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Random / Re: "wave heights around 45 feet west west of Ireland"
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:54:16 AM »
The problem is the wind. And the rain, leading to widespread flooding, since Dennis is just after storm Ciara.

Local to me, there have been gusts of wind up to 91mph, and itís been F7-10 onshore for days. Tough to surf in that, at most spots.

Here was the surf in storm Ciara, which seemingly turned into the beginning of storm Dennis with only one day of good surf between them:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-sussex-51444109/storm-ciara-hastings-lifeboat-battles-through-waves

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Gear Talk / Re: Naish 2020 Inflatable SUPs
« on: February 07, 2020, 10:50:15 PM »
Interesting here that they are taking the view that stiffness might not be everything as regards speed in iSUPs - they seem to be steering towards weight. Presumably their comments towards the end are aimed at the Maliko inflatable?



But maybe itís different in choppy conditions.

The problem is that nothing weighs nothing. But nothing doesnít make for a very stiff board. My Hypr Hawaii 14ft gun is double-carbon full PVC sandwich board with wood stringer plus s-glass I-beam strengthening. It is super-stiff despite being only 4.5Ē thick. But all that stuff weighs a bit. I suspect that, regarding the stiffness/weight relation to speed, in choppy waters, especially the ocean, speed is substantially related to stiffness relative to weight, whereas in pure flat water, weight is relatively more important.

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Gear Talk / Re: Naish 2020 Inflatable SUPs
« on: February 03, 2020, 10:38:10 AM »

However, the review video demonstrates extremely well the weakness of the kind of static deflection test being used.

Although 7mm is very little ďbendĒ in the board when you bear in mind that the Starboard carbon hard board bent by 5mm, when the video shows the paddler bouncing up and down in the board itís is clear that there is the usual iSUP ďboingĒ going on. No way in hell would the hard board be flexing like that.

I am aware of the fact that this is an older thread. Got som new info regarding that last sentence. "No way in hell would the hard board be flexing like that". Check out this video. First I thought this was a video of an inflatable board....


Wow, that does look bad. My 14x26 RS doesnít flex like that, so I wonder if itís just that particular board? The new SIC RS are made in the Kinetic factory in Vietnam now (where the Jimmy Lewis boards are made) rather than at Cobra in Thailand where the one in the video was presumably made. And the new ones are full PVC sandwich too, which should make them stiffer and more durable. The degree of flex in the video would affect performance, and I have watched closely several elite racers on the RS and have not seen that degree of flex. So maybe the board in the video was a lemon?

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There are no dragons on my double-carbon 14 or 11-6 guns. Just ask for them without. Some people love the dragons, but I prefer just to see the beautiful  materials and craftsmanship.

Iíll post a full review of the Hypr 14 gun when Iíve finished testing it: Iíve been ill for a while which has restricted time on water. But here is one of the wood versions being surfed recently at a local spot here is the UK.

https://fbwat.ch/1OxG1UFws3nUUg01



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Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / Re: Quickblade U-V 88
« on: January 24, 2020, 04:08:55 AM »
Yeah, I could easily go to 60 sq ins I think, if anyone made a blade that small. If you ensure a ďpositive angleĒ (as they call it - pretty dim phrase though since all angles are positive) at the catch, and make sure the the blade is moving forwards as it enters the water, you can get a rock solid catch with just about any decent blade.

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Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / Re: Quickblade U-V 88
« on: January 23, 2020, 05:03:21 PM »
I just discovered that Quickblade has released a U-V 82. Don't know when it came out but seriously tempted to get one.
A friend who likes the v-drive and trifecta was recently rather critical of the U-V after using one for a while. I havenít tried one, but it made me resolve to do so before spending megabucks...

I dunno why people are using such big blades. Even 82 seems big to me these days. I can yank on the shaft as hard as I like and my 71 blade wonít budge. Maybe if you are Danny Ching... but for ordinary people/non-racers: why would you?

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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Paddling UK canals?
« on: January 17, 2020, 05:25:12 AM »
Yes, British Canoeing membership should cover most issues, including insurance.

Unless you are very brave, Iíd avoid paddling on the Thames anywhere near central London. It is fast moving, dirty, very turbulent and very busy. It will NOT be at all relaxing, and is downright dangerous, really. The Thames outside of London has some amazingly beautiful and safe stretches however. Friends have paddled right through central London (and races have been held), so it can be done. But, really, why would you? So, yes, avoid it.

As for safety, the issue that TallDude raised, the UK is generally pretty safe - much more so than nearly all other countries in the world. Of course, anywhere there can be problems if you are unlucky or unwise or both. But at least no-one is going to pull a gun on you :)


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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Paddling UK canals?
« on: January 16, 2020, 06:12:25 PM »
Most people doing trips like this will take up membership of British Canoeing, which covers you for a lot of UK waterways and has other benefits too.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canoeing-and-kayaking/licensing-your-canoe

If you ask on the Stand up paddleboarding UK and Ireland Facebook page Iím sure youíll get detailed answers to the portage questions.

As for weather - this is the UK, the only certainty about the weather is that it will likely confound you. You could have 50 knot headwinds, driving rain, and 7C temperatures. Or it could be windless, 20-30C and youíll need sunblock. You might even get both weather extremes in one day. So paddle prepared for all eventualities. You donít say when you are coming, but if it is winter, expect some foul weather at some point (or even every day) that will make the pub a necessity not a luxury. Itís been a very wet and windy winter so far, but mild temperatures. But that could all change next week. Or not. No-one can tell you. This is why the British talk about the weather so much. If you come from a place where the wind rarely gets much above 10 knots, the amount of wind in particular can surprise people. Inland itís not too bad, but still, be prepared. 66 miles in bad UK winter weather would feel like punishment, not a holiday.

Btw, I donít know what you mean by ďCentral LondonĒ, but paddling the Thames in central London is a challenge, if you do truly mean central London. Donít fall in: there is a reason why the Kinkís song Waterloo Sunset starts with the line ďdirty old river...Ē.

Anyway, ask on the FB page.

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Gear Talk / Re: Strange bulge on new iSUP, is this normal?
« on: January 12, 2020, 06:04:49 AM »
Here is what you do: contact the people you bought it from, and ask them. Failing that, ask Starboard themselves. Then after you have exhausted all avenues in that direction, maybe then the zone might be one place to ask for further information. But I doubt that we can provide a better and faster solution than either the retailer or Starboard, as a first port of call.

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General Discussion / Re: Smokers body
« on: January 12, 2020, 06:00:42 AM »
Apparently dishonesty is the standard  :o
Yeah, even when you know how many lies he tells, the sheer range, depth and breadth of them is still shocking. Apparently he lies even when he doesnít have to. Some have claimed this amounts to a campaign of disinformation. But that suggests that it has a purpose. But I think itís just a way of life for him; he says whatever makes him feel better.

Of course his least well-informed supporters will claim that the webpage below and all of the pages it links to are in themselves lies. But there must still be many Republicans who are not so gullible, and know full way that he lies through his back teeth on an almost daily basis, but they just donít care because his policies suit their personal goals. I can kinda forgive the former group. But surely for the latter there is a special place in hell already lined-up? Going forward, will we now ever have a US president who defaults to either telling the truth or avoiding the question? Is Trump a blip or a new way or doing democratic politics, that is virtually indistinguishable from the regimes of e.g. China, Russia or Iran in the attitude to informing the populace? If it is just the new norm, where will we be in 10 years?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veracity_of_statements_by_Donald_Trump




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Downwind and Racing / Re: 2020 SIC Bullet 14 X 30" questions.
« on: January 11, 2020, 12:00:00 PM »
8. Lastly is the controversial topic of wanting to keep a rudder...

The thing with these rudders is that they are designed to do light steering staying with the power and connecting bumps. If you'll rely on the rudder to steer you home in 20knots+ cross-wind it will fail at some point, most likely when you really need it. I've seen it 4 times in past 2 years, it's only then when you realize you're stuck on a board with very fat rails that will catch bumps sidewind just as good as it catches those downwind :D It gets old very fast, take it from someone who's paddling cross-wind for a living.
Yeah, I agree entirely. If you surf in properly strong winds, and are going to be going crosswind and swell, a rudder is pretty useless, and it gets in the way of footwork, and rudders fail often. Altogether too ouch hassle for too little reward IMO.

I donít think the 2020 Bullets have been out long?  In some countries they are probably still waiting. So I suspect you wonít get many answers to the question for a couple of weeks.

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General Discussion / Re: Smokers body
« on: January 05, 2020, 06:08:40 PM »
Trump executes Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, in contravention of his own promise to not get involved in the Middle East, and with seemingly no support from US allies, and now the BBC reports that:

ďIran has declared that it will no longer abide by any of the restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal.
In a statement, it said it would no longer observe limitations on its capacity for enrichment, the level of enrichment, the stock of enriched material, or research and development.
The announcement followed a meeting of the Iranian cabinet in TehranĒ.

Great job, Donald Duck. Now youíve got a much bigger mess to deal with, with a large and influential country building their own nuclear weapons. Way to go. You just made the world a lot less safe for US citizens.

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General Discussion / Re: Smokers body
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:45:09 PM »
Eastbound your ignorance is showing soapdodger is not homophobic you absolute moron. Once again Trump has NOT been impeached, and he wonít be.
Trump HAS been impeached.

Here is a news webpage that the BBC runs for children. I hope it explains this clearly enough.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50849019

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General Discussion / Re: Smokers body
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:41:18 PM »
Thanks for the correction on the numbers, Admin. The figure I quoted was from here:

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

As you say, each site has their own method so there can be differences of a few percent either way.

But seems to be consistent at the moment is that there are more people in the US who are being polled do not approve of the job that Trump is doing than those who do.

However, more people voted for Hillary Clinton than voted for Trump. Indeed, Clinton beat Trump by 2,864,974 votes. So in that sense he has never been a popular president.

Those statistics must be hard for Trump supporters to take. Ironically perhaps, they are a minority.

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General Discussion / Re: Smokers body
« on: January 05, 2020, 07:50:09 AM »
GFY a10
Congratulations! Spoken with all the articulacy of a typical Trump supporter. Letís hope that your prezís latest foray in Iraq isnít going to result in more deaths than his policies on healthcare.

But I guess that with Trumpís current approval ratings at only 42.5% the weight of public opinion is on my side, which must really pi** you off.

So I suppose you could go build a wall to take your mind off it. Or fill a moat with snakes and alligators as Trump proposed. Or try to find a way to justify him starting a war in the Middle East, when he had promised you that he would withdraw militarily from there, but needs a distraction from his impeachment.

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