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Gear Talk / Re: Beat the tariffs...!
« on: August 22, 2019, 06:46:15 PM »
Question tho' TD...  If taken in the surf, is this just going to spin on me when I 'paddle for it'?  I try for a shoulder take off ..not straight or making big bottom turns like some of youse better guys. (I may take a big single with me tomorrow - just in case)

I don't know. Every board is different. The shape of your new friend from down under, indicates it might have some nose riding qualities / potential. If that is how I wanted to surf it, I'd put a bigger single fin on it. Make that tail lock in and stick. Maybe a big old 'D' fin. If you're planning on surfing with some driving carves, then try a thruster set-up. If you want it fast and lose, run quads. Even faster, no toe quads. If you want to surf it off the tail, then a smaller single and maybe side bites like it's set up now? Try a bunch of setup and see which one feels / works the best for how you surf it. Part of the fun of it.

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:52:21 PM »
The electric truck..

From what I'm reading, Ford is working with Rivian to develop their electric pickups.
And a little company called Amazon.

Gear Talk / Re: Beat the tariffs...!
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:06:04 PM »
That was the swimsuit edition board reveal. And yaahh .. quads not going to paddle as straight as a big center fin.

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:45:40 AM »
The electric truck..

Gear Talk / Re: Go pro Mount advice
« on: August 21, 2019, 05:28:08 PM »
what do folks use to store the camera and mount while surfing assuming you might not want a paddle mount for the whole session?
I usually start with paddle mount for about an hour and then put it on the nose mount so this way I get footage from both povs
The swing weight is actually not that bad. After about 20 minutes I forget about it. The closer it is to your hands the less you notice the weight. I just leave it on my paddle the whole time.

Gear Talk / Re: Beat the tariffs...!
« on: August 21, 2019, 01:43:20 PM »
I hear striptease music....... Open it slowly........   ...    .....   

Gear Talk / Re: Lost 2 iSUP the same day
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:26:58 AM »
Recycle bin.

Gear Talk / Re: Lost 2 iSUP the same day
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:29:48 AM »
5 to 6 years old and not being inflated much recently, I'm not real surprised. It's a bummer, but there is a shelf life to all things. With iSUPs, their service life will vary depending on where and how they are stored more than how much they got used. The fact that they both blew at the same time, is very suspicious. Maybe the gauge on your pump is off and they were over inflated? 

Gear Talk / Re: Go pro Mount advice
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:20:26 AM »
I settled on this. Price was right and it works well so far.

Question: it seems that when using a paddle mount you need to either know if you will be surfing rights or lefts or flip your paddle around when on the opposite foot? Other wise the video is upside down. And watching the paddling portion of hte videos is definitely NO FUN.
That mount looks good. I hold my paddle the same way regardless of which way I'm going or which hand it's in, so I don't see the issue. Even If I were to go switchfoot it wouldn't change. I agree that the paddling part is useless with the paddle mount, so a second head, chest, or nose mount camera would make for a more interesting video. A second POV is always better when you are editing. If you notice in the paddle mount videos I've done (if you one of the handful other than my family to watch ::) ) that I edited each scene to right when I've caught the wave and quit paddling. I have an old Hero2 that works perfect, I'm thinking about using it on my chest mount. All of my original videos were done with my chest mount. When I would take off on a wave I would twist the chest mount so it was almost under my arm pit. It would video down the line that way. I never fell on it and damaged my chest, board, or camera with the chest mount. The kook hat would be better choice if I were shorter. 

General Discussion / Re: El Salvador
« on: August 20, 2019, 05:41:54 PM »
You scored! Sweet looking waves. Third world countries all have risks. I've taken them many times by myself, but I would never with my family.
StandingDan did a trip there years ago and posted his pictures here on the Zone. They look like the same break if I remember correctly? He mentioned the biting bugs on the beach sand that kept everyone off the beaches. They reached the breaks by panga.

General Discussion / Re: I need some ideas on restoring my board.
« on: August 20, 2019, 12:06:58 PM »
but he wont touch true carbon like a starby

Some folks still think carbon is all about pre-preg and autoclaves. Then there's others who just pile on wraps of fibre to fix a bike frame. The sweet spot is somewhere in the middle where our boards are.
Fiberglass cloth disappears when you lay it up, so there's no weave matching issues. If the finish is clear over CF then you have to try to line up the CF pattern, weave, weight etc. to make it match / blend. If you have lots of various types of CF laying around you can usually find a match. If you don't you're going to be hunting for a piece. Most CF boards these days are painted, so there is no matching anything and it's just as easy as any fiberglass cloth. 6 oz range CF is cheaper than 3 oz range but it's like laying up Burlap, but the 6 oz (5.8 3K) thick and needs to have a layer of glass over it to sand it properly. Actually any CF should have at least one layer of glass over it for finishing. 

The Shape Shack / Re: Paint
« on: August 18, 2019, 01:20:28 PM »
Thanks for that, TD ...  "concrete sealer in various glosses works well."  I'll look into it. my favorite, after trying Transtar.  I wish I had more reason to 'shoot stuff'.

Here's the stuff I've been using. It doesn't flow as well as poly, but it works fine for a board I'm just going to beat up.

I just re-coated one of my unlimiteds a few weeks ago. You can see the roller stipple, but it's smooth to the touch.

The not for 'Hydrostatic Applications' just means it's not to be considered a waterproofing product.   

The Shape Shack / Re: Paint
« on: August 18, 2019, 09:44:02 AM »
These are what I use. I have had custom paint (metallic's) mixed at an automotive paint store and sprayed it with my cap sprayer. Pretty easy if you know how to paint ;), but expensive. For board repairs (that I want to turn out nice) I use either of these brands. They have a huge color pallet and nice spray tip options. Of course a 2K clear over it is the icing on the cake, but concrete sealer in various glosses works well. Hobie used it on their race boards.

Used a lot in the surf ghetto.

SoCal / Re: A Little Bump Up Thursday
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:31:47 PM »
I caught that Thursday as well. It was a weird swell angle. Peaky, then fast closeouts. I got skunked on a bunch of waves. The offshore was strong early which made then stand up quick, but also harder to get into. I did catch some fast lefts and it was fun. I bumped boards and paddles on one wave. On one of the bigger sets I was outside and had position. I paddled into it but it took a while to break (tide was filling in). A couple of guys inside thought I wasn't going to make it and took off. The boards went flying, but mine was the only one going down the line ;) Other two guys were arguing with each other afterwords. Apparently they ran each other over and there was board damage. Dog eat dog out there sometimes... 

Sessions / Re: Moonlight Paddle - Aug 15th, 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 01:59:46 PM »
Sounds like the perfect time to paddle. I've paddled at night in our harbor lots of times and it is a great time to paddle. It's quiet and calm. Plenty of light from the harbor street lights and dock lights. A full moon and stars are a bonus. We don't get that, as we are typically fogged in. I did have an awesome clear night paddling on Lake Tahoe with friends during a full moon. The lake was just lit up. It was our friends first time SUP paddling ever. He had such an great experience he went out and bought a board the next week.

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