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Foil SUP / Would these waves at Wrightsville beach be good to foil?
« on: January 01, 2019, 10:27:06 AM »
I haven't made the 3 hour drive to surf here in North Carolina yet.  I check the cam for Wrightsville beach almost every day and have only seen one day I would consider surfable.  Almost never see anyone out either.

The waves there seem to build up a hundred yards out or so, but they mostly never break.  Not having any experience foiling, I'm wondering if that kind of wave might be ideal.  Maybe it's time for Zooport to become Foilport. :) Have a look at the cam and tell me what you think.  It's gotta be low tide to see what I mean.

Where do you see the sport going?  Foiling looks like so much fun, is it gong to replace regular SUP?  Reading the Zone, it looks that way. 

General Discussion / Wavepool produces 2,400 waves per hour.
« on: November 11, 2018, 06:15:18 PM »
Sorry if this is old news to anyone, but it's amazing to me.  This wavepool in Melborne supposedly produces 2,400 waves per hour and supports a number of peaks breaking at the same time.  I don't know much about this stuff, but this technology seems like it would be much more cost-effective than the Kelly Slater system.  What do you think?

General Discussion / Newport Beach is not very crowded.
« on: October 30, 2018, 04:51:41 PM »
Came back to Newport to take care of some business and visit loved ones and friends.  Here's what I found at Newport Pier this Sunday.  Not very crowded, right?  Of course, I didn't surf in this but OCSurf and I found other options.  But this crowd was insane.  People dropping in on each other right and left. 

Got my house pretty much set up and now I'm ready for my first road trip to surf somewhere in NC.  You who know the area, where should I surf?

This is almost like a sci fi thing.  Another reason I'm glad I didn't buy a place in Wrightsville.

General Discussion / Maybe this is my answer for beach camping
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:13:49 PM »
Since I agreed to sacrifice and move to North Carolina, my wife is totally open to going beach camping.  That is an amazing thing from an indoor, homebody girl. 

I don't really know much about them, but these seem like a good thing for camping along the beach.  I understand that surf racks can go on top of them.  What do you think?

Random / Glad I didn't buy a place in Wilmington, NC.
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:41:17 PM »
I bought a place in Indian Trail, North Carolina and, despite being 3 hours from surf, I really like it here.  I have been considering buying a second place on the beach in Wilmington to rent out when I'm not using it as a surf shack.  Sure glad I waited.  After Florence, the place is a disaster area.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / How effective are TRX workouts?
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:15:02 PM »
I'm thinking of installing a TRX system in my new home in NC.  Did a little of it in a gym and thought it would be a pretty good workout.  Have you ever done a lot of TRX training?  Is it a good way to stay in shape? 

Classifieds / Ocean Kayak Nalu: Standup Kayak/Paddleboard $150
« on: July 25, 2018, 08:45:29 PM »
Selling my 12.5 ft Ocean Kayak Nalu.  It's a sit down kayak and a paddleboard all-in-one.  I've had a lot of fun on it, but have no room to take it on my cross-country move.  Local pickup only in Newport Beach, CA.  Surprisingly fast for what it is.  Indestructible plastic.  $150.

Gear Talk / Traveling with boards on car in intense heat
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:54:02 PM »
I'm only taking my two favorite boards to North Carolina; the Creek and the Starboard Element.  Because we are moving the dogs and don't want them on a plane, we are making an arduous, cross-country drive in the hottest part of the summer.

Both of my boards will ride on roof racks for 5 days.  My Creek has a vent, so I'm not too worried about it, but my older Starboard Element does not have a vent.  Both will be in bags.  Is the Element in danger of delams in those kinds of conditions?  Should I install a vent in it before I go? 

Sold the Edge and gave away the Jammer because the glass job was too crappy to sell.  (If Warren reads this he will probably go off on me again, sigh)  Selling the OK Nalu, look in the classifieds section if you are interested in it.  Keeping the Soul Compass (awesome board) in my mom's garage for when I come back to Cali to visit.

I live about 300 yards from the ocean and beachgoers from everywhere cruise my neighborhood looking for parking spots in the summer.  They rarely find any because there is a car jammed into every available crevice.  A couple of weeks ago, I had a young lady park her car blocking my driveway so it was impossible to get a car out.  I was considering immediately calling the city to have her car towed away, but I knocked on doors all around my house to make sure it wasn't anyone visiting a neighbor.  Several neighbors came out to help and looked in the car with me.  We saw a piece of mail in her car that listed an address around the block.  Didn't want to have her car towed away, so I walked over there.

I found her and said in a friendly tone, "Hi, I'm your neighbor and I think your car is blocking my driveway.  I normally just have the cars towed away, but I'm glad I found you so I can have you move it instead.  So could you please move it so it doesn't block my driveway?"

If someone said that to you, wouldn't you say something like "Yikes!  Thanks for finding me"?  I know I would.

Her response: Hateful, petulant attitude was instantly dripping off of her.  She argued that I could still get my car out.  I said no I can't.  She then said that she would move her car later, when she had time.  I said "No, you have to move it now."  She gave me a look that would melt plastic, spun and stomped off.  I wasn't sure she was coming back, but she appeared after a bit and stomped past me, keys in hand without saying a word.  I followed behind her around the block, and called out to her, "Thank you.  Sure glad I didn't have to tow your car."  I couldn't see in her car that well, but I think I might have seen a middle finger.  She squealed the tires and sped down the street. 

I have seen immature behavior, but this one takes the cake.  I'm just going to have cars towed away from now on. 


The buyers released their contingencies on my house, so escrow closes on August 8th and I'm moving from Newport Beach to Charlotte.  I have tremendously mixed emotions about leaving my beach home of 38 years.

Losing: I'll be giving up my dream house that offers flat water paddling in my backyard and surfing about 300 yards away.  (densely populated neighborhood and crowded beaches though)

Gaining: I'll get to retire immediately, so I'll have time to do all the things I love and lots of room to do them.  I'll be 15 minutes from my grandkids who I love and enjoy tremendously.  The closest beach is Wilmington, which is a little over 3 hours away, but there is world class mountain biking only minutes away.  Just gotta adjust my expectations: Surf a little and bike a lot.

So I guess I should change my screen name  :-\  Any suggestions?

General Discussion / Is the SUP industry tanking?
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:35:45 AM »
I'm seeing "cheapo boards flooding the market", not as many SUP events, not many SUPs showing around my home breaks, Dogpatch the only break that is still loaded with SUPs, SUP shops selling off, others disappearing.  WUWT?  I'm not worried about it because SUP is here to stay in one form or another.  But I was interested in opinions on the health of the industry.  Is the SUP boom over?  Will the general public be moving on to other fads leaving only a remnant of us dedicated SUPers to carry on the sport?

Cast your vote in the poll above.  (Mostly doing this just for fun, so thanks for your patience and participation)

If I stay here at the beach where I can surf every day, I'll likely have to work until I'm 70.  If I move to North Carolina (3 hours from the beach) I can retire immediately at 60.  What would you do?

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