 Rogue Race 14' x 27"
« on: February 27, 2016, 01:24:18 PM »
I could not find anything about this board.
Has anybody paddle one and can comment on handling in flat and choppy conditions and so on...?



Gear Talk / 14' boards with clean lines?
« on: February 09, 2016, 06:49:36 PM »
Yesterday I was looking at my Bark Downwinder on the top of my truck and once again noted how the clean lines and regular rocker made it so nice (at least in my eyes).
This is pretty much the opposite of my Starboard Race with "progressive" rocker and contorted shape.
The Boardworks Eradicator is also a board with somewhat clean lines if flatter and more angular than the Downwinder.

I was curious if you guys could think of other boards for flat water or open ocean that would have similar clean lines and shape as an attribute.

The Shape Shack / 2015 Starboard Paint?
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:36:15 PM »
Where could I find either some paint to touch-up a few sqi (the carbon is fully visible after sanding) or does anybody knows what Pantone or other colour code is required to purchase paint?



Gear Talk / Two boards or one board
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:00:07 AM »
After going through two phases of wanting one specialized board for flat water and one specialized board for downwind and then wanting one board doing everything and reading plenty of diverging advice on the subject I came to my own conclusion that everybody was just depend on the mood of the time....

To me it all come down to two conflicting factors and which of these you can live with on any given day  :)

1a) On glassy water nothing can reproduce the feel of a full displacement nose. The Bark Downwinder comes close in terms of both speed and not "pushing" as much water but still not the same feeling.
1b) In choppy water/downwind, nothing is as comfortable as rocker. The Allstar is fairly stable for a 25" but it is still more work than when on the Bark.

=> having two boards one displacement and one with rocker

2) I hate to switch boards. Going from one board to the other takes some adjustment in many forms and takes a bit of paddling before comfort come back which is wasting good paddling time

=> have one board that covers 90% or so i.e. 2016 Allstar, Bark Vapor, JL Rail (?), SIC FX14 (?), 2016 Rogue Downwind (?), Bark Downwinder

British Columbia / Paddling with grey whale
« on: September 14, 2015, 07:51:51 PM »
Last Saturday we paddled between Ambleside and DUndarave and met a grey whale feeding (I think) not 200 m from teh Seawalk.
It was going in circle disturbing the sea bottom and we followed it for 5 or 10 minutes.
This was just an incredible experience.

Of course in the process of paddling while trying to take pictures with my crappy cellular phone, the phone went to the bottom of the sea.
I wish I could have had some pictures as I was fairly close not enough to count the barnacle on the jaw maybe but almost.

Today the whale is back to the North SHore and many people did take pictures. The first picture is from Saturday Sep 12 at the location we meet the whale. Not sure if the one from today are from the same whale.

Gear Talk / Bark Downwinder - Pro Elite durability questionable
« on: September 12, 2015, 06:24:01 PM »
Bummer today.
Took the Surftech Bark Downwinder for the second time - brand new board.
I use board bag (nice Riviera bag) and pads FCS and DaKine.
When strapping the board, it looks like the seam of the bag move a little bit and come on top of the rail.
I do not strap very tight but just the same there was a huge dent on the rail. The skin did not break so likely I do not need a repair yet.
It does not bode well for a downwinder board.
I never had a problem with the Allstar in the very same bag.

Somewhat ruined my day...

Gear Talk / SpeedPuck speed damping
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:35:44 PM »
I have been using my SpeedPuck a few times now. Assuming I paddle 30 stroke a minute at a relax pace and 40 stroke a minute when pushing, during a stroke I seem to get two speed values - one low one higher than my average speed i.e. 7 km/h and 9.5 km/h which I assume show the acceleration.
Would it make sense to set-up the SpeedPuck to dampen speed at 1s to get the "average" speed reading rather than the peak. Mind you I found it also helpful to see the peaks when doing a sprint exercise to keep me "honest".



Gear Talk / Variable conditions 14' x 26" race board
« on: July 05, 2015, 05:34:36 PM »
Just curious to know if anybody in the 165 lbs/ 75 kg weight range has tried out several of the following boards:

1) Starboard 2013 Allstar carbon 14' x26" (I have not seen any second hand or for end of stock sale so probably not an option anyway)
2) Starboard 2015 Allstar glass carbon (green) 14' x 25"
3) Blackbox Uno 14' x 26"
4) SIC x14 Pro 14' x 26"

I have read the various separate reviews/videos on the internet but it is not always easy to have a good idea of what "very stable for its width" or "faster than a wider board" means for each reviewer to have a kind of baseline.

I am looking at these from the point of view of an all-around board that is still exciting on the flat with great glide, provide enough stability on heavy chop that you still have fun and go reasonably fast and can down-breeze moderate chop/wind under 20 knots.

My Javelin with a large fin is almost there but not quite on the stability front, I am still guaranteed a trip in the water and shaky legs after a while :-)



Gear Talk / Does it really matter that much?
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:28:27 PM »
I have been keeping tab on my paddling since I got a Canmore G102 GPS.
Coupled with GpsPro software, I check on my speed for every paddle.

I have kept the following data:
1) average speed over the paddle removing any break
2) average speed of the three best km - a measure of a consistent effort
3) average speed of the three best 100m - a measure of what my top speed is

While there are not that many data, I am slowly building up the information a week-end at a time.
This has been mostly flattish water with one exception open ocean and one exception lake.

I have attached summaries.

I noted:
1) I am slow at 8km/h top speed - not much of a surprise there
2) I am faster with the Konihi 95 than with the Olala 84 - I am not a fast cadence paddler so it might make sense
3) the fin does not seem to make much a difference at my level for flat water



I received my Aercor from Jeremy who was extremely nice and easy to deal with as already well known.

It is the click-it version. Epoxy and sanded where it needed to, to make a snug fit in the fin box of my Glide.
Took it out for a paddle this morning in our local inlets on flat water.
I did get a barge wake to get a taste :-)
As expected, the directional maneuverability is fantastic. A quick swipe of the paddle get you in the right direction.
When going side chop/wake, no problem the board stays on course.
Tracking is a little bit less than with a dedicated flat water fin like the Ninja but nothing to be ashamed of by a long shot.
I am so much looking forward to use the Glide/Aercor in the spring in open ocean conditions.

I also changed to the Ninja to first try it for the first time with the Glide and get a comparison with the Aercor.
The Ninja feels like a more classic fin while the Aercor kind of feels like not having a fin at all - if you know what I mean.
The tracking was better with the Ninja.

When I finished paddle, I was convinced that the Ninja was the fin to use in flat water as the tracking is better than the Aercor and I felt that I was going faster when looking at the nose of the board.
That is until I had a look at the Doppler data of the two runs:

Run#1 Aercor
Average speed 6.28 km/h
Best 1km speed 7.37 km/h next 6.23 km/h next 5.56 km/h

Run#2 Ninja
Average speed 6.25 km/h
Best 1km speed 6.80 km/h next 5.90 km/h next 5.66 km/h

Ok granted in between the two runs the ebbing tide had likely started getting some momentum so the difference in current might account for the small difference but both runs were made in the same place 3 km back and forth so general effect of the current was the same.

I will be damned:
1) with the Ninja I feel like I was going fast when I pushed (fast for my standard of course)
2) with the Aercor I was simply going fast without getting the feeling of going fast

Of course that is not enough data to be relevant but still it is interesting.

Now I still keep my general impression. On flat water, I will ride the Javelin. The Glide cannot equate the feeling of smooth effortless glide of the Javelin.
For picking-up board wake, it is the same the Javelin planes easier.
Now if it was summer and water was warm, would I even try to consider trying the Aercor on the Javelin for flat water paddling and picking-up board wake when possible..uhmmm...maybe :-)



I am thrilled. I just got locally a used Javelin Carbon 2011 at a really good price and in great shape.
Regretfully I do not get to try it yet as we are flying tomorrow to France for a couple of weeks.
But as soon as I am back I plan to take it out on our inlet for some flat water goodness.
I have a Makani Kawa that I hope will work like a charm as I do not have a Ninja.

I plan to sell my JP Australia 14x28 to keep a two boards quiver Glide and Javelin.



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