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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:30:49 PM »
Have you biked pisgah, bent creek, or tsali yet?

Not yet, but those are on my to do list.  Since I live at Col Beatty, I mostly hop on my bike and make a lap or two there.   I've ridden Sherman Branch, Whitewater Center, Anne Springs and other local Charlotte trails, but I am looking forward to going to the mountains for some more intense action.  I'm actually not a very good mountain biker.

Neither am I, as I currently donít have a bike.  Iím not familiar with those Charlotte trailsó-are they hilly?  Lots of variety here in WNC, so you can build up to the crazy Pisgah trails.
Also, from Charlotte it should only be around 5 1/2 - 6 hours to the OBX.  I can get there from Asheville in 7.5 if I push it.  But, since youíd want to go further down Hatteras to get the waves, I guess it would take 45 minutes or so longer.

General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 16, 2019, 12:54:17 PM »
Have you biked pisgah, bent creek, or tsali yet?

Random / Goggles and masks?
« on: June 12, 2019, 04:15:03 PM »
Can anyone suggest good goggles or masks for ocean use?  Next time Iím at the beach, I want to do some underwater exploration.  Polarized would be a big plus.

General Discussion / Re: Another shark bite in NC
« on: June 11, 2019, 01:53:36 PM »
Hey Spirit, on the face of it (cheesy pun intended) it does sound a little cruel, but in fact, the hook will usually rust it's way out pretty quickly.  Maybe better than risking limbs and creating a larger exit wound.
Right, I guess donít give up an arm to retrieve the hook.  👍

General Discussion / Re: Another shark bite in NC
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:07:12 AM »
Are Bull Sharks "even" good to eat?

I've only had Mako, but stopped years ago in hopes of a mutual understanding.  So far, so good...
Most sharks are good to eat with a major caveat about cleaning very quickly because they urinate through their skin. A lot of sharks are protected here (in NC). Pretty much all the large pelagic sharks are off limits, but you can keep any size of coastal sharks and I forget if there is even a limit on them. I release them. Sometimes I let them keep the hook and a few feet of line as a souvenir.

That seems a little cruel, right?  Maybe keep the hook and line?

Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:15:57 AM »
Wow!  Youíve got a great talent!

Random / Re: Maui Shark Fatality
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:46:31 AM »
This is to Pono,
I understand statistics a little, and I think that you could spend every day in the water in Hawaii and Oregon and not get hit.  However, the east coast of the U.S. is different.  The locals know there are bull sharks in the water and they generally do not wade in very deep.  I think if you spent every day swimming for an hour outside of the surf zone in the Carolinas or Georgia you would not last long.

It surprises me that diving the wrecks and artificial reefs is as popular as it is here in NC. It's not crazy popular, but there are a few dive shops and people that go regularly. There are even a few spear fishermen; if that's not asking for trouble, I am not sure what is. We just had a near shore attack the other day. But there are people who swim out past the breakers pretty much daily. It only increases the odds from essentially zero to almost zero.

Are you at the Outer Banks?  Are you talking about the Atlantic Beach incident?  If I were a diver, Iíd dive the wrecks for sure, just because it would be so cool.  Whenever I go to the beach from WNC, Iím always afraid of sharks.  I get in, but I donít go out far and I donít splash around a lot.  I know that not doing those things really guarantees nothing. 
Itís interesting that the last three ďattacksĒ (I donít like calling shark incidents attacks) that I know of in NC were teens.  The one on Sunday, and two in 16 or 17.
There are probably more that I donít know about.

Random / Re: Maui Shark Fatality
« on: June 03, 2019, 05:01:06 PM »
A teenager lost her leg and some fingers to a shark on Sunday at Atlantic Beach.  Her father punched it in the head several times to get it to let go.  She is still an advocate for sharks.

Very cool article, Jim. Scary stuff we are facing.
I particularly liked this comment-

Humans have always treated the ocean like an infinite garbage dump, especially with plastic garbage. The use of extremely loud sonar underwater for oil exploration and naval exercises can and does maim and kill marine mammals who use biosonar to find food and communicate. The uber loud sonar can literally cause internal bleeding and drive them into a frenzy in attempts to get away from it. Climate change is is the third prong in humankind's horrific mismanagement of our planet. We are to blame for all of this. We made the mess; we need to fix it.


General Discussion / Re: as if shark encounters aren't enough...
« on: June 03, 2019, 01:11:37 PM »
Ahhhh.....glad to get educated!  Knowing there are cottonmouths in the SE sounds, my mind just went there.  😄😄

General Discussion / Re: as if shark encounters aren't enough...
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:51:07 AM »
...on top of obnoxious snakes already in the lineup!   Jeeez...


Are you talking about water moccasins?

General Discussion / Re: Storing boards in PODS container
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:50:11 AM »
I donít want to hijack the thread, but itís relevant, I think.  If a board is going to be sitting for several months, what position is the best way to store it?  On straps (like the Suspenz SUP rack), on two ďarmsĒ (like a flat rack), on its side on foam blocks, upright on its tail, or...???

Classifieds / Re: Wanted- Ke Nalu Shaft
« on: June 01, 2019, 05:02:42 PM »
Pm sent

Gear Talk / Re: Finjak
« on: June 01, 2019, 08:53:11 AM »
Has anyone tried theirs yet?

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