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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: shoulder surgery went great
« on: January 18, 2019, 02:08:18 PM »
I've had numerous shoulder surgeries and I'll give you the same advice I give to any of my friends--do all the PT you are supposed to, and a lot more. Your insurance will probably only pay for a few sessions aimed mostly at teaching you the exercises. That's not really enough. You can do the exercises more frequently and for much longer to improve the end result, or you can arrange for additional PT and do what you can to get insurance to pay. If they simply won't, consider paying directly.

The reasons are long-winded, but suffice it to say that if you don't get movement of your shoulder, arms and core corrected and in synch, then the benefits of the surgery will be short-lived. You'll wind up recruiting other muscles to accomplish the movements you need to make, and your joints are not designed to work the way the recruited muscles do. I was curling my shoulder forward and curving my back to lift any weight above my head. My PT got me to engage my core, push my shoulder blades back and stabilize my shoulder to lift. I doubled the amount of weight I could lift in a stable fashion without straining my lower back with a week of practice.

I've read dozens of studies concerning the benefit of PT either in place of surgery or post-surgery. I had to keep digging out more studies because the results are so counter-intuitive. Even given that there is undoubtedly a broad spectrum of knowledge and capability among PT's and a lot of variation in how much the patients actually stick with the program the effectiveness is undeniable.

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General Discussion / Re: Electric Skateboard as SUP Surf Training Device
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:25:02 PM »
In a long and foolish life of risking life and limb, the injuries that did damage that I deal with every day are from skateboards and rollerblades. 50+ years of Racing cars and motorcycles on street, dirt and ice, windsurfing, surfing, getting dragged around by a kite, mountain climbing, hunting and fishing in difficult places, etc. did no lasting damage except one shoulder injury.

I have a longboard and street paddle, and an electric skateboard I built that has far too much power. Occasionally I armor myself and venture forth, looking as creaky and nutty as Don Quixote, but I always manage to take a fall that rattles everything even if it doesn't add to the long list of infirmities.

I think these things are best left to people who heal quickly, with the understanding that there may not be any such thing as an injury without future consequence.

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:59:29 PM »
My approach was merely to aim to eat as natural and unprocessed as I could at as many meals as possible.

Small meals make me angry.  They never satisfy, make me think of food all day and keep me slow.  Something small with coffee in the AM and one big meal does it for me.

I'm trying to imagine what you mean by small meals. I can't begin to reconcile the meals I've watched you eat with the theoretical idea of "small".

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Sugar is sneaky bad....
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:58:13 PM »
I enjoy these discussions for many reasons, one is I'm fat and I'd like to not be. Another is the very strange fact that while much of the world deals with an unbalanced diet because they can't afford better, the number of people who die from improper food or starvation is much smaller than the number who die as a direct result of obesity, and the amount of money spent just in the USA on diets to lose weight would be more than enough famine and diet-imbalanced caused deaths worldwide. Of course there's no useful way to change that, I just appreciate the irony.

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Foil SUP / Re: Here comes the Chinese copycats of the Lift e-Foil...
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:17:07 AM »
That's what most of the DIY approach has been, but most production boards put the batteries inside the board to clear the deck.

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General Discussion / Re: ...leash positioning...
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:02:20 PM »
Not really, though admittedly that would be so for some Camelbaks. I use the Camelbak Baja, unfortunately, discontinued, which uses a lumbar bladder and has both shoulder straps with two chest clips to keep the straps in place and a waist belt. I run the spectra over and through the entire midsection. Even if the belt pops open the pack would have to be pulled off both shoulders, ripping off the chest straps. If I'm being pulled that hard then I'm probably tangled to a submarine and I'd just as soon be turned loose.

But you're right, it's bad advice unless your Camelbak is similarly secure.

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General Discussion / Re: ...leash positioning...
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:52:11 AM »
Ankle leashes are optimal for low volume boards in big surf. You can use a very light leash and if you get worked, you streamline your body to minimize pull and get dragged out of the impact zone. Other than that they don't make a lot of sense. In flatwater you're either dragging the leash or it's on the board, and you're stepping on it. A calf leash makes a bit more sense, though as Bean says, if you take it into the surf you take a chance on it getting dragged off your leg. Been there, done that.

For flatwater paddling, it's very common to wear a Camelbak, which is an obvious place to attach a leash. I remove the cuff and directly tie the swivel to the camelback with 3mm Spectra speargun line in a manner that it can't come free even if the Camelbak waist belt pops open.

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General Discussion / Re: SUP Surfing with BPPV Vertigo
« on: January 12, 2019, 02:21:08 PM »
Drink more water is fine, but wearing knee-high compression socks during the day cured my wicked cramps, and helps hydration since you aren't pooling blood and fluids in your legs. Give it a try, you might be shocked at how effective it is.

I suspected a difference in waking up to pee, so I tracked peeing at night for 30 days for the days I did and didn't wear compression--days with compression I wake up to pee six nights out of 18. Without the socks, I wake up seven nights out of 12. Almost worth it just for that little improvement. My assumption is that laying down to sleep returns the pooled fluids to the rest of your body and it gets eliminated. Presto--pee. I doubt I'm really right, but it sounds good from an engineering perspective--which I've found is near useless for biology.

Kind of a pain in the ass to get the socks on, but the most effective ones I've found are also the easiest to get on--called Vitalsox, made in Italy with silver thread included in the weave to keep the stink under control. I also note that little cuts on my feet heal well wearing these. They are cheap/reasonably priced depending on how popular a specific color/size was on Amazon. Without the socks, I get cramps after almost every active day. With them, I don't. At all.

I can get away with not wearing them to surf or foil as long as I wear them for the rest of the day, so you don't have to emulate my "homeless mime" look when you get into the water.

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Gear Talk / Re: Busted Paddle
« on: January 12, 2019, 12:01:51 PM »
The mylar trick is great. KeNalu shafts are actually made that way, hence the texture on the shafts. I've used VHS tape to make a short canoe paddle shaft, and it went pretty easily except for getting the mandrel out.

I broke my third shaft foiling two days ago. Foil wings apparently like the taste of paddle shafts, and the wing wins every encounter. I've about used up my supply of cut off pieces to repair shafts. Might have to actually buy something someday. Fortunately, the only paddles I use are KeNalu so repair is always easy. Like Bob, I have no idea why other paddle manufacturers haven't switched to hot glue.

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The Shape Shack / Re: EPS Breather layer....Pono jrandy?
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:45:39 AM »
Ah, yes, that reminds me that the SIC guys use a heat gun to get smooth curves on the rails. I didn't really know why, but that makes perfect sense. The PVC will soften under low heat that doesn't melt it.

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General Discussion / Re: ...leash positioning...
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:40:16 AM »
That's a great link. I've been using a calf leash lately because I left my Leashlok waist leash in Oregon. I use a leash attached to my Camelbak for downwinding where the results of getting towed by a 17' board in a ten-foot wave are more serious, but I've been lazy enough to foil with just a calf leash. Yesterday I got smacked by some hefty set waves on the outer reef, and it wasn't fun. Don Shearer was rolling around in the mackers near me and had his leash break. Turns out a foil board in a big breaking wave can do an impressive job of towing. I'm going to make a belt leash today.

I like having both velcro and a buckle--I don't use a heavy buckle, even a light one will keep the velcro from lifting. And once I've released the buckle it makes a good chicken loop. One could argue that releasing the buckle when the shit hits the fan might be a problem, but I find that it's simple to grab it and give it a squeeze.

Given that dehydration substantially affects my balance I might just go for the camelback. I have one that I modified to give a bit of float in addition to the option of blowing air into the bladder. I'll dig that out and see what might be possible. I did a four-hour session yesterday--it was too good to quit, and at the end, I was trashed and my balance went completely to shit.

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The Shape Shack / Re: Divinycell OVER fiberglass skin?
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:24:48 AM »
I've never built a sandwich board, but I've watched the process at SIC for downwind boards and Kai Wa'a for OC1. There it's divinycell in a female mold and no sanding, so I can't really answer your question. They used spraymount.

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The Shape Shack / Re: EPS Breather layer....Pono jrandy?
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:19:59 AM »
I've only tried it for mostly for flat stuff. The geezer foil was built with EPS breather. It's especially nice that bag wrinkles don't get pressed into the surface. I also made a big sheet of fin glass with an EPS breather.

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Gear Talk / Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:06:40 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.

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