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General Discussion / Re: Been away for 5 years
« on: February 06, 2021, 12:31:58 AM »
This thread is full of aloha and life! Welcome back, Takeo. Cool user name. Backstory?
I always loved being on this forum, much more aloha than other forums like the fishing ones, too much ego and secrecy.

My middle name is Takeo, take is bamboo in Japanese so parents chose the name, a strong name as bamboo bends in the wind. Ironically I bought a 4 acre property with about 2 acres of bamboo. One acre has been cleared, what a chore that was hence the weight loss, managing 4 acres is a great exercise.

General Discussion / Re: Been away for 5 years
« on: February 03, 2021, 01:09:27 PM »
Very cool!

I don't think 2015 is so long ago : ) 

And you know board development ... mostly 'bold new colors'...   

I hope your son loves it ... or gets there.

My son loves it, he's only 20 months but already standing and trying to paddle.  He says "row row row", like the song!

Welcome back Takeo!

Always stoked to hear someone reconnecting with the paddle!
Enjoy the glide  :)

I have some interesting info that may surprise you guys....
SUPs are selling faster than anyone can make them.

The CoVid era has created the perfect climate for Standup..... it's a healthy, socially distant outdoor activity that provides the needed head space and physical joy that paddling provides.
The big difference is:
It is not raceboard focused... it is pleasure board focused.
Boards for the local lake or river.... allrounders that fit the whole family.
Casual paddling... right up my alley!

I delivered a vanfull of Sunova's up in Navarre Florida and went for a paddle with my friend Nicholas and his wife.
It was a chilly, windy day and still I saw LOT's of people paddling the same estuary we were cruising.

We went to a crystal clear spring for a paddle and ran into some Inflatable paddlers.... they seem to be popping up everywhere.

When we went surfing, I met a group of young surfers that recognized me from my videos..... stoked 20 something SUP surfers!!!!
Yewwwwwwww..... SUP is alive and well! 

Now that you mentioned it, I have seen more inflatable, cruiser type paddlers.  It is the perfect pastime in these crazy times for anyone who lives near a body of water.  Used Race/Downwind boards seem to be going for cheap these days, figured the hype now is foil.  Our local surfspot is full of foilers. 

General Discussion / Re: Been away for 5 years
« on: February 03, 2021, 01:05:13 PM »
Takeo, I remember your handle I think.  Welcome back.  Good for you.

Many who ‘pause’ do not make it back.

Thank you!  Yeah, good to see some of you "old timers" still around.  There was a time when I was on the water at least 5 days a week, just happy to be back on the water, even if it's just a day or two here and there. 

General Discussion / Re: Been away for 5 years
« on: February 03, 2021, 01:02:14 PM »
Hmmm. If your local fishing store carries SUP gear I'm guessing you're on the Big Island. I forget the name of the fishing store but they were the first company in Hawaii to carry Ke Nalu paddles. Coolest guys ever.

Hi Bill,
Yeah, Tokunagas, that's where I got my Ke Nalu paddles, my SICs, my Starboards and of course all my fishing gear.  Remember me, I bought your Gumby Foote, sold it to a friend.  That was a light and fun board for rough conditions, even surfed it a bit. 

General Discussion / Re: Been away for 5 years
« on: February 02, 2021, 08:31:01 AM »
Thanks guys. Something about SUP, it’s so therapeutic. If I can just squeeze in an hour or two a week, what a blessing during such crazy times. No need for masks wearing, lots of fresh air!

All my hydration pack zippers froze up and threw away leashes so time to get some new gear. Luckily our local fishing store is generally well stocked, they are an SIC and Starboard dealer as well  ;)

General Discussion / Been away for 5 years
« on: January 29, 2021, 06:15:36 PM »
Aloha all, I haven't been on the Zone or paddling for about 5 years, life just got so busy.  I purchased a house with a jungle that needed taming and I had my first kid, talk about no free time.  Had to buy chainsaws over paddles.   Now that my son is old enough to wear a life jacket and sit on the board, I'm back on the water! I have a Starboard 14' Open Ocean that can handle me, my wife, and my son! 300 lbs total and I can still stand and paddle. My SIC Bullet 17V2 & 2015 Starboard Allstar 14x25 seem like antiques the way board design and development has been progressing. My Kenalu paddles are still smooth and solid, love them!  The good news is that I lost about 20 lbs so the Allstar is even easier to paddle, haven't jumped on my Bullet yet but I was probably a bit too light for it then (172 lbs), and likely too light for it now at around 152 lbs.   Just happy to be back on the water, I noticed there are much less people paddling, at least in my area. 

Gear Talk / Re: Does anyone have a Toyota Tundra with a rack?
« on: April 20, 2016, 11:54:49 AM »
I have a 2006 Tundra and was running a Track Rack, which in my opinion is better than the Thule.  Many like the Thule because the height is adjustable, but I have seen the adjustments fail, move, and rattle quite a bit.  The Track Rack is sturdy, durable, and looks good.  I changed out for a camper shell because I do a lot of camping but Track Rack is the way to go.  You can get the fixed mount version, or the sliding version.

Gear Talk / Re: SUP board suggestion for Ocean paddling in Hawaii
« on: December 15, 2015, 06:23:33 PM »
Hi Limulady,
Not sure what part of the Big Island you are on, I'm in Hilo.  Many of the bigger and faster boards are also heavier, unless you are getting a hollow or carbon model.  Some carbon models are still very heavy.  If you need local help in finding a board, PM me, I'd be glad to help you out. 

Downwind and Racing / Re: Blade size and racing?
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:21:19 AM »
Area10 nailed it.  There are so many variables besides just a person's weight.  Paddle technique and form, ocean conditions, board characteristics on the water, etc.  I just can't find just one paddle for all conditions and all my boards.  I own a Maliko and a Wiki and use both of them depending on the conditions.  For good downwind conditions, shorter races, and strength training, I grab the Maliko.  For windy days, farther paddles, or cardio training, I grab my Wiki.  Probably should get the Molokai also for even more strength training. What I have found is what Ponobill, Lane, and others have said, the KeNalu rewards good paddle technique.  I use to feel the Wiki was slipping too much, but now that my form is better, it's plenty catch for such a small paddle.

Gear Talk / Re: SIC 14' V3 Bullet
« on: November 25, 2013, 01:09:21 AM »
Thanks for the review Bill.  I've been waiting to hear about the 14 V3. Still not so clear on the changes from 1 to 3.  I know 2 was suppose to have a flatter rocker for better in the flats, but curious to hear the changes to V3.  22-23 pounds is crazy light, was this a standard layup or one of their light/ultralight layups?  Hope you get a camera soon so we can see the board in action!

Gear Talk / Re: just paddled a round with my new crash vest
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:58:43 PM »
I wear one for big downwind days just in case I lose my board and have to swim to shore in the rough surf! The impact does add flotation but it's not a pfd and in Hawaii weather can get super hot.  By the time I'm paddling in, I have to fully unzipped.

Gear Talk / Re: review of the Ke Nalu (Pono Bill) paddle
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:50:10 PM »
I agree with you, the Wiki's catch is equal to or even greater than say a 100 QB.  I also agree with PonoBill's comments that the KeNalu paddles reward good paddle discipline.  Paddle past your feet, or less than perpendicular to the side of the board and the paddle will cause strain and fatique.  I too often paddle in less than ideal conditions, side wind, chop, large open ocean swells, into the wind, and I get killed when I have my Maliko.  In downwind or flaterwater, not a problem.  My go to paddle has been a Wiki with a Xtuff (s) shaft.  I've had to go much shorter on the paddle compared to my other brand paddles with less catch.  You are so right though, this works for my size, my physique, my board, my technique, my ocean conditions. 

Paddle selection is a personal preferance and what works for many, may not work for a select few for whatever reason.  I was the first in my area to order a KeNalu despite having a quiver of QB paddles.  I'm happy with my choice.  Got my fiance a QB fiberglass paddle because even the Wiki would be way too much paddle for her, oh, and because the QB was offered in pink. 

Downwind and Racing / Re: Starboard Ace 14' x 25"
« on: September 08, 2013, 09:13:25 PM »

Takeo I'm about 200 lb 5'6, haven't been out on the board lately and pay ed the price for that today, took it on a 4 mile down winder today in 20-25 knots. Well it was fun and lot of work, did some swimming. Kept trying to figure out the best foot placement in catching the bump, on the big drops I would move back to keep the nose up but It seems to get hard to handle if I'm to far back when paddling and the wave rolls under. It is crazy when you get it right and it takes off into the runner it just fly's and lets you link into more waves. I hope more time on the board i get it figured out.

Thanks for all the Info

200 lbs and downwinding with the Ace, good for you! I won't make anymore excuses about gaining weight and the board getting tippy.  At 170-175lbs, My toes usually cover the rear drain hole, if there are small swells and I see the nose boofing, I step back a bit further, boofing slows the board down.  The couple times I downwinded with the Ace, a big step back was enough to keep the nose from boofing.  I surfed the Ace a few times, when that nose plows, you go flying, haha! My friend who paddles with me on his Jaime Mitchell 14' or Starboard 12'6" race said once he sees the Ace tail lift, he knows I'm gone. 

Downwind and Racing / Re: Starboard Ace 14' x 25"
« on: August 29, 2013, 03:08:27 PM »
I just jumped on the ACE crazy train a few weeks ago picked up a used carbon 14 X25. What a fun board to paddle. I have taken it on a few down wind runs and still trying to figure that out. The light wind stuff was fun, had it out when it was in the 20s that was fun but a hand full. I am using the stock fin seems ok but very interested in getting a fin that helps in the DW stuff.


What's your height and weight?  I'm around 170 lbs now and the Ace seem manageable.  I think a few other members are using the stock fin for downwind.  The bigger fins help with stability but probably at the expense of increased drag and less manueverablility.

Downwind and Racing / Re: Starboard Ace 14' x 25"
« on: August 28, 2013, 02:49:29 PM »
Here's another Ace update.  Had my 14x25 carbon for about a year now.  I went months without having paddled the Ace, gained some weight, so transitioning back on the Ace was challenging in open ocean conditions.  I am borrowing a Gladiator Elite fin from a friend which seems to slow down the tippiness.  Took the board out in open ocean and although at times I'll do balance checks and use the paddle as a crutch, no falls so the fin seems to be working.  I've tried quite a few fins and this seems to make it the most stable. 

With that said, the drawback may be some increased drag, especially when in flat water conditions.  I paddle in a bay which at times is flat along a breakwall, but once outside the wall, it can get pretty rough with large ocean swells.

What I love about the Ace is that although it's 30 lbs, it doesn't feel that heavy on the water.  With my bigger boards, toward the end of a 6 mile sprint, it's a grind to keep the board moving.  With the Ace, I am much less fatigue.  Less effort to keep moving equates to quicker lap times and less fatique overall. 

The Ace continues to impress me with how well it paddles into the wind, in surface chop, and of course catching swells.  When others fail to get on a tiny bump, the Ace picks it up and keeps going, it's pretty amazing.  When the wind is blowing and others start slowing down, I can keep going with ease.  My friends think it's me, but I know it's the board, it's magic! Falling in love with the Ace again.

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