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General Discussion / Re: Dana Point Sunset
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:09:36 PM »
A magnificent sunset.

General Discussion / Re: for all you thinking about a super short board....
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:08:27 PM »
I've said it once and I'll say it again. I'm a closet longboarder.

I own three sup boards. But my favorite boards amongst the three boards is a toss up between my One World 11'1" and my Duke 10'5".

Random / Re: Cover songs.
« on: November 19, 2019, 07:54:20 AM »
I wish I had found this song before Halloween, but alas, Halloween has passed and this song would have been appropriate for Halloween.

The cover song below is a rendition of Michael Jackson's, "Thriller".

Lead & Backing Vocals - Charlotte Zone
Guitar - Mike Wilbury
Keyboards - Rick Benbow
Drums - Sina

"Thriller" (Michael Jackson Cover); Sina featuring Charlotte Zone

I really enjoyed this video. Why? Because on the upper Texas coast where I sup surf at, small waves are our normal everyday waves. When those waves show up on the Bolivar Peninsula and along the Galveston Seawall, one won't find many prone surfers. Why? Most of people are using 6'-7' in length with 22" in width or narrower performance prone surf boards where the boards have 90-115 liters of volume in them. And the same goes for sup boards.

And these people weigh a lot more than the volume in their boards. The small waves just don't provide enough "dynamic lift" to give these people a nice long ride. They are lucky if they get a 5 second ride.

But, if someone goes to the surf shops and rents a sup, someone will find a lot of Rivieria sups in 11' length and 200 liters. These length sups give riders a good length ride in our small waves.

Your Point Break which is 12' x 32" @ 197 liters would surf well at Bolivar, the Galveston Seawall and my favorite place, Surfside. And if they are no waves at all, like glass, your Point Break would sup surf well by catching a bow tanker wave from an incoming tanker ship in the Houston Ship Channel.

This is why I really enjoy my Sup Spots 11'1" x 30" @ 173 liters One World and my Blue Planet 10'5" x 32" @ 190 liters Duke for sup surfing since most of the waves on the upper Texas coast, the waves are small and this is our norm.

And just like with your Point Break, my One World and Duke are very nice for flat water paddling.

BTW, thanks for listing the PB's specifications and for showing the fin configuration along with the length of the fins. I loves details and these specs are very important to me. One last  item. Good to see Sunova made the Point Break with 5 fin boxes. I am a firm believer in a quad fin setup for small waves.

Oh, almost forgot. Near the end of the video, I got a "kick" out of the foiler pumping his legs fast trying to surf the small waves and then taking a "face plant" in front to his foil board.  ;)

As always, thanks for sharing your videos here on the Zone.

General Discussion / Re: Total Anatomical Shoulder Replacement
« on: November 15, 2019, 08:28:42 PM »
@ Cookie

When I had both of my shoulders operated on, in pre-op first in 2002 and then 2017, my surgeon suggested a nerve block because without one, the pain is quite severe after the procedure.

The nerve block I was given lasts between 20-24 hours. In both instances, the nerve block started to wear off at the 20 hour mark. At 22 hours after  my surgery, I started taking 2 hydrocodone tablets every 4 hours.

The first 3 days after my procedures, my surgeon told told me those will be the most painful days. Starting on the 4th day, the pain starts to lessen and I suspect you will experience that too.

Hydrocodone can be addictive for some people. My surgeon told me when the pain was manageable, quit taking the hydrocodone.

My surgeon wrote a prescription for 30 hydrocodone tablets for each procedure, but I only took 16 tablets. One hour before my first PT session at the sports medicine complex, I took 2 hydrocodone tablets because my surgeon told me the first day of PT is quite painful. My second PT session, I didn't need the hydrocodone so I didn't take any.

In total, I only needed 18 hydrocodone tablets and the last 12 of those tablets, I eventually threw them in the garbage. By the time you read this post, your shoulder pain should start to lessen. You'll still be quite sore, but it should start to be manageable.

Random / Re: How long is your ride to the water?
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:34:02 AM »
From my home in southeast Tx to Surfside, Tx where I sup surf the most; it is 117 miles to Surfside and it takes me 2.5 hours to get there and 2.5 hours to arrive back at my home.

General Discussion / Re: Total Anatomical Shoulder Replacement
« on: November 12, 2019, 08:24:53 AM »
@ Cookie

My orthopedic surgeon operates on Wednesday at the sports medicine complex where he has his office on the 3rd floor. The operating rooms are on the 1st floor and the PT rooms are on the 2nd floor. Two days after I had my left shoulder procedure done in 2002 to remove a large bone spur, I was in PT on the second floor two days later, on Friday. This was the worst PT session I had since I was really sore. All black and blue.

My surgeon requested a man named Brian to work with me. Since I love the outdoors and my surgeon does too, he knew Brian and I would be a perfect match because Brian was going to work me harder than usual. I was also instructed to take 2 vicoden tablets one hour before my scheduled arrival time of 10:00 am and I was "not" supposed to come to PT wearing my sling.

When I finally met Brian on that Friday morning, we exchanged pleasantries and then he had me sit down on a chair with the chair facing sideways to the table. He then told me to PUT my arm up on the table. I told him I couldn't LIFT my arm that high just two days after surgery. He told me, PUT your left arm up on the table. I told him, "did you hear what I said about me not being able to LIFT my left arm that high?". Brian looked at me and said he heard me the first time. Then he said, "PUT your arm up on the table."

It then dawned on me Brian wanted to see how well I could think on the fly and solve a problem. So I told Brian, "if you want me to PUT my arm up on the table parallel to my shoulder, this is how I'm going to do it". With my right hand, I grabbed my left wrist and then LIFTED and PUT my left arm on the table shoulder high.

Brain then told me, "you and I are going to get along just fine". Brian knew I couldn't LIFT my arm up on the table, but he wanted me to figure out on my own how to PUT (what he wanted) my left arm up on the table, which when done was shoulder high. He told me that there will be some exercisedsI might have trouble with, but there was a way to do them.

After 12 sessions with Brian (3 session a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for 1 month, when I was released from "official" PT, Brian told I did 3 months of PT work that most people do in 1 month's time. Then he told me I would keep the same time sessions at my home for 6 months and don't slack off during the times I was doing PT on my own at my house. Result, no problems with my left shoulder.

Fast forward to 2017 when I found out, via an MRI, a large bone spur in my right shoulder had cut 90% through my rotator cuff. Again I had the same surgeon who performed the procedure on my right shoulder on a Wednesday morning and two days later, on a Friday morning, I was back on the 2nd floor for my one month of official PT with the same work sessions like I had with my left shoulder.

Since Brian was still there 15 years later, I tried to get him, but he was booked solid. Bummer! But my surgeon had the perfect replacement for me. A woman by the name of Vanessa who was trained by Brian.

When I walked into PT that Friday morning, I was greeted by Brian and we exchanged some small talk. Then he introduced me to Vanessa. Both Vanessa and I exchanged small talk with Brian still in the room. Then Vanessa had me put a chair sideways to a table, had me sit in the chair and then she told me to PUT my right arm up on the table at shoulder height.

I shifted my eyes towards Brain and saw he had a slight grin on his fade because he knew what I was about to do. So with my left hand, I grabbed my right wrist and lifted my right arm up on the table to shoulder height. Then Vanessa gave a small laugh and said to me, "You and I will get along just fine". And I worked those exercises like a demon from hell for that one month for the official sessions of PT.

So I did my one month's of PT with Vanessa, 3 times a week in 1 hour sessions for 4 weeks on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. At the end of that one month, Vanessa told me I had done the amount of 3 months of PT work in one months time. Then when I was released; I was told to do some of the same exercises I had done in PT at the sports medicine place, at my home in the same time sessions but for 11 (eleven) months.

Both my surgeon and my therapists told me the home PT sessions were very crucial and if I didn't want any pain in either of my right or left shoulders as long as I didn't "slack off". BTW, with both my left and then my right shoulder, I had full range of motion in both of them 7 days after my first PT official sessions.

But even when I was doing my official PT sessions at the complex on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; I was doing those sessions PT wise at my house on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

So in conclusion; when you are in official PT, work your shoulder. I will tell you this. Your first official PT session, it will hurt like a "mother". But everyone's first PT session; whether for a knee, arm, shoulder, hip, those individuals with those procedures, they were in lots of pain in their first PT session.

There were some with me who, when they first encountered some pain when doing their exercises, they whined and wanted to skip some of those exercises. But the therapist for these people, they told them if they don't do their exercises "properly" and push through the pain, they would have pain in whatever arms, shoulders, hips, etc; for the rest of their lives. And if they balked at that, they it was suggested to just stay home and don't waste their time and the therapists time.

So be diligent when doing your exercises and give it 110% effort for every exercise when in official PT or at your home when you're doing you home PT exercises.

Stay the course and when your shoulder is pain free and you're "allowed" to be back on the water on your sup, per your surgeon's approval, your first ride back on your sup will be one of the most enjoyable sup session you will experience whether it is a flat water session or sup surfing some knee high waves, waist high waves or head high waves. I know because I've been there "twice" with my left shoulder first and then with my right shoulder second.

Take care, Cookie.


General Discussion / Re: Total Anatomical Shoulder Replacement
« on: November 11, 2019, 08:59:29 PM »
@ Cookie

Hope your surgeon finds no unexpected surprises. Wishing you a text book recovery.

General Discussion / Re: The World's Sexiest Sup
« on: November 09, 2019, 07:39:35 AM »
The last of your summer clips!  ???  Egads!!  :o Say it isn't so.  :(

Another nice clip for us to enjoy.  :)  Nice sup surfing on your new favorite.  And a nice quad fin setup for her too.  8)

Thanks for sharing.

Sessions / Re: Home Runners
« on: November 09, 2019, 07:09:19 AM »
Another fine video. And since there were no other surfers, it is nice to have the entire place where you surf, all to yourself. I like waves where I can surf them all the way to the beach. The glide is the ride for me.

BTW, thanks for providing the length of your fin. A nice detail.

Thanks for sharing your video. Great to see a video at this time of the year because it is 42 degrees F at my home in southeast Texas as I type this post.

General Discussion / Re: Total Anatomical Shoulder Replacement
« on: November 03, 2019, 08:03:31 AM »
Sorry to see you're going to have "major" shoulder replacement. I hope all goes well and you'll be back on the water in 1 years time. Just remember. When you go for physical therapy, don't slack off. Do what you PT therapists say.

When I did my PT sessions at the sports medicine complex for my left and then my right shoulder, if my therapist asked for 20 reps on a particular exercise, I did 30 reps. At the end of each PT session, when I left with my fellow patients, I was the only one who was soaking wet from sweat. I attacked each one of my shoulder exercises like I was a "demon from hell".

When you get released from PT, I'm sure you'll be given a set of instructions for doing PT at your home like I was. Keep doing the PT exercisers at your home for as long as it takes and your shoulder will eventually thank you for it. Especially when you take your first ride back on your sup.

General Discussion / Re: Mischief Night..... Solo SUP session
« on: October 31, 2019, 04:22:33 PM »
I like those type of waves. And for you, I am going to guess you were the only surfer, prone or sup, who was surfing.

Thanks for sharing your video.

Random / Re: Cover songs.
« on: October 21, 2019, 12:40:04 PM »
I don't think I've ever seen a "drum cover" song in this topic thread. Thought I would share this one below.

"Sultans Of Swing" (Dire Straits) drum cover by Sina.

Random / Re: Is this battery tech for real?
« on: October 20, 2019, 06:10:34 AM »
The device is not a battery since it can't be recharged. The device is a power cell and once expended, it has to be replaced. And at 5000 "POUNDS" and not dollars, for replacement, it is very expensive.

Downwind and Racing / Re: Greece Downwind Surfing Summer 2019
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:28:09 PM »
Nice wind and wave conditions for downwinding. I liked the background music too.

Thanks for sharing the video.

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