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General Discussion / Re: What do you think of Surfline Sessions?
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:06:44 AM »
I like everything about it except the frick'n Apple watch >:( I will not own or use an iphone or watch. I was trying to share photos with my brother while on vacation. The pictures from my Gopro on my phone and computer would not transfer to his iPhone. It had to be through iTunes on his computer to get to his phone. I'll just have to DropBox it to him. AirDrop this pile to pile format.  ::)

BTW, I paid $384. for my brand new Pixel 2 two years ago. Never had a problem with it. Battery still lasts a day and a half with regular use. In fact the battery has never died on me. My family has to carry an extra battery packs with them because their newer than mine iPhones won't last 8 hours on a charge. But's that's what all their friends have.

Works with the Rip Curl Search GPS (still testing) supposedly as well - they just sent me beta instructions.

General Discussion / Re: OBX in September
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:04:11 AM »
September in OBX is generally pretty good, if you kite, it will be even better, as it's also a good mix of waves and SW/NE winds.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Delta - Baggage Fee Waived
« on: July 18, 2019, 07:52:44 AM »
AP..  I always look at the legal stuff they can pull out: The Contract of Carriage.   Here's a link to the applicable section.

Here's the paragraph.

"Surfboard Checked Bag Requirements and Fees
Standard baggage allowance and fees based on cabin and travel region apply
Surfboards weighing over 50 lbs. will be charged the applicable excess weight fee
If the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
Surfboards are allowed up to two (2) boards per bag
Surfboard Terms & Conditions
Between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 USD/CAD fee
Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Surfboards over 72 inches in length are not allowed on Delta Connection carrier flights. Contact Reservations for more information"

My fear is the nice lady on the outbound leg lets me by and then I get one on the inbound leg that 'has had enough of 'tourists' for the day.

Like the difference between the cop that writes a warning and the next who writes the ticket, but in this case, you lose your car too.


Yeah, so I worried about the linear inch requirement to the point of e-mailing Delta, and had an official response that I printed and carried with me quite a bit. There response when asked was any board over 115 inches in length, not the L + W + H of the board, despite what is said below.

With all of that said, I've travelled with a SUP 6 times with Delta, no issue (other than the $150 fee each way).

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Delta - Baggage Fee Waived
« on: July 18, 2019, 06:57:06 AM »
For anyone who flies Delta a lot - no fee for surfboards/SUP's anymore. They still have the 113 linear inch requirement, but I've never had that enforced on me, hopefully that doesn't change.

Random / Re: Which Wind Sport
« on: June 26, 2019, 05:40:45 AM »
Kiting is the perfect complement to SUP, with foils you can pretty much kite in little to no wind so as soon as the waves get chopped up, roll over to the kite.

Foil SUP / Re: Kite into SUP Foil
« on: June 25, 2019, 02:30:03 AM »
It took me awhile to finally bite on a getting a kite foil, but I did and I love it. It was suprisingly easy to pickup, the biggest issue I had was the front hook would come loose from flexing back and forth, I finally just went with a single strap (although very loose) and I'm having a blast. Pretty much able to stay up and control my height pretty well, on the Slingshot NF2 (H5) setup which I know is less than ideal but I just wanted to get something somewhat cheap to learn on to make sure it was worth the investment.

It definitely was, so.....I figure the rest of this summer getting kitefoiling down a bit better and then roll into SUP and a Cloud 9 foil.

General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 19, 2019, 04:22:38 PM »
I think a big part of my problem is what everyone has said:  I look at the cams and it doesn't look worth it so I don't go.  If I just went, I would probably find something.  Oak Island is the exception, I will never go there again expecting surf.  Nice place but terrible surf.

Yeah Oak Island sucks for surf, and probably even worse in the summer with the SW winds. Check surfchex - WB regularly. Should be decent next few days actually.

Foil SUP / Re: Costa Rica spots?
« on: June 18, 2019, 02:32:18 AM »
The Blue Zone/Progression Project guys that run the camp are foiling. Get in touch with Chase, great guy, met him this past January in Nosara.

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 don’t 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, Côte 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.

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