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Sessions / Paddling A Straight Line Into A 10 MPH Crosswind
« on: October 15, 2019, 09:49:58 AM »
Since this summer has been brutally hot with very little wind to create surfable waves down at Surfside, I've been doing lots of flat water paddling on the largest private lake in our subdivision where I live where there has been zero wind in the early mornings from 6:30 am till 9:00 am.

I've been paddling my 11'1 One World and my 10'5" Duke. I've been concentrating on improving my paddling technique and form. With no wind, I can easily paddle a straight line, paddling only on my right side with the paddle length set at 67" along with different standing positions on both boards since they have more volume in them than what I weigh.

Tonight we're having a nice canadien cold front come through from the northwest with a 90% chance of heavy rain, but before that, the high temperature at my house today is going to be 89 degrees F. This morning the wind started stirring around 7:30 am and by 8:00 am, the wind was up around 10 mph from the southwest on the lake.

So I decided to be on the lake by 8:20 am to see if I could paddle a straight line with a 10 mph crosswind using my Duke. The Duke's specs are 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters. Since I weigh 144 pounds right now, the Duke's width and liters would be a good test for this experiment. The fin configuration for this test was a 4 fin quad setup (Gerry Lopez GL2 Sup 5 Fin Set) with (2, 5.10" front) and (2, 4.34" rear) installed.

Since I am a lightweight, the Duke's 190 liters gives me a very large "sweet spot". So I stared with my usual sweet spot, modified surf stance and 67" paddle length.

I started paddling with the wind 90 degrees broadside to my left side with me paddling on my right side with no switch over to the left side. My paddle stroke starts about 45 degrees to the right rail on the pull of the stroke, and then curves parallel to the Duke with a slight angle on the paddle blade. The paddle blade comes out of the water just past the end of my right foot's heel.

Within 3 paddle strokes, my Duke was moving to the left. Bummer! So I thought lengthening the paddle from 67" to 69" would help. It did, but not enough. So I sat down on my board and started thinking while I was drifting along with the wind.

Since I'm light in weight compared to the liters of the Duke and with the Duke's large "sweet spot" with me paddling her, I decided to stand further back on my board while lengthening the paddle to 71" to keep the paddle blade into the water just a little longer on the stroke. This really made a big difference. I could paddle on my right side for around 6 paddle strokes before my Duke started to go left.

I knew I was close. I figured a combination of one more adjustment might be the ticket. So I moved my standing stance a little further back. This put my left foot's big toe parallel to the top of the Sup Grip handle while my right foot's big toe, in a modified surf stance, was 2.5" back from the the top of the Sup Grip handle.

I also lengthened the paddle to 73". On the pull of the stoke, I also changed the blade angle slightly as the blade came towards the right rail at a 45 degree angle until it started to go parallel to the right rail and came out of the water at the end of my right foot's heel.

This proved to be the right combination as I could paddle a straight line while paddling on my right side, without having to switch over to my left side. Needless to say, I was "giddy" with excitement to be able to paddle a straight line, paddling broadside to a 10 mph crosswind.

By the time I left the lake at 10:20 am, the wind speed had increased to 12 mph, but I could still paddle a straight line with the crosswind. My next experiment will be with my 11'1" One World.

Random / Users "Location" In Posted Messages
« on: August 27, 2019, 02:17:58 PM »
I've noticed some users have their Locations shown. With me, my Location is never shown in any of my posted messages.

In my Profile under Location, I have Texas listed. I've tried the abbreviations for Texas which TX and Tx and still when I've posted a message, my  Location is never shown.

Does anyone know why my Location is never shown?

Sessions / Lake Session: Sup Sports One World
« on: August 24, 2019, 08:44:29 AM »
A little experimentation for today.

Earlier today, from 6:40 am till 8:15 am, I did some experimentation on my One World based on what I did with my Duke in a previous session.

I'm 5'8", 145 pounds. My One World is 11"1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 liters. My Duke is 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters. The One World has a pulled in pointed nose while the Duke has a more rounded nose which is good for nose riding.

The paddle I use for both is a 2017 model Naish Alana 75 Vario (adjustable) RDS (reduced diameter shaft). With my One World, I "was" using a 68" paddle length. With my Duke, I use a 66" paddle length.

Today I wanted to see if I could paddle a straight line with my One World, like I can with my Duke, using a 4 fin quad fin setup (2, 5") (2, 4") with a 66" paddle length instead of my usual 68" length. Why did I want to paddle a straight line with this 4 fin quad setup? With the prevailing tiny to small wind driven waves usually found on the upper Texas coast (1'-2' in height), I prefer to surf my long length wise and large liter volume boards with a 4 fin quad setup. With more liters of volume than what I weigh, I can get a nice long gliding ride due to the small dynamic lift these waves can generate. 

BTW; a 9' x 28" @ 125 liters performance sup and the rider weighing 190 pounds (and up) on the waves normally found on the upper Texas coast, the rider won't be surfing any long distance (if at all) since there isn't enough dynamic lift in these waves to give the rider a long ride. You'll basically be wallowing.

This morning there again was no wind, dead calm. Perfect lake conditions for experimentation. Since I'm so light in weight at 145 pounds, I have a large sweet spot where I can stand on my One World and on my Duke since they both have more liters of volume in them compared to my weight.

With both boards, I can place the heel of both of my feet just a little ways right and left above the opening on the top of the BP Sup Grip handle, going towards the nose of both boards.

I've learned how to paddle with my left and right hands by just placing the top of the T-handle against the palm of my hand with only my thumb under the T-handle. My four fingers do not grip the T-handle. This type of grip forces both of my arms to paddle without bending my arms on the down or up stroke.

I was easily able to paddle a straight line, paddling only on my right side and never switching over to my left side with this grip above and sometimes adjusting the angle of the paddle blade to keep paddling in a straight line. The video below makes it easier to see how I paddle in a straight line than by trying to explain it.

With a 66" paddle length, the top of my hand height wise, is about where t he top of my chest meets the hole at the beginning of my throat (right below the Adam's Apple). This short 66" length is perfect for my two surgically repaired right and left shoulder joints.

With a 4 fin quad setup for both my One World and Duke, I don't have to change out fin setups if I don't want to whether I'm paddling on flat  water (lake, coastal cruising,) or sup (wave, tanker) surfing.

There are trade offs though. With a 4 fin quad setup instead of a large 9" single fin, the quad setup gives up some glide, some speed and some manoeuvrability (turning) on flat water. But I'm into leisurely paddling. Just enjoying the ride.

As an example. If I'm gong from Point A to Point B; but if something on the bank catches my interest, I'll paddle over there to check it out, which I will call Point C. After my curiosity has been satisfied, then I will  resume/continue on to Point B.

Sessions / Moonlight Paddle - Aug 15th, 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:07:15 AM »
It has been extremely hot this summer here in southeast Texas where I live. Starting around June 1st, we've been close to 100 degrees F everyday since then with heat indexes ranging from 101 degrees F to 108 degrees F. Last week we had 6 straight days of 101-102 degrees F with corresponding heat indexes ranging from 106 degrees F to 113 degrees F. All because of a dome of high pressure with it's center over Texas.

We did have a small cool front come through in the last week of July and it dropped the morning temperatures into the high 60's for three days and that was it. Our morning temperatures this time of the year are around 78 degrees F, but the last 6 days the morning temperatures have been between 81-83 degrees F with heat indexes of around 92 degrees F at 6:30 am.

Of course, this dome of high pressure suppresses the wind so there are hardly any waves of any size out in the Gulf of Mexico and zero waves along the beachfront so no sup surfing. Only paddle sessions I've been able to do is early in the morning on our subdivision's big private lake.

But with a dome of high pressure, there are no clouds at night and with no clouds, a full moon is a good way to enjoy a flat water paddle. I have not taken my new BP Duke for a moonlight paddle so last night was my night for a moonlight paddle with my Duke.

My Blue Planet "Duke" is 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters. It also has 5 Futures fin boxes. I've decided to do all of my paddling, flatwater and sup surfing, with a Gerry Lopez GL-2 honeycomb, 4 fin quad setup (2, 5.10") (2, 4.34"). I do give up speed and glide with this setup for flat water paddling, but I've never been in a hurry when I'm flat water paddling. And with no wind, the glide I get is quite sufficient for me.

With this setup above, I don't have to change any fins out to do sup surfing on the upper Texas coast (Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island or at the surfing venue at Surfside).

I'm 5'8" (68") and weigh 145 pounds. The paddle I use is a 2017 model Naish Alana 75 Vario (adjustable) RDS which is basically a women's sup paddle, but it is is perfect for my small skeletal frame and with my Duke, the length I prefer is 67". I was also wearing my Mustang PFD as a precaution. I did not take along my sup leash though. In the dark, if I were to fall off my board, I didn't want the leash to get tangled around my legs.

Last night (8-15-2019) we had a full moon. I decided to go for a moonlight paddle. When I got down to the lake at 11:00 pm, the air temperature was 83 degrees F with a heat index of 92 degrees F. The lake water temperature was a "balmy" 91 degrees F. Felt like warm bath water.

I paddled for 2 hours with 4 rest breaks. I had brought along 2 bottles of Gatorade and left it on the shore at my launching point so my breaks were at my launching point.

As usual, this was a cloudless night with no wind. The moon looked big and bright. The moon's reflection on the lake's surface kept me company for my 2 hour paddling session. There were quite a few ducks on the shore close to the lake's edge. The turtles were out as usual and I could hear the big splashes and swirls right next to the shoreline where the largemouth black bass were in feeding mode.

If there is one thing I notice about a moonlight paddle, it is how quiet it is on the lake. The only noise being generated was from my paddle strokes. I never generated any wave noise from the nose of my board since I was paddling leisurely. Just paddling slowly and letting my sup glide every now and then is my usual flat water routine.

And my Duke's deck pad is quite comfortable since I've been paddling my Duke and my One World with Seal Skinz booties on my feet and no shoes when I'm paddling my sups. My feet and toes do not get tired or sore.

The houses that surround the edge of the lake keep their outdoor lights on all night and with the light from the full moon, there was plenty of light to see.

I returned to my launching spot at 1:00 am, loaded my sup up in the bed of my truck and was back at my home by 1:10 am. Off loaded everything, cleaned up my Duke and the rest of my gear by 1:30 am, took a shower and I went to bed at 1:50 am.

If the heat is getting to you this time of the year and if you can do a moonlight paddle when the moon is full or if there is enough light around a freshwater or saltwater marina, you should try a moonlight or a night paddle. It is a great way to beat the daytime summer heat at this time of the year and you will not regret it.

BTW, I've become a fan of sups which have more liters of volume in them than what I weigh. I really enjoy my Duke and my One World sups.

Sessions / Lake Session: Blue Planet Duke
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:19:07 AM »
I received my board last Saturday morning and took it home. On Sunday, at  6:00 am it was a blue bird sky without any clouds and it was extremely hot and muggy.

I decided to take my BP Duke for a flat water paddle on Monday morning, but alas, a split in the jet stream brought us 4 hours of a steady rain which totaled 2.5" of rain from 4:37 am till 9:50 am. Then the sun came out and it got hot real quick.

Today (Tuesday) at 6:40 am, there was no rain on the radar close to me so I took my Duke down to the largest lake in our subdivision and went for a supposedly 2 hours paddling session, but since i was enjoying my new Duke so much, the session lasted 3.5 hours.

Now for the nitty gritty details. I will be comparing my Duke to my One World in this topic thread. I'm 5'8" and 146 lbs. My Duke's specs are 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters. My One World's specs are 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 liters. My Duke has a rounded nose and my One World has a  pulled in pointed nose.

The paddle I prefer to use is a Naish Alana 75 Vario RDS adjustable paddle. I like the small diameter shaft of this paddle with it's 75 square inch blade. Also for this comparison, both boards were using a single 9" fin.

As for weather conditions, the temperature was 73 degrees F and the wind was dead calm.

The first time I stood up on my Duke, since the Duke is 32" wide, it was easy for me to find the "sweet spot" for me. I immediately felt how  comfortable my feet felt on the deckpad of the Duke. More comfortable than my feet felt on my One World's deckpad.

I use a 77" paddle length when I'm paddling my One World for flat water paddling. However, it only took me about 10 paddle strokes paddling the Duke to realize the 77" paddle length felt "short". I lengthened my paddle length to 78" and then the paddle felt perfect me when paddling the Duke.

For the comparisons below, keep in mind the Duke has 190 liters of volume and the One World has 173 liters of volume.


The Duke, with it's round nose and being 8" shorter and 2" wider than my One World, is slower than my One World.


Since the Duke is 8" shorter and 2" wider than my One World, the Duke is "much" more stable than my One World.


Since the Duke is 8" shorter in length and 2" wider than my One World, my One World has the better glide.


The Duke being 8" shorter and 2" wider than my One World, the Duke was much easier to turn than my One World. With both boards traveling forward at a good clip of speed, it was much easier to turn my Duke 90 degrees to the left or right than it was to turn my One World.


I'm right handed. When it came to tracking, this was a real "eye opener". When I paddle my One World, in order to track a straight line with a dead calm wind, I paddle 7 strokes on the right side and 7 strokes on the left side.

There is a tree on one side of the lake. I have a range finder and from my launch point, the distance to that tree is 145 yards. With the same dead calm wind, I could paddle the Duke from my launch point to that tree 145 yards away in a straight line by only paddling on my right side and never switching over to my left side.

If the nose of the Duke started to drift to the right or left of the straight line, all I had to do was change the angle of the blade on the stroke to keep the nose of the Duke going straight. I cannot do that with my One World. I think the Duke's rounded nose has an advantage over a pulled in straight nose when it comes to paddling a straight line when flat water paddling.

And now for a picture when I got back home.

I finally pulled the trigger on a Guest Board that not only my guests can use for flat water paddling and sup surfing, but I can use as well. I've done a lot of research. The Duke's specs are 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters with 5 fin (Futures) boxes.

For flat water paddling, my 170 pound friend (A) didn't have too much trouble, balance wise, flat water paddling my One World  11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 liters sup. However, my 190 pound friend (B) did have trouble, balance wise, on my One World. (A) said he could handle the 30" width, but he admitted my Hammer 8'11' x 31" x 4" @ 140 liters seemed to "feel" wider than 31". (B) also felt my Hammer's 31" width felt much wider than my One World's 30" width.

For sup surfing down on the upper Texas coast (the lower end of Galveston Island), both (A) and (B) had no trouble sup surfing my One World in 3.5" height waves. I will say, it took them both 30 minutes of time to get used to my One World since they weren't used to waves and they fell off the board more than they stayed on the board. But after the first 30 minutes, they were staying on the board and sup surfing.

Yesterday morning (Wednesday), we used a conference phone call so we could talk with one another. Both of my friends told me what they liked and did not like in a sup for flat water paddling and sup surfing. The flat water concerns were basically about the width of a board and both agreed they would prefer a 32" width.

For sup surfing the smallish waves on the upper Texas coast, which are wind driven waves since the bottom contour from the beach out to one half mile is flat like a dinner plate, a sup with at least 10' of lenght, 32" of width and lots of volume between 180-190 liters, would be perfect for them as well as me since I can adapt to 180-190 liters of volume.

I sent my friends some Blue Planet videos which are below so they could actually see and get some info on how Blue Planet's boards are shipped from their manufacturing facility to BP's Hawaii's shop in Honolulu, how BP gets their board ready for air shipment and the toughness and durability of BP's boards.

So we all came to a consensus the Duke, with it's 5 fin boxes could handle any type of waves we would encounter on the upper Texas coast. BTW, have I ever mentioned on this site I'm a big fan of 5 fin boxes?  ;) ;D

I'm a detailed oriented person, so if someone puts something on the internet that is hard to find and I find it, I will save it as a bookmark. With that said, in one of Blue Planet's videos, I found a link to Blue Planets "All Board Inventory" which let me see if the Duke was available in the Bamboo Epoxy build in the Blue color. The link to BP's inventory is below.

There is a 5 hour time difference between Honolulu time and my time here in southeast Texas. Blue Planet's shop hours are 10 am-6 pm. So I had to wait till 3 pm my time to contact BP. I spoke with Robert for a very short time to ask him some specific questions which he answered. Then I was transferred over to Mike who answered some pointed questions in detail.

It just so happens Mike weighs between 145-50 pounds so that was perfect for me at my 146 pounds. I asked him if he had ever ridden the Duke and he said he had. After some discussion with the kind of waves we have on the upper Texas coast, I didn't go with the plastic fins that comes with the Duke. I went with a Gerry Lopez quad system which includes 5 fins.

The Gerry Lopez fins I went with were: 1 single 6" center fin; 2, 6" front fins and 2, 4.5" rear fins. This will allow me to use the single 6" center fin for flat water paddling. For sup surfing; a true thruster setup consisting of 2, 6" front fins with one (1) single 6" center fin and my favorite fin setup which is a quad 4 fin setup to generate speed; 2, 6" front fins with 2, 4.5" rear fins. This setup should be good for me and I hope for both of my friends as well when it comes to sup surfing. The jury will be out for them. I'm also having the dyneema strings attached to the two leash plugs as well as RailSaver Pro attached to both rails.

Air shipment will be Delta Cargo from Honolulu to Intercontinental Airport Houston.

The Duke will be shipped this upcoming Friday (June 14th) and I hope it arrives at the Delta Cargo air shipping terminal next Friday (June 21st). The one good thing about the DC shipping terminal, it is open 24 hours a day and (I think) 7 days a week.

General Discussion / Innegra Rails or Kevlar Rails
« on: June 10, 2019, 08:34:47 PM »
Which is better material wise for durability when used in sup rails? Is it innegra or kevlar?

After my right shoulder was surgically repaired back in March of 2017, my orthopedic surgeon told me to ditch my Werner all carbon Trance 85 adjustable paddle since it was too much square inch blade for my right shoulder. He told me to look for a small diameter shaft paddle with a 75 blade size. Basically a woman's paddle.

A few months later in the summer of 2017, while I was rehabbing my right shoulder, I demoed a woman's 2009 year model Starboard Blend 11'2" x 30" x 4.4" @ 168 liters sup. I never said what paddle she was using, but it was a Naish Alana Vario 75 adjustable carbon paddle with a small diameter shaft. In essence, a paddle made for a woman. I have a small skeletal frame since I weighed 146 pounds at that time.

I liked the feel of that paddle back then (and still do to this day). So I searched online for a Naish dealer who had this Alana paddle and the dealer where I found this paddle was Stand On Liquid in Bend, Oregon. At that time, I paid $339 for that paddle with $24.99 for shipping, my total purchase price was ($363.99). After my one year of shoulder rehab was over and I had my 11'1" One World, I enjoyed paddling my OW with my Alana paddle.

Fast forward to 8 days ago. I decided I was going to get a second Alana paddle so I visited Stand On Liquid's website again and found to my delight, another 2017 Naish Alana Vario 75 adjustable carbon paddle. But, as an added bonus, since it was a 2017 model and looked just like my other Alana paddle, the price was only ($179). So with the same $24.99 shipping charge, my backup Alana paddle only cost me ($203.99).

Even though I'm 5'8" in height; I prefer an adjustable length paddle because for flat water paddling with my cranky lower back, I like a 77" length and when I'm sup surfing, I like a 75" length. So in essence, for a second Alana 75, a good find with a great price for an all carbon paddle. It arrived at my home today at 5:40 pm via UPS.

Random / Flowmaster Mufflers
« on: May 09, 2019, 08:14:52 AM »
My 2001 Chevy Silverado LS 1500, 2 x4  extended cab (4 doors) truck's factory installed muffler finally wore out. It had a hole in it. And I was glad. I used to own a 1988 short bed Chevy Silverado 1500 (2 doors), 350 CID, 250 HP truck which had a nice "growl" to it when it was started.

My 2001 Chevy has a 4.8 liter engine in it. It was so quiet, I could barely hear it when it was idling. Sometimes it was so quiet, I almost tried to start the engine when it was already running. But looking at my odometer told me the engine was running.

I'm not into metric measurements. I'm old school so I looked up my engines specs for the 2001 model. I found my 4.8 liter engine was 294 CID with 270 HP. This engine has always given me very good gas mileage even though it is a truck.

I looked at Magnaflow and Flowmaster mufflers and I also looked on YouTube to see if there were any videos showing how the sound comparisons were between Magnaflow and Flowmaster. I like the sound of the Flowmaster so I went to the Flowmaster site to see if they had a muffler for my 2001 truck.

I wanted a muffler that had "that growl", but not a droning sound in the cab. The 50 Series Big Block does not fit my truck. But the next one up from that does. A 70 Series did fit my truck so I ordered one from my local muffler shop and they also did the installation.

The owner of the muffler shop was quite familiar with Flowmaster mufflers. He told me I would have my "growl", but he said around 70 mph, I would notice a slight droning sound inside the cab of my truck. But he also said once I drive about 200 miles, the droning sound in the cab would disappear.

So I needed my new beach parking permits for Surfside, Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula. I got up early and left my home at 5:00 am and went to all three places to get my beach permits and was back at my home at 11:50 am.

I did notice the droning sound in the cab around 70 mph, but when I was almost back home, the droning sound at 70 mph disappeared. Anyhow, I like my new muffler for my "beach vehicle".  ;) The only time I notice the sound of my new muffler now is when I start it up, when it shifts gears (automatic transmission) and when I get behind a slow poke on the road and "hit the gas pedal to pass the poke".

BTW, this is what a Flowmaster 70 Series muffler sounds like after it has just been installed.

General Discussion / A "Guest" Sup: 3 Main Choices
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:44:08 AM »
I've been toying with the idea of getting a "guest" sup so some of my friends can go flat water paddling and also do some sup surfing (if they are adventurous enough) with me.  ;) Nothing is set in stone at this point in time.

I've been looking at production made, not custom made, sups. I've also got some "wants & needs" for my choices. They are:

1) Length between 10'10" & 11'2"
2) Width between 31" & 32.50"
3) Thickness between 4" to 4.75"
4) Volume between 175 to 190 liters (or there abouts)
5) At least 3 fin boxes
6) Durable construction

By doing lots of research, I've come down to three choices (at this point). They are the NSP Allrounder 10'11" in Cocoflax construction, Naish 11'0" Nalu GS construction and the Tom Carroll Outer Reef in MX construction. The links to all three are below for their specifications and where applicable, the construction links (I can find) as well.

For the NSP Allrounder:

The one big advantage why I made the NSP Allrounder 10'11" my "leading" choice is because it has 5 fin boxes and I love the versatility and customization I can do with 5 fin boxes in both flat water and in the small to medium type of waves on the upper Texas coast where I sup surf. And the 4.06" thickness is an added bonus. At 186 liters of volume with a 4.06" thickness at it's thickest part, it has to have thinned out rails so surfing this board should be pleasurable.

I don't know anything about Cocoflax construction so I'm a little in the dark about this type of construction.

For the Naish Nalu 11'0"

I think the GS construction would be better for the "everyday bumps and knocks" (dings) if you get my drift. It has 3 fin boxes.

For the Tom Carroll Outer Reef

The Outer Reef also has 3 fin boxes The physical weight of the 11' Outer Reef in MX construction is "not" listed. However, an older 11' Outer Reef in CX construction is a heavy 30 lbs. I'm guessing the MX construction might be near 30 lbs also. But the guest board will always have two people around so this heavy weight will be discounted with help from the second person.

The main drawback to the Outer Reef is there is no US dealer so shipping this board from Australia or wherever they ship this board from, the shipping cost might be as high as the cost of the board itself.

So there you have it. Any comments are welcome both pro and con.



Sessions / First Flat Water Paddle Session Of The Year: March 30, 2019
« on: March 31, 2019, 10:59:42 AM »
A little history.

During the third week of September of 2018, I severely injured my left knee. To make a long story short, I had a "trifecta" as the saying goes. I twisted my left knee which produced a partial tear of my meniscus. I also twisted the tendons and ligaments in the knee. And to top it off, when my left knee hit the ground, under some leaves, my left knee hit an exposed sweetgum tree root. These roots are as hard as concrete and it gave my left knee a bone bruise.

My orthopedic surgeon had an MRI done and it showed the partial tear of my meniscus. A partial tear of the meniscus is not the same thing as a torn meniscus. The two are different animals although closely related. My surgeon told me the partial tear may never tear to the outside of the edge of the meniscus so there would be no surgery. He also said many people have partial tears of the meniscus in one of their knees and they don't even know it because these types of tears are so small, they don't produce any pain for many people. Partial tears never heal either. And they may never tear any further to become a full blown torn meniscus. My discomfort back then was due the stretched ligaments, tendons in the knee and the bone bruise on the side of the patella.

My surgeon gave me some exercises for the knee over the Fall and Winter months. Eventually, the ligaments and tendons healed up and the bone bruise went away. The last thing my surgeon said to me was, "When the ligaments, tendons heal up and the bone bruise goes away, don't baby the knee". He told me to do what ever I wanted to do outdoor activity wise.

Fast forward to yesterday (Saturday). Before Saturday, the preceding 6 days prior to Saturday, the weather had been quite warm. We had one day where the high temperature at my home was 86 degrees F. This warm weather has made the water temperature in the two lakes in our subdivision where I live, get up to 71 degrees F. But Saturday was going to bring a cold front to our area where the daytime highs will be in the 50's and 60's with the night time lows in the mid 30's to low 40's. This cold front was forecasted to arrive at my home around 3:00 pm.

So I decided to take my 11'1" sup, by walking about 150 yards, to the largest of our two lakes in the subdivision to beat the incoming cold front. I got down to the largest lake at 11:15 am, I was feeling a little hesitant because of my left knee. So I decided to see if I could sit "indian style" (Apache) with crossed legs on my board. I could and there was no discomfort. Then I gave my left knee the acid test. I wanted to see if I could sit my rear end onto the calves and backs of my thighs. I could and again there was no pain in my left knee.

With that said, I placed both of my feet on the sweet spot of my board and stood straight up. Put my paddle blade and the water and starting to paddle. I paddled the length of the lake and back again. I did this many times during the time I was down at the lake with some short breaks inbetween to keep my legs from feeling "tired".

But I kept my eye on the northwest part of the sky. Later, I could see the clouds in the northwest part of the sky getting dark looking. I knew the front was fast approaching. Returning to my launching spot, I walked back to my house with my board. Just as reached my home, the rain starting coming down in sheets. So I cleaned my board and paddle in my garage, towel dried them both and went inside. The time when I went inside my house said 2:35 pm.

I enjoyed my first paddle session of the year on the lake. I saw lots of sunfish and small largemouth black bass in the shallows. Our two lakes are very clean and you can see down about 3'. The red eared slider turtles were out in abundance too along with a few soft shell turtles. And the spring peeper frogs were calling also. Saw a few blue herons trying to catch a few sunfish to make a meal for themselves.

When I got back into the house, my left knee felt fine. When I awoke this Sunday morning, again my left knee felt fine. By this mid week, the daytime air temperature will be back in the mid 70's which should find me back on the lake again for "Round 2".  ;)

Surfside, Tx is my favorite place to sup surf on the upper Texas coast with regards to wind and wave conditions. Our waves are wind generated. We don't have a large drop off in depth from the beach out. Think of a dinner plate so far from the beach, the water is still shallow.

With much wind, we have tiny waves which one can see in another topic thread. With some wind and combined that with our normal prevailing onshore wind direction (southeast or south), depending on the wind speed we get some good moderate waves which you can see in the video below which was taken close to Drum Point. If you notice, most of the women were surfing longboards and they had better rides than some of the men who were surfing shortboards. At these times, I'm never along, but I'm usually the only one sup surfing on a sup.

As the wind speed picks up to 20 mph or more, we get "washing machine type of waves with plenty of whitewater" which you can see in the next video below. Notice the flag in the breeze which is sticking straight out. Never mind the audio of the people speaking. The point of this video is to show the waves which I find when I get down the beach at Drum Point. And just listen to the wind whipping.

Since I've got more info, I'm going to make another post since I don't know how many videos I can put into one post.

General Discussion / Tiny Waves
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:29:55 AM »
Most of the time the waves on the upper Texas coast are small waves. Maybe 1.5'-2' in height. But there are days where we have "tiny waves". These waves are basically slow rollers and they range in height from 9"-1'. The kind of tiny slow roller waves found in the video below.

BTW, the video below is about a vacation spot in Bali (Indonesia), but this vacation spot is not the point. The point is the tiny waves where the married couple are sup surfing these waves in rented 10' x 33" sups.

Sometimes the forecasted wave height for the upper Texas coast is wrong. Instead of small to moderate wave heights, we get "tiny waves". I've found my 11'1" x 30" @ 173 liters One World can easily sup surf these waves with me and my 144 lbs (at the moment) physical weight.

When these types of waves happen, I sometimes have the entire beach to myself surfing wise since all the prone surfers are riding 6'-8' short surfboards where their volume of liters is between 70-100 liters and their boards cannot really support their weight between 175-210 lbs when these tiny waves occur.

In the next video below you can see some of the tiny slow roller waves far off the beach. This video was taken from a drone at Drum Point at Surfside, Tx so you can see these tiny waves.

Now how I do I know which of my two sups to take to the upper Texas coast so I take the right sup? I have streaming webcam links to the beaches where I sup surf and some of these beaches have webcams where there is enough light to see from houses, piers, etc; at nightime (3:00 AM) which helps me choose the right sup since it takes me between 2-2.5 hours of one way drive time to reach these beaches.

Some of these streaming webcams are below and I've chosen these since they do not need Flash since some of you on this site do not and will not use Flash.

Take note. You won't see any tiny waves (today as I type this post) since the wind is up and coming inshore from the East at 19 mph.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Left Knee Torn Meniscus Diagnosis
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:24:39 AM »
I always thought I would get an injury from one of my sups. Instead, my latest injury is from......yard work.

On September 22nd, I was working on my yard to pick up the fallen leaves from my sweetgum tree since Fall has arrived. Long story short, I was walking along and stepped into a mole tunnel with my left foot sideways and it got wedged in the mole tunnel with my upper body still going forward. This caused my left knee to twist violently to the right.

Since my forward momentum was still in force, I couldn't get my left foot out of the mole tunnel fast enough and I started to fall. I put my arms out in front of my face since I was in a free fall face down and so I avoided a "face plant".

With my left foot stuck in the mole tunnel, my whole body was falling like a felled tree. Even though I avoided the face plant, both of my knees hit the ground. Unfortunately, the right inside of my left knee hit a semi exposed sweetgum tree root since sweetgum trees have shallow roots and some of them are exposed on the surface of the ground.

This particular tree root was hidden by the fallen leaves. When my left knee hit the root, it hurt.....LOTS! I thought I a broken my patella. I was lucky I didn't. The right inside of my left knee swelled up and in 5 days, the swelling in the knee went down, but not all the way down.

After almost 4 weeks of having a slightly swollen knee and having one spot on the knee feel tender and if pressed down upon, it gave me a burning sensation so I decided to call up my orthopedic surgeon who repaired my left and right shoulders. I suspected a torn meniscus.

When I finally saw my surgeon yesterday on the Oct 18th, after looking at my still slightly swollen right inside of my left knee, he asked me when this injury occurred. After telling him on September 22, he felt the spot on my knee where it was giving me a slight burning sensation when pressed upon.

He told me unofficially his diagnosis was a torn meniscus and he was 95% sure of his of that. He told me he was going to send me for a MRI which would confirm it and with the MRI, he could tell if there is any damage to my Medial Collateral ligament as well as any cartilage damage.

My MRI is scheduled for Nov 6th at 8:15 am in the morning. But my surgeon's PA told me to call the MRI place everday to see if they have any cancellations. If they do, I might be able to get my MRI done sooner in the cancelled appointment slot. Once my MRI is done and the results are sent to my surgeon which usually takes 24 hours of time, I will get a surgery date.

I suspect the surgery will be done on Nov 28th since my surgeon is a very popular orthopedic surgeon in the Woodlands Sports Medicine Center. Since he is very popular with a stellar reputation as an orthopedic surgeon, he performs surgeries every Wednesday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm at the WSMC so this is why there is a long wait from an MRI result to a surgery date.

To keep the swelling down in my knee, he prescribed 120 tablets of Etodolac (500 mg per tablet) for me and I have to take two tablets twice a day. One tablet after breakfast and one tablet after supper (dinner). My surgeon also told me to "baby the knee" (stay off of it as much as possible) until I have my surgery.

BTW, the last time I took my 11'1" One World out for a leisurely flat water paddle was on Sept 21st. With the weather turning colder now; the water temperature is dropping and since I don't wear a wetsuit, with my present left knee injury, my sup paddling (flat water and surf) is over for the rest of 2018.

I just want to get my left knee surgically repaired so I can get back on the water with my sups during the last week of March or the first week of April in 2019 when the lake and beach water temperatures again returns to 66 degrees F which is my comfort zone since I don't wear a wetsuit.

Sessions / Full Moon Moonlight Flat Water Paddling Session
« on: September 26, 2018, 05:54:17 AM »
I've been wanting to do a full moon, moonlight flat water paddling session on a totally cloudless night. I finally got my chance last night. I walked to the largest lake in our subdivision, which is about 100 yard from my home with my board and arrived right at  8:30 pm. The water temperature was warm. I'm guessing around 83 degrees F. The air temperature was 82 degrees F. And the moon was 99% full. Moonrise was at 7:58 pm last night where I live.

There was absolutely no wind. Dead calm. The water was like glass and with the moon shining on the lake, the water looked like a mirror. Since it was the dark of night so to speak, I knew the mosquitoes would be out and hungry. So I came prepared wearing a long sleeve shirt, long pants, socks on my feet (I used water shoes for the walk down to the lake) and a flats cap hat with a 5" long bill. And the mosquitoes were out.

Besides my board and paddle, I took my usual paddle leash, Type IV life jacket and I was wearing my old trusty Casio G-Shock watch so I could tell the time since it has a light feature.

I placed my 11'1" One World sup on the water at the lake's edge in knee deep water, got on my board knees first and then finding my sweet spot, stood straight upright and then used my paddle to get away from the lake's shore. From the light of the moon, it was very easy to see.

With no wind, the glide on my board was great. Very little effort from my 75 size paddle blade to get my long length board to quickly get up to speed. But then I thought to myself, I'm here to enjoy a nice leisurely moonlight paddle so why be in a hurry? So I slowed my pace and just let the board glide for the rest of my session.

As I slowly glided along with a just a few paddle strokes every now and then, in the moonlight, I could see the splashes from the largemouth black bass in feeding mode chasing minnows and/or small sunfish near the shoreline. The bullfrogs were out bellowing on the shoreline as well.

I took a few small rests breaks like I always do when the bottom of my feet tell me to. Normally, I rest by sitting on my board close to the shoreline for about 5 minutes of time. But this didn't work last night. Since there is vegetation on the shoreline, the mosquitoes were there as well. So I had to paddle a good 25 yards off from the shoreline to keep the mosquitoes from finding me.

I paddled north to south and vice versa from one end of the lake to the other end. Ditto for east to west and vice versa as well. With no wind to make any ripples on the lake and with my slow pace of travel, my board moving over the water didn't make a sound. The only sound came from my slow paddle strokes.

I originally planned to paddle for 90 minutes and leave the lake close to 10:00 pm, but I was having so much enjoyment from this moonlight paddle, I ended up paddling till 11:00 pm. My wife was a little concerned since I wasn't back by 10:30 pm so she came down to the lake (she drove to the lake in her car) to check up on me to see if I was alright. After she found me and I paddled on over to her, I told her I would quit at 11:00 pm. BTW, time seemed to fly by very fast last night. It felt like I had only been on the water for 90 minutes.

After walking back to my home and arriving at 11:07 pm, I found my wife had turned on the outside flood light and she had placed my Shore Stand sup holder in the ready to use position on the ground where I could see it. Placing my board in the Shore Stand; using the water hose, I cleaned my board from nose to tail, top and bottom, my fins, my paddle, paddle leash, long pants, long sleeve shirt, socks, water shoes; dried everything off I could and put my board, along with the rest of my equipment back into the garage. My clothing and water shoes I let drip dry.

I then turned the outside flood light off, came inside the house, took a shower, hopped into bed at midnight and went to sleep. I slept great last night. And no tired or sore legs this morning. But staring next year in late March of 2019, I need to paddle more often during the week to toughen up the bottom of my feet.

If you haven't tried a full moon, moonlight paddling session and if you have a place to do it, you should. You won't regret it.

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