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Gear Talk / Re: placid? Yes and no
« on: September 21, 2021, 07:51:15 AM »
Thanks for the review.  I'm picking up my 8 10 Placid today.

Foil SUP / Re: Pacasmayo - Laird Hamilton 2021
« on: August 30, 2021, 12:45:03 PM »
Two of my friends happened to be surfing there the time Laird and Terry Chung were foiling. They couldn't get over how much farther those two were than everyone else. They  said they were surfing at least twice as far.

Random / Re: Delta Variant is here...
« on: August 13, 2021, 08:12:56 AM »
I question the accuracy of the percentage.  Both my wife and I got our first vaccinations in February. There was a shortage for our second shot so we went with a different provider than our first.  I'm sure each provider is reporting us as having two first shots and no second shot.

Random / Re: Delta Variant is here...
« on: July 30, 2021, 01:19:16 PM »
Here's something from todays New York times news letter.

Not in control
Consider these Covid-19 mysteries:

In India — where the Delta variant was first identified and caused a huge outbreak — cases have plunged over the past two months.

A similar drop may now be underway in Britain. There is no clear explanation for these declines.

In the U.S., cases started falling rapidly in early January. The decline began before vaccination was widespread and did not follow any evident changes in Americans’ Covid attitudes.

In March and April, the Alpha variant helped cause a sharp rise in cases in the upper Midwest and Canada. That outbreak seemed poised to spread to the rest of North America — but did not.

This spring, caseloads were not consistently higher in parts of the U.S. that had relaxed masking and social distancing measures (like Florida and Texas) than in regions that remained vigilant.

Large parts of Africa and Asia still have not experienced outbreaks as big as those in Europe, North America and South America.

‘Much, much milder’

Over the course of this pandemic, I have found one of my early assumptions especially hard to shake. It’s one that many other people seem to share — namely, that a virus always keeps spreading, eventually infecting almost the entire population, unless human beings take actions to stop it. And this idea does have crucial aspects of truth. Social distancing and especially vaccination can save lives.

But much of the ebb and flow of a pandemic cannot be explained by changes in human behavior. That was true with influenza a century ago, and it is true with Covid now. An outbreak often fizzles mysteriously, like a forest fire that fails to jump from one patch of trees to another.

Random / Re: Delta Variant is here...
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:22:55 AM »

Random / Re: Delta Variant is here...
« on: July 29, 2021, 11:54:11 AM »
Now I certainly did not plan on giving the impression that...
the unvaccinated are nothing but idiotic disease ridden vermin
But I have yet to hear a logical reason why a person would chose to not be vaccinated.

So, do you believe the average county health worker is nothing but idiotic healthy vermin.

Random / Re: Delta Variant is here...
« on: July 28, 2021, 07:12:04 PM »
Bottom line: latest data suggests that unsymptomatic spreaders of the delta variant can be vaccinated or unvaccinated so adjust your fear accordingly.

The a vaccinations are extremely effective in preventing people from catching Covid but a few do catch it and can spread it. Dealing with a only vaccinated people greatly reduces the odds that you'll be dealing with an infective person. Also, only dealing with vaccinated people insures you're dealing with people that have some common scene. In other words, I want to avoid unvaccinated people for more reasons than being safe.

Random / Re: Delta Variant is here...
« on: July 28, 2021, 08:33:21 AM »
Except the business is not legally allowed to ask it's employee's if they are vaccinated I thought.

Not sure about that.  There is talk about requiring employees to either be vaccinated or recently tested. Also, I stated it as voluntarily.  The point is, I'll chose a restaurant where all of their employees are vaccinated over one with a low rate.

Random / Re: Delta Variant is here...
« on: July 28, 2021, 08:02:58 AM »
I think that all public businesses should voluntarily post a sign that states the percentage of how many of their employees are vaccinated. I have a right to know if a restaurant's, retail store, dentist's office, what ever, business's employees are vaccinated. I can then use that information to determine how safe I'll feel using that business.

Gear Talk / Re: if you could only have one board (2021 version)
« on: July 21, 2021, 07:38:40 AM »
I ride my 8 10 Sunova Speed 95% of the time. There are very few conditions I'd doesn't do well in.

General Discussion / Re: Reef Rash leads to Illness
« on: July 13, 2021, 04:21:20 PM »
Reef rash can be very dangerous. Coral lives in salty warm water and your bloodstream is very similar environment. You need to kill anything coral like that enters your skin. Coral is very easy to kill with ammonia, peroxide, or lime juice. When I got coral cuts in the Maldives, they doused me with vinegar.

Gear Talk / Re: Water Shoes
« on: July 13, 2021, 10:52:42 AM »
I need to wear orthotics inside my booties due to several foot problems I have. Oneill superfreaks don't work because they seem to wear out the soles quickly and become slippery. I currently use Body Glove Men's 3T Barefoot Cinch Water Shoe which I get at Amazon for about $40.  They work great, but they fall apart sooner than I think they should. I'm still looking for the right ones, but the 3T's seem the best right now.

NJS, thank you
Which Placid ? The 8 10 is 135.3 lts and the 9 1 is 146.8 lts

That’s awesome Mike sounds like a great time!

Can you pm me on your thoughts of the Placid?  Thanks

Please post instead,  no secrets here

General Discussion / Re: Good article on balance
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:50:42 AM »
For those that can't access the article, I did a copy/paste of some of the verbiage. This will be disjointed, but here are some of the key points in the article.
Perturbation-based balance training might be one of the most versatile fitness techniques you’ve never heard of. Touted as a way to prevent falls among older adults and those with neurological conditions, it can also help recreational and elite athletes avoid injury and speed up rehabilitation.

How PBT works
According to Robert Donatelli, a Las Vegas-based physical therapist whose patients include professional athletes, Olympians and older adults with neurological impairments, balance largely depends on three factors: vestibular performance, or the functioning of the structures in the inner ear that give your brain information about your position; vision; and proprioception, a.k.a. kinesthesia, or your body’s ability to sense where your limbs are in space and how much force they’ll need to generate for a given movement. If you challenge any one of these systems — by standing on an unsteady surface, for example, or closing your eyes or moving your limbs — “it will make the others work harder,” Donatelli says.

 PBT, the challenges are made to a person’s reactive balance control (the kind that helps you recover when you start to fall), rather than a person’s anticipatory balance control, which helps you maintain balance.

Challenges differ based on fitness levels. For recreational athletes, PBT could involve standing on one leg for 30 seconds with their eyes closed. Elite athletes, however, might do the same and have no problem maintaining their balance; in this case, they might need to move to an unstable surface, such as a Bosu ball, and stand on one leg and catch or kick a ball to test their reactive balance.
He cites a study that found that college soccer players who included perturbation exercises in their warm-ups reduced their injury rates by nearly half compared with those who did not.

According to Wilk, “the airplane” is a classic move with variations to meet different ability levels. Stand on one leg with a slight bend in your knee. With your arms outstretched, hinge forward from your hips. When your back is almost parallel to the floor, extend your arms out to your sides and twist your trunk in either direction, as if you’re “landing the plane.”

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