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Messages - Luc Benac

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It's getting harder to stay in shape, but it isn't that hard.

I just look at the likes of Larry Cain and Ned Overend and feel suitably inspired.

Absolutely but they are also professional athletes with the time available and the professional dedication. It is a different set of priorities than a full time demanding job. Their bodies is also part of their CV.

Agreed. I think the point here though is not that age ruins your body as a cliff edge at, say, age 50 - its that people lifestyle changes at some point to speed up the decline. In my case, I do 12-14 hours exercise per week across 2-3 sports. I don't think that will be sustainable when I'm 60. Therefore, I'm goingto lose some of my physicality because of that. The sacrifice and commitment for such a lifestyle is not to be underestimated.

Most definitely. And this is both physically and mentally. I trained and competed at low level for 20 years in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Stopped at 42 because both the mind and body could not handle anymore the focus and dedication. I do power yoga now :-) In parallel seniority and responsibility work-wise grew. So it was a kind of yin-yang balance.

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It's getting harder to stay in shape, but it isn't that hard.

I just look at the likes of Larry Cain and Ned Overend and feel suitably inspired.

Absolutely but they are also professional athletes with the time available and the professional dedication. It is a different set of priorities than a full time demanding job. Their bodies is also part of their CV.

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Yes that is a very good looking board, but it would look better in burnt orange :-) Just kidding.
Is it the standard Sidewinder Mark II design with a custom paint or also custom shape?
I am not quite sold on the paint design in the production board to be frank.

I am trying to convince the new JL distributor here that she needs to bring a Sidewinder II for demo and she is trying to convince me that I should just buy one....

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Hysterical, but it's pointless:
I heard that same line when I was 20 (wait until you are in your 30's), when I was 30 (wait 'til you turn 40), and when I was 50 (just wait...). Well, guess what: I am still waiting. Surely, and there's no doubt in my mind, that EVENTUALLY, "they" will be right.

It's getting harder to stay in shape, but it isn't that hard.

Sure but it takes a lot more determination and focused effort to keep a well defined six-pack as you get older with a few exceptions. More importantly, it does not really matter as much to oneself, as long as you have a strong core, if it translates in a young man look or just a fit middle age look.

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The key thing really is whether this board prompts any changes in the industry. I think it will.... but not from everyone.

I am with you there. I cannot care less if he or anybody else for that matter win a sprint or a flat water race (no offense intended to UKGM). I do care if the benefit of a "new" construction type spread to some great all-water/downwind/touring designs. I might not know it yet but a 16' super durable, light and under $2,000 Maliko and SIC RS or same might be in the card soon with production boards in abundance and even a second hand market.

But no I would not qualify the current Nelo offering as great designs for my purpose nor attractive pricing. It might change in the future or technologies might be applied by other brands which already have the designs, who knows.

Just having my Ace-GT drop from 31 lbs to 26 lbs would do wonder for my back and shoulders :-)

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But if big fat old lumps like ukgm start doing well on the board then maybe I should pay attention ;) :)

Hey ! - I can still see my abs at 43 !! (although I'd kill for being able to enjoy a biscuit anytime soon.....)

So was I, wait ten more years and they do loose a lot of definition :-)

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Lucky i didn't say our hollow board was 25% quicker and 50% lighter and a 23 is as stable as a 28 wide or i feel i might mot have been believed in this thread!!  ;D ;D

This is a difficult audience. But overall more polite than the Breeze. As soon as the proof is in the pudding with several experienced users non-affiliated to a brand vouching for a design or model, then there is a captive audience and support is forthcoming without the need for any BS :-)

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I think some very exciting times are ahead on this front as it is a risk to go go Hollow and if you have a shit shape or want to update your models every year then it might not work so well but for us we have been running 18 to 24 month board cycles so we think this can give us enough  time to make the investment worth it or at least pay for me and Ang to come and visit most of our overseas paddling friends.

I can sympathise with that in terms of business. It would make sense to look at a proven and successful shape and make small changes only to accommodate the difference in construction to rationalize the investment. I would not like to try this with a shape that is till in full evolution. This woudl apply to both hollow or "customs".

As an example, I believe that the Naish Maliko is now a proven and successful design and would be a good base for some level of experimentation keeping the original DNA like for example going to 16' for a production board. I am sure that other example would come to mind regarding going hollow.

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If you don't believe it, ask photofr who's now pretty much giving his board away at 1900 euros.

Or Ludovic might be keeping his favorite board and we can expect a new trend of videos where he down-wind with Zoltan. Kind of British-French "entente cordiale" event, unless Brexit prevents it and the border closes :-). SO expect to see the "Nelo run" soon on your screens. As a photographer, I am sure that Ludovic will go the extra mile to provide impeccable imagery.

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2) With SUP being my second sport, I would be more competitive first if i just paddled more than I do. No board size is going to make up for the fact that I only paddle 4 hours a week and even then its typically as a rest day from my cycling.

Problem solved for Bryce. Also come in a hollow construction with checker stripe.

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General Discussion / Re: HOT Chicks on Stand Up Paddle Boards!
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:51:32 PM »
And she is not smiling, everybody paddling should be smiling. She looks like she is having colic.

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Have not tried it yet but knowing Norm, I am sure that it is a board made for that and he commented as much.

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I would not mind a performance/fast light touring board. A kind of Glide Light or Javelin de-tuned. Pretty much a SIC RS with a tad less volume but without the race moniker to it, so it becomes available on the second hand market :-)
And that is something that could work well with the hollow construction of Nelo. They just have to go wider and make some nicer, cleaner lines. Simple is best.

The JL Sidewinder 14 x 27 has a bit less volume than the SIC RS 14 x 26 and would be very close to the same weight in the more durable signature construction. Just no used ones popping up in BC yet. The Sunova Allwater 14 x 27 may be a bit more volume than what you would want. I noticed Sunova has a new touring/expedition board in multiple widths that Norm Hann helped develop. The 14 x 28.5 would probably be a fairly quick touring board but is higher volume.

I was paddling with Norm this morning and he mentioned that he really like the touring board even in 28.5. the nose profile is less deep than their other board, which I like.
There is also some talk for the AllAround (orange nose, flat deck) to lower the deck so the thing doe snot feel like a bloody cork. I wanted to try the touring board in 27" but the weight has been stopping me. This year it look slike the weight is considerable down so....

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I would not mind a performance/fast light touring board. A kind of Glide Light or Javelin de-tuned. Pretty much a SIC RS with a tad less volume but without the race moniker to it, so it becomes available on the second hand market :-)
And that is something that could work well with the hollow construction of Nelo. They just have to go wider and make some nicer, cleaner lines. Simple is best.

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Im sorry to see Naish winding down their commitment to SUP racing.

As long as they keep their commitment to serious paddlers and keep a line of performance hard boards like the Maliko with a good construction and an affordable price.
Now if they go to inflatable only then....

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