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Gear Talk / Re: Tourniquet
« on: October 10, 2021, 03:21:26 AM »
I've has to stop someone from bleeding while surfing three times in the last few years, while well off shore. Bleeding enough that it had to be addressed before paddling in.

There are a lot of things that you can't really do much about in the water, or can wait until you get to shore, but severe bleeding is the one thing that has to be dealt with immediately, and probably one of the most common injuries to happen in surfing. Get an artery (not just sharks), and you might have five minutes left.

I carry the Swat-T in my trunks pocket or wetsuit chest flap, and never even know it's there. It also works as a very good compression bandage when a tourniquet isn't needed. My kit in the car has two CAT 7's. While a leash will work, it can be cumbersome, it's slippery (especially with a lot of blood on it), and can be hard to get enough pressure without something to twist. Great if that's what ya got, but the Swat-T is cheap, and easy to apply as either a bandage or a tourniquet.

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Sessions / Re: Local Summer Love- 2021
« on: October 05, 2021, 05:34:53 PM »
Nice! Looks like some fun waves.

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Sessions / Re: Groundhog Days
« on: September 26, 2021, 05:01:02 AM »
Have a great day on the water
Repeat

What could be better?  :)

Got four days in a row. Finally a storm in town and tomorrow should be pumping.

Nice video!  Cool watching your foot work.

Thanks LB.

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Sessions / Re: September Blues
« on: September 26, 2021, 04:59:20 AM »
Woo Hoo! 
As usual, blown away by the water clarity!
In a couple of those shots that looks like pretty skinny water!
Thanks for sharing!

Oh yea. Just fall flat  ;D  Thanks.

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Sessions / Re: Groundhog Days
« on: September 22, 2021, 06:29:42 PM »
Oki

Another fine video. Your small waves are our big waves on the upper Texas coast. Love that you're surfing your 10' board. I have a lot of fun on my 10'5" BP "Duke" model whether I'm sup surfing or flat water paddling. Your water is crystal clear and very blue in color. I love that color. Wish we had that color of water here on the upper coast.

Just curious. What fin configuration on you using on your 10'? When I'm sup surfing, I'm always using a 4 fin quad setup on all of my sups.

As always, thanks for sharing your videos.

Thanks NW. I usually have them set up as thruster with Futures F6 sides, and a F6 or F8 center (4.56" or 4.64'). No difference, just limited number of center fins. If I know it's going to be a fast, hollow wave, I may change to a quad with a QD4 or smaller QD3.75 rear.

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Sessions / Re: September Blues
« on: September 22, 2021, 04:11:35 AM »
Nice video dude. That water is amazing... I like the switching POVs. It worked out really good. Are you using an arm mount instead of a the chesty? I've been using my Hero5 and Hero8 (sucks the batteries) together but haven't had the time to do any editing.
As far as sun screen goes, I use Lubriderm lotion with the SPF 15 every morning before I go anywhere. Head to toes.  It dries fast and doesn't smell or feel greasy. It's fine for short surf sessions, riding my bike or just walking. Always have it on. Always.
If I'm going to be out in the sun and in the water for more than a few hours, I'll put some SPF 50 on too. I haven't had a sunburn as far back as I can remember.   

Thanks TD. I use the bite mount. The arm thing is a MyGo leash for the camera when it's on the bite mount. I have two 7's, and want to experiment running them at the same time, but what a hassle! Could use the remote control, but I've flooded one of those, too.

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Sessions / Groundhog Days
« on: September 22, 2021, 12:15:24 AM »
The next day. About the same size, but a little more glass and back to the kook cam :-)

To be honest, I only hate the small days because I think they make for videos people probably won't want to watch. I actually love surfing these small days, catch so many waves it's ridiculous, and have the time of my life. Blessed to live somewhere so beautiful  ;D

Seriously better to watch in 1080 on a screen bigger than the imbedded player.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bIGC1iT_X4

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Sessions / Re: September Blues
« on: September 21, 2021, 04:45:30 PM »

If you can find that hat again, just send me a private message with your home address and I'll you money for the hat. I like your hat since it has the strap under the chin, covers the ears and most importantly for me, a longish bill to keep the sun off of my nose.

The Texas sun where I live is very hot and high UV light for long periods of time on exposed skin, no matter how much sunblock is applied, just increases the odds of skin cancer. From some of the old surfers I've met at Surfside, Texas; I can tell when I'm talking to them up close, a dermatologist has taken off some skin cancer from the tips of their noses.

For sure!

I'm one of those surfers who's had a chunk cut out of the tip of my nose. Also behind the ear twice, and from between the right pinky and ring finger... That's why you see me covered up. I started using TropicSport SPF50 on my face, hands, and top of feet. It kind of stays white so some people don't like it, but I can be out for four hours now and my face doesn't get nuked.

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Sessions / Re: Larry
« on: September 20, 2021, 09:27:08 PM »
Some great shots.

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Sessions / Re: September Blues
« on: September 20, 2021, 08:53:38 PM »
Nice Oki-Stoke! There were a few shades of blue in there that were new to me! That jam was full Tokyo-techno! Sweet!

Thanks Cookie! I think music makes the videos more interesting, and I really like Ayla Nero's stuff, but what I don't like is they they claim copyright and monitize the video... I just don't want ads on my videos, but I guess "staving artists" need to make money too LOL  I see you've been getting some really good surf.


It is always nice to see another one of your sup surfing videos. Good to see you got to take advantage of the bump wave wise.

BTW, I liked your "hat".

Thanks for sharing your video.


Thanks NW! This is the same hat, and it's lasted for several years now. You've mentioned that you liked it before, and asked where I got it. Unfortunately, it's a Japanese brand called Kiss Mark (which is a hickey in US parlance), so hard to find outside Japan. I haven't seen it in a while, but if I can find one, I'm going to send you one :-)

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Sessions / September Blues
« on: September 20, 2021, 06:19:30 PM »
Been a while since I did any video. Summer's been slow with only two real typhoons, when we should have 20+ named storms. Took the camera out and did a little with the normal bump we get out of the Pacific. My main spot near the house. Got into kind of a funk for a while, but surfing four days this week and probably today too, might be coming to a close  :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyom6OscuWQ


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SUP General / Re: How to repair Boardworks Eradicator bought used
« on: August 02, 2021, 05:11:27 PM »
I use an aquarium pump to push air through the board. The one I have has adjustable airflow and when dead-headed will go between 2-5psi. I put the pump into the vent plug, and depending on the size of the ding, I'll set it to maintain about 2 psi. This will push the water back out of the ding, and continue flowing air through the board, drying the ding area. I'll usually let it run for about 48 hours after all water stops coming out. 

Then repair.

If it's just a pin hole in the epoxy, or something like that, I'll build a dam around the area, fill with epoxy, and using a vacuum pump, pull a small vacuum through the vent plug, which pulls the epoxy into the board, rather than just a superficial covering. 

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General Discussion / Re: High Performance SUP suggesting
« on: July 28, 2021, 10:43:43 PM »
The problem I find with going down and down in size, especially for former pronies like you and I, is there's a point of diminishing return, and once you hit that point, it goes downhill fast.

What attracted me to SUP wasn't the performance, but the glide, the being able to stand around and see waves approaching way ahead of time, and get in the best position way ahead of time, catching thirty-two waves every time I go out, the ease of the paddle to the outer reefs or way down the coast to get away from everyone, surfing for four to six hours without getting physically destroyed, and on and on.

But we know what the performance of a shortboard feels like, and pretty soon we start chasing that performance on a SUP. Then you hit a point where the performance plateaus, and all the reasons I got on a SUP are greatly diminished. An 8' board with a 1:1 guild feels like you're digging yourself out of a hole. You don't want to paddle that to a reef a mile out. On surging reef break, you don't stand around on it, you have to sit, jumping up when a set shows. A set you didn't see way ahead of time because you were sitting. Only because it's a SUP, you can't scramble to where you need to be, or maneuver nearly as quickly as being on a shortboard.

I found myself thinking "This is stupid. I'd be so much better off on a shortboard." There was literally zero advantage to being on a SUP. All of the advantages were eaten up by the small size, and all I was left with is a board that doesn't surf nearly as well as even a 7' mid-length.

And then I got back on a SUP longboard, found myself laughing and having a great time again.


Just my experience, and possibly something to think about once you feel that performance curve start to bottom out  ;)   

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General Discussion / Re: Reef Rash leads to Illness
« on: July 27, 2021, 09:34:11 PM »
Oki... As a kid I played on the other side of Lk. Michigan.  We had such delights as industrial waste, likely from a Coking plant, that looked and felt like Urchins if stepped upon.  On a concrete gang later, I helped stem a leak into the lake of acids used in steel production. The lakes were a convenient repository for c'hit that would have been inconveniently expensive to deal with for many major industries. 

Jim

Hey Jim. My sister in law is a biologist, and works for MSU. Part of her job is water sampling and tracking the heath of Kalamazoo area rivers and lakes. Even now, a century later, the damage from the paper mills is still there. The Kalamazoo river is clean and safe to swim in, but don't eat the fish because the river bed isn't... Another thing I've often wondered about is all the septic drainage fields for all the houses surrounding every small suburban lake  :o

 

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Gear Talk / Re: if you could only have one board (2021 version)
« on: July 25, 2021, 10:45:25 PM »
My Blue Planet Tuf-Tech 10'6" x 33" x 5.25" x 220L  ;D

From time to time, people ask me to take them out, but there's no chance they could even stand on one of my boards, so I bought this leviathan. Started out just surfing it on tiny, choppy days, and had so much fun, I started going bigger. It was really fun tweaking the fin set up to get it to turn in the pocket and hold the wall  :) 

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