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With his power, low body fat, and stamina, he should do very well on it.

He'd do well on a skimboard or pretty much anything else for that matter but that's not the point.

From the looks of it, he has a smaller frame than yours Photo, 135 if I had to guess. Having close knowledge of this board you'd know
that it doesn't play to your strength. Yes, he's much stronger and skilled but you'd have to think it puts him in immediate disadvantage,
especially on flat water where bigger stronger paddlers can jump on a 21" board no problem. Should be interesting.

General Discussion / Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:40:29 AM »
Hi Ride,

The free version is ready for full productions.  It outpaces the paid competition in so many ways (native RAW editing being a big one).  Color correction is in a league of its own.  I would strongly suggest that you download it.

Thx for the tip! Definitely something to explore.

General Discussion / Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
« on: January 14, 2019, 06:12:55 AM »
Great video! If you are on Mac try Final Cut X. Beats the crap out of Adobe offering. Frankly I am a little irritated with adobe offerings as of lately and I use their stuff daily.


Great video & Perfect tune (yours I assume).
It's hard justify the cost of Premiere with the results you're getting with current toolbox.

Gear Talk / Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:38:03 PM »
The Kialoa/Werner "partnership" won't be clear since both are privately-held companies. It sounds odd, and generally in business, odd doesn't last. If it's not an acquisition then the natural tensions between competing companies will mount. I know that at least some of Kialoa's production used to be from an independent composite manufacturing company in Bingen, Washington, across the river from Hood River. I don't know how much was done there recently. At one time Werner had a fairly deep technical bench, but I thought that went away about a decade ago. Trying to understand what's going on at privately held companies is like reading tea leaves, but generally, announcements like this are not good news.

As far as I understand it is an acquisition. Werner is taking on the production of the Kialoa brand. Meg and Dave will
take on sales, marketing and community outreach. Whether it is good or bad news I guess time will tell.

Gear Talk / Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:50:45 PM »
I see that A10, the BP Hydro (their race paddle) is also 8 deg and also comes in a 78sq in blade.

In that case you can add Werner Rip Stick at 7 degree and 79sqi to the party.
And don't forget that ZRE offers 0-15 offset option to choose from any size from 60-135sqi.

Gear Talk / Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« on: January 11, 2019, 08:02:58 AM »
From my personal viewpoint, it seems that QB paddles are more visible in racing than any other brand at the moment.  Perhaps the new business combination might serve to level that out a bit.

In the dragon boat market you have other players like ZRE and Hornet - who by the way make a pretty good low-cost SUP paddle.

It certainly seems like a good play. That's why I think it's more of a acquihire. Though it does seem Werner has a big hole in their Outrigger game which Kialoa can fill along with
a loyal customer base. I'm just more curious about Kialoa sup offerings, quite different design concept which I favor over Werner's.

BTW, there was a big push for the Hornet on the last NYC SEA paddle. They even have a SEA specific model. Have you tried one? What are your thoughts about this paddle?

Gear Talk / Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« on: January 11, 2019, 06:12:55 AM »
Thanks burchas, I guess the 8 degree blade angle makes sense for someone who paddles aggressively in a very bent-forward position because the are pulling the paddle more vertically.  Maybe not for me, since Iím more of a vertical paddler.

Did you hear that Kialoa and Werner are now combined?

I'm not sure what to make of it. Sounds a lot like a acquihire to get Werner into Outrigger / Dragon boat markets.
These are the only segments they don't overlap.

Will be interesting to see if they'll keep the brand separate or just swallow it in a year or so and just keep the moniker on certain products.

Gear Talk / Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:03:19 PM »
Anyone using (or tested) the Ewalu lately?

Yes. Very aggressive paddle, Super stiff.  They weren't kidding around with this one. Only had couple
of hours on it. Not enough time to adjust and realize the benefits (if any) of an 8 degrees blade.

Gear Talk / Re: Best paddle for surfing.
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:32:09 PM »
ZRE are not currently available in the UK, as far as I can determine, and if I get a custom t-handle paddle shipped to me here, it will cost not far off twice the local price of eg. a QB hybrid v-drive, which I think youíll agree is excessive. Shipping and taxes are very prohibitive here, unfortunately. Maybe if there was a local distributor, but our market for top end paddles may not be big enough.

As far as I remember they ship regularly to the UK. Check with Ryan James and crew in your area.
as for personal shipping and taxes, If you ship it in a configuration like mine (3 pieces) the cost is much

Gear Talk / Re: Best paddle for surfing.
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:53:47 AM »
How would you compare the ZRE to your Hulu and Trifecta (for distance racing) Burchas?

The Hulu at 87sqi is too big for my taste for distance racing. It also has a recoil that doesn't work
well with my race stroke. I like it for downwind.

ZRE has more bite and balanced stroke thus getting same results with a smaller blade (80sqi=86sqi Trifecta)
Works well for long distance. It's less prone to cavitation when tired (ZRE 90sqi and up blades has a lot more flutter though)

A while ago I rounded the tip my of ZRE 85 bring it down 2 about 82sqi so the catch is as soft as the Trifecta but the power is still there.
I use the Trifecta mainly as backup and a loaner.

As for the shaft, ZRE are superior to all of them. Has a lot to do with my personal taste for the oval and the fact I can ask for whatever
flex level I want from my shaft. Not to mention that with the kevlar wrapped shaft option, you get the a really nice fabric like texture which
is very nice and grippy.

Too bad they have a shitty website and zero ability to market all their advantages, but I guess they don't care as business always seems to be good.

Gear Talk / Re: Best paddle for surfing.
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:02:52 AM »
Wow, that's a light paddle (ZRE 13oz), will it hold up in the surf?

Kialoa still has a couple of old school Pipes paddles in stock:

These 13oz and under ( mine is 11oz ) are more race paddles with very stiff shaft. for surf they have a slightly heavier flex shaft which they call
ocean grade. Along with the heavier T-grip you're probably looking at 16oz.

Gear Talk / Re: Best paddle for surfing.
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:17:04 AM »
Best surf paddle has to have an oval shaft for rapid re-alignment. I love my Chinook Thrust 92 paddle.
I agree about the importance of an oval shaft. But IMO a surf paddle should also have a t-handle. The Chinook has a Werner-style handle rather than a full t-handle (by which I mean the type that the Kialoa GL Surf or Black Peoject Surge, or even the Ke Nalu ergo-T paddies have, for instance). Thereís something about a t-handle that makes it particularly easy to grab securely in a critical surf situation.

Unfortunately, I can seem to find any paddle currently on the market that has the following characteristics:

1. Oval shaft.
2. T-handle.
3. Blade size under 85 sq ins.

Does anyone know of one?

Sure. ZRE

That last picture of you in the sun says it all Rick.

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Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / Re: 2019 SIC Catalog
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:43:20 AM »
I did have on a helmet and knee pads. But I am not sure that going into the water would have been the best choice unless I were able to do the proper fall the guy I was with was trying to teach me

What was he trying to teach that you didn't feel like following his instruction? Landing on your board is NOT a good idea.
Landing flat on the water away from your board is the standard procedure.

Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / Re: 2019 SIC Catalog
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:41:22 AM »
Before you go on to the more advanced stuff, I'm afraid you missed the first lesson in SUP: Learning how to fall!!!

What is your main take away from the dislocated finger fall incident?

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