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Gear Talk / Re: Any new waist leash ideas/thoughts?
« on: September 16, 2019, 04:35:13 PM »
When your leash is fixed to your pfd, how are you going to disconnect yourself from a leash that is attached behind you, in an emergency, without also losing your pfd at the same time?

Gear Talk / Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:33:02 PM »
If you put this on your paddle do you still need anything on your rails ? or use both ?
I do have boards that I havenít fitted rail tape to, and because I tape my blade they are not chipped. Eventually you just gently wear away the paint where the paddle shaft runs against the rail, if you do touch your rails regularly (I seem to do it on some boards but not on others). But if you tape your rails as well as your paddle, both stay pristine pretty much forever, barring an accident. I actually run a short piece of the door edge protector tape up the side of the shaft for a few inches higher than the blade, which provides another piece of protection against paddle/rail connection: RSPro rail saver can be a little abrasive on the shaft of your paddle.

Whether you need, or want, to do these things will depend on your particular board and paddle stroke, and how much you care about your boards. DavidJohn takes beautiful care of his boards (so do I) so they still look almost like new even after several years of use.

These days I am mostly paddling boards that donít have any paint on them. So they donít chip. But I still use both blade and rail protector. And because I protect my blades, other people donít mind me paddling their boards. It is IMO the height of lack of consideration to paddle someone elseís untaped board with your untaped paddle.

Random / Re: NOAA Admin + Trump
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:18:34 PM »
Hi Yíall. Just sent in some cash to President Donald J.Trump for his 2020 campaign. Only a few hundred bucks but everything helps, right? Look for me on the beach with my new red MAGA cap. My stocks are through the roof.....Thanks Obama....LOL.....
My father used to say ďa fool and his money are soon partedĒ.

But I donít believe that you have actually done this. Itís just the beer talking.

Convincing figures from Admin.

Gear Talk / Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« on: September 12, 2019, 01:53:23 PM »
I use 3M Scotchguard door edge guard. Same stuff, basically, but much cheaper (and a little bit narrower). I apply two layers, then it lasts a long time, even when paddling with RSPro rail savers fitted. If you have just one layer it doesnít last that long - two layers put on together last longer than one layer followed by another when the first one goes. You wonít notice itís there - you canít even see it from a short distance away.

Iíd never use a blade without protection on it. Very soon your blade edge gets a nick or a split, or you cut your feet with the blade when changing hands. And impacts on your board can be brutal.

Random / Re: NOAA Admin + Trump
« on: September 12, 2019, 03:43:20 AM »
The Supremes....My favorite group. Stop...In the Name of a Love. Another HUGE win by our pres....Dow 27000....And the Dems have what? Life is good.....
Rider, you havenít answered my question about what about *your* life, personally, has improved since Trump became POTUS (and can be attributed to him).

Do you have an answer? Thanks.

Just slap a nice big Quickblade sticker over the green logo, and job done :)

Something from the best of British Ska would be my vote. (Goes downstairs to find "Dance Craze" soundtrack)
Genius idea! :) That paddle looks like it has done much too much much too young, anyway.

Random / Re: NOAA Admin + Trump
« on: September 11, 2019, 04:00:46 AM »
Another big win for Trump tonight. He just keeps winning. What an idiot..... 8)
Why did you vote for Trump, Rider? What do you think he has made better about your life?

Random / Re: NOAA Admin + Trump
« on: September 10, 2019, 02:06:07 PM »
Tautologies -.imagine for one moment that not all Trumpís supporters are intellectually-challenged reprobates.  (Yes, I know it is a challenge :) )

What do you then think is compelling them to vote for him?

I was chatting to a Trump-supporting taxi driver in Dallas a little while back. He told me that 30+ million of the US population are illegal immigrants. He was unable to tell me where this figure had come from but swore that about 1 in 10 of the US population are undocumented.

Thatís a starting point perhaps for your ďthought experimentĒ into the mind of a Trump supporter. Presumably itís not unreasonable to be worried about the potential effects of illegal Immigration, if those are the figures you believed?

The Shape Shack / Re: Naish 2020 construction snuff pics
« on: September 10, 2019, 08:33:52 AM »
Turning into a fin fest! Looks like I might need some new fins.
 Any more info on the Maliko. What is the bottom shape like. Any pics of the bottom.What sort of speeds are doing/averaging.
Good point - Burchas has gone very quiet about this, so weíve had to fill in the gaps with fin talk. But what we really want to know about is what heís done to this poor board. Itís probably a frankenboard by now :)

Gear Talk / Re: Input on the Patagonia impact vest
« on: September 10, 2019, 12:03:17 AM »
I have all three mentioned here: Patagonia, Slasher Comp, and Gooru (the old one and the new version). The Slasher fits too tightly, really, unless you are very slim. The Patagonia is nice with a waist belt and is floatier, but is bulkier than the other two. The OíNeill Gooru is my favourite, all round. But as with wetsuits, it matters so much what shape of body you are. You just have to try them on, really. They are all pretty good, so none would be a mistake as long as it fits.

Just slap a nice big Quickblade sticker over the green logo, and job done :)

Random / Re: NOAA Admin + Trump
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:24:29 PM »
I think Trump is a disaster for the US. But Iím hoping he gets in again.
I knew you would come around, your red hat and secret Republican gang-sign guide are on their way to you...😁
:) :) Trump (and his supporters) are gonna have to learn that if ya break it, ya bought it.

Random / Re: NOAA Admin + Trump
« on: September 09, 2019, 04:35:55 PM »
I think Trump is a disaster for the US. But Iím hoping he gets in again. Why? Because heís a political storm, and a storm needs to blow itself out. Those who are voting for him have to see that what he and his ilk are offering is not going to make their lives any better. That is going to take time. If Trump fails at the next election the lesson will not have been learned, and next time around it will be back to square one.

Itís tough to see such a great country receding in influence on the world stage though. Iran, North Korea etc know that Trump is not going to get involved, so they can do what they like. And the USís traditional allies know that they canít rely on him either, even for matters such as climate change where there is widespread accord outside the US. And then thereís the trade war with China, which you guys are all paying for. What other country would want to end up having to take sides there? You might just do so if there was a steady pair of hands at the USís helm. But Trump is anything but a steady pair of hands. Only an idiot would trust him to run a birthday party for a bunch of 7 year olds, never mind negotiate a complex multilateral international agreement.

The Shape Shack / Re: Naish 2020 construction snuff pics
« on: September 09, 2019, 01:12:09 PM »
Ha! Coincidence - I downwinded using the 8.3Ē SIC Weedless yesterday, fitted in an 11-6 Hypr gun.

I hear you say ďyou canít downwind an 11-6Ē. Well, you certainly can downwind this one. I was amazed at how well it caught the bumps. I was even railroading from one bump over the top and into the one in front. The 8.3Ē is normally too big for me in eg. my SIC RS, and I prefer the 7.0. But in the 11-6 the 8.3 worked really well, although actually it might have been nice if the base were a tiny bit longer when paddling upwind on that board - would have improved tracking. Iíve got a Slater Trout Carbon 8.25Ē coming soon and I might try that in it. I need a base length somewhere between the True Ames 404 fin and the SIC 8.2, with a bit of area at the tip.

Itís such a shame that Futures, True Ames, Rainbow etc seem to almost have stopped making SUP single fins.  There is a lot less choice than there was about 5 years ago. I donít really trust the FCSII fittings in many boards, especially not in big DW conditions, so that rules out most fins from FCS.

I wish Larry would make more fins with shorter bases too. And I had an easy way to buy them in the UK.

The Shape Shack / Re: Hollow 14ft sup
« on: September 09, 2019, 08:55:06 AM »
I went for a paddle yesterday and there was a guy on a SIC RS 14x24.5. What a great looking board. He was no slouch and he was gone. He paddled around both islands about 1.5-2 ks longer and I took the short cut between the islands. So I came out infront and as he overtook me I thought I could get a tow from him. Nope,he was gone again. I have only tried this a few times though.
 Anyhow I go and see him and have a chat in the car park. He has owned various boards from various brands and does the odd race. He loves this board. Not as fast as others at certain times but overall over a 10 k race he loves it and will not change boards again for awhile he said. A little heavier than some but great construction.
 It is just a beautiful looking board. All the curves look right. It glides through the water beautifully. The one thing he said at 85 kgs it could have a little more volume or higher sides for winter paddling here. He didn't won't to go wider to get more volume.
I love my SIC RS. After years of changing race boards I now have no desire to change - the RS is just so pleasant to paddle and itís so well thought-through in terms of design and the little things that affect day-to-day ownership enjoyment.

The only thing itís not so great at is big downwind. But I have specialist boards for that. And for little downwind ripples it is great, and pretty much everything else too. And obviously, it is fast, as Seychelle etc are showing, in a wide range of race formats.

Mark R really scored with the RS design. He apparently went through many prototypes honing the design, and it shows.

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