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General Discussion / Leg Rowing
« on: December 09, 2016, 12:36:13 PM »
Who is going to be the first to post images of themselves Leg Rowing on their SUP??? :)


General Discussion / Sharkbanz - Do they work?
« on: November 13, 2016, 04:02:02 PM »
I just saw an ad on FB about these things. I have no idea whether they really work...not that I really feel I need one where I normally paddle but I dig science. ...


General Discussion / Sources for carbon fiber/glassing in New England?
« on: October 21, 2016, 08:11:51 AM »
I figured I would start here first before I start cold calling places...

For an unlimited board: I'm contemplating getting a blank CNC'd and then bonding and cleaning it up myself in prep for glassing. I know of one source who can likely do it but so far they aren't getting back to me after two inquiries. Do any zoners know of anyone in the (preferably RI but would certainly consider people in MA or CT) Rhode Island area that could glass a 19ft plus board?


Gear Talk / Unlimited talk
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:06:55 AM »
So I'm seriously contemplating going bigger than 14'. I just sold off one and I'm thinking of selling off another to help ease the pain. :)

For those of you folks who have time on unlimiteds what is currently out there for big strong paddlers? Most of what I do is flatwater to light-moderate chop.

So, other than the King 19' and the 18' Speedboard  what else is out there that is a viable contender?


General Discussion / Don't know what you don't know...
« on: October 08, 2016, 06:47:34 AM »
The long hard (or is that fun) road…

I’ve been pondering a recent experience that has had me looking back at the road I’ve paddled the last few years.

The first board I purchased after doing the rental thing was a 14’ Naish Glide…the old elf shoe version so technically more like a 12’ 6”. At that time I thought I was doing well on it and went out as much as I could. Eventually I started buying and flipping boards to try out as many boards as I could and I sold the Glide to a friend.

Fast forward a couple of years of paddling year around in Narragansett Bay, dialing in boards that work for me, and really working on perfecting my paddle stroke and things have changed. My friend who bought Naish and I got out to paddle together recently and we switched boards for fun. As we started paddling the first thing I noticed was how far down the board sat in the water with me on it. I weigh pretty much the same as when I previously owned it but I didn’t notice that at the time. As my friend started to pull away from me I started laying down some power and the nose started plowing water. Again, earlier my paddling technique wasn’t that great so it wasn’t an issue. Now I’m much better and can tap a lot of power in my strokes but back on my old board it just held me back. For him its a good fit, he’s a lot lighter than I am, for me it just wasn’t working. As I was fighting it I’m thinking “how did I ever like this board?” In hindsight, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

I think the only way to really know (as has been stated many times here) you have to try out as many boards as you can in the conditions you ride most. All the advice shared here is great, but the only way to really learn what you can learn, and experience what you can experience, is to do it yourself.

Thought over. :)


General Discussion / Vehicle Paddle Hanger
« on: October 06, 2016, 12:24:45 PM »
So I got this bright idea....

Well, actually it was spurred by complaints from other family members about my paddle always being in my car and in the way. So, after the last eye roll and exasperated "Why..." I decided to come up with a better plan.

Like duct tape, parachord has thousands of uses... I just took two pieces about 10" long, tied each end together in a reef knot, put one end of the loop behind and over the top of the handle and pulled it back through the loop. Presto! Easy to put up and take down paddle hanger. The roof sits high enough that it comes nowhere near anyone's head.


General Discussion / Any day...
« on: September 12, 2016, 07:24:06 AM »
...out on the water is a good day! That is all.  :)


Classifieds / LPC River Rover - $1,000
« on: September 08, 2016, 06:37:55 AM »
Selling my little used LPC River Rover. Excellent/very good condition. No dings or repairs ever needed.

Dot get me wrong, I like this board, but I like my laird better so this one tends to get little use. So far I've mainly used it for Winter paddling but even then I would take the Laid out more often. This was the last board I bought when I was going through my phase of buying and trying many different boards (nice well known brands/models). I found that with my height and weight, even if I was near the max rated weight for a given board, it wasn't that good. Too far out of the "sweet spot". Sure they would float me, but they were slogging at the extreme. The Rover fit the bill.

The sharp nose of this board just cuts through the waves like a hot knife through butter. More stable than some, even side chop doesn’t give me too much of an issue on this board. I would say this board is either an Expedition/Fishing board for some one smaller, or a fast touring board for Clydesdale paddlers. Given my 260lbs it floated me no problem. I would say the sweet spot for this board is between 225 and 300 though its rated up to 350 pounds. And with my height at 6’ 6”, and my reach I have no issues paddling and never hit the rails even when sprinting. The Rover tracks well, no issues with excessive turning under hard paddle.

The Rover is well made, has good stability, and really nice glide for its size with ample room if you want to load it up.

More looking to sell but might consider interesting trades.


General Discussion / Mace training to help your SUP'ing?
« on: September 06, 2016, 11:19:50 AM »
I took up Mace training a while back to help strengthen my shoulder girdle and core as a supplement to my Martial Arts Training...specifically for FMA. It really has helped bring up the strength, flexibility, and power in my strikes. The side note is its helped out a lot in my SUP'ing as well. The main thing is I have more power in my strokes from the core and my shoulders aren't getting as fatigued as they have in the past.

I was just curious if anyone else here has tried it?


General Discussion / I was just paddling along...
« on: September 06, 2016, 10:34:50 AM »
So I was just paddling along, just paddling along…on a nice warm day with a light breeze. The water had small ripples and I was heading into the sunlight. The water looked nice and clear ahead as I rounded a small island in a local cove. My stroke rate was up and I had the board planing as I hammered along, a nice thin sheet of water glistening as it flowed up over the displacement nose. I didn’t see it until the moment before it disappeared under the nose of my board… an abandoned, seaweed covered mooring line/bouy floating just below the surface of the water. No time to react really, it was there and then gone under the board in an instant.

In hindsight the thing I probably should have done was bailed off into the water. Instead I got ready for possible impact…having twin fins I figured impact was likely. One fin caught and the boards forward progress abruptly halted. Thinking this was the likely outcome I had leaned back and shifted my weight so when it caught I actually had braced my lead leg and stayed up right. I was thinking “yeah I rode it out” as I caught myself. Of course all that happened in a fraction of a second…and the next fraction of a second it broke loose and with my weight slightly back the board shot forward and I fell flat on the deck. Now, 265 pounds of me falling flat on the deck of a hollow carbon fiber board is not a good thing. Had it been tilted slightly, or if I had fallen off to one side it probably just rolled me into the water. Nope, it was flat and I hit dead center.

I composed my self, proned over to my paddle, and then headed back to shore. I didn’t notice anything until I hopped off my board and heard a sucking sound….

Well, now I need some carbon fiber love to get it patched up and back on the water.

General Discussion / Feeling the waves...
« on: July 27, 2015, 04:45:06 PM »
Full screen, turn the lights down and the volume up...


Gear Talk / Unlimiteds - Let's see them
« on: July 09, 2015, 01:21:56 PM »
Taking a shot in the dark here, but if you have (or have had) an Unlimited (longer than 14') board, post up a picture or two. Why do/did you like or dislike it and why?


General Discussion / Pushing or cutting with a displacement board?
« on: June 23, 2015, 12:24:32 PM »
I always figured the point of a displacement style boards was to cut through the water. If the nose is out of the water, then aren't you essentially "pushing" the water similar to a planing board?

I picked up the Laird last year from a pro-racing sailor who instructed me to keep the nose down just cutting into the water. I experimented with different positions on the board and that did seem to be the where I felt the most speed and glide. Even racing with friends on Javelins and other quick boards I could hold them off on this thing. Last week I was paddling with another friend who brought someone along I had not met before. This guy was pretty insistent that I move back and get the nose out of the water and the tail down more. I explained that I think I had already found the sweet spot but thanks anyway.

NE way, It just got me thinking about cutting vs pushing.


Gear Talk / Scored a brandy new Surftech RF Universal 11'6" cheap.....Why?
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:19:48 PM »
..of course there is a reason.... It has a ding from shipping.

I was looking to pick up another board for the kids to bang around and have fun on and spotted the Universal at a local shop. Figured I could work it over and get it ready for the water. This will be my first board repair so any advice of the do's and don'ts of working with it would be appreciated. I've done some searching, and watched some videos. I also spotted this repair instructional PDF from the Bic site (photos very pixilated) that seems pretty straight forward...

Here are a few shots of the ding below. So, should I dig in, or tape it up and keep an eye on it? :)


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