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Random / Re: What a got damn shitshow. [warning politics]
« Last post by johnysmoke on March 24, 2017, 07:03:37 AM »
Looking for some good news? There's a 48 percent drop in planned coal plants worldwide this year. The free market might actually be more important than government in saving the environment. I read a somewhat convoluted study recently that makes a case for alternative energy already being cheaper than electricity from thermal plants if government subsidies for fuel and transport are eliminated. The funky part of the study is transportation, claiming some big subsidies for coal transport (trains) and pipelines that I couldn't verify. I think the study is overly optimistic, but the gap is narrowing. Add smartgrids and the world changes pretty suddenly.
That is encouraging, have also seen that around recently.
Saw this floating around recently, not sure if it's bs or not.
http://www.physics-astronomy.com/2015/02/lockheed-martins-new-compact-fusion.html?m=1#.WNUK0iMpBnH
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Gear Talk / Re: Snaaaaap. one down - and a new one to replace it
« Last post by Beasho on March 24, 2017, 06:58:04 AM »
I was going to comment that the 'Buckle' just looked like a flesh wound to me.  Wrap that sucker up and keep surfing.

My Jeff Clark 10' snapped in half in its 3rd month of operation.  I had to run around looking for the nose that had a tuft of seaweed sticking out of it. 

A guy in Santa Cruz put it back together and it surfed Beautifully for another 7 years. 

On a side note it's not polite to talk COST but when you say 1/4 of a custom what are the specifics?  For Example I just bought a custom STRETCH.  Full tilt with all the bells and whistles for $1,700.  I told him to make it bomb proof.  It was a replacement 10' gun for the Jeff Clark. (Stringerless by the way Stretch claimed stringers can add stress risers and cause premature failure) 

My understanding is that a new board will run from $1,200 to $1,500 minimum (As in NOT last year's discounted model).  Starboards can be $2,200 - $2,500 US.  Surfboards not downwind or race boards (e.g. much more).

If I am looking to just try out a board, or buy used I can usually get on for $600 - $800.
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Gear Talk / Re: Race boards, prescribed paddle weights and volume.
« Last post by ukgm on March 24, 2017, 06:55:14 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.

Yep, it was literally based on the Ace. A few of the locals like it. The Vortex is very much like the older SB sprint but with a more organically shaped nose.
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When I first saw the video, I didn't realize his 8'10" Kronos is just 1" shorter in length than my 8'11" Hammer. But my Hammer is 31" wide. The narrower 26.5" width of his Kronos sure did make his board seem longer to me.
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Classifieds / 7'11" F-One Madeiro For Sale/Trade - $750
« Last post by APPST_Paddle on March 24, 2017, 05:49:40 AM »
I'm a bit torn on selling this board, on one hand, it's perfect once on a wave. It's just a bit wobbly for my size/skill level in any sort of chop (which we typically have some sort of current/chop). I may be willing to trade for a tomo/flat nose (Speed, JP Slate, Raptor, etc.).

I'm in Charleston, SC.
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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Looking For the Perfect Option
« Last post by stoneaxe on March 24, 2017, 05:40:47 AM »
It's about keeping my wife happy on our 35th.....and pretty sure I'll get some surf. And at least I don't need handlebars to enjoy this...... ;)

Forecast for the southside is flat next week....but a ride to the west coast.....1/2 hour or so.


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NW, if you watch the video again and imagine him laying prone on the board it should give you a better perspective of the board length.

I think the fact that the board is so narrow makes it look like a longer board.
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Gear Talk / Re: Fat bike trailer
« Last post by stoneaxe on March 24, 2017, 05:32:05 AM »
$50.....sold.... :)

How about xxxl....I have a very large noggin.
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General Discussion / Re: Springtime is here.
« Last post by Night Wing on March 24, 2017, 05:18:14 AM »
The 5-7 day weather forecast for the closest town to me with an airport.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=30.2094&lon=-95.7508#.WNUN0nEX77h
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Classifieds / Re: In search of 2016 Starboard all star carbon 14 x 25 or 14 x 23
« Last post by SUPerTampa on March 24, 2017, 05:11:32 AM »
Thank you!
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