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Gear Talk / Re: Vent Plug - Amundson TR
« on: July 20, 2019, 05:51:55 PM »
My wife has an Amundson TR with the vent plug and I believe that one you show is standard. I think my Kona windsurfer used the same plug too.

Those are nice stable cruisers. Not racers, but great on distance. I took that one about 100 miles down the Hudson.

General Discussion / Re: What is wrong with this picture?
« on: July 18, 2019, 12:31:01 PM »
People are strangely sensitive about feedback. I don't usually give people SUP advice, not anymore, unless I'm their teacher. Or if they see me race by them and say something.

Things is, a great way to learn is listening to those who know more than you.

Gear Talk / Re: NSP 9'8" Elements Review
« on: July 11, 2019, 03:52:29 PM »
Thanks Scallop. The Bic 9'2" really is a replacement for that NSP. I want to have something small to keep around, something that can do what I want.

Templar, food luck with your search. Remember that there is no perfect board for all conditions, but get a board and some time on the water and you'll learn a lot!

Gear Talk / Re: NSP 9'8" Elements Review
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:06:47 AM »
The good thing is that pant is easily fixable. I didn't have the skills then that I have now, or I might have fixed it myself.

Gear Talk / Re: NSP 9'8" Elements Review
« on: July 11, 2019, 09:14:43 AM »
It's funny, I just responded to your other post. I like NSP. Their boards are solid. I would have kept that board except the paint was very flakey and kept coming off. (I kind of regret that.) Besides that, it surfed great! I'm not very experienced on the waves, but that board practically surfed itself. It was floaty enough for distance too.

I think the 10' would be a very good first all-around board. You might never get rid of it.

Gear Talk / Re: Another "What board" beginner question
« on: July 11, 2019, 09:06:26 AM »
If it means anything, I had an 11' NSP as my first board (2011). I still have it, recently repaired it, and have just passed it on to my daughter. I don't have experience with the others, but that is a nice board. I loaned it to another paddler last week for an ACA certification course. She really liked it.

These are the opinions of non-surfers, so take it for what it is.

Gear Talk / Epic Board Bags Slipping
« on: July 04, 2019, 05:51:39 AM »
I got an Epic board bag for my Bic 9'2". Bic didn't sell one sized for the board, which is surprising considering how long they've sold this size. I've had one for about 12 years, and it's been pretty good. But when the new one came I was a little disappointed. The straps that allow you to adjust the size of the bag were no more. Instead you had these velcro strips which you'd fit one sleeve to the other. They only allowed four levels of adjustment, which was annoying. (The adjustment measurements also have an amusing typo, which I enclosed.) The old bag also came with a nice pocket for extra fins, and the was no more. Not only that, the old bag had a shoulder strap, which was no more.

The bag is still sturdy, and I'm not going to return it. It's just a shame the full-featured bag is now a little less full.

Gear Talk / Re: Inexpensive, decent adjustable paddle
« on: July 02, 2019, 04:28:04 AM »
I bought an inexpensive adjustable paddle last summer for my nonprofit. The blade snapped off while I was trying to catch a boat wake.

Random / Re: This is what my dream surf vehicle would... will be.
« on: June 25, 2019, 06:41:31 AM »
I'm looking for some sort of plug-in or traditional hybrid to replace my CRV. So far pickings are slim on the affordable end of the spectrum. Jeep is coming out with a couple of PHEVs which I'm looking at. I still prefer a Honda, but Honda's been really slow with their EVs of any form. VW was supposed to come out with a PHEV Tiguan but that seems to have disappeared.

I'm not ready to go full electric yet.

General Discussion / Re: Festival Paddling
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:10:50 AM »
HVH2O did another local paddling event last Saturday in Peekskill. A local reporter created this video.

Not that I don't think about it, but I just don't think about it. They are there. They have always been there. I've been in the ocean floating /swimming / surfing probably over a thousand times and only seen a shark maybe 5 times? I'm sure they've seen me more... This was last week.

I used to see sharks jumping like that all the time while surfing/paddling at Jacksonville. All that means is that (news flash!) they're present. Some sharks jump. Some do not.

General Discussion / Re: Festival Paddling
« on: June 20, 2019, 04:01:09 PM »
It was fun, but exhausting. I was just as tired after those two days as i had been after paddling the length of the Hudson. More lessons on Saturday!

General Discussion / Festival Paddling
« on: June 19, 2019, 04:26:08 PM »
Last weekend I worked the Clearwater Festival with my nonprofit HVH2O. For those not in the know, the Clearwater sloop was built by an organization founded by Pete Seeger dedicated to cleaning up the Hudson River. For the last twenty years or so it has been the go-to event for environmental causes in the north east. We were invited to participate in their Working Waterfront, which was a cove where people an come and get rides on rowboats, kayaks, and (new this year) paddleboards.

We hauled our three Imagine Surfers and booth to the two-day event. I was the lone instructor. We gave dozens of rides to people who had never been on a paddleboard before. The Imagine Surfers were heavy to shlep but great for first-timers. Nobody fell!

This was an exhausting weekend, but we did accomplish our mission of getting new people on paddleboards!

I kind of agree with the article. I worry that foiling will become the face of standup paddling, kind of like high speed sailing became windsurfing. I think one of the things that lead to the decline of windsurfing is the sport's emphasis on the high end. It probably won't happen, and we can thank the relative inexpensive entry point of SUP for that and it's ease of learning.

For myself, I'm really not interested in that part of the sport. I'm more interested in practical equipment that gets people on the water. It makes me really happy to get new people on the water (and where I am there ain't many). For the same reason I'm not interested in high-end race boards either. I know the makes me kind of an outlier on this site, but most standup paddlers aren't going to be foiling, or racing on carbon race boards.

Before anybody flames me, I'm not objecting to any of this, but my heart is in just getting people on the water, not the elite part of the sport.

Technique / Re: 5mi. Paddle Strategy
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:40:50 PM »
Here are some of my Charles Island pics from two years ago. Yup, that's me bringing it in on a 11' Pau Hana. The last pic is from the Charles Island site.

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