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Random / Re: The new Funmobile
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:44:25 AM »
Every time I am on Maui (see you in June) my wife rents a mini van and I am always like "This piece of shit is so functional, easy to drive and really easy to park!"

I think for that island it is the perfect vehicle for most people. Can get around the Kahului Costco parking lot, parallel park in Paia and hold all your gear inside. Plus sliding doors let you open them up and take a nap at any roadside park with a nice breeze.

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Random / Re: I should never look at Facebook on Veterans Day
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:23:21 AM »
I can follow PBill’s logic. There is nothing wrong with all of this fake thanking, but it is annoying. We thank everyone for their service, but some guys don’t really need much thanking. My cousin Rob went into the Navy and got out after 4 years with a drug habit. He learned how to dab paint on pipe lagging. He never saw any action but was able to meet interesting prostitutes throughout the Pacific (I guess that is some action). My cousin Rob LOVES to be thanked for his service.  He responds to every Facebook message with things like “it was my honor.” Not surprising he got on lifetime disability (back) at the ripe age of 28 for an injury sustained while delivering pizzas!

All of that stuff is properly labeled virtue signaling. It has something to do with endorphins and narcissism. “Look at me, I took 5 seconds to publicly thank veterans, fire fighters, police , etc on my social media, just so you know I’m pure.” I agree that folks who put themselves at risk for the greater good deserve our praise and thanks, but I’m not sure the value of it on social media. I have massive respect for these folks and will gladly show it when possible, in person or donation.

I also agree with SanoSS. Thanking folks for doing their paid job is weird to me. I understand people take these jobs to service the greater good, but they get paid for the risk. I have seen Facebook posts thanking Linemen for their service, because of storms etc. The whole thing needs a reset. If you are going to thank someone for a paid job thank Child Protective Service workers (they have some of the most traumatic work for very low pay), thank volunteer youth coaches and mentors, thank drug and alcohol counselors, thank adoptive families. These jobs are criminally underpaid and have a very direct impact not only on those who they serve but who do them.

I have a friend who loves this virtue signalling stuff, every week she buys a message t-shirt and post a picture with the message. Now, by and large there is no harm in it, but I know she does not live up to the messages she posts. How could she? Social media is blatantly hypocritical and false. The good old days where forums like this one were the main social media format were much better. Likely because the folks in the forums have a commonality, which broader social media does not.



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Random / Re: How long is your ride to the water?
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:34:00 AM »
39 miles to Westport WA. There are 3 well known breaks there and I usually hit one of those. Can leave the house and be walking into the break in about 50 minutes. If I have my girls with me it is usually about 1.5 hours. Turn around for forgot booties, Starbucks, bathroom, etc.

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General Discussion / Re: Surfboard rental in Newport Beach
« on: November 11, 2019, 04:29:47 PM »
I'm not from CA, but have been a tourist in Newport Beach, I rented from Frog House and surfed prone at Blackies (beginner break with a big parking lot north of the NB pier). Its really crowded but a great intro to crowded CA surf. There are a lot of newbs so even if you get vibed it will only be by a grumpy longboarder who wakes up every day to surf one of the most crowded breaks in the state and is pissed off that it is crowded. I also surfed in front of the basketball courts south of there, not sure the street number. That was definitely not a beginner break, it was less crowded but I caught less waves because nearly every surfer there was better and more local than me and I was scratchin up the scraps.

Along those lines, can anyone recommend a surf charter/guide for south OCounty? I have a trip in the spring but it is really limited on time and I won't have time to gather boards/suits, go to the beach, set up, figure out the lineup, surf, return equipment, etc. I have 3 daughters and they are all advanced beginners who will be surfing with me. Would like it if I could find someone who can just meet at the beach with the equipment, give us a run down of the line up and get out there.
Girls? Here's your link http://www.girlinthecurl.com/ Really good surf people. Been there for years.

Cool, thank you. I will get ahold of them. I have 3 daughters 11, 13 and 16. All of them paddle out, catch green waves, and trim down the line well enough. The 11 and 16 are starting to make turns but the 13 is getting more into boogie boarding (because the middle child always has to be different). She still hangs in the lineup with us, but on a different ride.

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General Discussion / Re: Surfboard rental in Newport Beach
« on: November 11, 2019, 09:30:01 AM »
I'm not from CA, but have been a tourist in Newport Beach, I rented from Frog House and surfed prone at Blackies (beginner break with a big parking lot north of the NB pier). Its really crowded but a great intro to crowded CA surf. There are a lot of newbs so even if you get vibed it will only be by a grumpy longboarder who wakes up every day to surf one of the most crowded breaks in the state and is pissed off that it is crowded. I also surfed in front of the basketball courts south of there, not sure the street number. That was definitely not a beginner break, it was less crowded but I caught less waves because nearly every surfer there was better and more local than me and I was scratchin up the scraps.

Along those lines, can anyone recommend a surf charter/guide for south OCounty? I have a trip in the spring but it is really limited on time and I won't have time to gather boards/suits, go to the beach, set up, figure out the lineup, surf, return equipment, etc. I have 3 daughters and they are all advanced beginners who will be surfing with me. Would like it if I could find someone who can just meet at the beach with the equipment, give us a run down of the line up and get out there.

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Random / Re: NOAA Admin + Trump
« on: September 09, 2019, 01:49:42 PM »
This thread title is homophobic, and what is it about anyway? Sharpiegate, or diverting money from FEMA to the Border?

I think that Trump is obviously nationalist in his worldview, and if you believe that he is rrrracist, mysoginist and all the other ists pretty easy to jump to Fascist. But to make that work you have to believe that Trump has an overarching political scheme, and I just don't think he has that much of a rudder.

My opinion is that he has a massive ego, and the morals of an alley cat. Couple that with the fact that he has always behaved as a bully I can see the director of NOAA being pushed around easily. One thing a bureau-lifer understands is superior force.

Also, R presidents have bungled nearly every natural disaster as far back as I remember. Sharpie gate is at least hilarious.

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Random / Re: Alt Meat
« on: August 28, 2019, 01:53:12 PM »
I can eat a lot of grains, pasta, etc and feel fine, I just gain weight fast when doing it. So I gave up bread so I can still drink beer. Fair trade.




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Random / Re: Alt Meat
« on: August 27, 2019, 12:59:36 PM »
The best way to look at it is if even 20% of the Whopper eaters in the world decide the impossible whopper is their go-to burger that is going to have a major impact on the cattle industry. The Whopper and the Big Mac make up a huge percentage of the daily beef consumption in the world. Consumers have the option, and once this market begins to crack innovation will follow making better tasting and more realistic meats. Hamburger drives the cattle production market, this could actually result in higher quality cattle for the steak/roast market.

I firmly believe that the energy crisis will be solved by the free market. This is yet another example of innovation that moves the 'green' needle in a big way. Far more than any proclamation or study.

As for me, I love red meat (I mean really love it), but I am lucky to live in a rural area. My friends raise beef on their small farms and sell it to me, I hunt and kill a lot of my meals (ungulate and waterfowl), Salmon will run the rivers near my house providing a protein source I can obtain locally. Last Sunday I canned 80 jars of Albacore I caught 25 miles offshore a couple days prior.

Also, cats are gross. We have a couple and I have watched them eat huge stinky rats, snakes and yesterday one of them ate most of a tortilla. I bet a cat could easily be tricked to eat alt meat. A dog like a Labrador eats rocks and actual shit, they would have no problem with alt meat.


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Random / Re: Lotsa health propaganda coming for 2020
« on: August 08, 2019, 12:06:28 PM »

Seems like the feds are going to approve a national red flag bill. Lindsey Graham is heading it up, Trump is in support of it as well as some Rs and most Ds..

I think the point is that someone can get their guns taken away in much the same way as you can get a restraining order. Family member, girlfriend etc tells the court and somehow the guns get into the hands of the government.

Easy enough to write the law I suppose, but imagine being at the point of the spear (police officer)having to somehow get all of the guns from someone that is dangerous.

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General Discussion / Re: what to do when you find yourself on the reef
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:23:41 AM »
Just saw this over the weekend. Poor guy couldn't resist the inside section and paid the price. Imagine if he had a 9' SUP and a paddle to deal with.

Starts at 4:30.

http://youtu.be/U0EAdnK2bRk?t=270


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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Delta - Baggage Fee Waived
« on: July 19, 2019, 09:46:28 AM »
Alaska does not charge for board bags anymore either. We just went to and from Maui with a double board bag (surf not sup), with no fees and no problems. However, I learned from this forum and Ponobill that you can just give a healthy tip the skycaps/porters at the terminal drop off and everything is taken care of for ya. I try to tip at least $40 if they are handling surfboards, and they typically take every bag you don't want to have in hand before you enter the terminal. Last time headed home we had a big box of pineapples, surfboards, plus a bunch of overstuffed luggage, two of which exceeded 50#, so I gave the guy $100 and we checked nothing ourselves.

It is the only part of the airport that feels like it is still a service based industry.


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General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones guy does SUP board...
« on: July 17, 2019, 01:20:46 PM »
My middle daughter's two closest friends are Hawaiian twins, and the twins Dad is a screenwriter. He is pretty close with Momoa, and has nothing but good things to say about him.

He looks like a pretty good SUP surfer for learning so late in life, but athletically speaking he is on another level - so it makes sense.

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Just got done with 2 weeks on Maui. You have to be careful in a small few of the west side spots when the tide is out. Worst case scenario I have done is turn the board over, lay prone, stuff paddle blade under chest and paddle/pull yourself along by hand. I like that as you are in pretty good control of the board and can get over whitewash without much drama.  You are probably only 6" below the surface with this method. The leash can be a problem if you stop or get knocked back long enough for it to sink. This is something I have learned from riding a long board with 10" single fins.

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General Discussion / Re: Mental Tricks
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:28:24 AM »
I have noticed that surfing is a rhythm sport. Seems like the days that you are 'on' you just have the rhythm of the spot wired. You are are reading the crowd, the waves, current and other factors and getting into good positions for the waves and rides you want.

I suppose better surfers can force the action, but I find that if I am blowing waves, missing peaks, picking close outs, etc that I need to sit outside and watch for a while to see if I am missing some key point. I surfed the last 2 weeks straight and it was interesting to see how different factors affected the line up.

I was trading waves with 4 other surfers at a good right the other day. I had the crowd sorted in my head. One fellow was a beginner and could not go right, so I would take the same wave as him sometimes, one guy blew about 50% of his waves, so I could watch his positioning and take waves that he blew, the other 2 guys knew the spot better than me so I could watch them for positioning cues. I was having a great session. Then a new guy came out who went for every wave. He was a good surfer and basically was of the mind set that he would go for every wave. He messed up the rhythm of the lineup and my session turned sour.

So, I sat outside and watched and noticed that he never back paddled unless it was his turn at the peak, but he would paddle for every wave from just inside the pack. Annoying as it was, he basically was testing the line up and if someone blew a wave he had it. I'm not a really aggressive surfer, so I backed off a couple of waves where he did that to me, but after watching a minute I figured out what the new guy was up to and  got it going again. I would just turn and take my waves, and without fail he would be there 10' to the right paddling too, once I had the wave, I would chirp and he would back off.

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Share the Stoke / Re: Take a Kid SUP'ing
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:39:35 AM »
This is awesome. I have a 16, 13 and 11 year old daughters and they all love to surf but none of them will try to SUP surf at all. I am going to show them Ruby charging this heavy wave.

We will be in Maui next week so I hope I can get them to try a few SUP waves.

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