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We WILL be doing those soon. Or at least talking as if we could.

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: Today at 11:46:51 AM »
It's tough to consider anything but a Tesla. They have such a commanding lead in battery tech, range, experience, charger network, and ratings that I don't really understand why anyone buys any basic sedan other than a Model 3. The new V3 supercharger gives 75 miles of range in five minutes--250 KW per hour. If you have a P100 extended range you can top off at 375 miles of range in 25 minutes. Model S has been Motor Trend's car of the year every year since 2013.

But yeah, I want a pickup. For the things people use pickups for it has to have a heck of a battery. The motor part is easy, the delivered torque of even a model S is substantially more than my 6.7-liter diesel. But if you're going to pull a 15000-pound trailer you're gonna need a lot of stored power.

Apparently, Tesla has that well in hand with the semi. The spy reports on their testing have been that the truck at a max load of about 44,000 pounds the truck not only pulls 5% grades at 65 mph (unheard of) but also gets more than the projected 500 miles of range. It's got one gear. The controls consist of a steering wheel, brake pedal and throttle. one gear--reverse runs the motor backward. Without a trailer, it did 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.

Those are insane specifications, but not all that surprising. Trains have been electric for decades--the diesel drives a generator, and the wheels are driven by big old-tech motors. The advantage has always been full torque from 0 rpm and no need for a transmission or a clutch. The only maintenance is to the diesel and wheel replacement. Some of the motors are 40 years old and have covered multiple millions of miles.

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:56:37 PM »
Yup, fugly, but I'd order one if they were actually available. It will be interesting to see who gets to market first. Preorder doesn't count. There are lots of renderings around of what the Tesla pickup will look like. I think this one from Motor Trend is the most likely:

If it looks anything like that and performs as they claim, yeah, take my money. Want that.

Hmm, the board 805 found is 34" wide, which should be sufficiently stable, but it's an inflatable, which in my experience, feel less stable than hard boards and will be particularly challenging if they are not inflated to the maximum pressure allowed.

Anyway, we're all rooting for you. Keep at it, and keep us posted on your progress. It will come.

........but was assured they cater for all sizes.

Tell us what size board they put you on. Iím suggesting possible BS on them giving you the right size board for your weight. They wouldnít be the first rental place to take someoneís money anyway, even though they know they donít have a right board for you.

She said 10'6" X 32". I'm not sure how size 16 translates to weight, but anyone struggling could start on something bigger. In the US, women who are size 16 range from 140 to 200 pounds. If you are under 200 that board would be OK but not necessarily ideal. Every inch of width adds a lot of stability. At 10 feet in length, 33" would feel better, 35" would feel like you were standing on a dock.

As you might be able to tell from the ridiculous number of posts I've made, I've been here a while. I started SUP paddling in 2007 and I weighed about 250 pounds then. I've always been active to some degree, but running my business meant a lot of 14 hour days and I was soft. I bought a SUP and fell off it every way possible, including bouncing off the board on my ass. I decided this probably wasn't my sport, but I was too stubborn to just give up. It took a lot longer than it will for you because stable boards didn't start showing up until about 2008.

Finally, I was able to actually stand on a board and start surfing. And I fell off every way humanly possible, was a complete kook. but I persisted. And I got reasonably competent. I got to the point where people on the beach say "you make that look so easy." Of course they are a bit surprised at that since I'm fat and old.

So I started downwinding. By now you know the drill--horrible. I've done probably a thousand downwind runs, including hundreds of the infamous Maliko runs. People say I'm an inspiration, but I translate that as "hell, if he can do it, I can do it." And that's just fine.

Two years ago I started foil surfing--I was a danger to everyone around me. I got good enough at it so people don't freak out if I'm momentarily pointed in their direction. Now I'm wing foiling. Two months in I'm at the point where I think I might actually be able to do this.

I'm a reasonably fit 72 year old now, though at 235 I'm no lightweight.

My point in all this discourse about ME, is simply that if I can do it, you can do it. And if you let it, it will change your life. Don't worry about what other people are thinking--you can't change that so why care about it? You WILL get it if you keep at it, and you'll get better at it. It's a lifelong sport and a great escape.

One of my heroes is a lady I don't know. Perhaps ten years ago I saw her struggling with a paddleboard in the lagoon at Kanaha, a surf break on a reef in Maui. She was there for hours every day. Pale white, fat, and covered in sunblock. Probably early seventies and very weak looking. She'd paddle a few strokes, then rest her paddle on her board to lean on it and catch her breath. She fell in every few minutes. But every day she went a little further out, and finally made her way out to the reef--not only a considerable distance but also in serious surf. She was bobbing off to the side, watching.

I paddled over and said--"I've been watching you progress over the last few weeks. It's impressive, but I have to tell you that this is pretty big surf, and you shouldn't paddle into these waves. There are better places to learn, and you should take some lessons before you try to SUP surf anyway (not that I did, but I'm better at giving advice than taking it).

She said "I know, I just want to watch the surfing from up close. I'm going to do this someday, but I know I'm not ready for that." She told me she was widowed a few years previously, was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and had come to Maui with three girlfriends. She saw people SUP paddling from the tour bus, went to a shop and bought a board and paddle, and ditched her friends. She extended her stay to keep paddling, but she was headed back in a few days. "I'm bringing this back to Milwaukee to paddle the lakes. Next time I come here I'm going to be surfing." I'm sure she did. If she could do it, and I could do it, you can do it.

Incidentally, 10'6 X 32" is a pretty big board, but it's a long way from the biggest and most stable. You can most likely rent something even more stable. You can also practice getting up in your living room. Get on your knees with a broomstick to act as paddle. Lean forward and put the stick down as you would place your paddle across a board. Keep your head up, looking at the wall, not the floor. Bring up one foot, then see if you can stand from that position. If you can, then just keep practicing that until the movements are easy. If you can't, you can bring the other foot completely forward so you are braced on feet and hands, and just stand up.

There are no rules about how you get to your feet, I have all kinds of balance and joint compromises. I'm sure I look very strange lurching to my feet, but all that matters is that you get there. Once you are there on a board, don't look down at the water, look out--either to the horizon or at least a good distance ahead of you. 

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: August 22, 2019, 06:42:55 AM »
I should have kept Diane's 2014 Model S and used it as general transport. A perfectly cherry, low miles P85+ for 45K is ridiculously cheap. They actually have provision for a rack. Anyone looking at inexpensive electric cars should take a hard look at the used Model S market. Cars that sold new for 130K selling for 35K. Fantastic cars. Any of the dual-motor cars with appropriate rubber would be a fine surfmobile in the WTF category. 

General Discussion / Re: OAM Boehne Blur Pad
« on: August 21, 2019, 05:16:46 PM »
The serious goo gone (original) had all kinds of stuff in it the might soften up Titanium. I'd go carefully there. I've had good luck with one of those vibrating multitool things that no one has a good name for yet and a smooth blade.

While we're at it, and good ideas for the Wing used in wingfoiling when it's not used on a foil??

Random / Re: Fancy beach bike
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:31:15 PM »
Yup, very pretty, but underpowered for the price. I've been seriously considering one of these, but I've got too many toys as it is. Maybe after I get rid of a few things.

2KWH hot-swap battery, 5000 watt motor. $3300 bucks. Twice the range, five times the power, less than half the price. And you can get them with a belt drive vs chain. You can actually stick pedals on it, and turn the power down to whatever your local law requires. Then go off-road and be a hooligan. Not nearly as pretty, but...

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General Discussion / Re: I need some ideas on restoring my board.
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:25:10 PM »
Really more like 2 unless you have a very light and consistent touch. I used some old Kevlar I had kicking around the other day and laid one layer of 4oz on top to sand. Went through in a spot and wound up with a fur ball.

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 1.5 Release
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:22:16 PM »
I'm using the 240 with the new tail for wing foiling. I only use it when it's nuking. My pumping skills are minimal and this thing takes some serious speed to lift my ass. I'm looking forward to using it for surf. Once I'm up though it gathers speed very quickly, and then it's solid. I have to feather the hell out of the wing even going upwind. And it goes upwind like crazy. For those familiar with the Gorge, I went from Luhr Jensen to above the hatchery in one reach.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Waterstarts
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:01:58 AM »
No hope for that.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:05:24 PM »
I needed either 5 more mph of wind or a 5M (I sound like a broken record--is that even a useful metaphor anymore??) but yeah. Now that we're getting up and going long distances on the foil it's getting downright giddy.

Sessions / Re: The Cardiff Sessions
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:02:16 PM »
Cool. Now you need a wing.

If you're used to sailing a windsurfer upwind, you'll have no real problem using the wing to go upwind. A centerboard would make it very easy, or a ventral fin, but if you are used to using your rail as a keel and know how to keep the center of thrust of the wing rearward, then they go upwind just fine.

CascadeSup, try this. Stand on your board in a surf stance with your feet as close to the centerline as you are comfortable with. Get the wing flying, keep the nose up, and move the wing as far behind you as you can and still keep it flying. Steer the board upwind with your hips while you fly the wing to get power and keep the center of force as far back as you can. Don't try to steer the board with the wing, steer with your hips--the wing and board should be managed separately--maneuver the wing to get the most thrust you can get while keeping it raked aft. Steer the board where you want to go with your hips and feet.

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