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Gear Talk / Re: Surftech Laird
« on: July 19, 2007, 04:29:25 AM »
I'm a long time surfer living in Santa Cruz, CA and have an opportunity to buy a nearly new SurfTech Laird for $1200.  I have not tried SUP paddling or SUP surfing yet, but I'm a pretty good athlete, a decent longboard surfer and in decent shape (5-8, 175) for a 41 year old with 2 kids a mortgage and a commute.  My small wave board is a 10-0 nose rider, and my other board is a 9-0, more of a performance shape. A few times each winter I get out on my 7-8 hybrid. I'm looking for an SUP to ride on smaller days, or when the tide or wind is shutting things down a bit.  I'd also like to use it for fitness training on flat days and general touring around from time to time.

-Will I get bored with this board?  The owner is selling it because he said it doesn't surf particularly well.

-Is that a fair price for a dingless Laird with a bit of scratched paint? What's the used market for these boards like?  I noticed I can order a custom Infinity for just a few bucks more.  $1200 for just the board, no leash, paddle or deck mat.



I just sold my Laird for $950. I took a big loss. Sometimes it's hard to find a local buyer. I weigh 202 lbs.

I recommend the board for the over 200 lbs guys only.

I changed to the Jimmy Lewis 11 footer. Way, way more fun than the Laid, plus cheaper at $1299, and very light. The Jimmy is loose, surfs great, and will be perfect at your weight. I have ridden some customs, but prefer production, due to the much lighter weight.

Good luck.

Technique / Re: Strong Currents, and Rips.....
« on: July 17, 2007, 09:36:33 AM »
I have paddle across strong current inlets before. The key is knowing the direction the tide is moving. Worst case, you end up out at the mouth of the inlet, where you break free of the current and continue back to land.

The chop can get confussed and difficult, so having good balance and paddle skills helps.

Gear Talk / Re: Rail dings -- taping the paddle
« on: July 15, 2007, 09:10:57 AM »
Folks, I taped the edge of my paddle with Columbia vinyl black electiral tape.   This is the cheap stuff, the really cheap stuff, I bought it to do tapeoffs on 10 minute epxoy ding jobs.   It formed nicely to the paddle and seem to be solution to reduce rail dings.   We'll see how it wears, and if this becomes a daily taping job, in which case it's a non starter. Like I told my wife, we're putting 3.5 cents worth of tape on a $400 paddle.  She said "as long as it doesn't hurt my performance" -- she's a smart lady!  Seems to work.  I ask a guy in the shop what to use, and he said there is something from auto parts, but he wasn't able to recall exaclty what is was.  He implied that it was self adhering.   Any ideas on what would be better?

The auto part you want is the door edging used to prevent dings in parking lots. I found some super soft black door edging that works great. It comes with self stick tape built inside it. Push it over the edge and it sticks well. I'm using it down the sides of my paddle blade only. I am not cover the bottom edge. I think the blade feels better paddling without edging on the bottom. The blade enters and exits the water cleaner. At least, it feels that way to me anyway.

It protects better than tape for sure. It looks better too.

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