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Title: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 13, 2019, 08:02:08 AM
I went on a solo surfing trip in the gulf of Martaban to surf the biggest tidal bore of the year.
Here is the video.

https://youtu.be/80By5edDquo (https://youtu.be/80By5edDquo)
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Chan on April 13, 2019, 08:26:09 AM
Genial!  Adventure of a lifetime.  How long of a drive to the access point?
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Night Wing on April 13, 2019, 08:39:59 AM
That was a very nice video. Plenty of aerial and gopro views. Loved the long length of video also.

While watching the video, the first tidal bore wave reminds me a lot of the small bow tanker waves that a small ship makes when traveling under 10 knots. I enjoy sup surfing these types of small waves on my 11'1" sup.

Thanks for sharing your tidal bore wave video.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: surfercook on April 13, 2019, 06:38:15 PM
That was crazy! The river looks so huge. I'd be scared! And that put out on the river bank looked extra challenging.
Great video. Love the drone scenics. Too bad there's no drone footage of the sup riding. Would need a really experienced drone pilot for that.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Dusk Patrol on April 13, 2019, 06:55:03 PM
Very cool. The thing that strikes me is that it’s one chance... you have to not miss, and then stay on.

New thread: “Tidal bores - what fin?” : )
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: OkiWild on April 13, 2019, 07:54:55 PM
That was awesome. Did you spend much time in those standing waves?
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: PonoBill on April 13, 2019, 08:03:09 PM
Wow, that was fun.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: blueplanetsurf on April 14, 2019, 12:27:22 AM
looks like you had a great adventure!
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 03:46:57 AM
Genial!  Adventure of a lifetime.  How long of a drive to the access point?
Hi Chan, thank you! Oui une aventure géniale! It is about 4h drive from Yangon city.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 03:48:45 AM
That was a very nice video. Plenty of aerial and gopro views. Loved the long length of video also.

While watching the video, the first tidal bore wave reminds me a lot of the small bow tanker waves that a small ship makes when traveling under 10 knots. I enjoy sup surfing these types of small waves on my 11'1" sup.

Thanks for sharing your tidal bore wave video.

Hi Night Wing.
Thank you very much
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 03:54:43 AM
That was crazy! The river looks so huge. I'd be scared! And that put out on the river bank looked extra challenging.
Great video. Love the drone scenics. Too bad there's no drone footage of the sup riding. Would need a really experienced drone pilot for that.

Hi surfercook,
Yes the river is really huge and it is always challenging to get out of the water with the tide stream.
Sure I also miss the drone footage of sup riding, I am by myself for everything out there, so little bit difficult, but I have a technique in mind to do it...next time
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 04:01:46 AM
Very cool. The thing that strikes me is that it’s one chance... you have to not miss, and then stay on.

New thread: “Tidal bores - what fin?” : )

Hi Dusk Patrol,
Thank you. Yes you're right, it's one chance. I did not succeed on my first attempt...frustration is huge because you've worked so hard to be ready for your meeting with the bore, and within a few seconds, it's over! You just go home and wait for one month to try again if tide is not high enough in the following days...But I always enjoyed the experience in any case
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 04:11:11 AM
That was awesome. Did you spend much time in those standing waves?


Hi OkiWild,
Thank you. I stayed between 3 and 4 minutes standing. But my objective this time was not to stand as long as possible on the wave (logistics would be different as distance covered would obviously be much longer and it is not much populated along the river banks), it was to find the best spot on the river where the wave would be the biggest and fastest. I would launch from different location to aim at the riding time. I know I can probably stand for 20 to 30 min, and maybe over an hour, I spent enough time on the river to observe all around. Still a lot to experience out there.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 04:13:23 AM
Wow, that was fun.


Hi PonoBill,
It was indeed! So much fun!
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 04:15:29 AM
looks like you had a great adventure!

Hi blueplanetsurf,
Yes for sure, it was a fantastic adventure! I enjoyed it so much
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: PonoBill on April 14, 2019, 11:13:30 AM
That was crazy! The river looks so huge. I'd be scared! And that put out on the river bank looked extra challenging.
Great video. Love the drone scenics. Too bad there's no drone footage of the sup riding. Would need a really experienced drone pilot for that.

Hi surfercook,
Yes the river is really huge and it is always challenging to get out of the water with the tide stream.
Sure I also miss the drone footage of sup riding, I am by myself for everything out there, so little bit difficult, but I have a technique in mind to do it...next time

Given the short ride time the "follow me" feature on some drones would work well. You would be taking a chance on splashdown, but most drones are stable enough now to behave themselves and would return to the launch site when the battery gets low. I'm fiddling with modifying a Mavic Air to do something similar. I'll let you know how it goes. What drone are you using?
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 14, 2019, 11:29:48 AM
That was crazy! The river looks so huge. I'd be scared! And that put out on the river bank looked extra challenging.
Great video. Love the drone scenics. Too bad there's no drone footage of the sup riding. Would need a really experienced drone pilot for that.

Hi surfercook,
Yes the river is really huge and it is always challenging to get out of the water with the tide stream.
Sure I also miss the drone footage of sup riding, I am by myself for everything out there, so little bit difficult, but I have a technique in mind to do it...next time

Given the short ride time the "follow me" feature on some drones would work well. You would be taking a chance on splashdown, but most drones are stable enough now to behave themselves and would return to the launch site when the battery gets low. I'm fiddling with modifying a Mavic Air to do something similar. I'll let you know how it goes. What drone are you using?

I am using Mavic 2 pro. Yes, take off from the ground, set RTH, start active mode set on you, get onto the water for the ride, let the drone do RTH when running out of battery, then manage to get back to takeoff spot as quickly as possible to collect the bird and the video. Possible on paper, most likely more difficult in action, synchronization needs to be perfect...Let me know if you manage something like that, I will test the procedure as well.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: eastbound on April 14, 2019, 05:04:11 PM
adventure!
thx for sharing...
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: surfinJ on April 14, 2019, 11:58:33 PM
Yes, what an excellent adventure vid.
Out alone in that huge expanse of churning water!  That must have been a real adrenaline producer.
Very smart idea, your high odds takeoff technique.

And your edit was real quality as well. A lot of time spent there.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 15, 2019, 05:03:11 AM
adventure!
thx for sharing...

Hi eastbound,
That's right, I like it adventurous!  :) :)
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 15, 2019, 05:32:19 AM
Yes, what an excellent adventure vid.
Out alone in that huge expanse of churning water!  That must have been a real adrenaline producer.
Very smart idea, your high odds takeoff technique.

And your edit was real quality as well. A lot of time spent there.

Hi surfinJ,
Thank you. You're right, I had incredible shots of adrenaline! You can feel it coming up to your brain when you first start hearing the background noise of the bore approaching; you cannot see it at once, depending where you are standing in launch position. The noise is growing step by step, then you start seeing that thing coming straight into you. What makes it even more exciting is that it changes every day in its configuration, size, shape, direction...Timewise it is usually happening within few hours before sunset and it's coming while you're blinded by the sun, so you never know what to expect exactly until it is close to you and you have to adjust your position versus the wave (where you thing is the most suitable for a take off) and prepare your take off within a few seconds.

I must say that first couple of times it turned me upside down, so I had to adjust my take off technique  :) :) :) I looked carefully at the videos to analyze how I could improve and I came up with that one. It worked quite well on first attempt and I was quite happy with that.

Editing was another challenge... Took me three days almost full time.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: PonoBill on April 15, 2019, 11:07:12 AM
That was crazy! The river looks so huge. I'd be scared! And that put out on the river bank looked extra challenging.
Great video. Love the drone scenics. Too bad there's no drone footage of the sup riding. Would need a really experienced drone pilot for that.

Hi surfercook,
Yes the river is really huge and it is always challenging to get out of the water with the tide stream.
Sure I also miss the drone footage of sup riding, I am by myself for everything out there, so little bit difficult, but I have a technique in mind to do it...next time

Given the short ride time the "follow me" feature on some drones would work well. You would be taking a chance on splashdown, but most drones are stable enough now to behave themselves and would return to the launch site when the battery gets low. I'm fiddling with modifying a Mavic Air to do something similar. I'll let you know how it goes. What drone are you using?

I am using Mavic 2 pro. Yes, take off from the ground, set RTH, start active mode set on you, get onto the water for the ride, let the drone do RTH when running out of battery, then manage to get back to takeoff spot as quickly as possible to collect the bird and the video. Possible on paper, most likely more difficult in action, synchronization needs to be perfect...Let me know if you manage something like that, I will test the procedure as well.

Well you've got the right drone for that. My notion is that the RTH location would be at the takeout point, in the bed of my pickup truck. Move the drone to the takeoff point, active follow, then RTH to the takeout point. I don't know that the RTH would manage remaining battery power properly. In the old days I could tweak the code, but in the old days I'd be working with a drone that couldn't handle all the other stuff--like not crashing into me or the water. My target for doing this is Hood River downwinders, which means a flight distance of about seven miles. It's definitely pushing the envelope. I'll try it on dry land with a beacon first and let you know how it goes. I should know by the end of May. There's no good place to do the experiment here on Maui and other projects have priority.
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: supthecreek on April 16, 2019, 08:55:21 PM
Really cool video Jean-Marc!

You do take a considerable risk of being dragged a long distance from launch.... balls'y stuff!

The landing looks sketchy as well, so good job :-)
Nice folks to welcome you to their neighborhood for your adventures.... happy folks, and you are great with the kids!

The Speeed is a good choice for that wave... the nose is almost foolproof for the chop and challenging water.

I just acquired a Mavic Pro so I'll be experimenting with the "follow me" feature for some flat-water vids when I get my wings.
 
Title: Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
Post by: Myanmar Sup on April 17, 2019, 04:51:15 PM
Really cool video Jean-Marc!

You do take a considerable risk of being dragged a long distance from launch.... balls'y stuff!

The landing looks sketchy as well, so good job :-)
Nice folks to welcome you to their neighborhood for your adventures.... happy folks, and you are great with the kids!

The Speeed is a good choice for that wave... the nose is almost foolproof for the chop and challenging water.

I just acquired a Mavic Pro so I'll be experimenting with the "follow me" feature for some flat-water vids when I get my wings.

Hi Rick,

Thank you for watching till the end and for your comments.
You're right, you can be dragged some distance away, you need to plan really well your launch and landing spots giving the direction of the wave you want to catch. First few times I had to walk back to base through the rice fields or wait 2 hours after landing that tide stream decreases before paddling back, took me ages! I had a session with my friend, he had a nice ride on a wave that was going towards other side of the river. He was dragged 4 km downstream after finishing his ride! He was exhausted fighting against the stream. I had to find a fisherman's boat to rescue him and to have him back to our base before dark. Following day, tidal bore schedule was just 45 min before sunset, so he gave up. I went but planned a ride coming towards right side of the river.
Then you need to find the suitable spot for landing  :)
And yes, Myanmar people are lovely people. I love this country and the people here and I enjoy chatting with the kids.

The Speed is doing well on that wave. I use a 9'5, I wouldn't mind slightly bigger size to have even more stability on that bore.

This tidal bore thing is the main reason why I got myself a Mavic drone a few months ago. I always had in mind to try to have it following me while riding it. Still some work to do  :D.
Have fun with your new toy!