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The Shape Shack / Re: Build a Vacuum System to Dry Boards
« on: Today at 01:27:02 AM »
Interesting thread, for sure. Concerning damage to the foam/laminate bond, I wonder what the effect of a vacuum high enough to actually dry the moisture would be? I have the equipment to pull a 200 liter board down to 50 microns pretty quick...LOL. I see Beasho pulled it down to 25 inHg, and didn't seem to have a problem, but what of the horror stories of sealed boards after a flight. Cabin pressure kept at 10,000' is only a depression of 9.3 inHg from sea level. Maybe just a larger volume race board issue?


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Sessions / Re: Okinawa Zampa Morning Session
« on: March 20, 2019, 11:10:11 PM »
Hi Okiwild
Nice to have videos from Okinawa. I paddle in Kansai /Shikoku area. Last time i was in Okinawa 6 or 7 years ago I couldnt find anybody on a SUP or any rental place. As you said things change.

Yea, no straight up rental places. Only places that will take you out with a guide. Most of the main surfer places, you won't see many SUP. The SUP surfers mostly hang out at more remote breaks further out, or that you have to paddle a km or so up the coast. Even then, most of them seem quite new to it (and surfing).

There's a growing flat water and down wind race community, with semi-regular competitions.

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Sessions / Re: Okinawa Zampa Morning Session
« on: March 20, 2019, 03:55:50 PM »
What board are you riding?

In this video, Blue Planet Ninja Warrior. 8'10"x29"x116L quad w/Futures GL2 fins.

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Sessions / Okinawa Zampa Morning Session
« on: March 20, 2019, 02:58:21 AM »
Quick session this morning at Zampa Misaki, or Cape Zampa. It's a headland that catches winter north swell directly. Usually surfed when the west side has almost nothing left from the swell, and the wind turns east. Today was pretty tame, but at head high, it turns into a slabbing monster that stands up really quick, and can be hard to get into. Today wasn't very clean, not very long, but still fun. Last clip, I drop in and immediately pull out of a closeout, with a good shot of the reef...LOL

Once again, really bad camera work that doesn't do the wave (or me) justice :-)

Still a bit under the weather from a cold, but great to get in the water at dawn!




Not my video, but a better shot of what the inside peak looks like at head high.






 

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Great stuff, Rick! Really compliments our Youtube channel. Always stoked to see how friendly the locals are.

Thanks Oki! What's your You Tube Channel? I'd like to check it out!

OkinawaWild. Mostly sea kayak stuff, my dogs, and some small wave SUP stuff. Just getting started with the camera, but will post a lot of SUP surfing in the coming year.

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General Discussion / Re: Okinawa Intro
« on: March 18, 2019, 10:11:40 PM »
...so let me tell you about SUP foiling.

...funny you should mention that  :)  Two kids still in college, so I have to wait until later this summer, but it's in the works.

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Sessions / Re: Okinawa Intro
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:59:04 PM »
Interesting on the hat. I have the GoPro bite mount. My problem with it is I find myself concentrating on camera angle, and not paying attention to the wave...LOL. Also almost busted out my teeth on a heavy wipeout. The GoPro Superview also makes a head-high wave look flat. Really good friend of mine, who shapes Korps surfboards on Oahu, told me that everyone knows that, so not to worry about it, but still... Ego, and all that LOL

Really hoping to find some good angle and editing info on here.

Thanks for the welcome!

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General Discussion / Re: Okinawa Intro
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:52:06 PM »
Hey Oki, looking forward to some videos to catch up on how it looks over there.

While stationed at Kadena AB in the 80s I had an apartment on the Sunabe sea wall and mostly surfed out front. When it was bigger there was a heavy spot at a sea wall by the Hija river just to the north. My favorite road trip was to the cove on Ikei island.  The island was empty back then.  Wondered if we ever surfed together?

If you surfed here in the 80's we most likely surfed together. Of course, I graduated HS is '87, so I was a grom ;-)  Do you remember Steve, with the one wandering eye? Spoke perfect Japanese back then? Pretty popular figure in those days. Just north of the marina is "Turtles," which can be surfed when other spots start getting really heavy and closing out. Just north of that, and right next to the Hija river is "Steps," aka mini-pipes. Really heavy when it's on. The pictures above are from Miagi island, which is just south of Ikei. Surfed there this morning, too. Ikei is crowded with surfers now, and I prefer to stay completely off of surfer peaks. The SUP makes everything so much more accessible with so little trouble. There's a spot on the way to Ikei/Miagi that's about a 1 mile paddle called Dupe Reef. Only surfed it a handful of times, the first time with a pro surfer named Rusty somethingorother. He caught the first wave, so got the naming rights. It was a long paddle and a really crappy day, so "Dupe" it was. That reef absolutely fires, and is nothing to get to on a SUP now.

Things have changed so much, you wouldn't recognize it. For better and for worse :-)

Welcome, Matt ...another new face ..and, he brings pictures too!   Cool to seaweed in photo #2.   Does that seaweed cause any issues?  What's the water temps, etc? 

Jim


Hi Jim, thanks for the welcome. Very little seaweed here. That's the reef refracting in that picture. The water is crystal clear most of the time. On dead calm glass days, it can be hard to surf, as you can't see the water :-)  Current water surface temp is 23C (74F). Was out this morning, and the air temp was 20C (68F). I wear a full suit because I'm a sissy. Rather be warm and comfy... Summer water temps peak at around 29C (85F).

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General Discussion / Okinawa Intro
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:09:49 AM »
I originally posted this in the Sessions section, but was requested to post it to General, as it's an intro, and Sessions doesn't get as much traffic. Sorry for the double post.



Hello all. Enjoyed a couple of hours out by myself yesterday afternoon at a break close to the house. Only about waist to shoulder high, but clean. All I have are "me" shots, as filming myself is all new. One shot with some backdrop. Only have a GoPro 7, and still trying to figure out the best way to use it. Don't really like the nose camera, but not real happy with how POV turns out, either.  All tips and tricks welcome.

About me. Turned 50 last January... Lived in Okinawa Japan for most of my life. Surfing here for almost 40 years, and a recent convert to SUP. Same old story...painful shoulder when prone paddling, old knee injuries, etc. Been pretty inactive for the last 5 years, as far as surfing goes. Injury plus tired of the growing crowds, hassling for every wave, and hostilities I see towards less experienced surfers. So I mostly left the lineup and hitting more remote breaks by sea kayak, and by myself.

I had NO IDEA that SUP surfing was even a thing. I knew there were people on super tankers here and there, but that was it. So July before last, a friend who knows I surf, starts telling me that he's taken up "downwind sup racing," how it's a great workout, and that i should try it... First thing out of my mouth was "SUP's are for kooks." LOL. After thinking about it for a week, I called a friend who owns a large surf shop I used to ride for, and ask him what he had for "race boards." He sells me a 12'6" Kazuma displacement board for about $1,500 off of local retail, a paddle, and it's on. Used it for daily 5-10km flat water paddles, and even tried to do a few down-winders on it.

One day while out on the big bay by my house, doing my daily work out paddle, there were some small, knee-high, rollers coming in, and I thought "I wonder if you can surf this thing?" Wave after wave of 200 meter glides, and I was absolutely hooked. Started surfing it in larger and larger surf, and had so much fun, it was nuts.

But I sucked so bad at the downwind thing, I went to Youtube, and found all the Blue Planet downwind videos. Pretty quick, I ordered a 14' Bumprider from them, and the world of SUP surfing opened up to me.

A year and a half later, I've sold all of my surfboards, have the two race boards plus four surfing SUP's, four paddles, etc. Back to surfing 3-5 times a week without bad shoulder problems, and have a whole new respect for how hard it really is to paddle into waves while standing up. Especially the 99% reef break we have here. I've found the local Japanese SUP surfer community I never knew existed, and everyone is super cool.

Super stoked to have found this part of surfing, and this community. Wasn't easy getting access to this board...LOL

Cheers,
Matt

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Sessions / Okinawa Intro
« on: March 18, 2019, 03:42:42 AM »
Hello all. Enjoyed a couple of hours out by myself yesterday afternoon at a break close to the house. Only about waist to shoulder high, but clean. All I have are "me" shots, as filming myself is all new. One shot with some backdrop. Only have a GoPro 7, and still trying to figure out the best way to use it. Don't really like the nose camera, but not real happy with how POV turns out, either.  All tips and tricks welcome.

About me. Turned 50 last January... Lived in Okinawa Japan for most of my life. Surfing here for almost 40 years, and a recent convert to SUP. Same old story...painful shoulder when prone paddling, old knee injuries, etc. Been pretty inactive for the last 5 years, as far as surfing goes. Injury plus tired of the growing crowds, hassling for every wave, and hostilities I see towards less experienced surfers. So I mostly left the lineup and hitting more remote breaks by sea kayak, and by myself.

I had NO IDEA that SUP surfing was even a thing. I knew there were people on super tankers here and there, but that was it. So July before last, a friend who knows I surf, starts telling me that he's taken up "downwind sup racing," how it's a great workout, and that i should try it... First thing out of my mouth was "SUP's are for kooks." LOL. After thinking about it for a week, I called a friend who owns a large surf shop I used to ride for, and ask him what he had for "race boards." He sells me a 12'6" Kazuma displacement board for about $1,500 off of local retail, a paddle, and it's on. Used it for daily 5-10km flat water paddles, and even tried to do a few down-winders on it.

One day while out on the big bay by my house, doing my daily work out paddle, there were some small, knee-high, rollers coming in, and I thought "I wonder if you can surf this thing?" Wave after wave of 200 meter glides, and I was absolutely hooked. Started surfing it in larger and larger surf, and had so much fun, it was nuts. 

But I sucked so bad at the downwind thing, I went to Youtube, and found all the Blue Planet downwind videos. Pretty quick, I ordered a 14' Bumprider from them, and the world of SUP surfing opened up to me.

A year and a half later, I've sold all of my surfboards, have the two race boards plus four surfing SUP's, four paddles, etc. Back to surfing 3-5 times a week without bad shoulder problems, and have a whole new respect for how hard it really is to paddle into waves while standing up. Especially the 99% reef break we have here. I've found the local Japanese SUP surfer community I never knew existed, and everyone is super cool.

Super stoked to have found this part of surfing, and this community. Wasn't easy getting access to this board...LOL

Cheers,
Matt

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Gear Talk / Re: Roof transport in summer
« on: March 15, 2019, 04:36:36 PM »
Why would bumper-to-bumper make a difference?

Convection. While you're moving, wind over the board cools it.

I live in the sub-tropics, and boards on the roof hasn't been a problem as long as the bags are vented. When driving (super slow traffic here), I'll have the board unzipped a little at the forward point, usually fins-first, so the fin slot in the bag might be left open, and air will flow out the vent in the bag nose. When parked, I'll open all the vents in the bag, fin slot, handle slot, and even unzip the entire nose area.

I once left my Kazuma 12-6 race baord in an FCS bag for a day, wet, and zipped up. It caused some weird damage to the bottom of the board. Like something came out of the epoxy, and some discoloration. A little sanding fixed it, but still...pretty careful about heat now...


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Great stuff, Rick! Really compliments our Youtube channel. Always stoked to see how friendly the locals are.

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