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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2017, 06:39:47 AM »
I've still no idea what you are doing with the "double leash".... beyond me! 

And the leash...

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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2017, 06:47:55 AM »
I still don't feel totally safe with this leash, it is made of so many small parts... I have to try just a rope with a bungee shock-absorber.

A 4mm spectra rope with 2 knots just can't break  ;D

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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2017, 07:01:54 AM »
Thanks for posting all those pics....interesting to see what you do safety wise.

Cheers!

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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2017, 07:15:23 AM »
Interested to see your paddle leash too

And the hi-tech paddle leash, tied to my belt.



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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2017, 07:25:49 AM »
Work of art that one! Those NSI paddle holders look ideal....might find it tricky getting hold of those in the U.K.

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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2017, 08:05:50 AM »
Work of art that one! Those NSI paddle holders look ideal....might find it tricky getting hold of those in the U.K.

Forget it. I had them sent from the USA by a friend.
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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2017, 09:06:57 AM »
Spot, youíre doubling everything up but leaving out the essential! The leash part itself.

I see you like to play w knots but a simple (long enough) spectra line going from calf cuff to the second board leash plug would do a better (and simpler) job. Then just make sure the velcro is new enough and well closed on the calf cuff.

I donít believe a 2nd paddle or leash is necessary. Especially for a lake 15km across. But whatever makes you feel good.

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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2017, 09:42:48 AM »
Spot, youíre doubling everything up but leaving out the essential! The leash part itself.

I know, hence the idea of the spectra line with a bungee. No velcro, no articulation, no hidden/impossible-to-check parts.

My feeling is that leashes are not adapted to downwind. Too complicated, to fragile
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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2017, 10:16:31 AM »
I donít believe a 2nd paddle  is necessary. Especially for a lake 15km across. But whatever makes you feel good.

I don't feel like paddling 10km with my hands in the chilly february water. Too old for that, I like some confort  ;)

And I'm not even sure I would be able to steer the board with 50knt wind.

But you are right, I never actually used it.
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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2017, 10:40:02 AM »
I donít believe a 2nd paddle  is necessary. Especially for a lake 15km across. But whatever makes you feel good.

I don't feel like paddling 10km with my hands in the chilly february water. Too old for that, I like some confort  ;)

And I'm not even sure I would be able to steer the board with 50knt wind.

But you are right, I never actually used it.

Just getting me some of those paddle holder things.....good idea for over here in colder water....snapped paddle or lost paddle would be pretty serious. I could try proning in but with a 5 mm wettie on your arms tire really quick....another paddle much better. Although self reliance is the key it does no harm to have one handy if a pal has a problem too. I think as Yugi suggests it is up to the individual.....if you have a safety boat then not an issue.

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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2017, 10:50:24 AM »
Just getting me some of those paddle holder things.....good idea for over here in colder water....snapped paddle or lost paddle would be pretty serious. I could try proning in but with a 5 mm wettie on your arms tire really quick....another paddle much better. Although self reliance is the key it does no harm to have one handy if a pal has a problem too. I think as Yugi suggests it is up to the individual.....if you have a safety boat then not an issue.

An alternative would be to have a cheap 3 piece travel paddle with you Ninja style :-) or strapped. It might be easier than having a long shaft tied to the board depending the board.
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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2017, 11:04:23 AM »
Just getting me some of those paddle holder things.....good idea for over here in colder water....snapped paddle or lost paddle would be pretty serious. I could try proning in but with a 5 mm wettie on your arms tire really quick....another paddle much better. Although self reliance is the key it does no harm to have one handy if a pal has a problem too. I think as Yugi suggests it is up to the individual.....if you have a safety boat then not an issue.

An alternative would be to have a cheap 3 piece travel paddle with you Ninja style :-) or strapped. It might be easier than having a long shaft tied to the board depending the board.

Yes, considered that idea but tying to the board .....I can strap my shorter surf paddle to the front of my DW not probs...shouldn't interfere.

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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2017, 11:09:18 AM »

An alternative would be to have a cheap 3 piece travel paddle with you Ninja style :-) or strapped. It might be easier than having a long shaft tied to the board depending the board.

Mine is actually a 3 piece paddle, modified so I can connect the upper and lower parts together. It's about 4ft long without the middle part.
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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2017, 11:13:30 AM »
For solo open water distance or dangerous conditions - a backup system is smart.  I have been using a paddle wrist leash in our cold waters every time for the past month.  Have worked out most the bugs and is now becoming second nature switching sides.  Will try the waist attachment option today.  Air temps here are now up to a balmy 6C plus sun - so have been back to board shorts and t-shirt for a while now.  But snow is expected again on the weekend.  So still may need the drysuit again.

A straight spectra line with bowlines is very secure and very strong.  Have used that when my coiled was left at home.  The paddle to board connections look good for an emergency backup.  Much better than prone in cold water.  Could only paddle for maybe 15 minutes like that before my fingertips would freeze up.
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Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2017, 12:07:25 PM »
I donít believe a 2nd paddle  is necessary. Especially for a lake 15km across. But whatever makes you feel good.

I don't feel like paddling 10km with my hands in the chilly february water. Too old for that, I like some confort  ;)

And I'm not even sure I would be able to steer the board with 50knt wind.

But you are right, I never actually used it.

Good answer!

The best part about shlepping backups is usually means youíll never lose your paddle.

I often have my paddle slip away when weíre having a sit down pause for a smoke in 30+ kn. Itís so not an issue to prone it upwind to collect. I do it all the time.

Kiting the first few times one loses one's board in festive conditions one wonders if one will ever locate it again. Then one gets used to it. Even with a very sober colored board.

 


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