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Thanks, Sano.  I think you and Beasho are about right. At 5-10, if I do a simple 'side-stride', I hit 24-25".  It seems to give me stability without feeling over extended.  Cheers.


My local guy is slow-walking the board but, the end is in sight'ish.  He wants to first hang the foil to determine the balance point for the underside handle. (none for the top)

I do not think I need rear inserts as this is a wingboard, but I want to mount an array upfront for 'options'.  I thought I could look at photos of how most of you stand and pick good general positions for the inserts, but why guess if there is already a mostly accepted standard?  The problem is: I cannot seem to find references to one... and, I do not have access to any production boards from the 'name brands'.  So, I'm asking.  Can I assume a good 'rear mark' is the center of the foil mount?   Thanks.


Random / Re: FedEx Is Such a POS
« on: July 29, 2020, 06:00:41 AM »
It's not uncommon - different people/different experiences...  As pretty much a daily shipper for a lot of years, an option to UPS could not have come soon enough.  I loved all the drivers (to this day) but the greedy cult in the shadows ignore any collateral damage on their way to the bank.  Initially, FedEx Ground were all cowboys. They are still contract drivers but my crew is pretty good. I got the impression recently FXG in FL was not as reliable ...but my wife sent a parcel at the UPS store to a friend, who likes her driver, in the Daytona area - got 'upcharged' with some extras ("You want sprinkles on that?") and it took the whole week. 

In these last years, you could bank on one day earlier at ~800mi and 2 days E-to-W coasts.  I don't know the cost differences, as I have not used UPS in years.  (The time difference may disappear if you are in a metro area.)


When I started kiting in ~2002 many showed up with little hand meters. For me, the bottom mark became 'glossy water';  "Forget it, ju're not kiting today."  It pretty much held for both the ocean and bayside (<1/4mi over the barrier island)

It was 'pretty glossy' in the video, but shot high up and with all the lumps it's harder to tell.  Still, he was doing it without any wobbly moments that I remember.  ' Good one.


Classifieds / Re: Axis 1020/500/short fuse
« on: July 25, 2020, 10:11:56 AM »
I can hear someone hooting and dancing from here.   Well bought.


Thanks, Fishman...  Don't undersell yourself, I would prefer your 'customer' review over any rent-a-rider or someone selling advertising. 

HOWEVER...  "Next Delivery between September 15 and 30. Opening of pre-orders very soon."  If 15% better in an expert's hands, Joe Schmoe would be crazy to pass up any number of good brands and get started next week. 


Foil SUP / Re: Neil Pryde is back
« on: July 24, 2020, 05:40:44 AM »
Nick... Collecting dust due to the lack of students, or?  (I know two who did not come down.)

MLB... Take some pics. 


SUP General / BluePlanet balance surfer...
« on: July 23, 2020, 01:59:17 PM »
I have had mine for a while and should use it more...  I bring it up because I get PT 2X weekly and one of the exercises is a Bosu ball, which I pretty much nail.  However, my drill sergeant has added a couple of twists that make it harder and potentially more productive than just quieting the jiggles I get when first paddling out.

The first is the coach selecting dipping angles ..starting with easy R-L and F-B ...then randomizing: 10 o'clock - 2 o'clock - 7 and 5.  I think we do that naturally on a SUP, but it is much different when being directed to the position.

BUT—apparently, the really tricky one is standing centered quietly and moving your head R-L ..then, the 'make you look bad' move is holding stationary and moving your eyes R-L.   He was surprised the later was easier for me...  (maybe because I am left-handed)

Anyway,  I pay to get that knowledge, I figured I would pass it on. 


Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: COVID mortality calculator...
« on: July 23, 2020, 06:17:47 AM »
Blackeye...  "How would your behaviour change?" ...probably not much, but more information helps maintain a focus on avoidance and exposure much as does BluePlanet's Balance Surfer reminds my body what balance is required when I hit the water.

As someone with comparatively few calendars left I am tons more aware of my environment and exposures than many of my friends.  I like to think - I try to think ahead.  An ambulance is @20min from us, so we keep oxygen at home. (here too - one of my employees was not so healthy)  My wife is a retired RN, we have all the common devices you would be exposed to upon entering the ER.  Frankly, an EKG strip or finger prick, has calmed the nerves of my wife probably more than once, as she has a severe tree-nut allergy and bouts of hypoglycemia.

A friend of a friend who builds racecars hangs out a his shop smoking tiny cigars (cigarettes are too expensive) with a persistent cough and has the attitude 'When it's my time.' ...and would never wear a mask for political reasons.  There are lotsa of directions and opinions.

One other detail... The outfit that presents this is not offering this pro bono for the good of society.  They make a device, so far not-FDA approved that provides that one bit of information in their calcualtor.

Beasho,  You're 1000% better with numbers than I, but this was a 'death' calculator, no?  I see things like '1/100 where when tested' only relating to 'those tested'.  If you tested 100 in one of those buildings in LA that house the homeless, would not the numbers likely change?
I still cannot grasp 'herd immunity' NYC. May 20 reference...

Antibody tests of approximately 8,000 people in New York City revealed an infection rate highest in the Bronx borough of New York City. While the overall positive rate is 19.9% for the city, the Bronx has a positive rate of 34%. Brooklyn has a rate of 29% and Queens has a rate of 25%. Rates in the Manhattan and Staten Island boroughs are 20% and 19%, respectively.

Foil SUP / Re: Getting the stoke by ear...
« on: July 22, 2020, 11:29:25 AM »
"It's not necessarily that you don't want to take a trip to barreling perfect waves. It's that you're always looking for 2 foot mush and no one's going to fly around the world to find 2 foot mush. "   That's a perspective I had not thought of, Hd. 

Unlike guys like Creek (that I know within this group) who have spent time/effort roaming the planet looking to get covered, I was always plotting trips to 'Low-n-Slow'. My future is likely limited to behind the barrier island wing and winging.


Foil SUP / Getting the stoke by ear...
« on: July 22, 2020, 07:36:10 AM »
I have not had the opportunity to foil yet - I am almost ready. I come to the forums for tips and the news. I find however a boat load of stoke available on Erik Antonson's Progression Project.  95% goes straight over my head - 98% would never be applicable to me, but there is a measure of enthusiasm that simply adds oxygen to my blood cells. 

What prompts this posting ...he and Mike Pedigo, a FL shaper, were talking at the end about why the reluctance of other surfers to take up the foil, how it totally changes a break, etc. Antonson said, something to the effect, "I have no desire for surf trips, because (with the foil) I have the best waves in the world right here." 

The comments that stuck with me were around/after the 83min mark.


Foil SUP / Re: Neil Pryde is back
« on: July 22, 2020, 05:58:41 AM »
'Pump it'... My gut tells me that the first-gen NP wings would make a perfect starter set for a newbie over a lot of bigger names.  As a cheap old fuc, I hunted for an XL set last winter as the crowds were running to the 'other side of the boat' upon weekly announcements for the 'latest and greatest'.  (that juking seems to still go on...) NP seemed to disappear in all that ...' nice to see them back on the hunt.


Training, Diet, and Fitness / COVID mortality calculator...
« on: July 21, 2020, 06:38:49 AM »
This will give you a possible percentage of outcome—having contracted the virus—based your general health and the stats so far on records of people who have had this viral infection.  You may need a copy of some of your last labs to increase the accuracy. 

There is one test, the %FMD that I would bet most people have never had (incl. me) so just move the slider into the Yellow zone to 'zero' the age to the right.  Buena Suerte!


Cute video.  I can imagine rodeo stars, living on a ranch as kids, doing all sorts of wild things on horses. You are pretty much unbreakable  ...or, at least fearless, at that age.


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