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SUP General / OBX in Sept. Woo hoo!
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:37:06 AM »
We just booked lodging at Kill Devil Hills for Sept 7 - 12 and I'm totally psyched.  I haven't surfed much recently and haven't caught good waves since January when I was in Cali.  (I know there's good waves in NC, but the 3-6 hour drive limits my ability to score) I hear Sept is good in the OBX so any tips or spot suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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Classifieds / 9'1 Sunova Creek Pretty much new
« on: February 17, 2020, 02:28:45 PM »
Beautiful, perfect, flawless condition, 9'1 Sunova Creek.  No dings, not even any scratches.  Ridden maybe 6 times ever.  $800.

I bought it and loved it, then moved to Charlotte, NC, and it hasn't seen water in 1 1/2 years.  I'm just not driving to the beach here as much as I promised myself I would.  I go back to California 3 or 4 times a year and surf my brains out then, but I have a board I keep there.

Surfing:  The board shreds. 
Wave Catching:  It catches waves super easy.
Stability:  It's stable, but not stable like a beginner board.  You should be at least an intermediate to enjoy this board.  A perfect step up from a lower performance board.
Turning:  The board is actually steerable from the center of the board.  You have to be on the tail to make slashes, but you can surf it just fine without ever putting your foot back.

DELIVERY:  Located in Charlotte.  I can ship, you pay shipping.  I can also meet you somewhere around Wrightsville Beach, NC or also somewhere around Nags Head NC.  Or somewhere else on my way to the OBX.  (I'll take any excuse to go there)

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SUP General / Whale encounter at DOHO? Fake?
« on: November 16, 2019, 03:31:36 AM »
I've seen juvenile great whites swim under me at Trails but never anything like this big boy at DOHO.  Was anyone out and saw it, or is this some sort of digital fake?  Water seems too shallow for this to happen.  A buddy and I went out in his boat and followed a small pod of them for a bit outside the harbor, but this has me skeptical.

https://youtu.be/I8Hs1_1WYVg

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I have no experience with hurricanes and I'm curious about how locals think of hurricanes.  What is your agenda when there is a hurricane coming?  Do you wait until the last minute to evacuate so you can catch the good, pre-storm surf?  Do you evacuate at all?  I'm sure you sand bag and board up your house, but how do you deal with those things?

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Gear Talk / 9'2 Blue Planet Sweet Spot in Overhead T6
« on: August 24, 2019, 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. 

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SUP General / 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.

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SUP General / 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?

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SUP General / 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.

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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.


https://www.surfline.com/surf-report/c-street-wrightsville-beach/5842041f4e65fad6a7708a65

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SUP General / Is regular SUP surfing dying and foiling taking its place?
« on: November 23, 2018, 03:43:53 AM »
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. 

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SUP General / 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?


https://www.facebook.com/DailyMailAust/videos/193226921570049/

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SUP General / 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. 

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SUP General / First surf session in North Carolina next week...but where?
« on: October 06, 2018, 05:20:33 PM »
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?

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

https://www.yahoo.com/news/monster-mosquitoes-3-times-larger-193452433.html

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SUP General / 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?

https://roofnest.com/

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