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Sunova SUP / Sunova travel bags
« on: February 02, 2019, 07:42:58 AM »
Hey Creek,

After seeing your comments about shipping your boards to Portugal in the sunova bags, I wanted to comment but thought a separate thread would be a better option for a possible discussion.

I find sup travel bag selection to absolutely suck in my opinion.  Yes I could go custom with vitamin blue.  But looking at those sunova bags, those look great.  Sunova needs to improve the sizing and descriptions on the website for them.  I think that is a niche that sunova could exploit, especially in the 7'6 to 9'6 range.  There is very little selection in that size range and that is the size that most people will take on a surf trip.  The bags look robust and with a good amount of padding.  Get Tino to explore that a little more and see if it would be worth it.  I did not know that sunova even made bags until you posted the photos of yours.

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Infinity RNB
« on: November 29, 2018, 08:26:20 AM »
I had been drooling over one of these for a while.  Infinity did some PVC construction production boards that were a little cheaper.



I grabbed the bright white  8'2 by 125L as soon as I saw it.  Me between 190-195lbs and 5'10 surfing Florida east coast stuff.  I bought this back in spring and with work have missed all the swells we have had so far.  I took it out in weak gutless surf about a week after I had it and it was nothing to write about.

Thanksgiving gave us some good surf and I was dying to try this thing out.  I got 2 days with the first day being head to overhead and the second day only a little smaller.  Short answer: I wish I would have bought one sooner and some of my other boards will definitely be up for sale soon.

Like usual, took a few minutes or so to find my balance point on the board.  The swell had an offshore wind component to it which, Florida, can hold you up a little but this thing would take off. I am 4 weeks out of knee surgery too so my turns were not as aggressive as I could make them.  Also the waves gave me a ton of speed too. Some of the prone surfers were even talking about having a hard time hitting the lip because of the speed they getting.  This board held any line I wanted on the big faces.  I was easily getting on/catching the big set waves too.  On the smaller shoulder sections I could dig the board in for some harder turns if the waves did not mush out completely.  Nothing like going to do a turn off the top and the wave just flattens out on you. Splash. The deck grip is pretty rough. Good for grip for riding, not good for the skin on other parts of the body.  I whack the rails here and there to and I did notice some black streaks from my paddle  but no chips or dings in the finish.

I have read where people have gone down drastically in size with this shape.  I can easily see that after 2 surfs.  I prefer the little bigger size for the waves and conditions I have where I am.  If I was someplace that had glassy conditions with some power i would definitely consider a smaller version of this board.

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Gear Talk / The new Portal Phantom
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:27:40 AM »
Looks like it surfs good.


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Foil SUP / Carrot for additional push
« on: September 28, 2018, 09:47:28 AM »
Interesting.


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General Discussion / dolphins hate regular surfers too
« on: July 31, 2018, 05:25:42 AM »

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Foil SUP / Mr. Dave Kalama talking about the channel foil race
« on: July 11, 2018, 11:05:43 AM »
very cool read.

Here's what Dave Kalama had to say about his experience.

Sour grapes never tasted so good! Let me explain, this past weekend I competed in the Molokai Holokai. A race from Maui to Molokaiís Kaunakakai harbor ( 26 miles), consisting of mainly SUP and OC 1 & 2, but this year they added foiling, the discipline I competed in. I believe it was the first official channel crossing race for foiling and it was a doozy. Monster open ocean swells, rain storms that prevented any type of visual reference, and very strong winds, most of the way. ( thatís where the sour grapes come in to play). In any case, the race provided some all time career high lights for me, I had the fastest glides Iíd ever had because of the extreme efficiency of the Go Foil Maliko 200 I was using. I rode the biggest swells Iíve ever ridden in the open ocean. Because of the limitations of SUP and Outrigger canoes, you simply cannot go fast enough to ride those behemoth swells to completion, but with the foils you can, and they do, if you have the weight and gumption to track one down, talk about having a tiger by the tail. I also had another personal best, in that I stayed up on foil for approximately 23 to 24 miles, more than double my previous personal record. This wasnít a solo endeavor by any means though, my fellow competitors( although we felt more like team mates, because we were all jumping off this channel crossing cliff together) were Mark Raaphorst and Alan Cadiz, Zane Schweitzer, and my son Austin Kalama ( his first channel crossing of any kind) .
Off the start I fumbled a bit, was plagued by the confusion of the boat wakes ahead of me, and just general anxiety and stress. I did eventually come down off my foil about a mile into the race. Frustrated, I recognized that I had better hit the reset button and calm down, if I wanted to have any chance of enjoying this experience. To give you some reference of how much I enjoy being out in these channels throughout Hawaii, let me just say, Iíve paddled every major channel in Hawaii at least twice, some as many as 38 times( Kaiwi), Pailolo at least 20, and Iíve even paddled Maliko to Ala Moana (115 mi.) so I know my way around out there, and I also know that the key to success in any crossing is channeling all that nervous energy in to a focused point of calmness, and then finding your rhythm. Once a rhythm is established thatís when the magic starts to happen, and thatís just what happened for me. I took off like a rocket, I realized that the giant swells Iíve always daydreamed about catching were now rideable on a foil, it was literally a channel junkyís wet dream. I not only caught back up to the leaders, but then proceeded to put the hammer down and roll right on by. The internal joy and happiness of this experience put it right up there in my top three days ever on the water. Two of my top three days are in this channel, the other being a 6 man canoe race, and my best day as you might assume is a big wave day at Peahi. Now that I had established a lead I could relax even a little more and truly absorb the pureness of this experience, which in turn creates a freeness to flow and be in the zone even more. At about the half way point I remember passing a unlimited SUP racer, I think maybe Cody but wasnít sure, we were about a 100 yds. apart, but it gave me an understanding of how fast we were all going. (SUP had started approximately 40 minutes ahead of us). Things continued to be amazing, surfing from swell to swell with a flow that felt more like a epic surf session than a downwind race. At about 7 or 8 miles to go my boat told me I had somewhere between a half mile to a mile lead. I thought to myself donít get ahead yourself and start thinking about winning, just stay in the moment and keep flowing, so I did, and at about 2 miles to go I noticed the wind beginning to lighten quite a bit but still enough. It wasnít time to panic yet, but very quickly after that thought, BAM! It went completely still, no wind. I was in trouble, there was still a little a little bump in the water, enough to barely fly but at a much higher energy out put than I could muster. Plop! I went down and I didnít have the energy to get back up or the bumps necessary to give me a chance. The attribute , that helped me establish the lead ( my size and strength) were now working against me( it certainly didnít help that I hadnít done any formal training in the past 8 months because Iíve been so busy building Kalama performance foilboards for everyone. What a shameless plug😂). I had become a monster truck in a 250 cc motocross race and that 250 was coming up my back end. A few minutes later the inevitable happened, Zane went flying by me like a dandelion in the wind and there was nothing I could do about it, other than sit down and have a big gulp of my sour grapes and slice of humble pie. The cherry on top of my humble pie was that not even Zane made it to the finish up on foil, but he sure made it a lot further than I did, so you have to hand it to the kid, he won. And while I was floundering in my pity, I was glad for him, heís such a good kid and a real testament to how great his parents are. And speaking of kids, one of the days most special aspects was the sharing of this crossing with my son. Iím so proud that he did it, and hopefully someday this channel will bring him some of the joy it has given to me.
I purposely waited a few days to write this so that my sour grapes had a chance to sweetín a little bit. Am I disappointed that I didnít win? You better believe it! I have to keep reminding myself though that my time at the throne has come and gone, like the generations before me. Itís time for the next generation to have their turn at the helm. I do take some solace in acknowledging Iím almost 54, am not able to train every day like I used to, and was still able to mix it up with the best of them. Mahalo to my crew on the boat, my coach Bruddah Chris, Brent Deal for making happen, Quickblade paddles for the best you can get, Matty Schweitzer for some insane drone flying, Clare for putting on an incredible race, and my fellow Flyers Alan, Mark, Zane and Austin. Enjoy the wins, enjoy the losses and enjoy a glass of sour grapes now and then. Aloha



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General Discussion / Surfline making everything premium now.
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:58:51 PM »
guess they are desperate for money.  All the good breaks now need to be paid to look at.

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General Discussion / wavepool in Australia URBNSURF
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:22:01 PM »
Had not heard of this one


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General Discussion / Shark attack sup in Hawaii
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:12:45 AM »

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Sunova SUP / Sunova 2 in 1 sup/foil board
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:15:21 PM »
this thing looks sweet


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Classifieds / Looking for a PSH hull paddler
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:43:33 PM »


I am looking to see if anyone knows of or wants to sell a paddle surf hawaii hull paddler in either the 12'6" or 14' foot size.  i am on the east coast of florida. Willing to travel to get it. 

thanks

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Random / Christmas music mashup
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:33:02 AM »
gave me a laugh


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Random / tiger shark near the beach in south beach miami
« on: November 29, 2017, 12:29:52 AM »
Pretty cool video of a tiger shark swimming near some people that were not even paying attention to it.  I think it would have been real interesting if the video had them seeing it. Especially since it was between them and the shore.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/11/26/tiger-shark-spotted-roaming-south-beach-shore/

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