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Congratulations are certainly in order. That was quite a feat. Glad to see he accomplished his goal and avoided any mishaps or any serious heath issues along the l-o-n-g journey.

Sessions / Lake Session: Sup Sports One World
« on: August 24, 2019, 08:44:29 AM »
A little experimentation for today.

Earlier today, from 6:40 am till 8:15 am, I did some experimentation on my One World based on what I did with my Duke in a previous session.

I'm 5'8", 145 pounds. My One World is 11"1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 liters. My Duke is 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters. The One World has a pulled in pointed nose while the Duke has a more rounded nose which is good for nose riding.

The paddle I use for both is a 2017 model Naish Alana 75 Vario (adjustable) RDS (reduced diameter shaft). With my One World, I "was" using a 68" paddle length. With my Duke, I use a 66" paddle length.

Today I wanted to see if I could paddle a straight line with my One World, like I can with my Duke, using a 4 fin quad fin setup (2, 5") (2, 4") with a 66" paddle length instead of my usual 68" length. Why did I want to paddle a straight line with this 4 fin quad setup? With the prevailing tiny to small wind driven waves usually found on the upper Texas coast (1'-2' in height), I prefer to surf my long length wise and large liter volume boards with a 4 fin quad setup. With more liters of volume than what I weigh, I can get a nice long gliding ride due to the small dynamic lift these waves can generate. 

BTW; a 9' x 28" @ 125 liters performance sup and the rider weighing 190 pounds (and up) on the waves normally found on the upper Texas coast, the rider won't be surfing any long distance (if at all) since there isn't enough dynamic lift in these waves to give the rider a long ride. You'll basically be wallowing.

This morning there again was no wind, dead calm. Perfect lake conditions for experimentation. Since I'm so light in weight at 145 pounds, I have a large sweet spot where I can stand on my One World and on my Duke since they both have more liters of volume in them compared to my weight.

With both boards, I can place the heel of both of my feet just a little ways right and left above the opening on the top of the BP Sup Grip handle, going towards the nose of both boards.

I've learned how to paddle with my left and right hands by just placing the top of the T-handle against the palm of my hand with only my thumb under the T-handle. My four fingers do not grip the T-handle. This type of grip forces both of my arms to paddle without bending my arms on the down or up stroke.

I was easily able to paddle a straight line, paddling only on my right side and never switching over to my left side with this grip above and sometimes adjusting the angle of the paddle blade to keep paddling in a straight line. The video below makes it easier to see how I paddle in a straight line than by trying to explain it.

With a 66" paddle length, the top of my hand height wise, is about where t he top of my chest meets the hole at the beginning of my throat (right below the Adam's Apple). This short 66" length is perfect for my two surgically repaired right and left shoulder joints.

With a 4 fin quad setup for both my One World and Duke, I don't have to change out fin setups if I don't want to whether I'm paddling on flat  water (lake, coastal cruising,) or sup (wave, tanker) surfing.

There are trade offs though. With a 4 fin quad setup instead of a large 9" single fin, the quad setup gives up some glide, some speed and some manoeuvrability (turning) on flat water. But I'm into leisurely paddling. Just enjoying the ride.

As an example. If I'm gong from Point A to Point B; but if something on the bank catches my interest, I'll paddle over there to check it out, which I will call Point C. After my curiosity has been satisfied, then I will  resume/continue on to Point B.

Gear Talk / Re: Beat the tariffs...!
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:50:22 PM »
And yaahh .. quads not going to paddle as straight as a big center fin.

That depends on the paddler's technique. And I'll use myself as an example below.

My BP Duke at 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters can paddle a straight line with a 4 fin quad setup (2, 5.13") (2, 4.34") on the private lake I paddle when there is no wind, meaning dead calm, with me paddling only on my right side and never switching over to my left side. I just pick out a spot on the bank (tree, bush, pipe, etc) about 200 yards from me and I paddle straight to it. And the paddle I use is a Naish Alana 75 Vario RDS paddle set at 66" total length.

Under the same conditions; no wind and dead calm, I can also paddle the same straight line paddling to the same targets above with the same stroke when my Duke is installed with one single 9" fin in the center fin box and no other fins and again, only paddling on my right side.

My paddle stroke is more like this in the video below with Robert of Blue Planet. And I copied his stroke with a slight variation because my Duke is 10'5" x 32" whereas Robert's Bump Rider is about 14' x 28".

Sessions / Re: Moonlight Paddle - Aug 15th, 2019
« on: August 17, 2019, 11:37:38 AM »
I had trouble sleeping last night. Went to bed at 11:00 pm, but couldn't fall asleep. I finally fell asleep around 2:00 am. Then at 4:15 am, my alarm clock went off.

I was groggy as all get out. Didn't feel like going for a moonlight paddle. So I laid in bed for 3 minutes and finally dragged myself out of bed and got myself ready for another moonlight paddle session (August 17th, 2019). Left the house at 4:50 am with my usual gear (PFD, paddle, Gatorade, etc) with the air temperature at 84 degrees F with a heat index of 93 degrees F. No wind and another cloudless night.

I was on the water by 5:00 am. But since I didn't sleep much last night, my arms felt "heavy". My paddling stroke suffered to say the least. With my paddle length at 67", I was just slightly ticking the right side of my rail every now and then. Out in the middle of the private lake, I knew I had to concentrate on my paddle stroke.

But I was not in the mood for concentration. I thought about paddling back to my launching site, loading up and heading on back home. I hate giving up though. So out in the middle of the lake, I just sat down on my board and since I was tired, I wondered if I could shorten my paddle length to compensate for my "not so good paddle stroke".

I shortened my paddle length to 66", stood up on my Duke and started paddling. To my surprise, I found the 66" length was doing quite well for my "heavy feeling tired arms". Since I wasn't raising my arms very high, about throat high, I was paddling without "ticking" the right side of my rail anymore.

I became elated knowing if my arms were tired, I could paddle being tired. Then I decided to see if I could paddle a straight line. So I picked out a neighbor's outdoor light on their house and started paddling on my right side towards the light. I could paddle a straight line without having to paddle on my left side at all.

Finding out I could shave off another 1" of paddle length perked up my spirits and I got my "second wind" so to speak. I didn't feel tired anymore. So I paddled the rest of the session using a 66" paddle length. At 7:00 am, I was back at my launching point, loaded up and headed for the house. Back at my home, I did my usual "clean up" routine (gear and me) and made breakfast for my wife.

The next time I do another paddling session, I am going to take my One World out and see if it likes a 66" paddle length.

One last item of note. Since we have 125' tall loblolly pine trees that line the edge of the northern end of lake, on one of the limbs of a tall pine tree and silhouetted against the almost full moon, I could make out our resident great horned owl. I guess the owl was watching me all the time I was paddling on the lake.

Sessions / Re: Moonlight Paddle - Aug 15th, 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 06:12:29 PM »
For those who have a sup and a public lake is near to them, they can paddle around a marina with it's numerous covered boat slips. The slips at the marina are lighted at night so there is plenty of light to see when one is paddling.

This time of the year (August), flat water paddling at night is the way to beat the high daytime air temperatures and it's oppressive high heat index. I'm going to be paddling tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 5:00 am till 7:00 am.

Sessions / Moonlight Paddle - Aug 15th, 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:07:15 AM »
It has been extremely hot this summer here in southeast Texas where I live. Starting around June 1st, we've been close to 100 degrees F everyday since then with heat indexes ranging from 101 degrees F to 108 degrees F. Last week we had 6 straight days of 101-102 degrees F with corresponding heat indexes ranging from 106 degrees F to 113 degrees F. All because of a dome of high pressure with it's center over Texas.

We did have a small cool front come through in the last week of July and it dropped the morning temperatures into the high 60's for three days and that was it. Our morning temperatures this time of the year are around 78 degrees F, but the last 6 days the morning temperatures have been between 81-83 degrees F with heat indexes of around 92 degrees F at 6:30 am.

Of course, this dome of high pressure suppresses the wind so there are hardly any waves of any size out in the Gulf of Mexico and zero waves along the beachfront so no sup surfing. Only paddle sessions I've been able to do is early in the morning on our subdivision's big private lake.

But with a dome of high pressure, there are no clouds at night and with no clouds, a full moon is a good way to enjoy a flat water paddle. I have not taken my new BP Duke for a moonlight paddle so last night was my night for a moonlight paddle with my Duke.

My Blue Planet "Duke" is 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters. It also has 5 Futures fin boxes. I've decided to do all of my paddling, flatwater and sup surfing, with a Gerry Lopez GL-2 honeycomb, 4 fin quad setup (2, 5.10") (2, 4.34"). I do give up speed and glide with this setup for flat water paddling, but I've never been in a hurry when I'm flat water paddling. And with no wind, the glide I get is quite sufficient for me.

With this setup above, I don't have to change any fins out to do sup surfing on the upper Texas coast (Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island or at the surfing venue at Surfside).

I'm 5'8" (68") and weigh 145 pounds. The paddle I use is a 2017 model Naish Alana 75 Vario (adjustable) RDS which is basically a women's sup paddle, but it is is perfect for my small skeletal frame and with my Duke, the length I prefer is 67". I was also wearing my Mustang PFD as a precaution. I did not take along my sup leash though. In the dark, if I were to fall off my board, I didn't want the leash to get tangled around my legs.

Last night (8-15-2019) we had a full moon. I decided to go for a moonlight paddle. When I got down to the lake at 11:00 pm, the air temperature was 83 degrees F with a heat index of 92 degrees F. The lake water temperature was a "balmy" 91 degrees F. Felt like warm bath water.

I paddled for 2 hours with 4 rest breaks. I had brought along 2 bottles of Gatorade and left it on the shore at my launching point so my breaks were at my launching point.

As usual, this was a cloudless night with no wind. The moon looked big and bright. The moon's reflection on the lake's surface kept me company for my 2 hour paddling session. There were quite a few ducks on the shore close to the lake's edge. The turtles were out as usual and I could hear the big splashes and swirls right next to the shoreline where the largemouth black bass were in feeding mode.

If there is one thing I notice about a moonlight paddle, it is how quiet it is on the lake. The only noise being generated was from my paddle strokes. I never generated any wave noise from the nose of my board since I was paddling leisurely. Just paddling slowly and letting my sup glide every now and then is my usual flat water routine.

And my Duke's deck pad is quite comfortable since I've been paddling my Duke and my One World with Seal Skinz booties on my feet and no shoes when I'm paddling my sups. My feet and toes do not get tired or sore.

The houses that surround the edge of the lake keep their outdoor lights on all night and with the light from the full moon, there was plenty of light to see.

I returned to my launching spot at 1:00 am, loaded my sup up in the bed of my truck and was back at my home by 1:10 am. Off loaded everything, cleaned up my Duke and the rest of my gear by 1:30 am, took a shower and I went to bed at 1:50 am.

If the heat is getting to you this time of the year and if you can do a moonlight paddle when the moon is full or if there is enough light around a freshwater or saltwater marina, you should try a moonlight or a night paddle. It is a great way to beat the daytime summer heat at this time of the year and you will not regret it.

BTW, I've become a fan of sups which have more liters of volume in them than what I weigh. I really enjoy my Duke and my One World sups.

General Discussion / Re: Noseriding SUP vids: let's see em!
« on: August 15, 2019, 02:37:23 PM »
Since I've gotten my BP "Duke" which has a nose rider nose and it is just perfect for the small waves on the upper Texas coast where I go, I've been on YouTube looking for "nose riding" videos to search for a few good ones.

In my searching, I came across a female prone surfer who is an excellent nose rider.  She is (I think) Australian. Her name is Tia Deighton. She has style, grace with superb foot work and excellent balance.

Probably the best nose rider I've ever seen. When she is nose riding her prone surf board, she seems so at ease and comfortable too. Her nose riding, it reminds me of a choreographed dance.

I'm going to try some nose riding with my Duke by copying Tia's foot work and hopefully, her balance on some of our small waves.

It is always a nice feeling to get a new sup to add to one's quiver. And the anticipation of that first ride with a new board can't be beat.

Sessions / Re: Typhoon #9
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:47:12 PM »
Board this day was a BP Ninja Warrior. 8'10"x29x116L round-pintail. GL2 quad fin setup.

These are the details I wish more people would list in their videos or posts.  Thanks for the added details.

Sessions / Re: Typhoon #9
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:44:22 AM »
Nice video. I enjoy watching your videos. I also like the commentary.

I like both the nose and helmet cams. Why? Simply because I like "details".

With the nose cam below.

Some of the details I watch for is the way you move both feet on your board. Also the way you use your paddle for bracing. You can't get that from a helmet cam. And how you lean your upper body to carve and turn your board depending on what the wave gives you in height, speed and shape of the wave.

Now for the helmet cam below.

The helmet cam lets me see how early you get ready for a wave. By that I mean when you start your turn from having your board pointed at a wave, to turning 180 degrees and paddling fast enough to catch and surf the wave.

Also, I like to see the wave you're riding nearest to your shoulder depending on how the wave is breaking, right of left. I also like the scenery in front of you and also it lets me see how many people are surfing whether they be prone surfers or sup surfers.

This is why I like both the nose and helmet cams.

And as always, thanks for sharing your videos.

Any wave one can ride is always a good wave no matter how small the wave. That's my motto.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Random / Re: Getting family and friends in the ocean!
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:10:59 PM »
Nice video. I can relate to this video in more ways than one.

I'm 69 years old. Anytime I'm on the water, no matter the water sport or activity, I'm at peace on the water. The water is my therapy. It always has been. And this started when I was 7 years old. And the "fun" part when I'm on the just an added bonus.

Thanks for sharing another one of your fine videos.

Gear Talk / Re: Upset by problems with your board? Slam them on CL..
« on: August 08, 2019, 01:43:25 AM »
When I was looking at getting my third sup, before I finally settled on going with Blue Planet, I was looking at a 10'6" x 32" @ 165 liters VESL with 5 fin boxes. But that low price of $899 for the model I was looking at, which is at the link below, gave me reservations in my "gut" about the durability of their boards. And I wanted more than 165 liters.

After seeing those pictures in that link (before the link was removed), I'm glad I didn't choose that VESL in my link above.

Looks like I'll be removing my "Favorites" bookmark direct link to VESL now.

Sessions / Re: Lake Session: Blue Planet Duke
« on: August 06, 2019, 05:02:14 PM »
Looks like BP is using Futures boxes. Stripped threads do happen but it's pretty rare. Any good surf shop should be able to do the repair. I know one guy who stripped one on a JL Super Frank and the local shop fixed it good as new.

Blue Planet is using Futures boxes. And I'm glad they do since I prefer a Futures fin box over an FCS fin box or the newer FCS-2 fin boxes.

Random / Re: Lotsa health propaganda coming for 2020
« on: August 06, 2019, 04:33:13 PM »
Hi Night Wing,  Do you think there should be a ban on automatic weapons?

I would have no problems with banning for sale assault type weapons such as a AR-15's and/or AK-47's if these weapons are fully automatic. These type of weapons aren't really sport hunting weapons like a bolt action deer rifle is or semi-automatic shotgun which is basically used for wing shooting.

At the present time, all fully automatic weapons are illegal to buy and own except if you have collector's permit to buy and own a fully automatic weapon. One of my college friends I have known since I was 18 years old, he has a collector's permit and he owns a fully automatic Thompson Sub Machine gun in 45 caliber. I also know he owns a fully automatic WW2, M-1 Carbine in 30 caliber.

Getting back to the AR-15's and AK-47's sold in gun establishments. These firearms are semi-automatic and since they are semi's, they are "legal" under the present gun laws. The problem with these firearms, it doesn't take much "tinkering with" so make them fully automatic.
There are some politicians in the House and Senate who don't want the general population of the US to be able to "buy and own" firearms of any kind. Since I was young, I have never trusted politicians.

Say a politician writes a bill banning "all" automatic weapons. Even though two of my shotguns are semi's, the politician could say my shotguns are fully automatic, even if he/she knew they are not fully automatic, but his/her hidden agenda is to disarm the legal gun owning general population and then, my semi-auto shotguns would be illegal.

The government knows I have long guns and handguns in my possession since I had to fill out a Form 4473 when I bought them. On a 4473, you can purchase 4 firearms at one time. Lets say I put 3 shotguns on the form under the heading of "Long Gun". When the store clerk calls NICS for the background check, NICS is going to ask, Long Gun or Handgun. NICS never asks "how many long guns" so for all intent and purposes, NICS thinks I bought one (1) long gun.

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