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General Discussion / Re: Stay unpopular - comment on foiling
« on: May 16, 2019, 05:31:47 PM »
going straight on a foil is not the same feeling as going straight on normal board.  When you get locked in flying down the line, the speed is quite exhilarating

My buddy got his BP Easy Foiler the other day, and we took it out for the first time yesterday afternoon in unbreaking, knee-high rollers, and it was amazing. Only "flying" for a couple of seconds at a time, but what a rush. Easy to catch the wave, and as soon as it lifts, the way everything goes silent, and the acceleration is unreal.

Watching all the videos, was totally prepared for the lift, and setting it right back down as gently as possible, but wasn't ready for the acceleration and speed. I love the small days just riding a race board straight, and this is next level.   

Gear Talk / Re: Roof transport in summer
« on: May 14, 2019, 12:27:22 AM »
Hi folks!  Can you throw out suggestions again about the best way to get the board on the roof in the wind?  Thanks!

Two people  :D

I have the 27" carbon Bump Rider and love it. I bought it thinking I was going to just downwind on it. Then I started surfing and cruising on it so much that downwind became a secondary purpose. If I would have known I would go down that road from the start, I would have bought the 30" wide board in the bamboo and glass fact, I may just buy another one, as I like it that much.   

Sessions / Re: Fun waves but Soloshot Not
« on: May 09, 2019, 06:45:37 PM »
Nice. Northeast coast seems to be pretty consistent.

SUP Safety / Re: Nocturnal shark attacks?
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:21:02 PM »
The big pelagic sharks, as the sun starts to set for the night, they start to come inshore. This is common knowledge where I live.

I've been spearfishing the sub-tropics for most of my life, quite a bit on structure like deeper water piers, etc. Dusk and dawn is when the big predators are present. They disappear shortly after sunrise, and come in with the setting sun. I see Black-tip reef sharks all the time, the occasional Tiger, and very rarely a Bull. Last spring I saw my first GW, and it was while on a SUP. Morning session on an offshore reef. Only about 3 meters long, and cruising along in the deeper water, just off the reef drop off. Followed it for a minute (staying on top of the reef), and was way less spooked than i thought I'd be. Was an incredible experience.

No reported attacks here, other than a surfer being "nipped" on the foot a few years back. Still pretty spooky in the water at twilight.     

Gear Talk / Re: gel coat repair
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:00:10 PM »
Sand again smooth and do your best faux finish with some grey and black paint brushed. Then spray a rattler can flat or semi clear.

I don't even bother to paint them anymore... :-)

General Discussion / Re: Stay unpopular - comment on foiling
« on: May 07, 2019, 12:16:52 AM »
Robert and the BP crew rocks!
that place is foil heaven  ;)

Yup. My buddy just ordered a 6'6" Easy Foiler so I can ride it and decide if I want one too... LOL.

General Discussion / Re: SAD NEWS--Sunny Garcia
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:48:31 PM »
She even showed me her shoes and you could see what appears to be where at some point she stepped on her own shoes. As to try and change her mind to save herself or something. 

In interviews with survivors who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, the common thread is that the second their feet left the bridge, they knew they had made a mistake, and that whatever the problem was, it was not insurmountable.   

I had PTSD in my early 20's, and with that came depression and the whole list of torments. I've been through some bad things, but depression is, by far, the worst thing I've ever experienced. You just can't accurately describe it to people. It's my opinion that it's mainly support that keeps people moving forward. You can reach a point where the pain is so unbearable, the only reason you don't end it is because you don't want to hurt those who care for you. That's a dark place to be, and without the lifeline of people who care, there's nothing to hold on to.

Stigma or not, I made a promise to myself to always share my experience and be there for anyone who needs help. I'm greatly saddened when I hear of things like what happened with your niece, what's happening with Sunny, what AI went through, and on and on and on...


Not sure I am ready for pants like this:

I now wear regular sports compression pants, and trunks over those. Feels like the same material rash guards are made from.

I've always thought rubbing chemicals all over your body was a bad idea, and I just don't care about looking like a kook any more. I draw the line at booties, though ;-)

Sessions / Drop and Pop
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:02:55 AM »
Short, fast, steep bowling wave on the east side of Okinawa (same tiny spot as last week on the race board). Steep drop, especially when it gets overhead, then empties into a channel where the wave goes flat, and you can give it a little pop with a small snap or cutback. Sets this day were double overhead on the face, but unmakable as the inside section would close out (not enough water). So a few of these are just a couple of feet overhead. Had a serious case of spaghetti-legs today...just one of those off days. Super fun, though. Hooking up with my buddy Carl (prone surfer who paddles over the wave in front of me), who I haven't seen in 20 years. Also met up with a Japanese guy I was a team rider with for a local brand...also about 20 years ago...LOL.  Three of us on the peak having a blast.

Would really suck if the guy in the SUP was railroaded...

Just some observations from the bench... The article is severely biased, painting the surfer as a local sweetheart, and not a word about the guy on the SUP. At several points it also goes out of the way to make a distinction between SUP and prone... e.g. "used his hands to paddle his board towards the offender." Also note the use of the word "offender." Hyperbole abounds: "While Eslinger was lying flat on his board, the paddleboard cut across his path and the back end of the larger board came toward his head, he said." Please... It goes on and on; utter trash that casts doubt on the whole thing.

An entire article written from the words of only one of the two parties. Once we remove the obvious bias, the he-said, she-said, and land on the facts, only one person was injured, and only after admittedly seeking confrontation.

In my experience, confrontation that escalates to violence (and I've seen my share) is almost never one sided. There's a very good chance that the guy on the SUP was being an ass, but don't ask me to believe that the surfer paddled towards the SUP to have a calm, polite discussion about manners in the line up. Even in well mannered, polite Japan, that's a laugh.   

Gear Talk / Re: Longboard Style SUP: Yes, but wich one?
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:31:54 PM »
That's amazing. I'm a big fan of bulletproof boards these days. One of the first surfing SUP's I bought was a Focus Carbon Classic 9' long board. Great shape, but absolute garbage where build quality is concerned...been chasing leaks from day one. Cost substantially more than the Gong, too...   

Sessions / Re: Surfing Myanmar biggest tidal bore of the year
« on: April 13, 2019, 07:54:55 PM »
That was awesome. Did you spend much time in those standing waves?

Sessions / Re: Warm Spring day_4_6_19
« on: April 07, 2019, 05:19:01 PM »
I may be posting too much

No such thing with surf videos. I love watching people's vids from all over the world. Never get tired of it.

Sessions / Re: Glassy mushy morning_4_7_19
« on: April 07, 2019, 05:00:36 PM »
Man, that looks like so much fun. Being a pronie all my life, I hated "mushy" conditions. Now I love them. The guy I normally surf with is in Lombok right now, sending me pictures of "mushy" crumbling waves that are double overhead+ every day...   

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