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Gear Talk / Rocky Racks wall racks (for board storage)
« on: November 06, 2007, 04:09:15 PM »
FYI:

I have been using this wall rack to get my SUBs off the ground, and it works great.  The posts and arms are made of high-density metal (steel?) and the arms are well padded. 

I have it placed high on the wall so my SUBs are stored overhead.  I currently have 2 SUBs on this one rack and it's solid as can be (just make sure to bolt it into a stud or equivalent.  I learned the hard way that drywall anchors don't exactly do the trick.) 

The 2-board version that I'm currently using: http://www.rockyracks.com/surfracks/2-90.htm
I like this model because the arms stick out at 90 degrees, parallel to the floor; I only have to slide my SUB to get it down (rather than lift it out of an angled holder).

There's also 3-board version:  http://www.rockyracks.com/surfracks/3-90.htm

I used to stack a few of these and keep all my boards on one big wall. I have since relocated my shortboards elsewhere, but for anyone who needs a one-size fits all solution, these work great for me.

Of course, Rocky Racks make different style racks from the same material. Check em all out here: http://www.rockyracks.com/surf.htm

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Gear Talk / Documenting a transition: 12' Ron House to 10' Joe Blair
« on: November 05, 2007, 11:05:08 AM »
Hey folks. This weekend, I was fortunate enough to stumble across a lightly used Joe Blair 10' SUP on consignment at a local shop.  The woman who had it shaped for her rode it once (or so I'm told) and decided instead that she wanted a longer, floatier board for distance paddles.  Lucky me. 

For the past few months, I have been riding a 12' Ron House. The 12' was my first SUP.  It paddles great over distances, but is a bit of a boat in the surf. As I've been riding it for the past few months, I decided that I would really like a shorter board (or different shape) for better maneuverability in waves.  I even emailed several shapers recently to inquire about having a smaller board shaped. Having stumbled across the used 10' this weekend, I decided to buy it and give it a whirl.

Since I'll bet there are other people out there who are interested in making a similar transition from big board to shorter/higher performance one, I thought I would document my experience here...and answer questions anyone may have about it.

So to start here are some initial specs:

Me:  6'1, 180 lbs, 34 yrs old, surfing for 7 yrs, surfing/paddling stand-up for 3 months...

My first board, (for comparison's sake):  Ron House shaped, 12' long, 29" wide, not sure how thick. Big round nose, squash tail, single fin, very little nose and tail rocker.

The new board: Joe Blair shaped, 10' long, 28" wide, not sure how thick. Beak-nose, rounded-pin tail, tri-fin set-up with standard future fins.

Pictures:  Coming soon. Awaiting new digital camera.

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I'll post more later today/tonight re: initial impressions of the new, shorter board as well as details from transition sessions 1 and 2 on the shorter board.

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General Discussion / Catalina Classic 2008?
« on: October 12, 2007, 12:32:23 PM »
I am very intrigued by the Catalina Classic and the prospect of competing on a SUB. 

I saw that a few guys did it this year as a team. 

Anybody out there have an interest in training for/participating in next year's event? 

If so, I'd love to explore further with whomever may be interested.   

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General Discussion / SUP in South Bay (Los Angeles)?
« on: October 12, 2007, 12:23:54 PM »
Hey folks - I posted several days ago about SUPers in/on Santa Monica bay, but haven't heard much. 

Are there any South Bay SUPers who may want to meet-up for surf or distance paddles?



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General Discussion / SUP on Santa Monica Bay (or nearby)?
« on: October 04, 2007, 03:23:47 PM »
I've been paddling and paddle-surfing solo for the past two months or so.  3-5 mornings a week, I'll paddle between 2-5 miles between Santa Monica Pier and Marina Del Rey jetty (south of the Venice pier). All this time, I've only seen 1 other guy on a SUB but we never had a chance to meet.

Are there any other SUP'ers in the area that may want to get together for longer paddles (weekday dawn patrol or anytime on weekends)?

Please drop me a note or reply here if you have any interest.

Gracias,

Fish
Venice, CA

P.S.  I'm willing to drive anywhere for a fun paddle session, so if you're out of the area but looking to recruit paddlers, please let me know.

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