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General Discussion / The rule of 30's
« on: March 19, 2017, 08:07:36 AM »
Standard stuff around here..... always stoked to see our crew for a beach day.
Many of our crew SUP and prone.
Windy this day, so most proned.

I love the surf check picture.... looks more like we're going skiing  ;D

Sunova SUP / 18' Sunova Dugout DW vid
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:24:40 PM »
Sunova has entered the DW and racing world  :)

Great vid of the 18' Dugout DW below... looks amazingly fast!

Sunova Wins at "King of the Cut" in OZ (with ONLY 3 Sunova's entered)
1st over 40 - Kelly Margetts
1st under 16 - Noic Garioud
2nd Unlimited - Marcus Tardrew

Marcus Tardrew (racer/shaper) posted this in Australia, about his new Dugout Design for Sunova

The dimensions on this one are 18x24.3. It was our first prototype.
They will be available and some shops are starting to order them so they will start popping up. The standard sizes are 24, 25.5 and 27. All 18 long.
Yes it is foot steering.
No you really don't need to move back on this board as much as other unlimiteds but it's very different to any other unlimited as you can see.

General Discussion / Sunova at Big Winds in Hood River Tomorrow
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:40:49 PM »
Tino (owner of Sunova) will be at Big Winds, Thursday Feb 16 from Noon till late

Stoked to answer questions of the new 18' Dugout DW shape!

Boards he has with him
9'5 the ONE
9'5 Speeed
7'6 Speeed
2 sailboards

Sunova SUP / Casso shredding "blah" waves on the Shroom!
« on: February 12, 2017, 05:04:15 AM »
Australian SUPster Andrew Cassidy, shows how to pick and ride a Sunova Shroom.

They are made by Unicorns  8)

Martin Jandke (nickname "Tino")
Bert Burger

They... and a bunch of very cool people, are Sunova.

Tino built "The Board Factory" in Bangkok Thailand, after a long stint in the Cobra Factory as a unit supervisor.
Bert Burger has owned Sunova Surfboards since 1976... and created "Firewire" along the way (yes...the "Firewire" now owned by Kelly Slater)

Tino and Bert live full time, with their families, in Thailand.
They and their families, run the daily business of building Sunova boards... full time, hands on..

They work and play, hand in hand with the employees of the factory.... everyday.
Factory family outings are a way of life at Sunova. (pics)

The boards they produce are incredibly well made because ALL people building them are a team.
They live and play together.

Sunova is a 1st class operation, producing boards of truly consistent and amazing quality, because of the people who make them.

Here are shots of Tino and Bert living and working alongside "The Board Factory" employees.

Sunova SUP / James Casey rips everything but his baggies, on the 7'7 Flow
« on: January 30, 2017, 04:09:10 PM »
From the downunder-land of warm sunnies..... showing us how to rip the Sunova Flow.

Gotta love this guys style!

A lot of very good surfers are riding Sunova's these days...

Sunova SUP / Fun waves on my Sunova 9'5 "the One"
« on: January 27, 2017, 08:54:37 AM »
After a week of good waves on the 9'2 Speeed, 
I took out "the ONE" 9'5 in some backwashy, high tide wave and had a blast.
It surfs extremely well, is really stable and super fast

This board will get a LOT of fans.
I can't say enough about it!
It's perfect for so many people of all sizes and abilities.... the bonus is, it's also great in flat-water.
The price point on this great looking, durable board is going to surprise a LOT of people!

Sessions / Exit Strategy - today's session required one
« on: January 21, 2017, 09:07:25 PM »
We had the usual winter swell.... some size, with a built in penalty.

Some swells hit Cape Cod with a complimentary direction, and waves peel.
Not today.... it was drop, run and get out  ;D
I made 2 waves all session.... so much for taking off too far back.

I was on my 9'2 Speeed and my buddy Tommy G was on his 7'6 Angulo carbon "Blue Squared", which he rips!  (my name for his board.... don't know the model)
Julia was tearing it up on her Green Exocet, she's a full on cold weather charger.

First 3 shots are one of the bombs that Tommy dropped.... bigger in person, I can tell you..... he manned up, committed over the ledge and got punished for it.

Last 5 are Julia showing us how to pick the right waves and rip them up.

The rest are me, giving a clinic on how to kick out  ;D ;D

Overall, pretty fun... no bad rips or shorebreak, so that made the "short & exit" more fun :)

NEsupSURF wisely chose another beach.... I hope he found a workable bar down there.

Zoner "Weed" shot the action, and as always, did a great job!

Sunova SUP / Casso on the 7'11 Sunova Speeed
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:27:14 PM »

Classifieds / Buddy wants 8'10 Allwave
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:23:36 PM »
My buddy in Myrtle Beach, SC is looking to by an 8'10 Allwave

His budget is $500

Please let me know if you do. Thanks!

Sunova SUP / "The One" Review.... the Sunova for everybody
« on: January 08, 2017, 08:11:02 PM »
"The One"
This board is a gift!

It does so much, so well... and, it is affordable, durable and beautiful. This is a no brainer for the whole family.

I surf it a lot in the winter. At my current porkiness of 235 lbs (104 kg) I like to relax occasionally, so I take the One 9'5 out.
It is super stable at 32" wide and 160 liters... yet it rips in most conditions. It carves in overhead surf, or makes small mush fun. There is plenty of surf footage salted around in this video.

The One is the board that I have talked about for years..... I have met LOTs of women that asked me about a light and manageable board to paddle flat-water. They just wanted something easy to throw on or IN their car.... go for a casual paddle, without dealing with the bulk of a 12 footer.  Now, when I show them "the One" they are thrilled. It is light and easy to load on or off their car. It is stable for a beginner, and paddles really nicely for casual daily paddles.

Dad, Mom and the kids can all use this board... in surf or flat-water. What's not to love?

This review is a bit different.
I decided to review it while paddling a 3.5 mile flat-water trip, so you could see it in a lot of different lights, with a big man on it. As I talk about the board, I have inserted videos and pictures to make the point discussed.

It is longer than most reviews... but I wanted to show it off it's versatility... and how well it does them all.

Sessions / We got waves yesterday! "Weed" took pictures
« on: January 05, 2017, 09:04:36 AM »
Great Cape Cod session yesterday... and Zoner "Weed" was on hand to take some good shots of Dave & I. Thanks Eddie!

Dave the "whale whisperer" (Zoner aka NEsurfSUP) always a charger, grabbed some awesome set waves (red board)

Our mixed grill surf posse had a blast.... till it was time to come in, through the always entertaining shore-break  ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion / Paddling COLD - Video perfection and gear info
« on: January 03, 2017, 12:57:07 PM »
My plan:
Open more people's minds to incredible joy of cold weather paddling.
Some of us do it.... but too many hang up the gear for winter.... thinking it's not worth the effort.

Part 1
my video sales pitch.

Part 2
The gear that works for me
It keeps me warm and happy
Lot's of gear options out there.... these are just what I found very effective.
I never race around... I cruise and explore.... and I'm always sweaty when I get home.

My pictures show and explain all my gear...

but I want to discuss the biggest challenge: hands and feet
it took several seasons to work this out.

I paddle in Blizzards and temps in the teens all the time.... been down to -8 F
with this gear, I am completely comfortable

IMO.... wetsuit boots and gloves do not work for me. Surf... they are fine.... paddling in the Ice and temps I do... they don't keep me warm.
My feet are frequently surrounded by ice, so I need separation between the Ice and my feet... rubber alone won't do it.
I buy tall Explorer Boots. 2 or 3 sizes too big, so they are loose and have room for 2 layers of thick, insulated wool socks.
The tall boots allow me to walk in to launch depth, without getting my socks wet.
The thick, dry socks give me a warm barrier between my feet and the elements

In ALL wetsuit gloves, mitts.... my hands froze on cold days (fine in surf... bad in paddling)
Simple.... a cheap pair of ski gloves are perfect.
Never had cold hands in ski gloves
BUT... I always carry a pair of wetsuit gloves on the deck, in case I fall in. (which I have)
Wet ski gloves, in single digit temps, are a dangerous combo.

In winter
There are:
no boats, no bugs, no leaf blowers, no outside noise at all
just the incredible sounds of winter creatures.... totally different than warm weather. softer, relaxing. stunning

General Discussion / How we roll
« on: December 31, 2016, 03:34:04 PM »
We're all friends here.... great shot taken by Zoner "Weed" yesterday, on Cape Cod

Eileen and Tom, end the year with a "High 5"  :) :) :)

Downwind and Racing / Mini-winder.......Downwinding without the chop
« on: December 31, 2016, 07:28:22 AM »
My kind of downwinding.

I call it Mini-winding.... the push, without the pesky wobble. I get enough wobbling around, when I surf.
We have a lot of options, where we can be in wind, but protected from the long fetch chop.
I tried the open water stuff, but the swells never got big enough to be fun, and the chop was just plain annoying... so I prefer this option.

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