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General Discussion / Fins: stalling and broaching
« on: September 01, 2019, 03:36:22 PM »
I'm reading old zoner threads about fins and board behavior. The terms "broach" and "stall" keep coming up, but I can't figure out what they mean in the SUP world. Or maybe I can't imagine how a fin would cause what I'm thinking. A little help?

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Classifieds / SIC RS 14x26 sup board
« on: August 24, 2019, 07:27:13 PM »
1426″ SIC Single Carbon Composites (SCC) with Innegra rails/nose/tail, 27lbs, 315L, with an 8.3" SIC weedless fin. Just bought the same board in a narrower version. $1,350 anywhere between Olympia and Seattle.

[I get errors when I try to post photos. Happy to email them]

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Downwind and Racing / Downwinding at the Gorge
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:54:12 PM »
Made our first trip to Hood River this weekend--holy smokes(!). It won't be our last. This is paradise. My wife was researching vacation homes and retirement locations before we'd left. It was my first proper downwinder.

I grew up surfing and racing outrigger canoes 25 years ago, but I've only been on a SUP for a year. For you lurkers like me, downwinding and flat-water SUP are two different beasts. Flat water is like road bike racing: economy of motion, timely application of power, maybe some drafting, etc. Technique, fitness, aerodynamics. Downwinding seems more like surfing or XC bike racing. Reading the water, creating the flow by moving on the board, responding to the many variables that nature presents. It had been decades since I've dropped in on anything resembling a wave and...I'm hooked!

Wind this weekend was around 25mph. I did a Viento run both Saturday and Sunday. Got dunked 25x the first day...mostly learning how to move around on the board. The key (on my SIC RS, at least) was learning to scoot way back as soon I caught a wave, and jump forward as soon as it petered out. Day two I was down to 8 dunks for the same run, and had several magical runs of connecting 2 or 3 bumps together. Continuous improvement.

Many thanks to PonoBill and the other locals who have written about the Gorge. I wouldn't have known about it without you.

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General Discussion / Board security on road trips?
« on: September 27, 2018, 08:11:04 PM »
How do you keep a 14' board secure (theft-wise) on road trips? My family is planning to drive from Washington to California, staying in motels, and I thought I might bring the board with us. What do you do with the board at night? Leave it in the parking lot with Kanulock type straps? Squeeze it into a room?

I'm sure this is a newbie question, I'm just having visions of Oakland parking lots and missing boards...

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Gear Talk / KeNalu Mana or...?
« on: September 15, 2018, 07:22:05 PM »
I read a bunch of old threads but still need some advice on buying a first "good" paddle. Please help!

I come from an outrigger canoe background where I used wooden paddles. For the last few months I've been on an SUP (totally hooked) with an 81" tall carbon paddle that has a 97 sq" blade. The shaft is probably too long and the blade too big. I can paddle it well enough, but with 97 inches there are no "easy" days. No injuries so far, but I imagine I'll hear a pop someday soon and discover an exploded shoulder.

The KeNalu line really appeals to me with its strong Zoner reviews and especially the modular way that the blade, shaft, and handle play together. I can imagine wanting to go up or down a couple inches, wanting to try different blades or handles over time. I have some old sports injuries to contend with.

From what I've read so far, I'm leaning toward a Kenalu Mana 82 or 90. Thoughts? I don't have enough experience with carbon to know what I like in shafts. Maybe the stock xTuf is a good place to start? Lastly, the cam on an adjustable shaft seems clunky, like it would get in the way of smooth transfers, but I do like the idea of being able to melt the hot glue on a fixed length shaft and try a slightly different length if necessary. Does the stock handle have that adjustability or do I need to order something special?

I'm 6' tall, 175lbs, 42 years old. Many thanks to all you active Zoners--this has been a great place for me to learn the ropes.

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