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General Discussion / Re: Tiny Waves
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:42:17 AM »
@ supsean

When viewing the first video with the married couple, it is a shame the dude gives the length and width of the boards they're surfing those tiny waves on, but he never gives the volume of liters the rented boards are and he never shows the bottom of the boards to expose the fin boxes for fin setups (single, thruster, etc).

I'm a detailed oriented guy. I don't know why people don't give all the pertinent info besides length and width of their boards when I watch YouTube videos. I'm also looking at fin setups. This is one of my "pet peeves" since I'm looking for this info.

As for me, my custom 11'1" One World has 5 fin boxes. I've never experimented with one single fin with regards to sup surfing tiny waves. Just a thruster or quad fin setup.

When it comes to sup surfing my One World, with it's thinned out rails and narrow pin tail for surfing, it likes a quad 4 fin setup (2, 5") (2, 4"). This quad fin setup generates speed even in tiny waves.

When I ordered my One World, I ordered 6 fins for it:

1, 9"
2, 5"
2, 4"
1, 2.25"

I ordered 6 fins for my 8'11" Hammer as well with the only difference being the big fin on my Hammer is (8.75"). If I was going to experiment again, I was thinking of taking off my (2, 4" fins) on my Hammer and replacing the (2, 5" fins) on my One World with the (2, 4" fins) from my Hammer.

This would give my One World a different quad 4 fin setup which would be (4, 4") and see how my One World reacts in tiny waves with regards to the board's 173 liters and my 144 lbs physical weight. This fin setup should generate even more least in theory.

If the quad (4, 4") fin setup worked well for tiny waves, then I would wait for the days where the surf is forecast to be 2'-4' waves and see how this combo works for these height waves.

But I have to wait now until the water temperature gets back into "my comfort zone" which is normally around the last week of March or the first week of April since I don't wear a wetsuit.

I've got two more videos. The first one shows the Surfside Jetty Park which is at the base of the Surfside Jetty. This is a drone video which show the tip of the Surfside Jetty and the Park.

When the wind is really up, over 23 mph plus, one can surf the waves from the tip of the jetty all the way back to the base of the jetty at the Park. The "not so fun" part, paddling back out the tip of the jetty to surf the waves back to the beach. I've done this with my 11'1" board.

When there is a low pressure center out in the Gulf of Mexico, it generates some "not so uniform" waves around the Surfside Jetty. This next video will show these waves along with lots of prone surfers and one lone sup surfer. No music in this video. Just the sound of the wind and waves. BTW, the sup surfer is "not" me.

Surfside, Tx is my favorite place to sup surf on the upper Texas coast with regards to wind and wave conditions. Our waves are wind generated. We don't have a large drop off in depth from the beach out. Think of a dinner plate so far from the beach, the water is still shallow.

With much wind, we have tiny waves which one can see in another topic thread. With some wind and combined that with our normal prevailing onshore wind direction (southeast or south), depending on the wind speed we get some good moderate waves which you can see in the video below which was taken close to Drum Point. If you notice, most of the women were surfing longboards and they had better rides than some of the men who were surfing shortboards. At these times, I'm never along, but I'm usually the only one sup surfing on a sup.

As the wind speed picks up to 20 mph or more, we get "washing machine type of waves with plenty of whitewater" which you can see in the next video below. Notice the flag in the breeze which is sticking straight out. Never mind the audio of the people speaking. The point of this video is to show the waves which I find when I get down the beach at Drum Point. And just listen to the wind whipping.

Since I've got more info, I'm going to make another post since I don't know how many videos I can put into one post.

Random / Re: Retiring But where?
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:19:03 AM »
I think the West Coast is expensive. As an example, compare the housing prices in Oregon/Washington to say some places in the state I live in, Texas.

A great place to retire is near the small city of Port Aransas, Texas. PA is right on the coast though. But it not as expensive to live there as it would be in Oregon/Washington.

As of right now, gasoline is some where near $1.79-$1.95 per gallon (cash). Use a credit card for "convenience" and the gasoline is more expensive. Why is gasoline fuel so cheap? Because Texas has lots of oil refineries and these refineries make lots of gasoline. And a lot of this gasoline stays in Texas.

Housing prices are affordable too. My next door neighbor to the left of me paid $140,000 for a 10 year old used house (built in 2009) which has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 car attached garage and the house has 2100 square feet of living area with a 500 square foot garage. His lot is about one-third of an acre.

Food is not expensive either. As for electricty, since my house is all electric, we pay $0.12 per kwh. My home is 1860 square feet with a 500 square foot attached garage and my January electric bill was ($230.63). City, school and county taxes came to a combined $1500 dollars. But I am a senior in age and get a homestead exemption. Texas has no state income tax either.

The only drawbacks; Texas has 6 months of Summer, 3 months of Fall and 3 months of Spring. My grass is starting to grow again and the trees in my are yard are starting to bloom.

Another drawback is the weather. Texas does get tornadoes and hurricanes. I can't do much about tornadoes, but hurricanes are manageable. I live 90 miles from the beaches on the Gulf Coast. Back in September of 2008 when Hurricane Ike's eyewall was 30 miles to the east of me, the wind speed at my house was 60 mph. Hurricanes lose at of their punch when they make landfall and start to move inland. This is why I live 90 miles from the coast.

And Texas is hot with lots of high humidity (if you live near the coast). Today's high temperature is going to be 70 degrees F. You can see what our temperatures for this week (which is close to me) are going to be. Not bad for almost the middle of February.

And the surfing is good because most of our waves are wind generated. If there is no wind, you can always tanker bow wave surf at Port Aransas. With our mild winters, get yourself a wet suit and you can sup surf all year round. So if hurricanes bother you, live about 60 miles from the coast from Port Aransas.

BTW, the weather forecast for Port Aransas for the rest of this week is below.

The above is "food for thought".

General Discussion / Re: Tiny Waves
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:59:28 PM »
@ Wetstuff

I forgot to add this. I think you're looking at the very tiny waves that are breaking near the beach. Those are not the tiny waves I sup surf. Go back and look at the video again. Skip forward to the 1:20 time mark of the video and then resume the video.

At this time, the drone is very high in the air and it rotates around where you'll looking straight out from the beach towards the Gulf of Mexico. There you will see those tiny waves which are "not" breaking. These waves look like ripples on the water. Those are the tiny waves are I sup with my long 11'1" board. I'm usually anywhere between 200 to 300 yards out from the beach.

I also forgot to add, my 11'1" One World is a custom built board. My rails are thinned out too with a drawn in pointed nose and a narrow pin tail.

General Discussion / Re: Tiny Waves
« on: February 10, 2019, 03:47:37 PM »
Winger...  You ch'ure that's got enough 'push'?  Lucky, you at 144, but it looks (from here) just'bout soon as you got moving - you'd drag a fin.

When it comes to "push", I don't surf my 11'1" board with one single large 9" fin. I surf my long board with a 4 fin quad setup (2, 5") (2, 4"). This fin setup provides enough speed for these tiny waves combined with my board's 173 liters and my 144 lbs physical weight.

General Discussion / Tiny Waves
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:29:55 AM »
Most of the time the waves on the upper Texas coast are small waves. Maybe 1.5'-2' in height. But there are days where we have "tiny waves". These waves are basically slow rollers and they range in height from 9"-1'. The kind of tiny slow roller waves found in the video below.

BTW, the video below is about a vacation spot in Bali (Indonesia), but this vacation spot is not the point. The point is the tiny waves where the married couple are sup surfing these waves in rented 10' x 33" sups.

Sometimes the forecasted wave height for the upper Texas coast is wrong. Instead of small to moderate wave heights, we get "tiny waves". I've found my 11'1" x 30" @ 173 liters One World can easily sup surf these waves with me and my 144 lbs (at the moment) physical weight.

When these types of waves happen, I sometimes have the entire beach to myself surfing wise since all the prone surfers are riding 6'-8' short surfboards where their volume of liters is between 70-100 liters and their boards cannot really support their weight between 175-210 lbs when these tiny waves occur.

In the next video below you can see some of the tiny slow roller waves far off the beach. This video was taken from a drone at Drum Point at Surfside, Tx so you can see these tiny waves.

Now how I do I know which of my two sups to take to the upper Texas coast so I take the right sup? I have streaming webcam links to the beaches where I sup surf and some of these beaches have webcams where there is enough light to see from houses, piers, etc; at nightime (3:00 AM) which helps me choose the right sup since it takes me between 2-2.5 hours of one way drive time to reach these beaches.

Some of these streaming webcams are below and I've chosen these since they do not need Flash since some of you on this site do not and will not use Flash.

Take note. You won't see any tiny waves (today as I type this post) since the wind is up and coming inshore from the East at 19 mph.

Sessions / Re: Tofino February
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:45:05 AM »
Even though it was cold, at least you got to enjoy some sup surfing. After looking at those waves, my One World would have loved those types of waves.

Thanks for sharing.

General Discussion / Re: Encinitas- Day One and Two
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:38:55 PM »
Lots of good looking photos. Looks like you've picked a nice place to vacation. Nice town, nice accommodations and real nice looking waves.

Thanks for sharing.

Gear Talk / Re: RSPro wet application vid.
« on: February 03, 2019, 02:06:01 PM »
That was easy. Nice method too. But the added bonus to this video, the DW part of the video. Sweet!

Sessions / Re: Winter Sessions- January 2019
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:36:05 PM »
Thanks for providing my "sup fix" at this time of the year. You looked good riding your Hull Ripper.

As always, thanks for sharing your videos.

Random / Re: Owl Hunting In the Reserve
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:01:36 PM »
Cool video.  8) Enjoyed watching. My favorite part, the snowy owl.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: LongBoard SUP renaissance
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:00:43 AM »
@ RideTheGlide

That is an excellent video.

I sup surf the upper Texas coast and the Gulf bottom is very shallow. A person can walk out 100 yards from the beach and be only in waist deep water. With it being so shallow and no slope to really generate large waves, most of our waves are small (or tiny) depending on the wind speed since our waves are wind generated.

When I was looking for a long board, I started out with the idea of a board around 10'6" in length. Since I already had and liked my 8'11" Hammer for sup surfing, I figured a 10'6" Hammer would be perfect for flat water paddling on my subdivision's two lake where I live. But I wanted to also surf this length of a board.

I almost pulled the trigger and ordered this the 10'6" Hammer, but when I was rehabbing my surgically repaired right shoulder (very large bone spur that cut 90% through my rotator), I took a small trip over to Lake Conroe (20,000 acres) and there I fortunate to meet a pair of women on the sup boards.

One of the ladies was on her 2009 model, 11'2" x 30" Starboard Blend @ 168 liters with 3 fin boxes. I went over to her and we struck up a friendly conversation and during the conversation I asked how tall she was since she was easily taller than me and she told me she was 5'11" in height. She was also kind enough to tell me she weighed 145 lbs and at the time I weighed 146 pounds. She asked me if I wanted to demo her board right then and there. Even though my surgeon told me my right shoulder would take a year to heal and "not" to ride a sup until my shoulder was fully healed, I took the lady up on her offer.

I paddled her board for about 20 minutes around the marina where we at. But I wanted to know how her Blend would surf our small waves on the upper Texas coast. She told me she surfed her Blend down at Surfside, Tx and that is where I mostly sup surf at. Her Blend did well, but she told me she wished it was 5 liters more in volume to handle some chop better in a crosswind. So I went to YouTube to see if I could find a video with with a SB Blend and I did. The video below is the one which sold me on a long board (longboard for the purists on here).

That is when I switched gears and started to look at a Sup Sports "One World" model. The standard production made One World that I was looking (drooling) at was 11'1" x 30" x 4.6" @ 200 liters with 3 fin boxes. But that was way too much volume for me at 146 lbs and it only had 3 fin boxes and I wanted 5 fin boxes. But I knew WarDog (Warren) at Sup Sports could build me a custom One World to my specifications. But before I called WarDog, I did my homework. I wanted to see a 11'1" One World video in action doing a flat water paddle or a coastal cruise. And the video below is the one I found which finalized my choice (the white colored 11'1" One World in this video).

And WarDog built me my custom 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 liters One World with 5 fin boxes and two vent holes. My 11'1"board is great at flat water paddling (or coastal cruising) at my weight (which is 144 lbs now). But it can handle all the wave conditions I can run into on the upper Texas coast (Surfside, Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula) because of it's thinned out rails, 5 fin boxes and it's narrow pin tail.

A picture of my OW is below. I just hope I don't mess up the picture since I'm not fond of the Zone's lack of previewing a picture.

General Discussion / Re: LongBoard SUP renaissance
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:36:38 PM »
I have two sups. An 8'11" Hammer and a 11'1" One World (whose specs are in my signature). Both boards have 5 fin boxes.

Of the two boards, my 11'1" One World is my favorite of the two boards since it can handle any type of wave the upper Texas coast can throw at it, handle a nice bow tanker wave and lets me enjoy a nice two hour flat water session on a lake.

I am a longboarder at  heart.

General Discussion / Re: Can't hurt to ask.
« on: January 27, 2019, 04:47:26 AM »
@ surfercook

I am a big fan of drone videos. This one is a very good one. Loved the long length time wise of the video too. The 360 views from high up overhead really gives this video some good looks of land and water.

Since I'm a detailed oriented person, drone videos give me lots of details to look at. I can see how sup surfers place their feet on their boards no matter how short or long their board is when sup surfing.

As for paddles blades, it lets me see just how deep (or not) some sup surfers put their paddle blades in the water when gaining speed to catch a wave coming from behind them towards the tail of the board depending on the size and speed of the wave.

Thanks for taking the time to make and edit this video. It was the "cat's meow" for me.  :)

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