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Gear Talk / Re: E-Z Fuse Tape = excellent paddle grip.
« on: May 09, 2021, 10:26:38 AM »
Great tip!  Here is another one.  waterproof gorilla tape will seal anything including dings for quite some time until you get around to it.

I've used it. Great stuff. Just as good as Helicopter tape for sealing dings if not better.

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Gear Talk / Re: E-Z Fuse Tape = excellent paddle grip.
« on: May 09, 2021, 10:23:43 AM »
The E-Z Fuse tape has no adhesive on it but bonds to itself and clings tightly to any surface you wrap it around. To remove it, just cut it with a blade and it comes right off. If you normally wax your paddle, don't worry about the tape not sticking. You can tape right over the wax if you want to.

When wrapping the shaft, go from the bottom up and overlap about half the width of the tape. When done, work the tape with your hands to make sure the bond is permanent. The tape has a nice clean feel to it. Not sticky, yet very grippy.

The SharkBite tape looks similar. No idea how it compares to E-Z Fuse though. It might work.

E-Z Fuse is also available on Amazon.

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Gear Talk / E-Z Fuse Tape = excellent paddle grip.
« on: May 09, 2021, 06:57:37 AM »
E-Z Fuse Tape provides incredible grip. I wrapped a one-foot section on the shaft and a couple of times around the handle and the grip is amazing.

Only $5 for a ten-foot roll at Home Depot.  https://supergluecorp.com/product/e-z-fuse-tape/

I'm surprised I've never seen this mentioned on the forums.

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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 06, 2021, 03:48:21 AM »
That's my point. Thieves don't like to get sand on their clothes because I park on the beach sand. Or something a lot worse . Like hiding the key hider behind the oil filter.

One thing I know about keys around the neck while surfing. If the key is not wiped down real good, the key will transfer a tiny amount of saltwater into the ignition switch and if it does, rust (corrosion) will occur inside the ignition switch.


My surf key only opens the doors. I doubt enough salt enters the locks to cause a problem. I don't like getting down on the ground to get my key because I hate getting dirty sand on my wet hands or in my gloves when taking breaks. I also avoid getting sand on my wetsuit when leaving the beach because I wear my suit home and don't want that sand in the car or on my towels. I guess each person has his or her specific needs relating to their situation, but my way is easier.   :)


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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 05, 2021, 09:30:17 AM »
Back to summer camp with you Badger, didn't you learn to braid keychains at Camp Wapanogagog? A simple string for a guy from New Hampshire?

I put my church camp skills to excellent use, both for my key and for a lanyard for my switchblade. Perhaps that wasn't the use Mrs. Noonan had in mind, but...

Hdip--hey that worked for my dodge van as well. Someone had actually shown me the method, but I didn't realize there was a time element involved. the Instructable worked.

I remember learning how to braid at Bear Hill Pond 4H camp in NH in the mid-'60s. Unfortunately, the knowledge didn't stay with me. I can still splice an anchor line or dock line if I need to. In the case of string though, it's easier to just tie a knot. Mostly I'm just lazy. I envy your ability to keep busy.

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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 05, 2021, 09:05:06 AM »
I put two of my keys (ignition, camper) in the magnetic key hider and attach it to the underside of my truck where it can't be seen even if you look up at the underside of my truck. Hasn't failed me yet and I've been doing it this way since 1994.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Nite-Ize-Black-Key-Hider/1000518889

I tried that back when I started surfing and found it to be a hassle to get down on the ground to retrieve the key and risk being seen doing it every time I needed to change gear, take a break, get some water, etc. With the key around my neck, all I have to do is open the front zipper of my suit.

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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 04, 2021, 04:33:39 AM »
JP calls it... cheap aftermarket key and dismantle it.

Aaaaand scene... if you have a mechanical lock still.


You still would need to have the aftermarket key cut after you dismantle it. If you're going to all that trouble, you might as well just get a valet/surf key.

The Nissan dealer made me two. One I wear around my neck when surfing. The other is well hidden in case I ever get locked out. The electronic keys remain inside the car in a safe place.



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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 02, 2021, 02:44:25 PM »
If you read the reviews of those lockboxes, you will see that they have a high rate of failure. I remember one guy said, make sure you keep some bolt cutters handy.

When I bought my last car, I had four priorities.

1. The doors must accept a valet key.

2. No annoying seatbelt alarm.

3. The headlights can be turned off.

4. My 8'10 Flow will fit inside.

The Nissan Rogue checked every box.


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Gear Talk / Re: Infinity RNB vs Infinity New Deal?
« on: May 02, 2021, 02:23:28 PM »
RNB goes in anything. on the one I had the deck was domed but just very slightly.  Not rearly as much as say a Sunova board like the Flow or Casey.

The Flow has a flat deck.  You must be thinking of the Speeed.

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SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 22, 2021, 07:58:27 AM »
Yes, pushing down on the tail is key. You put your back to the whitewater, point the board toward shore, and the last second before the wave hits, you push down on the tail. The nose of the board will point up and the wave should pass by without taking it. Having a kick pad helps. It works best with smaller to medium sized boards.

I hold the paddle with one hand put one hand on top of the other as I push down.

Being relatively new to the sport I've never seen this handle topic.  So I have few questions.
 I remember I had a few situations when I fell off and and recovered board but had no time to get on the board  before next wave in a set came. So, while I'm holding the leash close to the leash loop, next wave pulls the board, twisted it and wedged my fingers to to the board. 
- would it happen if I hold the handle?

I use mostly larger boards. Curious if this method (trying to make the board vertical) would work on boards with large displacement.


If you hold the handle with just the fingers and an open palm and push down on the tail, there should be very little pull on your arm and no twisting of the board.

It doesn't matter what size board you have. I had handles on my JL M-14 (290 liters) and M-12'6 (237 liters). I surfed both those boards quite a bit. Also the Tom Carrol Outer Reef 10'6 (165 liters) and more recently my 10'6 Hypr Gun (148 liters).

The main thing to remember when mounting the NSI handle is to turn the pads 90 degrees and place them 2.5 inches apart which gives the handle a comfortable curve.


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SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 17, 2021, 07:26:48 AM »
Yes, pushing down on the tail is key. You put your back to the whitewater, point the board toward shore, and the last second before the wave hits, you push down on the tail. The nose of the board will point up and the wave should pass by without taking it. Having a kick pad helps. It works best with smaller to medium sized boards.

I hold the paddle with one hand put one hand on top of the other as I push down.

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Random / Re: Surfing Quotes
« on: April 17, 2021, 05:49:45 AM »
I had no idea who this was! Found a Spicoli (Sean Penn) quote "Surfing is not a sport. It's a way of life - no hobby. It's a way of looking at that wave and saying: 'hey bud, let's party!" "Oh, gnarly!"

When you mentioned Turtle and Rick Kane the other day, I had no idea who they were.

I've known Spicoli since the early '80s.

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Gear Talk / Re: Infinity RNB vs Infinity New Deal?
« on: April 17, 2021, 04:31:52 AM »
The 142 liter RNB has way too much volume for you at 180 lbs and probably would not surf well due to the excess buoyancy. You could go with the 8'5 x 31 x 33.5 liters but even that would be on the floaty side. The 8'8 B-Line would be a better choice and the wider outline might give it a bit more stability than the RNB.

The New Deal is a much more user friendly shape but at your weight, you'd be better off with the 9' x 31" x 125 liters.

125 liters is precisely the correct volume for your weight and 9' x 31" will give you plenty of stability.

I would go with either the 8'8 B-Line or the 9' New Deal depending on your style of riding.

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SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 16, 2021, 07:17:37 PM »
instead of the tail handle i usually just put pressure on the kick pad. in anything under 6 feet that usually works. Above that and i dpnt want the board near me

I've done that too and it works. It's a good alternative if no handle is available.

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SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 16, 2021, 06:41:48 AM »
I have to disagree Beasho. Tail handles don't need to be stretchy. I use my NSI handle in overhead surf all the time. It will never pinch or grab as long as you hold it with just your fingers and an open palm. Even in fairly big whitewater, my arm never gets pulled out straight and the board always stays right side up. Only in extreme whitewater slams does the board ever get pulled from my grip which is what you want to happen. It works perfectly with bare hands as well as gloves or mitts.

Stretchy handles might have some usefulness at Mavericks but for everyday surf conditions, the NSI is the way to go.


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