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Wow, I'll have to go buy that one.

Gear Talk / Re: I finally got my PSH 9'3" Ripper model!
« on: June 25, 2008, 04:08:03 PM »
My 10' hand glassed PSH is lighter than my wife's 9'6 molded PSH. Just the opposite.

Gear Talk / Re: Entry level paddles?
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:30:15 PM »
 What do you know? ;)

Wood paddles selling for under $200 are Jimmy Lewis, Gillespie, Sawyer.

Gear Talk / Re: Entry level paddles?
« on: June 24, 2008, 04:42:18 AM »
I assume you already know about all wood paddles on the market priced at ~$199?


Next time you go to China, stop by a soft goods factory and put your own vest design in production.

Dream big, you're on your way!

Gear Talk / Re: My favorite paddles.
« on: June 20, 2008, 08:37:06 AM »
I agree DJ.

But next time I order one, I want the dead sexy bright color blades Mel and Blane use.

Come on Kialoa, offer these sexy blades to the rest of us!

Keep me posted on any new vest you try. If any life vest company contacts you and needs a SUP "crash dummie"...........SIGN ME UP :D

Aloha Sam

Have you or Blane tried this years revised Dakine Matrix? The zipper now goes up about 2 inches higher. This makes a huge difference.

General Discussion / Re: New Ke Nalu Design
« on: June 19, 2008, 01:27:06 PM »
I love the new look. Nice job.

Gear Talk / Re: PSH 9'3"
« on: June 18, 2008, 02:20:37 AM »

Good to see guys like you and Stoneaxe have been dropping the lbs. Unfortunately for me I'm heavier after a year of stand up than when I started. It grinds me down so I'm too tired to workout like I used to. I used to workout like a fiend and now I wake up at 4am to surf every chance I get before work and can't muster the energy to do anything else for the rest of the day - except eat!

Wow, finally somebody like me  ;D

The more I SUP surf, the more my ass drags. Just surfed 7 straight days, took 2 off, then back at it again.  Been at it one year now. Lost 3 pounds. Tired all the time, everyday. But loving it.

Gear Talk / Re: Who makes the most bulletproof boards?
« on: June 17, 2008, 08:28:11 AM »

So what's the general consensus? Whose boards are near bulletproof?

1) Angulo and PSH sandwich boards, both from the same factory.

2) I learned on a Surftech Laird. I sold it with zero dings.

Others I've owned dinged easier.

General Discussion / Re: Maiden Voyage
« on: June 16, 2008, 05:34:13 AM »
Wardog's pad looks like it might be made by NSI. They don't come any more comfortable than that.

General Discussion / Re: Maiden Voyage
« on: June 16, 2008, 02:29:53 AM »

 I can't go out for long periods though with my feet cramping up. It sounds from the answers by fellow posters that it's just getting the foot muscles use to the board shape. I'll need some more time to practice and get my feet in shape to keep up with you.

If you have the JL deck pad, that is the reason your feet fall asleep. I had that problem with the Dakine and JL pads. Both too aggressive in design. OK for surfing, when the feet move a lot, but bad for any distance paddling where the feet are stationary.

The NSI and C4 pads are the right texture for all day comfort.

There are certified Surftech repair guys around. Surf shops should be able to hook you up with someone who knows sandwich construction.

If it were me, I'd buy more Marine-Tex and keep SUPing.

Sessions / Re: June 14, 2008 The Day Video Died
« on: June 15, 2008, 03:26:13 AM »
I just shot my first videos using the Canon still camera SD770 IS in a water proof housing. I was shocked at the high quality. Nothing like previous still cameras I've owned. The video is shot in avi format. On my computer the original quality is similar to my big Sony digital DVD Handycam.

This is what the video looks like after compression and editing using Windows Movie Maker default settings and uploading to Vimeo using none of things they recommend for best quality.

General Discussion / Re: Where is Blane Chambers?
« on: June 13, 2008, 01:02:04 PM »
With my hand glassed (China glassed PSH), I can flex the deck by pushing with my thumb. I could almost crack it just pushing with my thumb. Just like a hand glassed shortboard. Very thin glassing and soft EPS blank. Great for shortboards, but not so good for durability in large ones.

If the SD boards have denser blanks, and or more glassing, or whatever is making them tougher, that is great news.

I think I read somewhere my board was 1.5 lb. EPS.

I know some guys use 2.0 lb or higher, but then those other brands are sometimes very heavy in hand glassed construction.

I will say repairs are easy and the blank doesn't suck water, so its good EPS. I've been paddling and seen cracks though to the EPS and kept surfing. Had no choice because I had 2 more miles to paddle home that day.

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