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Technique / Re: 10 Commandments of Sup Surfing?
« on: Today at 10:38:11 AM »
-Thou shalt not have a proner before me.
-Honour thy shaper and glasser.
-Remember everyone surfs on the weekend.
-You're never that fast of a paddler or that good of a surfer.
-That God ..?... I mean F'n shoulder hopper..
-Dude that was my wave, but I'll be the bigger person and not mess you up.
-Your wife is hot, but... she doesn't surf.
-You left your KeNalu paddle on the beach last night (finders keepers) I wanted to give it back to you:)
-That guy makes shitty boards. The one I had barely hit the rocks, and next thing I know it's full of water.
-All my neighbor's stuff has too much volume, but I still like him. ::)

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: My New Ride
« on: July 03, 2020, 12:32:46 PM »
My new ride for this summer:  12.5 x 26" x 8 (at the nose).  26 lbs, ~265 L volume. 

It may not impress everybody here... it's not a custom 14' x 21" dugout needle racer, or anything like that... but it's light, tracks great, turns beautifully, and I'm really starting to get into a nice rhythm paddling it.  Might be the board that gets me into my first 6 mile race this summer (if those are ever allowed again).

First of all... it doesn't matter what we.. think! Fun is fun. Speaking of fun, who ever said that race boards are fun? A true race board is right on the edge of the narrowest thing you can handle in good conditions. If the conditions get worse, you're bracing more that racing and you're swimming a lot. If you're not then it's not narrow enough. Fast yes, fun .... sometimes...

That looks like a great board to paddle hundreds on miles on. You're Stoked Dude!

Sessions / Re: Earlybird
« on: July 03, 2020, 11:32:24 AM »
Looks fun SJ! Had a great session this morning myself. 8)

Gear Talk / Re: Paddle Thoughts
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:24:37 PM »
I just bought a Riviera CF paddle for $40 on CL. It's around a 90 blade and the shaft is 1.5" shorter than my regular surfing paddle. But it's super light. I put some electrical tape around the shaft, and a little along the blade edge then gave it a go. It's noticeably lighter. Blade catches fine. It's a winner!

Random / Re: Covid-19 - the Second Wave?
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:15:59 PM »
Cases are up a little, so second wave is happening. My wife is being tested for it right now. Speaking of testing and reporting. It seems the government officials and the media don't know the difference between testing for the virus and testing for the antibodies. Yes that will throw all the data off....

Orange County mistakenly included serology tests in its cumulative count of coronavirus tests administered for five weeks beginning in late April, then failed to correct the figure for another three weeks after the error was discovered, health officials said Thursday.

The oversight resulted in 30,000 serology tests being added to the “cumulative tests to date” figure reported on the O.C. Health Care Agency website between April 28 and June 3, said Dr. Clayton Chau, the agency’s director.

Glad to here you are very busy Larry.. 8) That Imagine board looks like it's from the Corran Addison era? 

The Shape Shack / Re: epoxy
« on: July 01, 2020, 09:35:32 PM »
So I am looking at buying Resin Research 2000. Just for the quart kit with shipping is $120.
Try calling Basham's Factory and Surf Shop.  (949) 361-2203  They sell RR CE. They have a 55 gal drum of that and the hardener. They package them in generic bottles. They can probably ship directly to you. They still answer the phone.

SoCal / Re: Some Fun Today
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:53:09 PM »
Nice Ralph. Better today. Overhead sets at Doho at lowtide. So much fun. Surfed for 3 hours and tons of head high or better waves. I'm so tired, but thinking about a repeat session tomorrow around noon. Even though it was drizzling this morning the water and air has warmed. Going to trunk it next time.

The Shape Shack / Re: epoxy
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:53:19 PM »
This is what I use, and most of the glasser's in the surf getto use. You want the UV inhibitor.

General Discussion / Re: Paddle Grip
« on: June 29, 2020, 06:27:05 PM »
My Ke-Nalu race / distance paddle has texture on the shaft that is perfect. My surf paddles are cheaper beaters with smooth / slippery shafts. I just twist a little electrical tape around the shaft where I need it. I replace it every 6 months or so. Or it just comes off in pieces. Low tech. BrentP gave me some sticky stuff but I didn't like sticky stuff on my hands.

General Discussion / Re: Open ocean paddle training for (M2O virtual)
« on: June 28, 2020, 05:59:13 PM »
You're getting pretty confortable out in the ocean I see. Great group to paddle with.

Technique / Re: Tips for Beginners
« on: June 28, 2020, 03:39:53 PM »
You've made the first biggest transition in paddling which is starting to want to streamline your stroke. Most people just splash away oblivious to the fact that there is actually a technique to paddling. There are years of discussion on paddling technique on this forum. I grew up surfing and windsurfing, but I'd never so much as paddled even a canoe. When I started sup about 13 years ago or so, I knew nothing about how to use a paddle. I started paddling distance with older gentlemen who had paddled outriggers competitively for most of his life. We both had unlimited 18' boards and paddled a few times a week together. He showed me how to paddle.
 It starts with shoulder and hip turn with elbows almost locked. Blade goes in quiet as far forward as you can reach. There should not be any splash, ripple or even sound when the blade enters the water. You then anchor the blade (pushing down) and pull. This catch (or anchor and pull) phase is the power phase. The maximum energy use starts and ramps from an almost anchored (fully submerged) blade, then ends with shoulders and hips back to squared with the board. Release the power phase sooner than you think and let the blade surface quietly with no force.
At this point I intentionally twist my blade flat to the water and swing it around forming a 'D' shape as I swing it around for the next stroke. Twisting the blade flat with the surface of the water allows it to cut through the wind like a knife and allows me to feather my blade which I sometimes need to do on very narrow race boards in choppy conditions.
Then there's the smooth change of paddle sides. This transition could be equated to the flip turn in swimming. Done right and you maintain your pace. Done poorly and you loose your glide. When I switch sides, I move my top hand off the handle and loosely put it around the paddle shaft. I hold my arm and hand in place and slide the shaft upwards with my lower hand till my hands meet. At that point (while my hands are together) I'll cross the blade in front of me to the other side. As it crosses over, what was my lower hand crosses over what was my upper hand and grabs the handle draws the shaft up. So this is just one up stroke that crosses over. It's super smooth when you get it down.
I'm probably losing you about now, but that's just scratching the surface.
There's matching board speed and not putting your paddle in the water to fast. Sometimes the faster you paddle the more inefficient you become. Anchoring your paddle will stop some of your glide. It's knowing the right tempo or cadence. Foot or board steering. Position on the board based on the wind and swell if any. paddling in quarter wind,etc. etc.

Sessions / Re: Amazing sunrise on the Jersey Shore this morning
« on: June 27, 2020, 05:41:12 PM »
Great shot. Perfect time and angle. Our SoCal waves have been about the same for the last week, but we are in the June Gloom season. Overcast mornings.

Random / Re: Where did all the bikes go?
« on: June 27, 2020, 02:49:00 PM »
It's funny how CL is jam packed with 'Top of the line' used MTB's for more than retail? Some are old and beat mechanically (10 yrs old) yet they are asking $3k. For 26" rims. I'll wait till next year and get a brand new Trek 29'r hard tail for $1,000.

Random / Where did all the bikes go?
« on: June 27, 2020, 12:59:41 PM »
Last Fall I broke my bike frame pulled my derailleur into my back wheel. That bike was 18 years old and had had the forks broken twice by me. So I thought this year I'd get myself a new or newer mountain bike. Not an e-MTB, just standard human power. A hard tail .. 29r. WELL... good luck with that!

ALMOST ALL THE BIKES IN THE US ARE SOLD OUT! I'm not kidding. I need an XL frame. None! Not Amazon, Dick's, or any bike stores. I found a full suspension carbon XL for $9,000. I'll let someone else have that one. Next shipments due Sept or January. Probably won't make it for X-mas. I have two friends who own bike shops. They are doing trade-ins, because that's the only thing they can get. Their racks are empty. Just bike repairs from here on out. Christmas is going to suck for them if they don't get something in stock.

This was part of my futile search yesterday..

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