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Gear Talk / E-Z Fuse Tape = excellent paddle grip.
« on: May 09, 2021, 06:57:37 AM »
E-Z Fuse Tape provides incredible grip. I wrapped a one-foot section on the shaft and a couple of times around the handle and the grip is amazing.

Only $5 for a ten-foot roll at Home Depot.

I'm surprised I've never seen this mentioned on the forums.

SUP General / Hurricane Teddy SUP Surf in New Hampshire
« on: October 02, 2020, 06:28:40 AM »
Anthony Maltese came to NH for some Teddy swell.

Classifieds / Futures GL1 thruster fin set - $55 shipped.
« on: February 24, 2020, 04:11:37 AM »
Futures GL1 thruster set - $55. I'll pay the shipping as long it's in the US.

Random / Excellent body surfing short documentary
« on: January 09, 2020, 12:42:36 PM »
Awesome footage. Really well done.

SUP General / The Dangers of Getting Stoked
« on: December 27, 2019, 07:19:00 PM »

Random / Amazing stand up Boogie boarder.
« on: May 09, 2019, 05:04:37 AM »
If this guy showed up at our point break people would freak. Minds would be blown.

I got to surf the Outer Reef this morning. Conditions were waist to chest with occasional head high sets. Choppy with a light to moderate SW wind. This would have been very difficult for me on the 8'10 Sunova Flow and just the conditions that I bought the Outer Reef for.

10'6 X 32"  165 liters. 61 years old. I weigh 175.

Stability was perfect. Just stable enough to comfortably handle the chop. On clean days I'll be able to do entire sessions without falling which I haven't done in years since I started riding shorter boards.

I went to two surf spots. The first one had mushy chest high waves. No crowd, just one other guy. The board has excellent glide. I caught waves that I didn't even expect to catch. It turns like a big shortboard. The beveled rails made very smooth carves. The board had plenty of speed and didn't feel slow at all.

The second spot was head high, steeper and a little less choppy. I was able to paddle for waves with a lot more confidence than I would have with the 8'10. The extra glide made catching the waves a lot easier. The board really flew on these waves. I laid down some nice turns. I love the way it surfs.

I'm still not sure if I should have gotten the 10 foot 152 liter version instead. Each length seems to have advantages. I think I'd be happy with either one.

I've been looking for a bigger more stable board with a bit more glide that I can use on choppy big days and for getting to distant breaks and I think I may have found it with the Tom Carroll Outer Reef 10'6. I just ordered one for $1095 free shipping. I couldn't pass up the price. All sizes are in stock if anyone is interested.

SUP General / Surf Etiquette reminder
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:47:13 PM »
Just a reminder to all those who surf.

It is the responsibility of every surfer to get out of the way of the person riding the wave.

I see way too many people who seem to expect the person riding the wave to go around them. If the guy on the wave has to make evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting you, then you have just ruined the wave for him. At least make an effort to get out of the way.  ::)


Random / Incredible trials bike ability
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:01:05 PM »
In 1973 when I was 16, I wanted a trials bike more than anything in the world. I never did get the bike I wanted, but I still enjoy watching the sport of trials.


I've had about six sessions on the 7'6 SF and so far I am very happy with it.

I had no opportunity to demo one. I'm the first to order one in NH. My two biggest concerns were stability and volume.

Before this, the smallest board I'd been on was my 110 liter 8'4 x 29" Sunova Flow. The 8'4 Flow surfed great but didn't go well on the small mushy waves that we often have here. It also didn't have the stability I needed for bigger waves and would only work for me on the cleanest days. So after a ton of thinking and research, I traded it in on the Super Frank 7'6 x 31".

The Super Frank is 115 liters. I was worried that having that much volume in such a short board might be too much for my 170 lbs. The moment I got on it alleviated all my concerns. The board was considerably more stable than my 8'4 Flow and the volume, while a bit more than I needed for my weight, didn't feel too floaty or corky at all.

The first day was knee to waist and mushy. I started catching waves right away. I had no trouble adjusting to the shorter length. The first thing I noticed was the speed. It's way faster than my 8'4 in the small stuff. The ability to carry more speed through the waves allows for snappier turns. It also enables you to ride much higher on the wave keeping you ahead of the curl making it much easier to outrun the wave.

Bigger waves were a bit trickier. I had it out on a couple of head high days. Take offs were more challenging because the board just wants to go, kind of like a skateboard on a steep hill. I think it will be fun on bigger days as long as it's clean, but if there is any kind of chop, I would prefer my 8'10 Flow which I keep around just for that reason.

So the Super Frank is an awesome board that makes slow mushy surf into very fun waves. It's fast, stable and maneuverable. It's everything I had hoped it would be.

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