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General Discussion / Re: Sharktober.
« on: October 19, 2019, 10:21:14 AM »
The disturbing part is they're also inland in the inlets!

General Discussion / Re: Sharktober.
« on: October 18, 2019, 06:32:11 PM »
Here's more info about the cafe

Hi everyone. I'm new here.

Without giving a long sob story, I've been through a complete and utter rubbish couple of years, put on weight due to some of that and have not felt great in general.

Thought it was about time to stop feeling sorry for myself, lose some weight, get a better level of fitness again and challenge myself socially and do new things and try to get back to the person I once was! Positive attitude and all that.

A friend of mine started paddleboarding last summer and I've thought it looked fun for a long time but being self-conscious and worrying about making a fool of myself put me off.

I finally bit the bullet and signed up for a four week course.

I had my first lesson yesterday and it did not go well. I knew I'd be a bit rubbish but I exceeded my already low expectations and was without a doubt, the worst in a class of 15 others.

I'm a size 16(UK) so knew I'd probably be one of the bigger people but was assured they cater for all sizes.
I have completely reinforced the 'fat lass struggling in the corner' stereotype. I was embarrassingly bad.
I had zero balance (found it difficult to so much as move slightly on the board i.e. changing leg position, leaning back to tighten leash, going from kneeling to sitting).

I had read that it was a fairly easy sport to get to grips with the basics and that bigger people can do it fine so went in thinking I'd be ok.

I'm starting to worry I'll never stand up without falling in or even be able to move.
I was on a large blue and yellow O'shea board (hope I've got the name right) which was 10'6 x 32 and as soon as I slightly shifted my weight, even into one bent leg, to try and bend the other to stand up, the whole thing was tipping to one side.

Is it just a case of practicing? I feel so low and disheartened and kinda hate myself for how it went.

Anyone else either overweight or a bigger or muscled/heavier person that has mastered it eventually?

Went into it so positive and now feel like it's never going to happen.
I'm ashamed to show my face for next week's lesson!

Sorry for the length of this. I'm not looking for sympathy, just an answer as to whether it's doable for someone like me or whether I should put it down to experience and move on?


I know the feeling of frustrations!!!! Best suggestion I can make is start off on your knees until you get your sea legs under you know. While on your knees, keep them at least shoulder width apart too. Eventually you'll come to a point where you're going to want to try again on standing up.  Don't let it get to you, it's a learning curve that will subside. Pretty safe to say, all of us have gone through it.

Just keep going out. You'll get it.

General Discussion / Re: Seattle Times Article on SUP Related Drownings
« on: August 07, 2019, 03:40:07 AM »
Media reports he was in Mountain Lake, which I am not familiar with.  Sad story, I have sons sons about his age ...
How old was he? You have a media link?

General Discussion / Re: Seattle Times Article on SUP Related Drownings
« on: August 06, 2019, 08:22:59 PM »
Orcas was always fun times! I loved hitting Mountain Lake. A lot of great beach landings or coves to hang out at. Which lake did he die in?

Lake Washington was always another cool place. I loved circumnavigating Mercer. Many many trips and beach landings.

I was always in a sea kayak though. Never an SUP. I didn't get into SUPing until I landed in Colorado. Still have the kayak but really love my ISUP. Missing Washington bad though.

I'm really blown away the guy in the boat responded like that. I always encountered quite the opposite of Washington folks. That's a shame.

General Discussion / Re: Seattle Times Article on SUP Related Drownings
« on: August 06, 2019, 09:50:25 AM »
Nothing is missing from the story.  Somewhere early in this post, there was mention of carrying a knife.  But, the writer had never seen anyone carry a knife. 
I reported seeing someone wear a knife on a regular basis.  I never asked him why.
That’s all.
Roger that.

General Discussion / Re: Seattle Times Article on SUP Related Drownings
« on: August 05, 2019, 08:59:07 PM »
A paddler in Newport Beach always wore a dive type knife on his calf.  Most of the time he paddled out to the ocean for a two hour paddle.
Is there something missing from this story? I don't get it.

General Discussion / Re: Seattle Times Article on SUP Related Drownings
« on: August 03, 2019, 05:34:30 PM »
My other thought is, would having a diving knife be a wise thing to have? Perhaps more than one strapped to calf, forearm, bicep or even a thigh??

Even though I've never been a diver, I know that most have a knife or two strapped for just in case moments.

General Discussion / Re: Seattle Times Article on SUP Related Drownings
« on: August 03, 2019, 11:30:07 AM »
In some situations where there are heavy currents and fast-moving water it is simply not possible to reach down to an ankle- or even calf-mounted leash attachment. And some leashes that have quick release pins, actually won’t release under tension. A friend alerted me to this about the XM leashes. I didn’t believe him so tied the leash to a tree and pulled the pin from different angles under tension. From most angles the leash stayed firmly attached even when the quick release pin was fully pulled out.

So, make sure you actually try the “quick release” features of your leashes to make sure they work in the way you expect them to.

None of this is a reason not to use a leash, of course. But the limits and uses of pretty much any safety equipment (including a pfd) need to be considered carefully. Most of this stuff (like pfds) will save you in one circumstance but put you at risk in another. It’s tough to get this across in a simple message, and it doesn’t reduce to a simple law or regulation. For instance, for people who can swim, the primary safety device is a leash. But for complete non-swimmers it would be a lifejacket. I have no idea why someone who can’t swim at all would SUP. Madness. But they do.
Now THAT'S disturbing news to learn! Quick release that doesn't actually release???? I'm glad this little bit of information was posted in here because I for one would've NEVER thought of this being an issue with tension applied. Ironically, in moving waters there's ALWAYS going to be tension!!

Thanks for sharing that CRITICAL piece of information!!!

I was just at Lake Tahoe visiting friends that live there. Their son works at a sup and kayak rental company located at various beach locations. It was very windy one morning and he said they have learned to just not rent SUP's when there is stronger wind. They end up having to retrieve customers who've been blown out into the lake and can't get back. The kayaks do fine in high wind conditions so they will almost always rent those. They all have to wear life jackets and leashes.

As for Tahoe, I lived there for 4 years and one thing that stood out for me was one company that refused to rent sit inside kayaks unless the person was well versed in self rescue. It wasn't as simple as ", well , yeah I know how" it was nooooo, you need to tell me the steps or you're not getting in one of mine. However,  you CAN rent a sit on top. I applauded him for that. He was a customer of mine and he and his wife owned that shop on south shore along with another shop in the Bahamas. They hadn't seen a winter in a decade! Great folks! Good morals. Considering they can always just take the money.

This doesn't surprise me one bit. When I lived out in Seattle (12 years) I was an organizer in the largest kayaking group in the state and when I organized paddle trips through the meetup group I was floored that some of the rental shops didn't even offer the basics such as an inflatable float and pump for self rescuing.

One of the very first things I would do when posting for any outings was PREPARE TO GET WET because we're going to do self rescuing exercises. I loved teaching people that simple task. We all had a great time splashing around in the process.

I'm a firm believer that companies should be offering those simple tools at the very least.

As for paddleboarding, pfd's are uncomfortable? Perhaps but it's far better than going to a funeral.

Gear Talk / Re: New Blue Planet 'All Good'
« on: June 26, 2019, 02:40:16 PM »
Pheeeew.....thanks for the warning. Luckily I had a helmet on and was prepared for unconsciousness!! LOL.


General Discussion / Re: Another shark bite in NC
« on: June 11, 2019, 06:15:06 AM »

This kind of stuff is not good for tourism.

That comment reads from a VERY popular movie. Ironically from this subject at hand.

He got lucky on several levels.
Main one being, he could've killed the guy. Second thing being he could've gone away on attempted murder charges which could've given him a much stiffer sentence.

From the sounds of things he clocked the guy from behind since the blow was the back of his head(which in my book is chicken sh*t).

Having grown up surfing, in my days there were plenty of times my buddies and I went into territorial waters. Plenty of square offs in the water. None of which involved weapons. It was always toe to toe so to speak. Most of the time it involved a couple punches thrown and sometimes a lights out dive. After a couple of blows though, it was always broken apart and everyone just chilled. So long as nobody dropped into each other's waves.

It kinda s*cked a lot of times because, damn, it was SURFING!!! It's supposed to be about "the ride man" and chillin' with chicks!!! Eventually everyone grew up and got the idea.....mostly. There were always those certain areas where that just wasn't the case.

Where this guy's going for the next 5 years, he's going to understand what it feels like to get hit from behind.

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