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One reason why many indigenous societies have a history of being respectful of the earth and its people is due to their use of entheogens which has slowly been spreading into western culture over the last half-century.

Excellent review DJ. Very useful info.

Looks good DJ.  I'd love to hear more details about how it is different.  Advantages/disadvantages.


A friend of mine put a SUP WINDer keel on his soft-top SUP and it works great for going upwind.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Winging
« on: July 26, 2021, 08:43:32 AM »
This guy did it on his windfoil board.

Foil SUP / Re: Starting with SUPfoiling or prone?
« on: July 25, 2021, 04:05:31 AM »
Learning to surf on a foil with no prior surfing experience would be next to impossible and extremely dangerous.

SUP surfing is easier to learn than prone surfing. SUP will also be easier to foil after you learn to surf. Learning to surf will likely take a year or two depending on how old you are and how often you practice.


When cruising the Damariscotta in my sailboat, I did notice some strong currents in places. Nearly as strong as the Piscataqua as I recall. I only went upriver as far as your cove.

If you want some extremely fast current with an element of danger, check out the Sasanoa River. It actually has rapids at certain times of the tide.

Oven Mouth is a smaller one. The current in the round basin to the east continuously spins in a circle like a big whirlpool, then rips through the cut where it exits.

MacMahan Island has a good one that is so fast, you can actually see and feel the drop in elevation as you drop through it.

I took my sailboat through all three. In each one, there is a point where there is no going back and you have to commit. Wherever the current is extremely strong, the vessel going downstream has the right of way.

I cruised the coast of Maine for 20 years. After a while, you start looking for places like this just to make it interesting.

Hey Badger, thanks for the message..ya it's lovely up here as you know having sailed up here.  I am looking forward to paddling down the river from Damariscotta to our dock with outgoing tide.     

Damariscotta is only 8 miles upriver from your house. If you time it right, you should be able to paddle there on the incoming tide and back home on the outgoing tide in less than two hours getting a huge boost from the current.

Wow Don, that looks like a great spot. You are very lucky to have a place right on the water.  I'll bet there are places to foil around Boothbay for every wind direction. You might even be able to use the current in those rivers to your advantage.

The one time I cruised up the Damariscotta River in my sailboat, I anchored right near Burnham Cove and spent the night on the NW side of Carlisle Point which I believe is the point just across the cove in the video.

I just subscribed to your YouTube channel. I'd love to see more videos from Maine.


Gear Talk / Re: if you could only have one board (2021 version)
« on: July 21, 2021, 07:46:02 AM »
I started in 2013 and have gone through about a dozen boards over the years looking for the perfect board. The 8'10 Sunova Flow is by far the best all-around surf SUP I've ever owned. It's long enough to have good glide in small waves yet short enough to rip when it's overhead.

I'll be 64 next month. These days I prefer my sessions to be more casual, i.e. less work/less falling. The 31" width is very stable for me in the chop but it never feels overly wide on clean days.

Many boards in the 8' range have too much volume for people under 200 lbs. I like that Sunova makes them a bit leaner.

The new Casey/Flow looks fantastic.  The 8'8 would be perfect for you at 190 lbs.


General Discussion / Re: Is anyone just SUP Surfing anymore?
« on: July 19, 2021, 01:12:42 PM »
I'm in transition.  I recently got a wing foil. I had to sell two boards to pay for it so I'm down to just one SUP. I'm hoping to SUP surf on clean days, wing foil when it's windy, and possibly do some SUP foiling as well. I've heard that foiling can mess with your SUP surfing ability so we will see how that goes.

Two beginner sessions in on the foil and now the wind has died with no wind in the forecast. Very little surf to speak of either. For times like this, I have an electric skateboard as backup.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Bubble Trouble
« on: July 08, 2021, 03:53:38 PM »
Actually, my board is the GS construction, not the carbon. I just noticed the different tread pattern on the deck pad.

Let us know how it goes if you go through the warranty process.

I like the through handle.  Here's a good shot of the tail.  Click the pic to zoom in.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Bubble Trouble
« on: July 08, 2021, 11:20:47 AM »
It might be that they didn't clean the deck properly before sticking down the pad.  If there was any dust or grease on the deck in spots, the pad would not adhere well and start to lift.  Once air or moisture gets in, it then might expand with temperature fluctuations.

I can't imagine a crack having enough pressure behind it to lift the pad as long as the vent is working properly nor would I expect a delam bubble to rise so quickly.  Delams usually happen at a slow pace.  Also, the deck is the strongest part of the board aside from the foil box.  If it took a hit hard enough to crack it, there would likely be visible damage to the pad.  My guess is that the problem is with the deck pad not sticking and not the board itself, but I could be wrong.

I have the same board. So far no problems, but I've only used it a few times.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Bubble Trouble
« on: July 08, 2021, 06:58:18 AM »
If it's just the pad rising up, the first thing I would do is take a knifepoint or something sharp and puncture it. Then try to push it back down. If it stays down, problem solved.

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