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Classifieds / WTB Laird Pearson Arrow
« on: January 04, 2022, 06:34:15 AM »
Does anyone have a 10'6' Laird Pearson Arrow in decent shape kicking around that they'd sell? Thanks.

SUP General / Re: SUP racing growing ? Uhm.....
« on: April 12, 2019, 03:33:02 AM »
I’m sure the fact that there were drug tests has nothing to do with the absence of some big names.

A controversial claim there.......
Not exactly sure what you mean by his opinion being controversial. But if you disagree with that opinion I am with you 100%. I took his statement to be extremely sarcastic.


I’ve been thinking about getting a big board, primarily for relaxed cruising between breaks... but for surf. 

What are peoples’ thoughts about using an oversized performance surf shaped board instead of a longboard or large allrounder shape?

Granted if super-sized, a performance shape wouldn’t reach the performance it was designed for. BUT, if my goals do not include shredding or stylized longboarding, what harm in having decent rails and a shape that can turn?  (…and for the humility record I can’t shred or drop a knee turn.)

So specific example – The ‘appropriate’ Jimmy Lewis World Wide for my 185lb would be the 8’9 (141L).   But there is also a 9’9 x33” (171L).   Would that be a big board that is fun? … or just a big pain in the a** … ?
Find an old Laird (Pearson) 10'6" It's my all-time favorite board. Pearson got this right over 10 years ago and I haven't seen anything as good in this category (long surf board (not longboard)) that can cruise. 29" wide, 150ish L. Pin tail and razor thin rails it turns on a dime. We've all seen the vids...

SUP General / Re: SUP racing growing ? Uhm.....
« on: March 25, 2019, 02:41:27 PM »
My wife and I had the pleasure of paddling an OC6 in Maui last week with some friends  and had an absolute blast. So much so that I started looking for an OC1 for home. We live about a 50 yard walk from Narragansett Bay and storage isn’t a problem so I thought it would be fun to have one at the house. The problem I’m having is actually tracking down one to buy. Closest one I could find was in North Carolina. Kind of a bummer but I’ll continue to keep my eyes open. If anyone here knows anyone within the northeast that has one they would be willing to part with, please let me know. An OC2 would be fine too but I know chances of that are even more unlikely.
Call Sam at Osprey in Westport. She has one and would know of any active groups or other folks. She loves hers.

SUP General / Re: Realizing a board can be TOO BIG
« on: February 21, 2019, 05:12:13 AM »
Put me in the big board camp. Everyone is different but for me SUP surfing is about cruising, comfort, and long board feel. I love surfing a 14' board and my favorite surf SUP is a 10 year old 10' 6" Laird (154 Liters). For me I have never enjoyed going smaller. But enjoy what works for you, just don't fall into the FOMO trap that smaller is always better for everyone. 

Random / Re: Retiring But where?
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:10:41 PM »
What about abroad? Lots of great countries where a retired expat can live quite well.

SUP General / Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« on: February 06, 2019, 02:04:08 PM »
Just catching up to this, WOW fantastic! Good for you Rick!

SUP General / Re: Kai's aeirial at Mavericks.
« on: December 26, 2018, 03:42:14 PM »
adding to addapost: the extent to which he studied the climb, memorizing details about every single hold, was incredible---the preparation was beyond comprehensive--appropriately so, given the urgency that the feat be accomplished without error

i am anything but an advocate of free-soloing---as an observer, and an ex climber, i am in awe---but i am also concerned that it may be some slow version of suicide--including all the implications for friends and family, and the "complicity" of anyone invested in any way in the process, right down to simply the person who watches the media honnold was paid to be a part of

big mountasin climbers die alot---even those who dont free solo---effing avy took out one of the best, and smartest---one swoop and alex lowe was gone.......

one can flirt with death, yeah, but even well-prepared and very careful, in the mountains death is a random moment away at all times--avy, rock fall, storm, icefall, lightening....................

That's why I enjoyed "The Dawn Wall" so much better than "Free Solo". I get that those guys are all professionals and get paid (probably) big bucks to produce something occasionally but Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson's Dawn Wall climb was way more like watching two guys work really hard to just climb (oh just the hardest rock climb on earth) while watching Honnold was like a voyeuristic peek at a failed suicide attempt. If you haven't seen "Dawn Wall" it is definitely worth the $5. In my opinion, the best climbing movie yet.

SUP General / Re: Kai's aeirial at Mavericks.
« on: December 22, 2018, 08:02:39 AM »
So how did Alex take a water or potty break during the free solo? He was climbing for hours. I didn't notice a hydration pack on him. Do they plant water bottles or do the camera people carry?
While the overall level of difficulty of that climb is a very hard 5.13a, there are spots that are ledgy scrambles where you can just stand there and pee, or even lie down and nap if you wanted. Those sections don't make the editing cut for obvious reasons, the real climbing, the overhanging hard stuff is the goods. I'm sure he had plenty of water and probably food stashed along the way. He had climbed the thing roped up probably a hundred times before the solo.

SUP General / Re: Kai's aeirial at Mavericks.
« on: December 21, 2018, 12:42:22 PM »
It's also the concentration. Even 80' waves only last a few seconds. Honnold was perfectly locked in for FOUR hours. To me that is the piece that is unexplainable.

SUP General / Re: Kai's aeirial at Mavericks.
« on: December 19, 2018, 05:17:01 PM »
I love watching Kai surf. The kid is so talented. That ride was spectacular! But Honnold? What that dude does is not human and really isn't comparable to surfing- even big waves. Big waves can hurt if you blow it and of course it is possible to get killed but it really isn't likely. Dudes get macked all the time and come out relatively ok. Solo climbers are going to die. Period. There are other climbers who have done similar climbs, they just didn't have a film crew or a social media presence marketing their efforts. That is not a knock on Honnold, I love the guy and hope he keeps safely doing climbs I can enjoy watching from my chair but it is the current reality. He is public and marketed so we know about him but others have done very very similar stuff. Go read Jon Karkauer's account of his solo climb up the Devils Thumb in the late 70's. Or read Mark Twight's early accounts of some of his solo's in the Alps almost 30 years ago. The mind control these guys have is insane. Anyway, right now I can't decide if I want to go surf or ice climb.

Technique / Re: Preferred Method to Right Larger SUP in Surf?
« on: December 17, 2018, 01:14:32 PM »
There is really no wrong way, just make sure that on windy days to put yourself downwind of the board when you flip it.

Do you mean "upwind"?

Technique / Re: Dealing with nasty rollers on a touring SUP
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:47:05 PM »
In those conditions your problem isn't going to be the swell, it's going to be the wind. You basically have one choice- you will be paddling with it at your back. Plan launch and landings (primary and emergency) accordingly.

Technique / Re: How to end ride on wave?
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:08:23 AM »
I thought that was what you meant, I just had a lot of trouble visualizing it on a wave.

But as I think about it, I kind of - sort of - do it already. I do a back-wards stroke on the inside of my turn. But with that technique I find that I lose too much momentum. I will try doing it a bit earlier, and not back paddle, so as not to lose as much momentum.


Yes turning strokes done behind you tend to stop you while turning strokes done in front of you don't have nearly as much of a stopping effect. The cross-nose is a super aggressive turning stroke because of the torque stored in your body's core when you are in the correct position. In that cross-nose position you are also set up to easily get the blade back to the paddle side of the board and continue to turn with a forward sweep or dig in hard for an aggressive powerful forward stroke to move forward.

Technique / Re: How to end ride on wave?
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:47:09 PM »
I'm a big fan of finishing the ride with a fixed cross bow - essentially a nose rudder. While you still have some speed cross over, plant the blade, then hold it.  Only plant 1-2" if you're cruising fast, deeper for slower speed. If done right, you'll spin around nearly 180 degrees or close. If not, finish turn with a sweep stroke on your standard side.

Like all cross bows, keep knees bent, hands loose on paddle and look where you're going (not straight ahead).  Spinning right, look right.  It'll help you turn easier. The move can be one easy flowing movement, all finesse and less work. 

Try this turning method on flat water. Get your speed up, cross over and plant and hold. 

Or Tail stall, etc..

I am intrigued rob. Is there a video or something that you learned this from? I can't quite visualize it, but I want to try it.

Its usually called a "cross nose draw". A quick google search finds a boatload of vids, here's a decent one.

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