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Gear Talk / Re: review of the Ke Nalu (Pono Bill) paddle
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:30:55 PM »
I haven't posted on this thread in forever. Today, I went for a distance paddle in the river behind my brother Adam's house in Ft Lauderdale. I used his old Werner bent paddle. We paddled for about two hours through the mega yachts and cool houses.  Not strenuous, just talking and paddling... An epic dawn patrol of a different sort.  I NEVER have shoulder issues. I have been paddlining ke nalus both x tuff and elite shafts with wiki molo and mali blades for two years, sometimes for six hours without pain. I am sitting on a plane and just blasted a bottle of Malbec to numb my shoulder. (Don't worry, using a car svc for ride home... Fark, I think I will have another... :) )

The cult of ke nalu lives. Shipping a KN to Adams house for my next trip.

It's just a better mouse trap ... It is.


Gear Talk / Re: Why do sups cost so much?
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:55:52 AM »
I get about 50 sessions out of a board before I break it to the point of being irreparable. Each session is 3-4 hours long. Haven't bought a new paddle since I bought my Ke Nalus a year ago.

Usually free parking either at my house, or at trail 1 because I hit it b4 the ranger shows up for work, or at del mar or TJ Slough
cuz no meter.

I have lots of wetsuits cuz I don't like putting on a wet one... But99 bucks for an l/s spring, and u r good for year round in so cal.

So basically, 20-25 bucks for an amazing 3-4 hour workout.

I could easily double my # of surfs per board by choosing different spots on big days... But what is the fun in that???

Not free, but compared to almost any other sport, not expensive.


SUP General / Re: Bryon Olson best shaper in the world!...?
« on: July 19, 2013, 10:27:30 AM »
Byron is a friend. A really good epoxy craftsman, (from my experience), and shapes some really good looking boards. Don't know about THAT claim.


Gear Talk / Re: Custom SUPs
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:37:11 PM »
Brent and Cardiff, points well made by both dudes...

Carry on.


Random / Re: WTFAYLT
« on: July 17, 2013, 08:40:00 PM »
Thx brothers!  My iTunes account is getting hit hard tonight. Bluegrass on speed?  I love it!

SUP General / Re: SUP and a Whale!
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:44:41 AM »
Wow, that was close.

When I did a distance paddle yesterday after my surf session, I had a strange encounter. Not as cool as the Fourth of July when I saw a black jelly the size of a car hood, though.  I did a bit of a triangle. Up the coast past three arch, out into the ocean (to try to get the correct angle to ride the slight wind bumps back to the pad.)

I was focusing on stroke, and breathing, and balance (my "new to me" 14er is a bit tippy) out of the corner of my eye is a large breach and ensuing splash. Not a dolphin, not sure if it was a whale because it seemed like an object that cleared the water, then splashed.  Not sure enough to email the shark research guys. But sure enough to paddle a little faster, keep my center of gravity a little lower... And perhaps get thyself home.

Every time I go out for a distance run, I see something amazing. I am not going out with a GPS or timing myself, just cruising, working on form, and taking in the sights.


Random / Re: Cover songs.
« on: July 06, 2013, 11:38:31 PM »

The ante has been upped. The arcade fire cover OMG!  Heart (and 400 musicians) rearrange stairway!

Lots of great stuff that would never have heard.  Great thread EZ!


Downwind and Racing / Re: Wild DW conditions yesterday.
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:30:17 PM »
Holy cow DJ, you were FLYING!

Nice vid and camera angle.


Gear Talk / Re: Custom SUPs
« on: July 05, 2013, 08:47:36 PM »
I am using the flat 4-6 inch carbon strip in my boards now. I think said strip saved the Assym step up TimSUP (TimAsSUP) from a total buckle this past large swell... Instead of a massive buckle, I have two beaks in the glass on the opposite rails, with total integrity on the deck and bottom.

My two centavos.


Flatwater and Touring / Re: Spill your quiver
« on: July 04, 2013, 05:24:36 PM »

Not big. But I have lots of random storage places.


SUP General / Re: Word of The Day
« on: July 04, 2013, 06:12:34 AM »
Wow, there were so many typos in my last post that it was reduced to incomprehensibility.

Sorry about that.

To think that, other than showing trayvon's mom crying on the stand... That this is all that the prosecution has against GZ is baffling.

The judge does not have the balls for a directed verdict, so it will go to the jury.

As I have been watching the trial testimony at night I get the feeling that the roles are reversed. Prosecution wants relevant evidence out... Defense wants it in... Prosecution spends hours on issues that are wholly irrelevant, defense zeroes in on the relevant issues immediately. This is a show trial. They used to have those in the USSR. Thank God for the jury system!

Do you know that the chief investigator Serino was busted back down to patrolman after he refused to conclude that GZ could be charged with murder?  Another career ruined to appease the mob.

Remember, the county refused to charge GZ, then the state set up a special prosecutor to charge him.... After Al Sharpton held rallies, and the NBPB called for GZ's street execution... Oh, and after Big O said that his son would look like Trayvon... What a stupid thing to say.

Remember how the charging affidavit (a neutral document laying out the case) excludes all of the exculpatory evidence?  

Yes, racism still exists. Unfortunately according to Yesterday's poll, and Jeantel's testimony, it may be more prevalently displayed by the progeny of a formerly oppressed group than by the progeny of the former oppressors. Yes, I know that some white people are still racists. There are assholes everywhere. However, We elected a black dude for gods sake... Twice!  So I think we can get over that meme now.

This trial, and Big O's handling of the issue will set back race relations yet again... With the MSM providing cover for the race hustlers after acquittal.  The colorblind society seems further away now than before Big O was coronated. IMHO, that is a sickening aspect of his legacy. So much opportunity... All of it squandered for political advantage. He was supposed to be different. No, I was never fooled. (Remember how he came out for gay marriage the day AFTER the referendum on gay marriage in North Carolina... Courage I tell you... Courage ~sarcasm)

Politicized "justice" is not a pretty thing. Again, thank God for the jury system!


Random / Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« on: July 02, 2013, 10:53:19 AM »
I am supposed to b working. I could watch that all day long!

Next time two cameras, so we can see Cameron on your tail. :)

Thx for posting.


This particular sign is fake. The place at which it is posted is not a state park. There is no statute cited on the notice... And u always enter the water at ur own risk.


Downwind and Racing / Re: Can we kill board length limits?
« on: June 30, 2013, 07:47:37 PM »
Something tells me that PDX and Tex will never be friends, though I have had a similar relationship with ex-wives.

As for racing SUPs being expensive, I just spent the weekend racing my vintage car. I've said it before, but it remains true. SUPs are free. No gas, no maintenance to speak of, you don't need to spend $1200 on new tires because some guy beat you by .4 seconds. Your gas doesn't cost $12.50 a gallon.

Free, I tell you, it's free.

Excellence magazine had a great piece last year on the twelve (or so) steps from your first track day... to your first divorce after spending your wife's inheritance on getting that last .02 shaved off your lap time... pretty funny...

For us folks past our professional mid-point... who are in that enviable position of making money from other people's efforts (and our own... and years and years of toiling in the salt mine... etc.) Free... but for others, not so much.


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