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Gear Talk / Re: Yet another new board thread
« on: September 11, 2023, 04:59:35 PM »
L41! No need to look any where else. 5 different models all based of his original SIMM Sup. Its what he does.  If I could afford it Id have one of each. Based on your post I would say next up for you is the Pop Dart. But in my personal opinion ST is the best board of this kind. But dont ask me ask, Kirk. He will match the board to  you and the conditions you surf.

He also has a long board if you want one too.

General Discussion / Re: Motivation?
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:17:36 PM »
Hey Cookieman,

I know all too well about shoulder pain. There is only 1 position I can sleep in without pain. I have zero overhead range of motion in one shoulder.

Just some thoughts when my shoulder is acting up.

A smaller blade and paddle with some flex are shoulder savers.

Wet suits suck for shoulders. I surf year-round. My shoulder hates winter.

Picking up a "comfort board" with greater stability and glide is easier on the shoulders. Not my go-to board but I'm glad I have one when the conditions or my shoulder call for it. The difference is noticeable.

Nothing helps me more than being an 80% one-side paddler and 100% one-side paddling into a wave. Blasphemy, I know! I keep my healthy shoulder on the handle and my beat-up shoulder is down. I use just as much range of motion as I need at the time. Of course, there are times I have no options, but I look at it as creating a reserve for when I need it and preserving as much function as I can for both the session and the long run.

SUP General / Re: Board Weight vs Board Liters
« on: February 09, 2023, 07:45:31 PM »
No doubt you are getting a little lost in the weeds on board choices and believe me I have done the same. Took 7 years but I finally have my three-board quiver in a happy place, for now.

Your question about weight is very similar to your recent question about volume and stability. It really is all relative to you, what you are looking for, and where you surf. There are many factors that go into stability and weight.

A lighter board could be built with better materials (foam, resin, glass) or less durable (less glass, poorer quality glass etc.) I remember the old Riverias. Light but you touch them and get a ding. My L41 is built with top-end materials and you notice it!

Stability is also relative to what is important to you. I prioritize stability over performance yet I want as much performance as I can get. I struggle with more front-to-back stability than side-to-side. I find a shorter board with a wider nose and tail gives me that. It took me a lot of trial and error to figure that out. Reviews and asking questions is great and helped me to narrow my search but ultimately I had to find out what worked for me.

With all that said, my one bit of advice is advice given to me.

"Volume is your friend. If you are questioning the size and volume, you have answered your own question."

Once I heeded that advice, it change how I look at boards. I actually just add a step-up board not down. 7 inches longer and 26 liters more than my other two boards. A more traditional shape to my shorter wider boards. Interestingly, not my most stable board, yet super snappy, fast, and smooth like butter. It is what I like most when it gets bigger. Fits great in my quiver.

Remember, less is not necessarily more!

Happy hunting!

General Discussion / C-Monsta
« on: January 01, 2023, 07:52:27 PM »
I can't believe I purchased something that popped up as an ad on my Facebook page. After downsizing my home, I had nowhere to hang my wetsuit, boots gloves, etc in the wintertime. I thought this was a little pricey ($42) for a piece of plastic but I decided to give it a go. I am so happy with my purchase that I thought I would share it here on the zone in case anybody is looking for a drying solution. In the pic is a 4/3 wetsuit soaking wet, gloves, boots, wetsuit socks, and a hood.

I have no affiliation with the company.

Gear Talk / Re: Rail wear options
« on: December 20, 2022, 09:27:49 AM »
I have used both RSPro and North Shore Inc rail tape. RSpro is a slightly better product but I tend to use the NSI brand. It is half the price on Amazon and I find it easier to work with when applying. RSpro probably protects better but with that said I have used NSI without a problem on multiple boards and is on all three boards I currently own. I think they are based out of Hood River.

General Discussion / Re: Sinus Infection
« on: December 11, 2022, 07:03:21 AM »
I like the saline spray idea. Only the second sinus infection I can remember having. Being laid up a bit, I have done my share of Googling. Sinus infection and surfing are not uncommon. There is a pretty good consensus on getting any water and gunk out of your nose. Saline spray just before getting in the car is where I am leaning.

Hard to come to a conclusion where a Neti Pot is worse than ocean water. I will need to look at that more.

I wear Doc's Pro Plugs leashed and vented earplugs. I like that they were fitted. (they provide how to measure). I hate the leash but it makes sure I don't lose one by accident.

General Discussion / Sinus Infection
« on: December 10, 2022, 07:28:07 PM »
Been sick for days (and we have swell on the east coast) after negative covid tests, I decided to go to the Drs.  Sinus infection is the diagnosis. I am 58 and this infection has really gotten the best of me. The funny thing is the surf session I got the infection was small and I only went in the drink once but once was enough. Started wearing earplugs in the winter several years ago after an ear infection. I am not wearing nose plugs but this has been awful. The Neti Pot will be part of my post-surf routine. Just thought I'd share.

Sessions / Re: #fallisbest 10/31 & 11/01
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:02:10 PM »
Great stuff! That whole week was fun. The last of those fun south swells, warmish air temps, and no boots or gloves.

Looking back at the Fall, I think the past week is the longest we have gone without some kind of swell since August. It became winter really fast! Bring on the Norreasters!

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Earl Swell
« on: September 10, 2022, 06:22:24 PM »
Did a double today down by Atlantic City. The afternoon paddle out with the low tide was a little more forgiving than this morning but not by much.  It's amazing how we take a ten-minute pounding for a 15-second ride but I am looking forward to another pounding tomorrow morning! Have to say, the conditions have not been perfect but there were bombs out there today!

SUP General / Re: Need help understanding SUP lengths!
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:26:51 PM »
Solid responses from sflinux and dusk patrol on length. Here are some additional thoughts. For reference, I am 6'2 240. Board length, stability, and performance are relative to the board and its shape. My most stable board is 8'11 and I have a board that is 9'5. It is also my most fun board to surf. I have been through my share of boards and wished I would have looked at board progressions from a rail perspective first and then glide and lift second. I started on a 9'10 All Wave, a corky board. Meaning it sat on top of the water. This is where most of us start. We view stability as being completely out of the water.   Fun board to surf but thick rails = harder to turn. Corky=less stable because your board is bouncing like a cork. That is your One, "Rails full and boxy." But greater stability and turning come when our rail is in the water and our feet are wet when paddling. This does not mean you have to compromise on volume.  When your rails are underwater you are actually more stable than on top because the water holds you in place. The rail in the water = more turning. The boards you mention have very different rail profiles and all sit differently in the water and in my opinion are all fairly dramatic jumps in rail profile from the One. Stepped, low profile, full, and thin are all just examples of rail profiles.

In terms of glide and lift, this will be very rocker and length-dependent Both will impact the ease of wave catching.

Sunova's website is great as it gives great detail on rails, rocker, and wave catching.

I went from the Fanatic Allwave to the Sunova Creek which was a nice transition with rail and rocker. I have two shorter boards that are stepped rails but high volume. My L41 is 8'10 at 160 liters and is as stable as can be and super fun to surf.

Keep in mind that the Speed is a high-performance board while the Nalu, Steeze, and Revolution are more longboard shapes meant to nose ride.

My personnel bottom line: Volume is your friend. Progress in rail shape before you worry about length and make sure it is an easy wave catcher which probably means not too much rocker.

Gear Talk / Re: Everyday new board help
« on: June 13, 2022, 05:20:41 AM »
Fanatic makes the Bee. Dont know much about it but  it seems what you are looking for. Here is there write up.

Our Bee is the ultimate watersports-weapon. Weve packed four different dimensions of pure fun into one board: SUP Surfing, SUP Foiling, Wing Foiling and Windsurf Foiling you decide on the setup you ride.

You have been given some great choices and can't go wrong with any of them. I have the L41 ST and it is as Talldude describes, an amazing board. I surf it 98% of the time. Best board I have owned. I used to have the Blue Planet Turbo another great board with great stability. I am 6'2 240 and on a windy, mushy day I always go with my Sunova Shroom. It is a dedicated mush board but I grab it whenever the winds are over 20 MPH. Not as fast as the ST and doesn't come close in performance to either board but the stepped rail is deeper in the water giving more stability and it has a really good glide paddling against the wind. The Blue Planet has the best glide of the bunch. The Shroom has excellent down-the-line speed and it turns great. It is limited in bigger or steeper waves. For comparison my ST is 8'10 x 160l, my Turbo was 9'10 x 160l and my Shroom is 8'11 160l. You could definitely go on the 8'7 Shroom. The Shroom is significantly the most stable of the three in high winds and built for mush. Super fun to surf too!

General Discussion / Re: SUP surfboard for a 250 lb person
« on: December 28, 2021, 06:36:18 AM »
+1 on the Avanti. I spent many a day at that 265+ mark. I think another good option is the 9'10 Fanatic Allwave. If my memory serves me correct 33 wide and 191 liters. I don't think they make this size anymore so you would have to find it on the used market but there are plenty of them out there. A great beginner "Big Guy Board" in my opinion and enough volume and width for him. Also great in Flatwater. Many a Zoner started on an All Wave.

Another option, I think you are close to Joe Blair, I have never surfed his boards but have heard he makes a great Big Guy board. He even has a link on his website for Big Guy Boards. He probably has demos.

Whatever the board, an All-Rounder with 33+ width, near the 10ft mark or longer and 190+ liters of volume.

As Creek said get comfortable in flat water before the ocean.

Sessions / Re: Gnar-easter Oct 2021
« on: October 29, 2021, 05:25:22 AM »
NICE! You do such an amazing job with your edits capturing the conditions. I always appreciate that you share the paddle-outs too. It is such a part of days like that. I went out the next day too in like 30 mph winds. I never understand why I do that!

  Fall never lets us down but boy it did kind of feel like that transition day to winter surfing didn't it.

Well said FRP! I have been on a 7-year now sup surfing journey if I would give my beginner self 3 bits  of advice they would be:

1. Time on the water!!! Above all else (I changed boards too often and frequently). Good surfers make it look so easy, don't they?  I appreciate today with incredible admiration and jealousy how much time on the water it took to acquire those skills. You can't skip that step, you have to give the ocean its time. It is like paying your dues!

2. Watch the water. I do this more now than when I first started. I wish I did it more. Sitting on the beach and watching what waves do and how surfers react gives great mental imagery to how you should react to a wave. That does transfer to your surfing. but.....see number 1.

3. The best surfer is the one having the most fun!

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