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Downwind and Racing / Rudders
« on: September 27, 2009, 06:42:35 AM »
Dumb question. Has anyone tried a kayak rudder system on a 16-18 ft race board?

Reading about all the tender issues with rudders, I wonder if a fold-away rudder hanging over the tail would work and what would be possible downside to this.

I was talking to Jeremy Riggs at the race yesterday. He told me he's getting a 16 ft Foote with rudder installed by S.I.C.

I'm building some race boards now and could do a 16 footer. Making a rudder that is kook proof appeals to me.

Thoughts, comments?

Downwind and Racing / Please review and comment of this Downwinder
« on: July 05, 2009, 06:34:58 PM »
I'd love to have the more experienced downwinders critique this downwind run. To get things rolling, here is a list of some questions.

1) How do Randy and Chan manage doing downwinders together. Are your speeds close? Jacky's getting better all the time. I just have more experience at the moment.

2) How does my board look? Too much water on the deck? I think I read somewhere the current thinking is water on the deck slows you down. Should my next build be thicker?

3) Jacky's board is 27 1/4 wide with pointy tail. Mine is 28 wide with wide tail. I'm leaving a lot of wake. Any thoughts?

4) Feel free to comment on anything else you notice.

I'm always looking to improve. We run alone a lot.

General Discussion / Hawaiian Aloha
« on: January 31, 2009, 03:05:58 PM »
I'd like say THANKS to all the locals in Hawaii who were nothing but warm and friendly, every place we surfed.

I put together this video which typifies the Aloha on the water. The video was taken by a local surfer girl who offered to shoot video of us. She was not the only local to make this offer.

We were not the only people surfing with cameras. I saw the Gopro, Sanyos (2) and Olympus cameras in use at various breaks.

At no time did we ever surf the ideal spot at any break. We always avoided the pack of surfers dueling for the biggest and best waves. We surfed off to the side, or more inside, taking the scraps, with the more mellow locals doing likewise. It was a good vibe everywhere we surfed.

SUPs seemed to be everywhere. Often you'd see them miles out, on distance reefs all by themselves. It was a beautiful thing to see. While surfing Flat Island in Kailua, we saw a lone SUP surfer about 1 mile beyond the island surfing all alone.

In this video, My wife is wearing every piece of rubber we had in the van because it was freezing cold. Our coldest day of the vacation. Probably only 69-70F.

Watch with the sound on.

The pack we avoided going into below. We just waited for similar waves to come to us, while being out of the way.

Gear Talk / 9'6 PSH Big Boy Ripper
« on: November 06, 2008, 02:24:54 AM »
To Motopilot and others who may have tried it.....

How does it compare to the 9'3 Ripper and 9'6 All Around? I asked about these two, because I have surfed them. For me, the 9'6 All Around was very nice, but the 9'3 Ripper is mind blowing and in a different league. The 9'3 feels like a real shortboard.

I could surf a 9'3 Ripper at my weight, but not sure it could serve as a one board quiver for me. But if I went up to the big boy ripper, would I be giving up some magic.

Gear Talk / Powerex Paddles
« on: September 20, 2008, 07:19:49 AM »

Found this and thought it was interesting. Another old and trusted windsurfing company comes to SUP. Cort's a name from the past  ;) Now I know where he's been.

Gear Talk / My Turn to Ask for Advice
« on: July 26, 2008, 09:04:12 AM »
I think my wife needs less volume to really rip. She doesn't know it yet, because she probably doesn't know any better. Everything she's ever surfed is corky compared to what us men ride.

She's surfing the 9'6 PSH production sandwich board. 28 3/8 wide x 4 1/4 thick.

At 125 lbs, she looks like the board owns her, instead of her owning it. She surfs decent, but she doesn't quite look like she is "master" over it.

I was thinking the thinner, narrower, C4s might work better. I was considering the 9'0 bat tail. Maybe the 9'6.

Anyone what to comment on these boards, or my assessment of what I think I see when she is surfing her board.

Sessions / How do you SUP?
« on: May 11, 2008, 05:25:42 AM »
What I'm asking is, do you prefer to paddle one break, or do you prefer to explore and surf many breaks during your session?

Just curious if others think like me.

There are two main posse's of SUPers on the island where I live. One gang surfs the same break, circling for hours in the same lineup.

My posse usually does 2 miles coastal runs, surfing the 5 or 6 breaks along each route. We have several routes we run depending on the mood.

For me personally, the adventure of a 2 mile session, combined with the likelyhood of scoring some magic waves along the way, is what makes SUP so special compared to prone surfing, where you are so limited.

Yesterday was a perfect example of why a 2 mile adventure pays off. At 7:30 AM I get a text message asking what the surf looks like. I respond glassy and 2 feet. The texting person responds, doesn't sound fun, I'll pass today. The rest of the posse arrives and we begin our journey. During the run we encounter some wonderful perfectly formed SUP waves. The type you can ride forever without closing out. At about the 1 1/2 mile point on our trip I scored this perfect wave. Fellow zoner CB1 captured this photo of me. The best photo anyone ever took of me. Thanks CB1  ;D

PS, if you're wondering why only 2 miles, its because we're not racing, we're surfing everything along the way. It takes anywhere from one to two hours to make the run depending on waves and wind.

Gear Talk / 9'3 production PSH review by old heavy guy
« on: February 03, 2008, 01:42:28 PM »
I swapped boards with my surfing bud today and caught 3 waves on his 9'3 PSH. For those that don't know, I'm an old guy weighing in at 200 lbs. Tall and wobbly too at 6'2.

The board is unreal. Well done Blane.

Videos here

General Discussion / Surf Expo was FUN
« on: January 13, 2008, 03:30:52 PM »

I had a blast at Surf Expo. I met Blane Chambers, Austin, Mel, Ed Angulo, Jim Hayes, Bill Foote. It sure is nice when everyone comes to my coast.  ;D

You can read about my adventure here.

I'll post more tomorrow. It has been a long day.

General Discussion / Calling all Florida SUP surfers
« on: November 09, 2007, 02:35:12 PM »
The wife and I are coming to Florida during Thanksgiving week for some SUP action. We'll be surfing the whole coastline starting up north and working our way south. We'd like to meet and surf with some local SUPers.

Please shoot me an e-mail and maybe we can surf together when we pass through your area.

Would appreciate some tips on favorite places for SUPers. You know, the secret spots only the guys with paddles can get to  ;D

Would be cool to get some tips on shops down there that are really into SUP. Might be worth checking them out.

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Dwight in NC

Sessions / East Coast Goes Off
« on: November 04, 2007, 04:29:34 PM »

Great weekend! Not quite that big here, but still great. I'm south of Hatteras.

Gear Talk / Product Reviews Section
« on: October 31, 2007, 09:14:40 AM »
I notice when I select "sort by" [most recent], I get recently added by Admin, instead of recently posted reviews.

Can this be fixed, or is it me not doing something right?

General Discussion / SUP blogs
« on: October 25, 2007, 03:33:19 AM »
Anybody besides me addicted to reading the SUP blogs? Great fun.

Admin, maybe we should add a blog list.

Everyone, feel free to add to my list.

Gear Talk / Challenge to Paddle Companies to Better Products
« on: October 01, 2007, 06:49:33 AM »
OK we've all seen posts about how to solve rail dings. Well I don't think paddle companies are trying hard enough to solve this issue. Maybe they are all experts and have become lazy towards the average guy's needs.

If I were a paddle manufacturer, this is the design I would be working on. You will be king of the market, until everyone copies you.  ;)

Any type of edging installed on paddles NOT designed for it feels bad. But if the paddle blade were made thicker to allow a flush installation, the penalty might be less noticable.

Sessions / Tropical Storm Gabrielle Session
« on: September 09, 2007, 03:43:09 AM »
Yesterday morning everyone along the NC coast was excited by Tropical Storm Gabrielle sitting just off shore. All my SUP buddies hit our favorite spot at sunrise and had the session I've been dreaming about all summer, as I developed my skills in anticipation of the northeasters coming this Fall. It all paid off yesterday morning.  ;D

Later that afternoon I meet up with a prone surfing buddie who was at THE spot to be for prone surfers. He reports sucky conditions with hundreds off surfers packed into a small area all fighting for the same shore break.

Ahh the beauty of SUP, and being able to paddle to secret spots. We were catching waves way off shore and getting rides we've only dreamed about until then.

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