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Sessions / Re: Typhoon #9
« on: August 22, 2019, 03:55:18 PM »

You could tell from the speed of the nose mounted footage, a bit herky jerky, but that was an indication of how fast things were moving.  Fast means big, much bigger than the GoPro gives justice.

Thanks Beasho.

The wind was around to 30 knots side-off into the right. I was really disappointed with the footage... What I thought was going to be a great clip...turns into garbage. Something new to me with SUP is how much more you have to be tuned into what's going on, and pre-plan what you're going to do, especially when the wind and chop is up. Knowing how much the board will take, and how much you have to slow down before initiating a turn, etc. The drop in at 5:01 was so helter-skelter, as the board was completely flying. You can see it flutter left-right-left, and even the prone surfers were hooting it...but on video, it just looks out of shape...LOL Maybe should slow that kind of footage down. Hopefully, editing is improving a little every time. Thanks for the feedback.


Sessions / Re: Typhoon #9
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:03:36 AM »
Thanks Cook!

General Discussion / Re: Go pro Mount advice2
« on: August 18, 2019, 11:36:09 PM »
With the real GoPro, it's whatever resolution you set, only vertical screen.

Sessions / Re: Typhoon #9
« on: August 14, 2019, 05:46:14 PM »
Thanks Creek.

Sessions / Re: Typhoon #9
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:44:10 PM »

I have (had) a lot of hobbies. Heavy into motorsports, heavy into the outdoors... Building and calibrating drag and drift racing engines (I also own two Toyota hybrids, and specialize in repairing Toyota and Honda hybrids), motocross and enduro racing, sea kayak expeditioning, surfing, hiking, camping in the wilderness for weeks at a shot... One day I woke up and said "enough is enough." I decided to stick with everything "outdoors," and ditch everything "motorsports."

With all three kids out of the house (youngest two still at university), I found that I have a lot of I surf...a lot. I found that the filming thing is a lot of fun, too. So I decided to give that a go, too. 

I appreciate the comments. Filming myself is really weird, but I'm getting used to it. Positive feedback really makes it worth it.

Board this day was a BP Ninja Warrior. 8'10"x29x116L round-pintail. GL2 quad fin setup.

Some pics of my posse for TallDude.


Sessions / Typhoon #9
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:58:55 PM »
Again, not my best effort filming...but I'm trying here.

A segment on my surf chariot, a bit on trying to film POV, and then some surfing.

Two locations in this video. First spot was still shallow and ledging. Lots of people standing around contemplating, so my buddy Adam and I charged it. Got bounced hard a couple of times, reef rash on the foot. All of this footage was from the nose cam. Very hairy wave with a lot of wind. Was barely able to control the board on the chop, and it really wanted to take flight, so wasn't ready to mess with a new camera set up...sorry to those who hate nose mount. As soon as we started taking waves, about five other SUP's paddled out, three quickly retreating back to the beach :-)  Then came the prone surfers. Everyone was really cool, but too crowded for my comfort.

We moved to a different spot, with a lot bigger wave, but better wind protection. Moved the camera to the helmet mount, but the GoPro was low on battery, so I only filmed a set from the channel, then filmed about two or three rides towards the end. After four hours in the water, and I was really beat at that point.

The POV footage from the helmet makes wave size look incredibly small. However, many people seem to like this angle better. I'd appreciate it if people would let me know what they think, and prefer. I'll try to tailor filming to what people want to see. Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: Its official (Im a kook)
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:32:38 PM »
;D I remember taking a 12'6 touring board for my 1st sup surf and it was like the wrong tool and kook buck off/slam city  ;D
keep at it because its fun!

First SUP I ever stood on is a 12'6" flat water race board. It was also the first SUP I ever bought, and the first SUP I ever surfed. Now 8 boards deep, I still surf it. So much fun it's ridiculous.

Gear Talk / Re: Go pro Mount advice
« on: August 11, 2019, 07:50:23 PM »
One good thing I'll say about the board nose mount, is that it's a great learning tool to play back and see what your feet are doing, where an how you're standing on the board, etc.

Gear Talk / Re: Go pro Mount advice
« on: August 11, 2019, 04:05:32 PM »
Videos from board mounted cameras are really boring to watch. The paddle mount or Creeks kook hat mount are the best.

Agreed. However, GoPro in Superview makes waves look really small. From the nose mount, well overhead looks to be about shoulder, and POV mount (hat, bite, whatever) makes rather large waves look tiny and flat. Nothing you can do about it, but it still drives me nuts!!

The bite mount is out. My first problem with it is that it takes too much attention for me to use. I find myself actually paying attention to the camera angle, and moving my head and body to "get the shot." That and I took a big wipeout last week, and it broke my (fake from an old motorcycle accident when I was 17) front teeth out, costing me $800 to repair. So I came up with the helmet cam this week, in a version that doesn't look like a big dorky antennae sticking off the top of my head...LOL  Double overhead looks head high, but I was able to just turn it on and forget it. Plus able to film others by just looking at them.


Nice! I bet that cool water feels good. We're currently at "bathwater" status here. No relief from the heat, whatsoever!

General Discussion / Re: The price of new boards/how do you choose?
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:45:48 PM »
SUP is actually quite cheap in the long run..... how much does your car cost you every year? Or eating out?

Agree with everything you said, and especially the quoted line. Even compared to surfing... Initial cost may be more, but when you snap two boards per year, average...vs. a good SUP probably lasting "a lifetime."  The money to fun factor doesn't even come close.   

General Discussion / Re: Seattle Times Article on SUP Related Drownings
« on: August 03, 2019, 02:09:57 AM »
I try really hard to stay out of this kind of discussion, as they often devolve into a bunch of nannies, all trying to out-safety each other  ::)

That said, this one was constructive, and everything Nalu wrote is, in my opinion, right on target. Got all the points and counter points. At times, not everyone wears a PFD, there are good reasons why not, and they were properly addressed here. An inflatable can be USCG-approved Type-V, just like my kayaking rescue vests. But a Type-V has to be worn, and not stowed to be "approved."

On the dangers of leash entanglement. Pretty much all surf leashes are quick release. The most important factor being that one must have the presence of mind to release it, and be familiar with how to do it under pressure. Regardless of where it's attached, if someone panics, it's not coming off. 40 years surfing, I've had the leash wrapped up in the coral after a wipe out more times than I can remember. I've never failed to reach down and release it (obviously) with a single tug. If someone's really worried about the Velcro not coming undone, Dakine sells a quick release kit for their ankle leashes. But again, if someone's panicking, it doesn't matter. Any quick release requires practice. If someone thinks they may need to use it, it should be practiced until it's an automatic reaction.

I only wear Dakine leashes, and as I often surf well off shore, I'm obsessive about maintaining them. I do an inspection before I go out, after I get out, and any time during a surf where I suspect the cord may have come in contact with the fins (I've caught cuts like this). If I'm out farther than I know I can comfortably swim in,  I wear an impact vest, even when it's small. Close-fitting and doesn't obstruct getting back on the board, while providing substantial flotation.

A board's not properly settled until there are "foot clues" to let you know you're standing in the right spot ;-)

Sessions / Re: Heat wave session #2 with Zoner guest
« on: July 28, 2019, 03:57:30 PM »
Nice session. Looks like there were a few little bombs coming through. SUP is what makes these days possible.

I've surfed the east coast and west coast a little when I was younger, but don't really remember the vibe, however, watching a lot of Youtube, it seems like the east coast vibe is a lot more chill, with less aggression. Is that true, in general? 

Sessions / Re: Small Kine Super Secrets
« on: July 27, 2019, 09:27:33 PM »
Yesterday this spot woke up. My gut told me it was going to get bigger, but went with the stupid swell forecast, and only brought a 10' long board. Overhead in the peak, and head/shoulder down the line. Lots of waves. Most missed with the GoPro... When it wakes up, I still can't master the whole "paying attention to the camera and getting it ready" thing when a wave is setting up, trying to position myself in the peak, paddling in back-side this day. I find that I try too hard for the camera, and my surfing experience greatly suffers...but getting better.

A few pics, and I'm out the door to hit the same place today  :)

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