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As of November 1, 2020, U.S. citizens from all 50 U.S. States and Washington, D.C. will be allowed to enter Costa Rica with the proper insurance and completed Health Pass (proof of a negative COVID-19 test no longer req'd).

https://cr.usembassy.gov/201022-travel-alert/

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Flatwater and Touring / Respectable times ?
« on: October 06, 2020, 05:13:45 PM »
So what's a respectable speed for an average paddler on a 12'6" race/tour board in average conditions over say a 5km distance (min and/or mph)? ... asking for a friend.

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Technique / SUP Clinic Experience
« on: July 19, 2020, 01:50:57 PM »
A week or so back, I signed up to participate in a SUP clinic hosted by Seychelle Webster (2019 APP World Tour Racing Champion). The clinic was today Sun 7/19 and was supposed to be limited to 8 paddlers, but as it turned out, I was the only one who actually showed up. Seychelle still went thru with the session and I ended up getting a private lesson. I've watched a slew of videos, but on-the-water, one-on-one instruction with an elite paddler/athlete was so much more valuable. She was totally patient with me and went to great length to explain, demonstrate, and have me get a "feel" for what she was talking about. I felt like she was genuinely interested in seeing me leave with improved technique. Such a great experience, such a great person, really happy it turned out the way it did.

And by the way, the SUP Connect voting is still going on. There's several US east coast, west coast and Hawaiian candidates ... so support your local pro (you can guess who I voted for).
https://www.supconnect.com/news/supconnect-launches-2020-awards

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Gulf States / Hey Texas
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:06:58 AM »
With the projected path of Cristobal in the GoM, it looks like the TX coast could see some favorable surf conditions. You guys-n'-gals getting stoked?

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Gear Talk / Sunova Flow 2.0 ?
« on: June 02, 2020, 07:51:29 AM »
Have been considering a Flow for awhile now, and just now see on Sunova website that there is a version 2.0 (Flow | Casey). Anybody have any intel on the 2.0 Flow? The website says it now has a step deck, but doesn't have their normal shaping bay video where BB talks about the shape. Is this even a board for mere mortal surfers?

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Technique / Is it cheating to sit down in choppy conditions?
« on: March 22, 2020, 09:03:39 PM »
Beautiful spring day here on the central FL coast, nice little waist high swell action & water has warmed up nicely (no wetsuits needed). Started off with lite winds but that soon went away and we got this angled on-shore that resulted in 8-10"+ chop. Sets were ~8-10 min apart and I found myself battling this awkward wind chop between sets, getting out of position since I needed to keep moving, plus it was tiring me out. So I said screw-it and just sat down. Found I could still keep my eye on the swell, and was able to pop back up and be pattling again when the set showed up. Felt like I ended up getting a couple more waves since I wasn't getting out of position.

Any other thoughts on dealing with the chop?

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Random / Beach Closures - COVID-19
« on: March 18, 2020, 06:48:15 PM »
Was just checking Surfline and see that Brevard County here in FL is closing beach access.

https://sites.brevardcounty.us/PIRA/PIRA/ViewRelease.aspx?ID=3797

Plan B for me is to do some flat water paddling in the lagoon.

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Gear Talk / Steller D Wing opinions?
« on: December 16, 2019, 07:46:35 PM »
There's a used 9' Steller D Wing for sale on the local Craigslist, been posted for a few months now and the price is slowly eroding. Haven't been able to find much written about them, anybody have experience with them and willing to share an opinion?

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Technique / Dropping In with Strong Offshores
« on: December 15, 2019, 06:08:48 PM »
This Sat we had pretty good waist-chest swell at my home beach-break, but we also had a a stiff offshore wind, strong enough (15+) to create some chop out in the line-up. Missed several waves due to getting a big blast of wind in the chest when trying to drop-in. Would pretty much stall me out and I'd miss the wave. Felt like I was paddling pretty hard, harder than usual for sure and was trying to have speed as wave approached. Didn't really know what to due to counter it, just kept trying. Any ideas?

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