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Gear Talk / Re: Race boards, prescribed paddle weights and volume.
« on: March 24, 2017, 07:05:30 AM »
I really like the look of the Equinox on the videos I have seen of it. The Vortex looked not super stable as even the top paddlers on the video I have seen seemed to be working a lot to try to keep the board flat. That said they might have been on the 23" and the 26" might just be the ticket.
Inasmuch as these are not distributed in North America for what it seems, that is moot.

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  Although I enjoy training and competition now I do look forward to the day when the desire to race is gone and I can own one touring sup and one surfing sup and only paddle for pure fun.

You will still be missing a downwind board - it is fun :-)

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Yep but all that matters is that you enjoy it.

That is the main focus :-)

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If you're not paddling at least 3-4 times a week, you're not going to be anywhere near your (age governed) best speed.

I also find that for us having a very full time job, it seriously gets in the way of paddling and paddling at your top most definitely.
I supplement week-end paddling with
* yoga, power and hata - great for chore and flexibility
* Foundation Training - helps built a strong base for a strong stroke
And case in point, I am still a crappy paddler....

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Gear Talk / Re: GPS Watch
« on: March 20, 2017, 07:52:43 PM »
I am sure you have already seen this but just in case:

http://rideandpaddle.blogspot.ca/2016/07/sup-activity-tracker-garmin-vivoactive.html

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Gear Talk / Re: Flat water board with deep recessed deck
« on: March 20, 2017, 07:31:58 AM »
We are getting both ONE and Sunova locally this coming year are both distributors are here.
So in a couple of years there should be a small local second hand market :-)

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Gear Talk / Re: Flat water board with deep recessed deck
« on: March 19, 2017, 03:47:30 PM »
Luc Benac
I just saw this board for the first time today when Tino emailed me pics, and thought of you.... nice recess and the wide tail looks fairly stable.
Plus they generally offer different widths on all their models.
I'll put up a few pics since they are the 1st ones anywhere of this new design.

Thanks. Looks nice. What is the model/name - I guess Faast Pro. Does it comes in 26" instead of 23.5, maybe the Faast Non-Pr?
We have a new Sunova distributor in our courtyard....

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Gear Talk / Re: Flat water board with deep recessed deck
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:13:50 AM »
The widest one I know of are the 2014 models.
26" wide like yours (before your modifications and improvements :-) )
28" wide
Then (according to literature, Rozier's video and what I have seen around in 2015), they went to 23" only.
it was supposed to replace the 2014 both 24" and 26" wide.
In SB's words it was faster than the 24" and "more stable" than the 26" wide thus removing the need of a wider model.....
A more "relaxed" version of the 2015 in 26" would likely have been of interest to me.

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Gear Talk / Re: Flat water board with deep recessed deck
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:38:44 AM »
yes, but not extensively.

It feels like the narrow displacement race board that it is. I don't really like it because I don't like narrow displacement race boards, or its looks.

Two (spancered) riders I know do like them, they seem quick enough.

RRD do really really nice sailboards. I expect they'll pick up their SUP game.

Maybe the 2015 Starboard Sprint in a 25 width with its added hard concave underneath was a good compromise for everyone. A shame they stopped making that board.

Was it made in 25", the only ones I have seen were 23".

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Gear Talk / Re: Flat water board with deep recessed deck
« on: March 15, 2017, 07:51:25 AM »
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?

The question is, do you go for a dugout (SB, RRD, etc) or do you go for an open deck where you can have a wider stance to increase stability that way ? (i.e. Fanatic Strike, JP) ?

I was modestly thinking both :-)
i.e. I would be curious to try a 2014 Sprint 14' x 26" and if it actually feels any different to paddling the Ace-GT (or the BF 14x26 which it should been totally different designs)
I think that I have established that 26" is the "right" comfortable width for me in the sense that while I can paddle something narrower I am starting to give a lot more credence to comfort and enjoyment. I had forgotten how nice paddling when you are low on the water is. The BF is fairly good at under 5" in the standing area and the BF 26" is staying with me period.
The BF 24" is plenty stable and I do not go in the water. It is fun when wanting a challenging paddle or on flat water but there is just something about narrow that does not work for me and keeping a board just for the odd days when wanting a challenging paddle is a little bit of a waste.
I do not race and the only races I "participate" in do not include buoy turns but distance over 7km. And my participation is mainly a chance to share some time with paddlers friends.

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Gear Talk / Re: Flat water board with deep recessed deck
« on: March 14, 2017, 09:28:18 PM »
Yes  :o I was not really thinking about the Ace's clones but rather at a flat water oriented design.

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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?

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Gear Talk / Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« on: March 12, 2017, 03:15:02 PM »
Hi Luc,

It's actually the Belize expedition that I was thinking of. We already have plans for this year and for 2018, so 2019 is the earliest we would be able to do it. Given that it's so far out, I haven't bothered contacting Norm. So I'm certainly in no hurry, but if you do happen to see him and happen to remember, maybe ask him if he can arrange for kayaks to come along. My wife would definitely want a kayak, and it's possible we would go with another couple, and if they came with us, I know they would want kayaks as well.

I know, I know, what am I doing hanging around with all these kayakers   ;)

By the way, I see you've got your Blackfish up for sale. Looks like a great board and it's priced well. Too bad you are selling after just getting the new fin system installed. Good luck with the sale.

And one final thing. I took your advice on the Werner paddles and sold them both for the price I was offered. Your advice was absolutely correct and I'm glad I took the deal.

Yes if they were paddling OC-1 then nothing wrong with that :-)
I got two Blackfish both with multi-fins and my new Ace-GT. I thought it was time to pare down a little bit with the board I was the less likely to use the most. I can be reasonable....

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Gear Talk / Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« on: March 12, 2017, 01:37:02 PM »
You should consider going on one of his tours down south.  A lady here said she really enjoyed it.

Sorry, donít mean to hijack this thread, but Eagle, was wondering how much you know about Normís tours? Iíve seen them on his website, and while it wouldnít be in our immediate plans, would definitely be something Iíd be interested in sometime down the road. Only thing is, my wife kayaks but doesnít paddle board. Do you know if Norm is set up to offer kayaks as well as paddle boards?

Gord, the Great Bear expedition is on my Bucket List too, hopefully sooner rather than later.
You can PM Norm on FB fairly easily and he is always super nice so if something can be done, I am sure he will.
I assume that you already checked his web site: https://www.normhann.com/supexpeditions/
I should see him soon and i can also ask if needed.


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Gear Talk / Re: GPS Watch
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:37:02 PM »
for record keeping and analysis

And you know that I do these :-)

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