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Random / Re: How do you embed video on the forum?
« on: August 14, 2015, 11:22:07 AM »
Facebook videos don't work anywhere, they aren't true links, they use Facebook's internal viewer which includes some timeline tricks. I haven't found a workaround.

Thanks!  I guess being a social network they need to limit off network sharing.

992
Hi,

I've been playing around with different techniques in sub 20mph winds.  Here is a video I made with some graphics, and question I look forward to trying different ways to answer it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ysGzO1hYB4


"Wind was in the high teens for this run and gave me a chance to practice a few techniques I have been trying.

One is paddling in the trough at less than a 45 degree angle to the swell, I find I can paddle much faster this way as I don't run into the wave in front and I get a push from the wave behind me. And keeping up my speed helps me catch more waves and have longer rides.

Two is reading the water and noticing whether the peak of the bump is on my right or left.

Three is paddle steering towards the peak which is steeper and offers a faster longer ride. Also when I catch the wave, using the paddle to control speed and stay in the sweet spot of the wave, and brace to keep my balance.

And four is keeping my feet in the sweet spot of the board, the balance point where I get the most glide from the wave. Moving forward or backward to keep the nose from running into the wave in front of me or having the wave pass me by.

Having a lot of fun trying these moves and seeing the outcome. So cool and amazing to be able to ride such small waves, and the shear abundance of these waves every day is incredible. So stoked!

I hope this is helpful and you have as much fun watching and surfing and I am"   :)

993
Random / Re: How do you embed video on the forum?
« on: August 13, 2015, 06:23:22 PM »
Ah I see now, I was hitting the preview button and the preview would just show a link with no embedded video.  But posting does work and the preview button displays inaccurately.  Thanks!
Here I'll try a facebook video and see if that works:
https://www.facebook.com/sicmaui/videos/739644646145696

994
Random / Re: How do you embed video on the forum?
« on: August 13, 2015, 06:09:33 PM »
Cpy the basic URL:

Code: [Select]
https://vimeo.com/105577149
and paste into your post:


hummmmm...that didn't work on my desktop.   I'll try from my phone:

995
Random / Re: How do you embed video on the forum?
« on: August 13, 2015, 07:15:41 AM »
Hi,

So I have unsuccessfully been trying to embed videos, and I'm wondering what the rule/secret is?

I have tried youtube, vimeo, facebook, url, no url, video id, iframe, bbc codes, and most the time the result is an active link to the video but no embedded video...wondering if maybe my account doesn't have permission to embed?

I appreciate it if anyone can enlighten me on what is required to embed a video?

Thanks!

996
Hi Clay, thanks for your thread as I'm in the midst of a similar decision process.  Did you do any runs on the 14X28 bumprider?  I want more stability than the bullet 14 also, but unsure about going all the way to the 30 wide....

Hi,
Steve at bluerush had a used bamboo bump rider at 14x28, so I have purchased this but I have yet to ride it.  Hoping to try it out next week when I get back in town.  I bought it for other smaller folks that paddle with me.  I'll report back after I give it a go.

Hey,

I went out for a downbreeze (15+mph) run on the 14x28 bumprider today, having paddled it a few times in various conditions over the past couple weeks it's noticeably faster than the 14x30 and also noticeably more tippy.  It feels more stable than the bullet V2 to me.  Stable enough that I feel comfortable enough on it in most conditions, the exception being long runs in rough water where I suspect I would get to tired balancing.  In today's downbreeze run it was noticeably easier to get into bumps and faster in all directions.  Where I struggled was in going down the line or across the wave, once on a bump I was expending more energy staying on the board.  It's quicker in all directions and more opportunity for turning, lifting the nose, and connecting bumps, all of which required more foot work, bracing, and paddle steering on my part and was a great workout.  To sum up less work to get into bumps but more work to stay on them.  For wind under 20 days I suspect the 14x28 will be my choice and for over 20 the 14x30.

I hope this helps.

997
Great comments!  I'm really appreciating this discussion.

Sweet spot and positioning on the board resonates with me, seems like the lighter the wind the smaller the sweet spot is and it's a lot more work to power up and catch bumps.  As the wind gets stronger it's easier to catch and ride longer and the sweet spot gets bigger.

I've been going to smaller blades with more flex in the blade and shaft and it feels better on my body.  My body aches when trying to power up and catch DB bumps using a bigger blade and stiff shaft, I prefer a higher cadence with less torque and more give.

I have tried a X14 in small DB, and while I felt faster I didn't feel like I was riding the bumps, felt more like I was slicing through them.  I've tried both the bullet V2 and the X14 at the same knee to waist high point break and I got longer rides on the X14 on the bigger waves, on the smaller ones the X14 seemed like more work to catch and stay on the wave than with the V2.  Also walking closer to the nose seemed to slow me down on the X14, where as this usually gives a little more speed on DW boards.  I'm not sure why?

998
Hi,

Thanks for starting this thread, the run near my house is often in the downbreeze category with wind in the low to mid teens.  Very interested in hearing more comments.  I'm a bigger guy and most of the mentioned boards are to tippy for me, I suspect a wider version of the bullet v2 would be the call for me, I hope to try the Ace or Fanatic some day.

Technique:  I have found going on a ebb tide (current going opposite the wind swell) helps a lot.  Also on my run there are plenty of spots where the water is only a couple feet deep and the bumps get steeper and easier to catch and ride.  I often paddle perpendicular or at a 45 degree angle to the swell and hunt/wait for the bigger bumps.  Standing closer to the nose and only stepping back a half step or so helps me get more/longer rides.  Paddling really really hard is sometimes the only way I catch bumps in these conditions.

In this video it was mid teens, ebb tide, and I was mostly in shallow water:
https://www.facebook.com/clay.schmitz/videos/vb.1564381389/10203886486593608/

999
Hi Clay, thanks for your thread as I'm in the midst of a similar decision process.  Did you do any runs on the 14X28 bumprider?  I want more stability than the bullet 14 also, but unsure about going all the way to the 30 wide....

Hi,
Steve at bluerush had a used bamboo bump rider at 14x28, so I have purchased this but I have yet to ride it.  Hoping to try it out next week when I get back in town.  I bought it for other smaller folks that paddle with me.  I'll report back after I give it a go.

1000
Hi,

Update:  I did a short downwind run on the focus bluefin, I'm still shocked that I managed to stay on a board that narrow, ultimately it's a little to tippy for me in rough waters.

So I ended up buying a Blue Planet Bluerush Bump rider 14x30.  The light weight, stability and rail shape are what sold me.  I did a downwind run a couple days ago and had a blast, really stable, catches bumps, and surfs really well.  It surfs so well I'm stoked to try it in bigger conditions.  Here's a short video of the run:
https://www.facebook.com/clay.schmitz/videos/vb.1564381389/10203746722339589/

Nice, glad to hear you ended up with a Bump Rider, good choice!

Thanks!  I'm enjoying the board a lot.  :)

1001
[threaddrift] tell us more about the Bluefin. I like the looks of that board. Like how does it compare to a BulletV2?

I was a while on a stable 28" wide (M14) and now over a year on 27" Rogue Rage. I think I'm ready for 26" soon. I tried Jav 2014 14' x26  from buddies and like it.

Well I tried both boards in similar downwind conditions and I was a bit more stable on the Bluefin.  Both boards are to tippy for me so I was mostly struggling to stay on the board and unable to enjoy riding bumps.  I like the handle and rail shape of the bullet v2 better.  Upwind and crosswind the Bluefin nose seemed to get pushed around by bumps, while the Bullet penetrated resurfaced and held it's course.  If had to choose I would pick the Bullet v2 for downwind and surfing, and the Bluefin for flatwater/race.

1002
Hi,

Update:  I did a short downwind run on the focus bluefin, I'm still shocked that I managed to stay on a board that narrow, ultimately it's a little to tippy for me in rough waters.

So I ended up buying a Blue Planet Bluerush Bump rider 14x30.  The light weight, stability and rail shape are what sold me.  I did a downwind run a couple days ago and had a blast, really stable, catches bumps, and surfs really well.  It surfs so well I'm stoked to try it in bigger conditions.  Here's a short video of the run:
https://www.facebook.com/clay.schmitz/videos/vb.1564381389/10203746722339589/

1003
Thanks for all the great suggestions.  I made it to 101 surf sports today, awesome shop and amazing selection of boards to demo.

I paddled:  Jimmy Lewis m-14, naish glide 14 gs, SIC 12'6', starboard freeride 12'2x30,  focus bluefin 14x26 and 12'6x27.

I would love try the jimmy lewis in good DW.  I liked the speed and stability of the starboard freeride, I later tried it in small downwind and felt really stable and caught bumps although I felt like it's not enough board for me. 

The focus bluefin was the biggest surprise for me, unbelievably stable and felt fast!  I'm trying that board tomorrow in small downwind and hopeful that I'll be stable and be able to pick up the small bumps. ;D

1004
Downwind and Racing / Re: Downwinding safety.
« on: May 18, 2015, 08:44:57 AM »

If I'm on the shuttle and there is someone who has never done the run before, I will always stay with them, just a little bit of good karma.
Find that sticking with the group is quite a different experience, sharing the fun and the experience of the day can often be more rewarding than beating the gang, just my personal 2 cents worth.

Great words!  I agree and am stoked to see this added to the discussion.   :)

1005
Hi,
Thanks for all the posts, pics, and ride reports, very helpful!

I had a quick session on the F14 in small backwashy howling offshore surf.  I loved the stability and the rocker felt fast on a wave, a couple times I thought I missed the wave and then the board took off.  Weight wise it feels very close to my shaka, quite heavy to carry and I felt like it took a lot of energy to power up.  If this was my first downwind board, I would definitely get the F14, as it is I find it to close to what I have now.  I wish SIC made a Bullet v2 two inches wider, around 29.5 in the same light weight construction.

So it seems like the flatter rocker downwind boards that have the lighter carbon construction and are 29 or wider are:

Naish Glide 2014 GX 14x29.5
Imagine Connector carbon 2015 14x29.5

Any comments on these boards and how they ride relative to the SIC boards or the shaka?

Are there any 12'6" that are wider and with lighter construction?   

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