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Gear Talk / 9'2 Blue Planet Sweet Spot in Overhead T6
« on: Today at 07:47:38 PM »
I'm back in California for a bit and I'm jumping on every chance to surf.  My long time surf buddy, OCsurf, and I surfed Trail 6 with clean, overhead sets this morning.  A little walled, but super fun.  Apparently, mountain biking 6-12 miles almost every day has helped me to be in shape for surfing because I felt good out there and had plenty of stamina.  Mountain biking is great, but man, I miss surfing!! 

OCsurf loaned me his new Blue Planet Sweet Spot and I totally loved that board.  Kudos, Robert for a fantastic board. It was decently stable.  Paddled fast and got into waves exceptionally easy.  Turned a little when riding mid board; just enough for course corrections.  When I got my foot back on the tail block the board came alive and was surprisingly loose.  I was able to work the wave up and down and do a few modest slashes.  All this turning on such a big board is likely due to massive amounts of rocker, especially in the tail.  When I got on the tail block, I could feel tail go down and most of the rest of the board come out of the water for a feel that was much shorter than 9'2.   

If anyone wants a board that can do it all, they should look at the Sweet Spot. 

General Discussion / OBX in September
« on: August 04, 2019, 12:35:18 PM »
My wife and I are going on a road trip to the OBX this September.  Since we have to take our two little dogs, we will most likely rent an RV and stay in some appropriate place there that has amenities to make my wife comfortable.  Jarvissup has graciously shared some of his local knowledge with me, but I am interested in any other tips or ideas you might have.  I'm stoked to be headed back to SoCal for a visit late this month and then a trip to the cape the next.  Last surfing I did was in February when I made my last visit to Socal.

General Discussion / What do you think of Surfline Sessions?
« on: July 31, 2019, 06:10:35 PM »
Just noticed this on Surfline.  You buy their app for your Apple Watch (if you have one) and run it when you paddle out.  Somehow the app instructs their cameras record your waves and then it sends the vid to your phone.  Of course, you have to surf near a Surfline camera, but those are everywhere in Newport.  Anybody know more about this?

General Discussion / Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:45:15 PM »
I have not found good waves once in the 9 months I have been in North Carolina.  I have been checking the cams for Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach Pier, the closest breaks, almost daily and have only seen ridable waves a couple of times.  I expect that there is surf somewhere and I just don't know where to look.

Made the mistake of spending a couple days at Oak Island because the family wanted to go there, brought my big SUP and never got it wet; I guess the area around Oak Island is the worst for surfing.  Looks like I will have to make the 8 hour drive to the Outer Banks to get some waves.  I've been back to Cali a couple of times and got decent waves both trips. 

The positive news is that we have bought a different house here and it backs up to some pretty good mountain bike trails, so I can ride every day straight from my backyard and I love to mountain bike.  I really miss the ocean life, but my wife is really happy and that means more to me than anything....uh, I think.

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.

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