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Gear Talk / New Board Locking System
« on: April 01, 2019, 12:13:13 PM »
A guy was handing these out at the beach the other day. He had a sample with him. It is heavy duty aluminum and locks into the fin box. Looks promising.

Random / Is FM radio dying?
« on: March 27, 2019, 12:28:38 PM »
The other night some friends of mine were having a discussing about Pandora, XM Radio, and Spotify metric's. We were having some drinks listening to my Pandora which was on my Steely Dan station. Interestingly it only played one Steely Dan song in about an hour. One of my friend says" Spotify metrics are way better than Pandora!" Another friend said he loves his XM Radio in his car. I mentioned this station broadcast from just across the boarder in Mexico. It covers San Diego County and very South Orange County. (105.7 FM) It has a very strange existence. It used to be an 80's hits station with DJ's and give-away's. One day the DJ's, ad's, and English commercials were gone. Now it's Spanish only commercials (política) and then super random B sides and 80's hits mixed with never heard extended plays. Everyone I turn on to it, just loves it.
Anyway, my Spotify advocate friend laughed at me even listening to FM. I am going to put an FM receiver in my office just because of this station I found. 

What is your music source?
Is FM dying?


I noticed all through Europe they have built large concrete seawalls that protect the citizens, community, and property from rising tides while maintaining access to beaches and surf spots. In my opinion they are beautiful places partly because of the walls. Without them properties are lost, access is reduced, and some surf communities will be only in the history books.
There is big money in environmental lawsuits, but unfortunately no money in protecting surfing. 

Gear Talk / Help deciding which wetsuit?
« on: February 13, 2019, 07:31:38 PM »
I've been wanting to get a 4/3 fullsuit for prone surfing and winter standup surfing. My old neon green 3/2 Rip Curl E-bomb short sleeve fullsuit doesn't cut it anymore prone surfing in winter. Standup it's ok. I've never owned a 4/3 in my life. Only surfed SoCal, Mex, and Hawaii. 90% trunks only. Jack's Surf outlet store has a Quicksilver 4/3 Syncro XXXL backzip for $120. Total  (includes 30% off and tax). The only other 4/3 XXXL they have is an Xcel inifinti back zip with sealed seams and a micro fiber liner. It feels warmer but it's $220. total with discount and tax.

Buying a wetsuit in SoCal in the middle of a rainy cold winter is like grocery shopping when you're really hungry. They both fit good, but the Quicksilver feels more like my 3/2 fit and thickness wise. I went cheap and bought the Quicksilver, but I'm thinking about returning it for the better quality Xcel. Any thoughts?

Gear Talk / New line of boards from Tom Carroll and Blaine Chambers
« on: January 05, 2019, 11:10:45 PM »
For who love there PSH Hull Paddler's, here's a new line of similar boards from Tom Carroll Surf. A lot going on with the bottoms. Maybe they've been out for a while, but the first time I've seen them.

Nice surfing video too.

Sessions / Talldude chasing whales..
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:43:51 PM »
Well, I tried at least. I couldn't catch up to them, but got close enough to film them with my phone. I'm trying to zoom in on them, holding my phone with two hands, trying to keep them in the frame all while balancing on my 25" wide unlimited race board. It was almost like a lake out there. Super nice way to start the year. I paddled a little over 8 miles. Felt good and I picked up a bunch of trash along the way. Karma:)

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:29:53 PM »
Poking around through some diet research and came across this... It's eye opening for me. Too many sweet snacks. Something has to change:(

Gear Talk / Different Quad templates...
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:02:55 PM »
I was looking through CL and noticed this Starboard Widepoint has a very different quad fin box placement. I wonder if anyone has any feedback on Starboard's reasoning for putting the side bites so far forward, or how it performs? I've seen it setup similar on thruster only boards, but not on a quad setup.

General Discussion / Who is Jimmy Styks? Answered.....
« on: October 21, 2018, 10:27:28 AM »
Pono asked, "who is Jimmy Styks"? It was a couple of California dudes Kyle Reeves and Jeremy Wilkens with totally big ideas....... and bigger problems. " Dude! We are going to totally like.. make boukoo bucks on these stickers. We just order like ... $60K worth of stickers (through Vista Outdoor whom they are exec's with) and mark them up to like $4 mil.... dude.. and get a 10 million dollar bonus! From Vista.".... NOT! 
This is now:

And this was then:

It's interesting that SUP is / was just an 'emerging platform' to the business world. It now seem that foiling is more literally an 'emerging platform' ::)

The Shape Shack / Expanding Spray Foam that's works on EPS foam.
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:21:02 PM »
Here's a Spray Foam that dries at a 1 lbs foam density, that is compatible with EPS foam. The Dow "EnerFoam' single can with a built-in replaceable plastic tube nozzle. This could be helpful for small repairs. 

Sessions / We've had some good swells lately......
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:36:07 PM »
This morning was overcast but the water was warm still. Waist to head high, glassy, and no wind...  :D

Watched a little of the PPG today, and the turn out was quite a bit down from the old Battle of the Paddle days. I don't know how it will survive?



Sessions / Talldude's the FCS Creek Kook Hat surf test with a Hero5
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:29:11 AM »
Here a few surf clips and cameo's from some well know guys at SanO.. The reinforced FCS Creek Kook Hat held the Hero5 just fine. Didn't even notice the weight of the Hero5 on the visor. Works great!


Sessions / Unlimiteds don't like to turn into the wind....
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:47:35 AM »
I went out for a quick afternoon paddle yesterday and the wind was up. Probably 15 mph sustained and capping with good size ground swell mixed in. I got caught up in the rare (for us around here) downwind bliss on my 18 x 25 Hobie unlimited. Everything was in the south direction and lined up. About a mile out of the harbor, I remembered I was supposed to meet some people for dinner. I decided to turn around and head back. Nothing doing..... My board was so weather-vaned I could get to turn at all. I tried stopping and reverse paddling. I actually paddled straight backwards. The board said nothing doing again. I tried the big gradual circle turn. Hard right paddle and head towards the shore. That wasn't working either. The capping side chop once I got perpendicular to the wind and swell was brutal on my 25" wide board.
Now I'm a few miles from the harbor and time was not on my side. I dropped to my knees and tried all the same stuff. Not working. So I laid down and scooted up on to the nose of my board. I Dropped my arms into the water and tried putting on the brakes. The tail started coming around because I was so far forward. Success! I was finally headed into the wind and towards the harbor. I stood up and just ground it out at about 2-3 mph all the way back. It ended up being just under 5 miles and my little afternoon cruise ended up taking me 2 hours.
Too bad I didn't have my phone, I could continued the DW and had some pick me up.   

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