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General Discussion / SAD NEWS--Sunny Garcia
« on: May 01, 2019, 12:04:14 PM »

depression sucks--and it's real, and it's dangerous

take good care of any of your people who might be afflicted

check in on them often, and make you they know youre out there, you care about them, you have their back, and you will be there if they need you--there is research that says this helps depressed people more than meds or talk therapy

General Discussion / Race from Bimini to Florida Coast
« on: March 22, 2019, 07:53:32 AM »
wow--ive done this in a fast boat--badass race!  with 100+ paddlers......

makes my shoulders hurt thinking about it...............

supports a good cause too

i assume youre in for this, burchas!!

Classifieds / Mavic Pro lands on the Brooklyn Blowout Ramp
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:05:44 AM »
excellent piece of equipment--near new condition--flown 10 or 15 times--never crashed

had huge fun with it for a brief while--now bored with it, it gathers dust

possessions possess--help me dispossess

i wont expound on the product--easy enough to research--pm me if legit interested--ill figure out a price in the meantime

unsurprisingly i bot the upcharge accessorized version, with two extra batts, multi batt charger etc

cookie! i know youre no thief, but steal this thang--you'd put it to good use! since i love ya, and id want to see your work, id give you a good price--understand if it just aint your wheelhouse

i swear i am not a fence! nothing on the brooklyn ramp fell off a truck

Classifieds / Creek 8'10" Hits the Brooklyn Blowout Ramp
« on: February 24, 2019, 07:07:45 AM »
So steal this favorite board of mine!

It's been my goto for prolly 50 sessions, so it aint perfect--in fact it's got some wear on it.

But it's dry inside with a few repairs, all solid, and the pad has plenty left in it.

Stock fins are in excellent shape.

I am selling this board so i dont grab it each time i surf.

Gotta focus on my new starby pro and my barra, and with the creek dialed in such as it is...........

I plan to buy a new, shorter creek, but want to wait a while.

how's 900 sound?  serious?  pm me

it's from one of the earlier runs--red/orange vs the current blue/green

Random / NY SUP OPEN surf streaming now
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:36:29 AM »

sad waves, right near my local---weird to see the big names struggling to surf

General Discussion / Florence
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:11:20 AM »
finally, northeast storm season may produce a storm.....

hope for solid surf next week, and no destructive effects

and axios isnt much of a weather site--but check it anyway--seems decent for real time breaking news--i check it anytime the markets jerk around

General Discussion / WSL announces equal pay for women
« on: September 06, 2018, 03:22:55 AM »

Classifieds / Brooklyn Blowout
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:06:36 AM »
Previously Posted:
Brand new SIC Bullet 14 v2 with nose to tail RSPro extra wide installed, stock fin. New, flawless, mint, whatever. Condition a non-issue.
Brooklyn Blowout at 1800 Buckeroos. Great board--I just realized I am strictly a SUP surfer.

New meat:
Starboard Blue Carbon Airborn Widepoint 8'8", fair condition with a couple of solid ding repairs. Watertight, never wet inside. Surfs great.
Brooklyn Blowout at 750 Buckeroos. Great board, moved my progression significantly, but I am wed to my Creek and dialing in a new 8'3" for cleaner stuff.

Pickup in Brooklyn--possible i can meet in far eastern CT or RI, if serious.

Below see my Creek--not for sale!

Classifieds / Brand New SIC Bullet V2
« on: June 08, 2018, 05:36:49 AM »
no pic bc it's new---been in water once--for an hour--2017/18 model

RSP Jumbo applied nearly nose to tail--used 2 boxes @ 60$ ea

steal it for 2G

pickup in Bklyn

excellent board for down wind, down breeze, flatwater, fitness

i realized i an strictly a surf supper, much as this board is a pleasure to paddle and super light

pm me if you want it--questions? go to the SIC site--no questions re condition necessary--it's brand spanking new

Gear Talk / Sunova Creek 8'10"--Review
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:45:59 AM »

Me: 59YO, 6’2, 188, in decent shape, solid intermediate SUP surfer, Progressive Democrat

I tend to be a bit of a one-board guy. Where others may enjoy trying out a variety of boards, I prefer to go with what has seemed to work.  Don’t ever want to risk wasting any waves fussing with gear. Very reticent to move skills backwards, while adjusting to a new board, especially if I have fun on incumbent.

First one-board was 8’10” Fanatic AllWave LTD. Great board, still my goto in FL, where I keep it at my Dad’s house. Most recent was the Starboard Airborn 8’8”.

Next, last Fall I bought an 8’10 Sunova Creek. Took me a while to get on the thing. First ride, the board was a bit tippier than my very stable Airborn, and I was into full winter rubber, so I waffled, and ended up sticking with the Airborn. The Creek had moments where it felt great, but adjustment vs the Airborn was still big.

Finally, dropped my Airborn from its storage loft and crunched one corner of the bat tail. Brooklyn aint got no repair shops, so repaired myself as always, which takes a couple weeks of incompetence and dry/sand timing issues. So I had no choice but to ramp it up with the Creek.

First takeaway: I have a Starboard Airborn 8’8” Blue Carbon for sale. Great board, decent shape, served me very well, given my progression. Much as I hate experimenting with new boards, once used to the Creek, when I went back to the airborn, after repair complete, it was clear the Creek was the new one-board!

I am totally over the relative tippiness, and any slight add’l challenge paddling into waves, full winter rubber be damned!—nbd after first solid session.

What’s become completely apparent, after 7 or 8 sessions in good chest and higher waves, is that I have quickly become a much better surfer on the Creek. I turn with greater ease and more rail/fin set. Where drops are too steep to scoot across the face early, I am now doing bottom turns, foot solid on the stomp, swinging back to the face—no spinout, no skatey flat feel, just hold, snap and accelerate. And where I can get across face early, I am now turning on face so much more, getting elementary cutbacks, and actually decent floaters—frontside and back. Speed on face is also best I have ever felt. I make fast sections now, where, on the airborn, I certainly would have kicked, straightened out or just dumped. I am still surprised when, foot on stomp, spread super wide and low, rail grabbed at times, I make waves that I would never have on my other boards. Makes a guy shake head and hoot! "Shit, i made that steep section!"

As to what the special sauce is? I am the last guy to have good insight there. I will say that the basic outline/shape of the board seems just right--tail of the Speed, not the Acid. Slim and svelte but just wide enough to not be too tippy paddling in. I wonder if the add’l surface area that contacts the water, due to the channels, tempers tippiness? As well, the geometry of the board as the tail/fin/ channel area transitions into the heft of the mid section, with consideration of rocker, simply works. I see it when I look at the board. It looks right—and certainly feels right on the wave. Feels to me like that is the area of the board responsible for the newfound acceleration I get from it.

Further, now that I am used to the board, I actually like the nose and shape for tougher paddleouts. But for occasional jaunts to a lovely NE pointbreak, I surf beach breaks with jetties local to me, so plenty of action paddling out. Board pierces and slides over whitewater nicely.

Now it’s likely that I was due for a bump in skills and would have kept improving on the airborn. But much of my obvious recent skill uptick has to be credited to the Creek. It is just the right board for me, right now.

Net, the Creek is my new one-board, which it will likely remain for a long while. It’s headed to Guiones next month, where things btwn us will only get better (tho, jeeze weve had nice waves up here this March).

General Discussion / Cam Torment
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:48:21 AM »

check cam now if you see in time

today was forecast to be super windy and big--too windy--wind lighter tomorrow but with swell dropping off quickly

figured only reasonable window would be tomorrow dawn

just checked cam and it's big and buff, handling whatever wind with no issue--few people in......

torture to see---stuck unable to reverse plan and lv work.


General Discussion / Shark Sighting
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:39:21 AM »
just sayin'

was surfing spanish house in fl monday early morning with a proner buddy

first, appx 400 yds away, about 1 oclock looking out to sea, i saw something very big and dark break the surface. it was flopping around a bit, such that i couldnt see any real detail, but whatever it was, it was big.

in my usual haunts in NE, this would always prove to be a whale, as we have had many move through this past year. dolphins in NE are frequently seen but obviously dolphins, given their look and style of swimming-- but also bc they are always in pods of at least 10.

next. like 15 mins later, at about 11 oclock, much closer, like 250 yards, i saw disturbance in the water, followed by a huge fish breaching and flipping over. Its bottom side was white, and the bottom view seemed to show the two pectorals. My proner friend, of course, couldnt see what I saw. He was not concerned and said "they feed on turtles out there and often breach when they hit them from below". I kept surfing, despite wondering if I was crazy to be in the water with something huge feeding close by. I tend to try not to fall, and climb back on my board quickly, when in FL, given the number of sharks Ive see from shore and in the water. But these were always spinners and smaller black tipped reef sharks etc. This thing was a monster. Needless to say I scurried back on board faster than ever after a few closeouts! (as thought thbeing on the board was any real protection).

Went home and learned that many great whites have been tracking up and down the FL atlantic coast. Then googled image of "greast whites breaching" and it was clear I had seen a very big white feeding nearby me.

oh well

my proner buddy lives right at sebastian and is a big ocean swimmer--he swims out and around monster hole regularly! GW's are tracked there all the time

oh well

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Ecuador/North Peru
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:46:24 AM »
I am looking for a place to travel solo from NE US for surf in a few weeks (best get on figuring out where!).

My research shows that Ecuador and No Peru have good waves throughout the year---uniquely, tho, in Jan-Mar, when el Salv, Nica, CR, PR etc dont fire so well

I may just book with Waterways or Wavehunters, but need to suss out that they will be good with taking me (and my SUP) to key breaks--or, better yet, that they might have a guide who SUP's.

Anyone got knowledge re No Peru and Ecuador? Esp as re to SUP surfing? Guides? etc.....??

My impression is that crowds are not too bad, at least by our standards, exceptiuon being holiday weekends.

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