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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.

Gear Talk / C4 Boards?
« on: September 01, 2007, 03:23:36 AM »
Anyone ridden these boards? Would love to hear from people who have tried these. Especially if you can compare them to something I may have ridden myself.

I-waterman wrote a nice 10'0 review. Anyone ridden the 10'6?

The 10'6 is most interesting to me, but would like to hear comments on all the sizes.

Private message me if you don't want to post.


Gear Talk / Coil Leash
« on: July 25, 2007, 09:44:22 AM »
Got myself a coil leash 2 weeks ago. Switched back to a straight leash the other day. Wow, really felt the difference. They both have pros and cons.

The coil leash auto recoils the board to me after a wipeout. I know that sounds corny, but it really does creap back to me. Most of the time after a wipeout, the board is within 2-3 feet of me. After a wipeout with the straight leash, the board is a full 12 feet away. It makes climbing aboard before the next wave gets me quick. The coil leash does stay on the deck and out of the water most of the time, improving my glide.

The cons of the coil leash are tangles. It knots about every 6 sessions, so I have to take a moment on the water to remove the knot.

Twice the coil leash got stuck on the fin. You feel that immediately, and pull it off.

In the end, I decided to keep using the coil leash. I like the improved glide and auto recoil of the board.

I hope this helps someone. I felt like chatting  ;D

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