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https://www.hoodrivernews.com/gorge-life/steve-gates-water-sports-mentor-business-pioneer-and-former-hr/article_93619d98-0d54-11ea-93e5-97fa52cc4757.html

Yesterday there was a large crowd of friends and fans that did a large "paddle out" event in honor of Steve. He is going to be greatly missed.
I credit him for inspiring me and my wife getting into SUP and we are forever grateful as it changed our whole lifestyle.
There is a great drone video of the event over on Facebook. Big Winds also has a nice tribute to Steve on their website. Check it out.

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Sessions / Fun on the Chetco River.....
« on: October 08, 2019, 02:49:42 PM »
My wife and I are exploring Southern Oregon and just wanted to say what a fun time we had in Brookings, Oregon on the Chetco River. The weather the past 2 weeks has simply been awesome and we were able to get out and paddle everyday. Some on the Chetco River and some on the Rogue River and then more on Garrison Lake in Port Orford. Haven't seen any other standup paddlers in any of these areas. Folks,  you are missing out! (tried to share attached video,  but I guess it is too large and I don't know how to edit)
If you want to see it you could email me and maybe I can share it that way.
blackmaxsosmerc@gmail.com

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General Discussion / Re: What is wrong with this picture?
« on: July 20, 2019, 03:07:24 PM »
Must be front wheel drive? :o

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General Discussion / Re: HOT Chicks on Stand Up Paddle Boards!
« on: April 13, 2019, 05:56:01 PM »
Yes,  nice to see the leash. But where is the lifebelt? I would hate to see anything happen to her. But then again,  I don't suppose "capable" lifeguards are going to be very far away? !

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:23:23 PM »
You sound a little like me (wife says I am too anal about my fitness habits) ;D
You didn't say,  but are you married?  In my case,  having a partner with similar fitness and goals was important and I am sure we would not have been able to meet are goals if we weren't encouraging each other along the way. Cutting the wine and other alcohol is a work in progress  :o

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: February 25, 2019, 03:12:16 PM »
Thanks for correcting that :).....yes, 23.4 at the moment. I'm 5'8 1/2" and my weight varies from 155-158. I weigh everyday and I can usually feel whether or not I have lost or gained.
Lost 30 lbs since taking up paddleboarding in 2014. We made what you would call a lifestyle change which was simply MORE exercise and better monitoring of what we eat using MyFitnessPal app and tracking exercise with Endomondo. Still tracking everything carefully. But this year the big thing for me is ditching alcohol. I still cheat with a little vodka in either my bloody mary or my grapefruit juice. Problem is my wife simply will not go along with ditching wine and or her vodka in the bloody mary. But I will continue to work on her. We are both staying pretty stable on our weight now and we both feel pretty good. I'm 68. She is 67 and still working as an accountant at home. I am now totally retired so I have the time to exercise twice a day if I want...and sometimes do. Life is good right now. Just want to stay healthy.

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: February 25, 2019, 02:25:39 PM »
Hopefully not too far off topic, but...along with giving up alcohol and seriously watching my sugar intake, I also quit taking any vitamins and or supplements.
However,  in an effort to see if it would help my arthritis pain in my hands, shoulders and hips,  I started using liquid Tumeric that I first saw at Costco. From a company called Qunol . I still used some powdered raw tumeric in soups etc,  but this liquid stuff I can take a sip of every morning before breakfast and it tastes ok. It's 1000mg Curcumin and 9mg vitamin C.  10 Calories for a Tbsp serving. Been using it for a couple of months now and I really feel like it has helped. I can now make a fist when I first get up in the morning and I am not as stiff. Anyone else using Tumeric? 
P.S.  Since dropping the alcohol and substituting Almond Milk or V8 low sodium drink,  I have been keeping my weight pretty steady @156 lbs. My BMI is 123-124. Been way too cold for paddling lately,  but when I get seriously back to it my guess is my weight will get down near 150....my target.

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: February 23, 2019, 05:20:23 PM »
Reminder.....we are NOT talking mental health here. ;)

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:00:29 PM »
So it's been just over a month since I decided to try and eliminate alcohol. I still put a small amount of Barnett's Lime Vodka on top of my evening bloody mary...but I have even cut back on those too. Have been using non-alcohol beer like Beck's to satisfy my desire for something quenching my thirst after workouts. I don't drink much beer,  but I see this as a lower sugar alternative to my favorite Grapefruit juice coctail...again,  with a few drops of lime vodka.
I am not missing the alcohol and I honestly think I am sleeping better and overall just feel better. I am drinking a lot more green tea and black coffee and I am peeing a lot more :).....I am slowly loosing some weight,  but I think I have found my balance and won't go much lower.
One more thing,  I have started eating more celery (either with a dab of peanut butter or with hummus. This keeps me from feeling hungry and it works well for me.
So,  having just turned 68,  I am feeling pretty good and still paddle as often as possible. (did 4 1/5 miles on my birthday in 45 degree temps....so I am not letting the cold air stop me. Hard to get motivated though when it is that cold......falling in is NOT an option).  More protein and more liquids.....and keeping the sugar intake to the minimum...that's my goal this year.
SUGAR is the enemy!

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:00:15 PM »
Food for thought......:)

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:10:42 PM »
Might I suggest one plain dunk'in donut along with BLACK dark roast coffee......followed by a quick 6 mile paddle......should do no harm :)............

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: January 05, 2019, 09:01:17 AM »
My wife and I have made a habit of logging all of our meals and exercise with the MyFitnessPal app. It was a pain in the ass at first,  but we stuck with it and have been able to maintain our weight goal for over 2 years. It has been a "lifestyle change" but well worth it as we have been healthy and feel good. (much cheaper and more fun than being sick). The app enables looking at "reports" showing how much sugar, fiber, carbs, protein etc. etc. you are eating making it easy to see just what foods are doing to your diet.
By the way,  I have given up alcohol for over 3 weeks now and I do feel like I have more energy and I am sleeping better. I do still put a touch of lime vodka on top of my bloody mary's and my grapefruit juice....but I am cutting back on the number of those tasty drinks as well.  Unsweetened almond milk is my new go to drink.
Happy New Year everyone!

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Strength Training Thoughts
« on: December 09, 2018, 09:26:51 AM »
One day I was trying to get my 88 year old dad out of bed and I was sitting in a wheelchair showing him how he could move around in the chair using his legs and arms....he said to me "son,  all of this emphasis on movement is highly over-rated"....

He had been an active tennis player until he fell once on the court while in his 70's....his doc told him he had better stop playing tennis or he might have a bad accident and never walk again.....worst advice he even could have gotten....he was never the same after that and he became so sedentary and weak and went downhill pretty quick after that. His doc gave him the excuses for becoming weak and lazy.

Keep moving folks !

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Gear Talk / Re: Board covers
« on: December 08, 2018, 05:24:24 PM »
I purchased a similar product by VAMO from Paddleboard Specialists and I have  been very pleased with it. It fits snugly on my 14,  but is pretty soft and flexible material and I am sure it will go down the road at highway speeds without coming off or flapping too much in the breeze....though I haven't had a trip with it yet. I got it mostly just for sun protection and keeping bug droppings off, etc. I am trying to keep my Imagine Rocket as pristine as possible without resorting to a coffin bag which I find a pain to get my boards in and out of.

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General Discussion / Re: HOT Chicks on Stand Up Paddle Boards!
« on: December 08, 2018, 05:18:02 PM »
Very attractive "soft top".......

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