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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 15, 2019, 06:06:27 AM »
WB looked knee to thigh and super clean on the cam at 7:30am. I'd surf that. Quite a few longboards out, and one SUP.

Update, 8:00am and it's starting to get choppy.


Yeah, I grew up in Wilmington, and I can tell you, especially in the spring/summer by 8 AM it's packed and the wind is on it. You are going to have to leave Charlotte at say 3/4 AM and get there at sunrise. There are definitely waves and a good group of locals there, you just have to time it right.

General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 15, 2019, 03:47:15 AM »
NC is very windy almost everyday. You surf at sunrise or you donít surf much.

Exactly - cali you have a bit more time, case in point, there's literally 1.6' at 8s in the water and there's a rideable wave at WB right now -

So.......again, I'm not sure if your threshold for a rideable wave is, but there's always something.

General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 14, 2019, 04:00:14 PM »
I have not found good waves once in the 9 months I have been in North Carolina.  I have been checking the cams for Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach Pier, the closest breaks, almost daily and have only seen ridable waves a couple of times.  I expect that there is surf somewhere and I just don't know where to look.

Made the mistake of spending a couple days at Oak Island because the family wanted to go there, brought my big SUP and never got it wet; I guess the area around Oak Island is the worst for surfing.  Looks like I will have to make the 8 hour drive to the Outer Banks to get some waves.  I've been back to Cali a couple of times and got decent waves both trips. 

The positive news is that we have bought a different house here and it backs up to some pretty good mountain bike trails, so I can ride every day straight from my backyard and I love to mountain bike.  I really miss the ocean life, but my wife is really happy and that means more to me than anything....uh, I think.

Yeah, man you are going to have to lower your expectations a bit for SC/NC. It's not going to be as consistent, etc. so here's some tips, most of which are probably pretty obvious:

1. Get a noserider SUP, I get a ton of days on my J&L Black and Blue and every time it's a blast.
2. Check surfchex - Crystal Pier at WB, lot of SUP's, cool vibe generally, check early before the seabreeze kicks in. There's usually a few SUP's out every morning and almost always a knee high wave at least.
3. Fall/winter will be much better.
4. If you want to get ocean time no matter what on the east coast, learn to kite. Almost every single afternoon in the spring/summer there's enough wind to kite and ride a surfboard, which turns a knee high wave into more fun than you will have on a SUP any day (well almost). The east coast definitely has SoCal beat in terms of kiting.

That's about it, that and obviously OBX is better by far. Oak Island is horrible, check Topsail/Atlantic as well on south swells.

PM me if you have any other questions.

I checked it out, only inflatable for the SUPs.  And not in walking distance any beaches.  The are lots of surf schools down at the beach that usually have quite a selection of boards.  Probably your best bet.

And from the Grand plage that Rick mentions, CŰte Basque a ten minute walk south, or just 5 min north by car to the miles of beaches in Anglet you will find plenty of surf.

Yeah, I looked for quite a bit, contacted Gong, etc. I think we are going to head to Greece (Santorini or Rhodes) and I may get some kiting in, if not, no big deal. We will tour around France some, but not the extended trip down into Spain (next trip).

Classifieds / Re: 8'8" JL SuperTech - $625 - SOLD
« on: June 05, 2019, 06:56:31 PM »
Sold today locally.

General Discussion / Re: Things Ain't What They Used To Be
« on: June 02, 2019, 03:37:46 AM »
CBD oil, but two things that are at least worth a try before you go under the knife:

1. Cut that paddle! Ha, it's just too long for you and instead of using legs/core your shoulders are doing work. That's probably not helping whatever underlying issue you have. At least, that's what it looks like from the videos.

2. Try active release therapy, I thought it was bs, and it completely fixed my shoulder issues.

Reviving this thread, flights booked (very cheapily might I add - $430 for upgraded seats on the front row of economy) - October 6 - 18. Probably 4 or 5 days in Paris/northern France, the rest of the time is wide open. Would like to train to Biarritz and then explore from there, maybe go to Spain as well.

Any suggestions/board hire, etc. would be welcomed.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Strength Training Thoughts
« on: May 06, 2019, 12:53:24 PM »
Reviving this thread, pretty much plateau'ed for the last few months. I've done some TRX combos for a few weeks, and then I used the 3 month program from Surf Strength Fitness, which was a nice mix (but I've done it twice now). Looking for something to stay lean (I'm fluctating between 165-170 lb) but continue to strength legs, core, shoulders. I may work in some of the Dave Kalama mix - and focus on squats/deadlift/press variations.

That along with kiting/paddling roughly 5 times a week.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Mellow Wave Destinations
« on: May 01, 2019, 11:16:55 AM »
Nosara - Costa Rica, smaller/easier in the U.S. winter months, offshore everyday. Good spot for families.

General Discussion / Re: Elbow pain
« on: May 01, 2019, 03:34:09 AM »
It can also stem from subcap issues in your shoulder moving down through your bicep into your elbow. That has been my issue occasionally which came from too stiff a paddle and/or too large a paddle blade.

I've moved to a small diameter paddle which helps considerably.

Classifieds / Re: 8'8" JL SuperTech - $625
« on: April 30, 2019, 09:17:59 AM »
I am SURPRISED  :o that it didnít sell yet. Excellent board and surfs like a dream. Love mine!

Our local market is pretty slow, just not a lot of experienced SUP surfers.

Classifieds / Re: 8'8" JL SuperTech - $625
« on: April 30, 2019, 03:26:07 AM »
someone please buy this. what a steal.  i have the 9'1 in carbon and these boards are excellent.

Ha I know, I have the 8'2" now and love it. This is purely being sold because of volume/size.

Classifieds / Re: 8'8" JL SuperTech - $600
« on: April 29, 2019, 06:59:16 AM »
Price drop - need garage space for foil.

Sessions / Re: Garbage Time_4_8_19
« on: April 09, 2019, 10:44:31 AM »
Wow, yeah. I'm surprised I didn't notice that as well. That paddle seems way too long. Sometimes it looks like your arm is almost fully extended above your head. As an example, I'm 6' tall and my surf paddle is 6'1".

While we're at it, when paddling the board, you might gain a little more stability if you narrowed your stance a bit. The wider your stance is, the more exaggerated the counter active motion becomes. You want your feet to be about 8 to 10 inches apart and slightly staggered. This should also make it easier to jump into your surf stance and center your front foot.

Iím 5í9, the Paddle is 75Ē.  Now your giving me too much to think about. Lol. Iíll try it tho.

Yeah, I mean......i'm 6'0" and my paddle is 72". I'm not on a board to where I'm sinking or anything, I'm 175 lbs and on a 100L board typically, although that would play into it a bit. So.....the Soloshot is a great tool (when it works) for grabbing some cool videos (which you have done a really good job with), but it also helps for the community to critique and discuss technique, etc.

I have several friends who paddle with a paddle 6" or a shaka or whatever over their head, and it just simply doesn't work well. It tends to keep you more upright, and/or your top hand is going way over your shoulder blade and is inefficient.

Try it, the other thing I've moved to is a much smaller blade and shaft. I'm on a 79" blade and a thinner shaft/handle. I think paddles will trend more in this direction at least for surf.

Sessions / Re: Garbage Time_4_8_19
« on: April 09, 2019, 06:30:21 AM »
@LBSup - have you tried a shorter paddle? It seems like that one is a bit long

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