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First downwind run for the season and first run with my new downwind prototype.
Quartering tail wind, we had to surf to the right for 11 miles. Had a blast

Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / Picking up the pieces
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:39:50 PM »
Look what showed up in the backyard...

Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / 2019 SIC Catalog
« on: December 31, 2018, 12:42:03 PM »

Notice the RS 14x21.5. They also seems to have a more attractive sup surf models.

Downwind and Racing / Outline of a sprint board
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:42:06 AM »
Revisiting the ISA Championship was very interesting to see the boards taking 1st on the sprint races.

Especially on the men side, against recent conventional wisdom where sprint shape is a pin nose/wide tail,
the board that seem to give extra gear to its rider was a wide nose/pulled-in tail with least amount of waterline.

Just makes me wonder how compromised are these shapes from main stream manufacturers.

On the women side, though a main stream brand, the one board that doesn't follow conventional wisdom (Maliko)
with pulled-out nose / pulled-in tail and I'm pretty sure the widest board on the field.

The Shape Shack / Which construction?
« on: November 22, 2018, 09:25:37 AM »
I'm working on a downwind hybrid board 15x27x4.5 @225L

Found a cool way to add stiffness without weight penalty using triangle carbon stringers added into the foam
(hot wire foam cutout added back after the layup) and runs 3/4 length of the board.

Now want to keep the construction fairly light, stiff and cheap but still reasonably impact resistant.

I'm afraid that glass alone will not do the trick. Read some positive stuff about Innegra reinforcements sandwiched
in between the glass layers placed in strategic sections. Also read some negatives about vector net. Trying to avoid
any carbon and bagging for the same reasons.

Target weight is under 25LB (1.5# blank).

Any ideas?

General Discussion / Glass factory/shop in the North East?
« on: November 13, 2018, 06:47:38 AM »
I need to off-load few projects and looking for a good factory. Preferably with in-house CNC for blanks that can handle up to16 foot boards.

Thanks :)

The Shape Shack / Where to you buy your sup neoprene handle?
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:57:29 AM »
I've been looking for a good neoprene race handle to install on an upcoming board, the
screw-in type. Many brands seems to use the same type of handle rebranded, something like
in the pic below.

Where do you get yours?

Working on improving my current unlimited all water design. After hundreds of miles in almost
every possible condition I thought I could improve flat water speed, downwind and upwind capabilities,
while keeping the dimensions and features of the current shape which I really love.

My gut told me that most of the improvements I was aiming for were hidden in the rocker so I went with
that and I think I got it, What do you think?

The new design is 16'x25"x7.1" @ 267L VS 16'x25"x6.9" @ 251L on the 1st model.
New rocker (tail/nose) is 2.8"/8" VS 3.2"/7" on the 1st model.

With the new rocker I managed to get:

1) Half a foot of extra waterline with a longer flat section for added speed.
2) Improved entry rocker to work better in in upwind/downwind situations
3) Keeping the nose section lower than the older model to maintain cross-wind behavior
4) Adding some extra needed volume in the tail and nose sections.

See screenshot below for the diagrams of new vs old (image name describes content).
I'll appreciate any feedback/insight you might have :)

Gear Talk / Futures Sup fins dead?
« on: May 10, 2018, 07:30:35 PM »
I heard this rumor making the rounds but nothing definitive, anyone else?

Gear Talk / I made the cut
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:51:26 AM »

Foil SUP / Should I skip surfing altogether?
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:11:57 PM »
I've never got deep into sup surfing for 2 reasons, no easy access to any good surf brakes
and bad energy in general on the line-ups.

For a long time I've ignored foiling altogether but than it hit me, foiling could be the answer
for these 2 very issues. almost any breaks can work, therefor  no more line-ups to deal with.

With all the foiling craze these days it seems to be a logical move, and I won't even have to rid
my self of old surfing habits that don't apply to foiling.

After all, the thing that really captured me in surfing for the super long rides...

Any words of wisdom from surfers turned foilers

Downwind and Racing / Introducing the "Sleepy Hollow Downwind Run"
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:44:44 PM »
Yet Another co-production of "off-shore" and myself in our continuous effort to map-out the
various downwind runs in our area. This time we ventured out to the Hudson Valley to explore the
Hudson River downwind opportunities on a southerly wind.

We call this run "The Sleepy Hollow Downwind Run". It started at "Philipse Manor" Beach Club
Just off the train Station. A nice protected spot we managed to score as it is usually closed this time around.
End point was "Georges Island Park" at Montrose where we had a boat ramp.

The run started mellow and wind picked-up towards the middle supplying us with nice size bumps even though
we were running with the tide.

We used off-shore's boards -  The Blue Planet 2017 Bump Rider 14'x27" and the SIC Bullet V1

I recently got my new custom  SIC Standamaran (S-16). I was eager to test it on a downwind run.
This past weekend opportunity presented it self, some good mix conditions and confused water, perfect!

Riding this board downwind is counter-intuitive, it rides like a surfski than a sup, there is no surfing this board
but it is fast, creepy fast...

our forum friend off-shore organized this run. He is making a guest appearance in the vid.

I'll have some tech specs and detailed pics of the board soon.

The Shape Shack / What happened to fused cell foam?
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:09:29 AM »
Dealing with leaking boards is such a pain and something I would like to avoid in my next custom foam core board.
Fused Cell Foam seems like a good idea. Talked to few builders and it seemed outside of their purview.

Anyone has experience with that and know how to go about getting such a core?

Gear Talk / Heat Shrink Tape Vs. Electrical Tape
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:22:32 AM »
I recently noticed the trend of using heat shrink tape to seal the paddle joints instead of
the time tested popular electrical tape. Anyone using this?

What are the advantages/disadvantages over electrical tape? Any product recommendations?

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