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General Discussion / Re: My Shark Story
« on: October 27, 2022, 08:46:39 PM »
Thanks  Bulky

Beautifully written story of loss and love.

Bob

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Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« on: June 09, 2022, 08:15:17 PM »
Beautiful work Bob!

Thanks for posting.

Cheers

Bob

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Random / Surf the wave you find?
« on: April 03, 2022, 04:38:23 PM »
Not sure where I found this.

Bob

4
Classifieds / Re: 10'6" Sunova Board Bag
« on: March 30, 2022, 07:56:45 AM »
This is fantastic deal ($100) for someone with a 10'-10'6" board 32"-33" wide and lives in the Boston area!

These Sunova bags are well made and bomb proof. I have been using one for 5 years and no issues.

Cheers

Bob

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Sessions / Re: March-in In Like a Lamb
« on: March 03, 2022, 08:30:21 PM »
Nice warm session this morning. Still paddling out whenever I can. One of the smaller days this winter but definitely one of the warmest.
Thanx for the stoke, Zoners.
surfercook  8)

https://youtu.be/PPBgu5WyeQQ

Thanks Cookie

Nice waves and surfing. I am also impressed with the bike trailer for your board. Did you build it? Do you have any sketches? I trailer my board a lot and like your design.

Cheers

Bob

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: protection gear
« on: February 27, 2022, 08:58:55 PM »
 I would also include Solite booties as part of my protective gear- best booties I have ever had.
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+1 on the Solite Booties. 3 mm in the summer (cold water) and 3 mm + neoprene socks in the winter (very cold water). Durability is ok. One pair lasts about two seasons. Internal split toe. As close to bare foot as I have found for a bootie.

Bob

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: protection gear
« on: January 29, 2022, 04:50:02 PM »
For wave riding on an SUP where it is a bit shallow (5 ft deep, 6 ft waves) and there is some danger of bumping the reef during a hold-down after a fall, what do you think of a bump cap under a 2 or 3 mm neoprene hood?

or a Gath SFC (Surf convertible) (it to their lightest helmet I believe)

or a Simba?

Simba seems like it might be overkill, but is it better than a Gath SFC in terms of whiplash? I am not too concerned about cost, but want to be pretty safe and wondered if the bump cap (Ergodyne Skullerz 8945) might be enough? 

https://www.amazon.com/Ergodyne-Skullerz-8945F-Universal-Baseball/dp/B09D16Q74W/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Zack
I have used a Gath surf convertible for years now. I have a large for going hoodless and extra large for going over my hood in the winter. Flat black colour and I painted over the little white wings on the sides to convince myself that it looks like I have a hood on. I get clunked on the head by my board at least once a year and I always wear the helmet. I try to remember to put it on when I trailer the board down to the beach behind my bike. Probably the bike ride has a greater risk of concussion than does surfing. That said if you get concussed surfing your risks of a bad outcome are higher than if you fall off your bike. Perception of risk is interesting. Years ago when I used to kayak quite a bit I looked into the risk of dying when white water paddling. Insurance companies keep this sort of data. It was interesting to find that the risk of dying driving to the launch site was about an order of magnitude greater than that of white water paddling. 
Bob

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Neeed for SPEEED
« on: January 17, 2022, 02:52:02 PM »
So the first Sonova I ever saw in person was a SPEEED. This was maybe 4 years ago. Thought it was a great looking board. I read all about them, watched videos, and have been wanting one ever since. A lack of finances, ( and to be honest -skills) held me back. Even if you can find a good quality board used, which is a task in itself, they usually are not cheap. I got a chance to water swap in about 2020 with a guy with an 8.10.and try it out. I did catch a couple of waves and it seemed to surf well, but I really struggled to stay on it even on a fairly clean day.  At the time my daily driver was a 9.4 x 33 173L Fanatic Allwave, so jumping on that 8.10 130L SPEEED was a drop in length, width, and volume. I even looked into getting one new at one point, but at the time none were available. Since then I lucked into a used 10' Style XL @ 137L as well as a used 8.8 x 32 Naish Hokua @140L. I generally ride the Style but have been spending time on both the past year or so, depending on conditions. The SPEEED however has always been stuck in my head as something I wanted to get. I have a older 9" McTavish Original prone board that has been THE prone board that works for me in most any conditions, and I had this notion that the SPEEED may be the SUP equivelant to that for me. A couple weeks ago a friend calls me and tells me there is a used SPEEED on our local craigslist. I checked and sure enough, it was still up there. A little older but in really good shape, what seemed like a fair price, and only about 10 miles from me. Needless to say, there is now a SPEEED in the garage with my other boards. It is the 8.10, and I am about 6'2" , 205 lbs & Low side of intermediate skill level. It may be a challenge but I am hopeful that it will push me to get better and that I can adapt to it this spring. Wetsuits go away in a few months here in NC so that should help. Weather has been bad and work has been busy so I am still really looking forward to getting it in the water and trying it out. I thought I would share with the Zone since I know you guys understand the addiction. My non-SUP surfing friends and coworkers just don't get it. Wish me luck!

Welcome to the Speeed zone! I was out yesterday in significant chop on my 8'10" surfing next to a guy probably about 80 kg on an 8'5" Speeed. Not easy staying upright for us but we were able to catch waves and have fun. I spent a lot of time flat water paddling this board before getting comfortable on it in the surf. At 90 kg and 130 L, it should be doable for you and once you start catching waves it is an amazing board. Try paddling perhaps with your feet a bit closer together and the stability seems to improve. Fins  make a difference and C-drives have been the best I have found for it. I did try Quobas but prefer the C-drives. Putting hexatraction on the front makes "cheater 5s" possible.

Cheers

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: Any info about this board?
« on: January 07, 2022, 09:28:09 PM »
I just picked up this sexy board today, wondering if anyone has any info about it?

The person I bought it from guesses it's from about 2012. It's super pristine, far too pristine for me, ha.

Dimensions are written as 10' x 23" x 29" x 17 6/8" x 4 1/8"

Sure is purdy. I'm hoping it's a good replacement for my beloved old Naish Nalu that was 10'6" x 28" (the older narrower model). I loved that board but I recently snapped it and I stalled out on the repair. Hoping this one is a similar nimble feeling longboard.

Did you get it from this guy??


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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a really high quality board bag.
« on: December 23, 2021, 07:17:38 AM »
Zack
The Sunova board bags are bomb proof. I have trailered mine behind my bike over a 5 years span and no issues. Zippers still good.  I am not sure if the are “rodent proof”. Might be hard to find one.

Bob

Thanks Bob. I'll check that out.
I noticed you use a KeNalu 84 Konihi paddle as your primary. Is that the one you prefer for surfing? How does that compare to the Mana?

Hi Zack. Lots of discussions on paddles in older posts to check out. https://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php/topic,37106.msg427895.html#msg427895 Of my paddles the Konihi is my preferred surf paddle. The catch occasionally “catches me” and I pull myself off the board.  Will definitely stick with Kenalu if this paddle ever breaks. Bob

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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a really high quality board bag.
« on: December 20, 2021, 08:10:11 PM »
Zack
The Sunova board bags are bomb proof. I have trailered mine behind my bike over a 5 years span and no issues. Zippers still good.  I am not sure if the are “rodent proof”. Might be hard to find one.

Bob

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Drysuit anyone?
« on: November 29, 2021, 08:07:11 PM »
I did lots of downinders in my OR Soul. Some in very cold temps. If I had lost my board halfway across the bay, I would have been in deep trouble.

The suit will keep you warm on quick in and out falls in cold water, but you can easily get hypothermia if you are in it continuously for a long time.

I used double Dyneema lines on the leash plug and sometimes even double leashes.

Badger
Good point. Do you think a hooded winter wetsuit (5.5/4.5) would be better insulation if you were swimming than a drysuit with a fleece layer under it? I suspect that the wetsuit would be better. The reason we wear drysuits kayaking is that they are way more comfortable on and off the water, easier to get in and out of, have relief zippers and when you take it off your cloths are dry. I have run into problems with hyperthermia in my drysuit paddling open coastlines in warm weather but the solution is simple, get out of the kayak and into the water. 
Cheers
Bob

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Drysuit anyone?
« on: November 28, 2021, 08:29:37 PM »
Here is a quick video where they test filling up the drysuit in the water.  The guy and the end got a lot of water in his suit.  It is hard to swim in a baggy drysuit at the best of times, and apparently worse when filled with water.  But when near shore and/or in onshore conditions the risk from that is pretty low  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7UQMq0Vohs

Peter
Good video. Myth busted. They went through multiple scenarios. I will use my drysuit for winter flatware paddling with confidence. Thanks.
Bob

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Drysuit anyone?
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:48:45 PM »
I wore the Ocean Rodeo Soul for a few years SUP surfing and on downwinders.

Pros - Comfortable and breathable with a wide temperature range. You can wear your regular street clothes and be perfectly dry at the end of your session.

Cons - Almost impossible to swim in. The waterproofing in the fabric eventually breaks down and home treatments aren't very effective.

I used to not like wearing wetsuits but now they don't bother me.

I have five wetsuits and have never had one wear out. I still use the 3/2 Quicksilver I bought in 2013.

I have a couple of drysuits (Kokatat and Immersion Research) used for kayaking. The conventional wisdom has been not to use drysuits surfing due to greater risk of a rip in the suit, it filling with water and becoming a sea anchor. A hole or rip in a wetsuit is not as big a deal. It is much more comfortable kayaking in a drysuit compared to a wet suit. Swimming in a drysuit is ok if you properly "burp" the suit (removing all the air from the suit by walking into the water up to your neck). If you don't do this swimming can be difficult in a drysuit.

Bob 

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: protection gear
« on: November 13, 2021, 11:25:20 PM »
I also like the Patagonia vest. Likely best sized up a bit as can be challenging to get on until the armhole that you crawl through stretches out a bit. (70 kg and could not get a small on). I have used mine for about 3 years, wear it under my wet suit, and removed the padding from the legs. Prefer it to my Goru vest. Very good materials and construction.

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