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Gear Talk / KeNalu Paddle Catastrophe
« on: April 15, 2021, 03:22:41 PM »
Okay, just kidding. My beautiful KeNalu Mana got a little smashed and serrated on one of the edges. (See pictures.) Not too bad but it feels like it could cut my face in a wipeout and maybe the hydrodynamics or structural integrity are a bit compromised? I wonder if I should maybe try to clean it up, sand it lightly, apply some special resin or epoxy..., buy a new blade...? Any advice is welcome.

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Gear Talk / Best paddle for surfing.
« on: December 22, 2018, 06:27:02 AM »
A couple months ago I started a post asking basically: what is the best paddle for surfing? After a lot of discussion and consideration, I believe that I have an answer to that fundamental question:
the best paddle for surfing (on an SUP) is, imo, the Mana.     

I appreciate all the people here who pushed me toward Ke Nalu. Originally I x’d Ke Nalu off my list because I did not want to mess with hot glue. I was leaning toward Hippostick, thinking about Black Project and considering Quick Blade. Someone here who had no skin in the game told me flat out that Ke Nalu, specifically the Mana, is clearly and surprisingly better than any Quick Blade paddle for surfing. I ended up getting a Mana 82 sq inch blade with the regular (not extra stiff) handle and an ordinary t-top. Despite the fact that I did a much less than perfect job cutting it and putting it together, the feel of the paddle in the water is perfect. The regular shaft feels just right to me (not too flexible at all) and I glad I did not get the stiffer version. The handle is nice. The overall feel of the paddle is really beyond what I thought possible. I felt like I was surfing a smaller board than I actually was, because the paddle just makes everything feel nimble and responsive. The feel of the blade is beyond awesome. I was told by someone not associated with Ke Nalu that there is something technical in the way that Ke Nalu makes their blades that makes the blades superior to those of other companies. I believe it.
    I really appreciate all the people who pushed me toward Ke Nalu. I feel pretty confident that it is a lot better than the V-drive or really any other paddle, including the hippostick. Learning how to hot glue was totally worth it.

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Gear Talk / What length is your surf paddle?
« on: November 04, 2018, 05:34:11 AM »
I am interested in getting some statistics about what length of paddle people actually use for SUP surfing. I thinking that one could reference that to height and try to get a sense of the average difference between height a paddle length in practice, as well as the standard deviation. Is it a Bell-type curve; or does it maybe have two bumps (normal and Laird length)?  Let's see. Could be fun and maybe interesting. Please indicate your height and your paddle length(s), and maybe contextualize that with what board(s) you are riding as well. Thanks.

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Gear Talk / Hippostick or Ke Nalu: who makes better paddles for surfing?
« on: November 02, 2018, 01:40:40 PM »
I have been looking at paddles to use for SUP surfing. Two that kind of stand out to me are the Hippostick blur, designed specifically for surfing, and Ke Nalu. Any thoughts on how they compare? Shaft flexibility is important to me to limit shoulder strain. Also, light weight.

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Gear Talk / Paddle for surfing, what is a good choice?
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:30:21 PM »
I am interested in getting a really good, kind of high-end paddle for SUP surfing. Someone steered me toward a quickblade V drive with like an 81 area. (I weight about 160 lbs.) Interestingly, they suggested that the V Drive Vector Net might be preferable to the V Drive All Carbon due to more flex. Also, any advice on whether an EVA grip is a good idea? And is an oval shaft preferable to a round shaft?
I also heard that ZRE makes really good paddles. Probably lots of other places too. What do you recommend for a high-end surf paddle?

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Gear Talk / 4 peice paddle, does anyone know of a good one.
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:25:53 PM »
I heard rumors about a 4 piece paddle, not adjustable, but in several sections so that the longest one is less that about 3' long.  Does anyone know about that?  Is that a real thing? I am hoping for a pretty good quality, light-weight paddle. Is that unrealistic? Does having several sections add a lot of weight?

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Gear Talk / Deck pad corner peeling up: cut away or reglue?
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:42:12 PM »
One of the front corners of my deck pad (Infinity New Deal) is peeling up. It has gotten pretty grungy on both the board deck and the pad with sand and dirt stuck in the glue. (see picture) I am wondering if I should try to clean and reglue or if maybe I should just cut this corner away and matter latter add a small piece of Da Kine traction or something. I have had pretty good luck in the past cleaning with alcohol and reglueing with contact cement, but I am wondering if in this case maybe I should just cut the peeled up corner away and, if so, how to do that?  Thanks very much.

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The deck pad on this board is lifting at some of the corners, as shown in the attached photo. It peels back about an inch now, and is getting gradually worse. What is the best way to deal with that?

It is a new board and custom deck pad which has only been on there for about 2 months. Is this a bad sign and should I start over, or can it be re-glued successfully? If re-glued, what sort of cleaning, prep and application?

Thanks very much. Your advice is appreciated.

PS. Picture is about a week old. It is a little worse now.

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Classifieds / 12'6" Jimmy Lewis Downwinder
« on: September 08, 2017, 04:29:04 PM »
I would like to sell my two year old 12'6" Jimmy Lewis down wind board. It is in Santa Cruz and in excellent condition. I'd like to get around $1200. I like the board fine, just I have stopped doing any down winding. It is called an M12.6, I believe (like the M14 only not as long). It is 28" wide. It is red. It surfs great and paddles fast.  nice glide. (I bought it new from Monterey Bay Kayaks for about $2200). For sale for $1200 obo. Used about 20 times (and not at all in the last year.)

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Technique / How to breath before a hold-down and between waves.
« on: June 27, 2017, 10:16:56 AM »
I would love to get some advice on good breathing techniques to use to prepare for a hold-down when you can see it coming. Also, how to breath between waves during a sequence when you just have a short time before the next wave comes. I realized recently that even when I have some time before the first wave of a hold-down, I am not sure how to best use that, i.e., what breathing technique to use, or how to learn that. Any advice is much appreciated.

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SUP General / Helmet for SUP surfing: what is a good choice?
« on: November 18, 2015, 05:40:34 PM »
Regular user here. (no brand associations.)  I am planning to get helmet for SUP surfing. The ones I am aware of are Gath helmets, which are pretty well known surf helmets (i have used them before), and the Sweet Protection Strutter. The Strutter seems like it would be pretty nice, but I have only seen it online. What others should I consider?  Additionally, I was concerned that with the Sweet Strutter, could the water catch that bill in front when you are diving under wave or wiping out? Could that strain your neck or am I concerned about nothing? I guess it has been used a lot in the whitewater/ river community?

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Downwind and Racing / A good fanny pack for downwinding.
« on: July 27, 2015, 01:32:29 PM »
I wonder if someone can recommend a good fanny pack for downwinding. Somewhat rough conditions, Central California coast and I do fall at least a few times. What works well for that? Is a fanny pack or a small backpack better? I am thinking of something small, just big enough to carry a PLB in a plastic bag and maybe an energy bar or phone.

Boards:  Jimmy Lewis M12'6 ...

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I was thinking about getting a Jimmy Lewis M-12'6. Mostly for ocean cruising, maybe an occasional downwind run in moderate conditions. Also some fooling around in small surf now and then. I would love to here anyone's thoughts regarding that. I wonder how much trade-off there is, how much you loose by dropping down in size from a "traditional" 14 foot board to a somewhat shorter 12'6?

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Can any one weigh in on the essence of the difference between the:
1) Glide (Naish)
2) M14 (Jimmy Lewis)
3) Shaka (Angulo)
4) The comparable Starboard 14' downwinder
5) other boards in the same class
(all 14'...)

I am thinking particularly of the new Glide (27.5"), which I have demo'd and liked, and I think Angulo has a new Shaka (has anyone tried that?)
Thanks.

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Downwind and Racing / Has any one tried a Tiger Shaka (Angulo)?
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:29:00 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has tried a Tiger Shaka, and where that fits in to the spectrum?  Is it a pure flatwater race board, or does it have some open ocean or downwind capability as well?

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