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General Discussion / Re: Lessons Learned the Hard Way
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:10:28 PM »

Great video and story.  Thanks for the post!

I'm with surfinj.  A longer (close to ten foot or over) "gun type sup" would be much more comfortable in those conditions.

Beautiful video of the reef and sup take offs.  Good job! 

Gear Talk / Look what I did to my 9'4" Creek?
« on: September 01, 2019, 09:38:51 PM »

  I put a long board fin box in the middle...replacing the FCS box.  I really like this set up with the side Halo fins.

  I was using the Takayama Halo 5 Inch side fins but the middle FSC single box made the board spin out...even when using larger FCS middle fins.  It just never surfed like I thought it should.  I suspected the middle FSC fin was placed to far forward.  I put the long board box in and just moving that middle fin back and forth a few inches really makes the board surf differently. In smaller and medium surf I use the Halo's and the 4 inch fin.  The board paddles faster , surfs much better and catches waves earlier.  It is slightly less stable but surfs way better in my opinion. I should note the Creek already surfed good with the fins that come with the board.  I just felt I could get more performance out of an already excellent shape.

  This new fin arrangement has made my 9'4' Creek almost a total quiver killer for me.  I use this fin arrangement 75% of the time.  I sometimes use a 5 middle when the waves are slightly bigger.  Using the Halos and a 7 inch longboard fin makes the board slower but turns the board into an easy nose rider.   All this of course is my opinion and your findings may vary.

I switch to my 9'10' Laird Surretor for large and hollow surf...but that doesn't happen all that often.  It has a very thinned out nose and tail and holds in the larger surf.  The fin arraignment is a two plus one.  4 3/4 inch regular side fins with a 7 inch middle fin.

Anyways maybe somebody could benefit from this.  I'm hoping "Creek" could maybe try this out so we could get an official opinion. 8)

Those FCS 5 inch fins are hard to come buy.  I bought them a few years back in Hawaii but can't find them in Calif?


Great to have you back filming Creek!

Those good vibes make for a great session!

General Discussion / front yard wave?
« on: August 02, 2019, 05:09:08 PM »

    As long as I'm dreaming...I would love to have this wave in front of my house 8)

Gear Talk / Re: CDrive fins preorder in USA
« on: July 07, 2019, 06:42:17 PM »

Thanks FRP

After reading up on the cdrives at Seabreeze I ordered some for my 9'4" Creek  8)


              Your going to rip on that board!

That board will work great at San Onofre and Churches.

Some south swells forecasted this week.  Hope your back heals up soon.

Come back and give us a ride report soon.   :D

General Discussion / Re: Things Ain't What They Used To Be
« on: June 05, 2019, 06:49:18 PM »

  Hate hearing about the pain your going through.  You got some good advice here.  I had rotator cuff surgery 3 years ago after a nasty sup surfing wipe out.  Heres the good news...if you have to have some type of surgery to fix this thing you will be down for a while but you will be back!  I was out of the water for about 9 months. 

  I bought a craigslist stationary bike and rode that thing practically everyday while in rehabilitation.  I don't know if you read music but I took up the chromatic harmonica and taught myself how to read music while I was down all those months.  You'll find something...maybe photography, more music or a similar hobby to keep you busy.

Please keep posting here.  We all really enjoy your videos and photos.

Gear Talk / Re: Having trouble choosing a board...
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:47:38 PM »

  I like this board a lot and the price is right.  I'm at 215 and 63.  I've surfed it in everything for the last 12 months.  With a quiver of fins it can ride in almost everything you would be surfing.  I sup surf down south from you near Morro Bay.  I have the Carbon 9'10' model and would recommend it.


  Gong really has some progressive sup's!  I love the look of their shorter and longer performance stand up paddle surfing boards.  I don't have anything to do with Gong but it appears to me they do a lot of testing with excellent riders and are constantly making fine tuned adjustments to their shapes. Gong seems to have worked out most of the bumps in shaping a poor surfing board.  Being a heavier rider 220 pounds I would love to surf one of their smaller sup's...that still look like they have some stability without loss of performance?

We used to have guy here named,"Colas" who would talk about his Gong boards.  Colas was very helpful here.   learned a lot about paddling small sup's from him.

I would think a major brand like Infinity, Sunova or Blue Planet would just copy Gong's designs and have the boards available in the US.

I guess I opened the can of worms about copying somebody's sup design.  Just seems Gong is really making some," State of the art" surfing sup's while some of the major brands are chasing the foil wave. 8)

Sunova SUP / Re: 12 custom Search aka my PtBreak
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:16:24 PM »

  Beautiful board rbgar!

  Can't wait for the ride report.

Gear Talk / Re: 10'4 x 32 Wide Aquatic
« on: March 10, 2019, 10:59:18 PM »

  You got some great advice from TallDude.  You didn't give your weight, height or age?

Here's another idea.  Find a good used "Cheap" Starboard, Naish or Jimmy Lewis board in the 10'6 to 11 foot range.  Here's a 10'6" Paddle Surf Hawaii on Craigslist.  There are some great deals on good used sup's out there.  Probably be a lot more used sup's in a few weeks when the weather clears up.

You will progress quickly!  In a few months (if you sup surf regularly) you will want to own a more high performance sup like a New Deal or custom shaped board.  Just a thought.  First sup surfboards seem to take a beating no matter who rides 'em. 8)

General Discussion / Re: Can't hurt to ask.
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:53:27 AM »


Great video surfercook!

Thanks for posting.


Thanks for keeping us up to date on your travels. 

Keep the videos and photos coming 8)

General Discussion / Re: WHAT? Maverick's surfing contest cancelled?
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:59:13 AM »


Thanks for taking the time to post all this Mavericks info!

An interesting new post would be on those big wave sup board designs.

Honestly...I'm just trying to wrap me head around these Maverick's photos and videos taken this week.

Mind boggling stuff.

Gear Talk / Re: BigBoy 12' Sunova Search
« on: December 17, 2018, 10:22:44 AM »

Thanks for posting this rbgar.  I'm about your size and have ridden the 12 foot PSH board many times.

I'm in Badger's camp.  I think the 32 across is too wide also.  It wouldn't surf that great I think.  The 12 PSH was 29" across and surfed really good.  I wouldn't go over 30" wide but thats just me.

I would ask Bert for the most stable standing and paddling design features and as narrow as would be comfortable.  That would at least mean a stable flat sweet spot for paddling and a flat bottom under where you stand.  Board made with "Performance" rocker for surfing.

I also owned a 10'6" PSH gun board that was 32 across.  It was stable and paddled ok but in large surf (that the board was designed for) began to pull backwards in the tube due to too much width I think.  Dropping into large surf was sometimes problematic due to the width.

There seems to be a move to these narrower larger boards like the Search in Australia.  Those Sunova guys do a lot of research on their designs.  I like the original Search 12x30"x4.5" 179L better.  Maybe with less volume.?  Maybe Supthecreek will chim in.?  His input would be valuable to you.

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