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Skip all those states to the south and spend all your time exploring, paddling and surfing the Coast of Maine.

Could you be slightly more specific?  :P By the way, do you know what the average water temperature is in September?/

How specific do you want? The website should have all the info you need.

Expect water temps to be in the upper 50s for Maine in September.

I forgot all about Cape Cod. That's well worth seeing as well.

I'd be down there all the time if it wasn't such a long drive. I can get to Penobscott Bay and beyond in the same amount of time it would take me to drive out to the Cape but it's on my list of places I want to paddle this summer. I'm also thinking of maybe doing the CCBC this year.

Skip all those states to the south and spend all your time exploring, paddling and surfing the Coast of Maine.


I've had my Jimmy Lewis M-14 for about six weeks now but I haven't had a chance to use it downwind yet. It's made for downwinding but I have to say, it surfs great. I think it's one of the few 14 foot downwind boards that's actually made to surf well.

It catches waves large and small way before they break and turns just like a surfboard. I've had it out in knee to waist high surf a few times and had a blast. I am certain it will be just as responsive when riding bumps downwind.

The M-14 may not be quite as fast as some of those long tailed, fin forward race boards but it makes up for it with its ability to surf. I think this is mostly due to its moderate continuous rocker, tail shape and fin placement.

It comes with a swept back tracker/weed fin but I find it surfs better with a 10 inch surf fin, so I switch back and forth depending on what I'm using the board for. It's also a great flatwater board. I've done several 5 - 7 mile runs with it and I'm planning some longer trips for this summer.

The best thing is that if you're out exploring or on a downwinder and you see some nice waves along the way, it's a 14 ft board that you can surf with as well.


Beasho, the Methane comes in two models. The 21 oz standard for $359 and the 18oz 3k carbon for $399. Both of which will weigh even less once you cut them down.

There is very little weight difference (10 grams+-) between the $375 Ke Nalu Molokai and the 3k carbon Kialoa Methane.


Random / Re: Recent posts feature.
« on: May 16, 2014, 10:59:04 AM »
Consider the list at the bottom of all pages a quick snapshot of the most recent activity.  The 4 "Recent" options on the top menu are more expansive and offer many options that are specific to you as a user when you are logged in.

That works.

I hit "Recent" at the top menu and then "Unread Posts" and it shows them all.



Random / Re: Recent posts feature.
« on: May 15, 2014, 06:09:53 PM »
What I see is also ten posts, but at the top left side (above first post) and bottom (after 10th post) it says "pages" with 1 through 10.  So after you read the first ten posts, you click on 2 and read the next ten, etc.   So for me at least it shows the 100 most recent posts.

That's funny, mine doesn't have the pages like that. It just shows ten and that's it.

I just noticed, up in the Forum Stats area it says"view the most recent Posts" and there I think it shows them all, but the problem there is that it shows the entire post instead of just the tittle which makes it difficult to skim through quickly, so that's not very useful either.

Random / Recent posts feature.
« on: May 15, 2014, 05:04:10 PM »
The "Recent Posts" feature of the forum is useless. It only holds ten posts. You'd have to check the forum every two hours for it to be useful because it fills up fast.

Why not have it hold all the recent posts or at least 20 or 30 so we don't have to go through each category every time looking for recent posts and replies?


I think that depends on how big the waves are.

I just bought a Kialoa Methane ($350 msrp). It's intended as an all around surf/race paddle but they say it "may not be strong enough to handle those 25 foot days." For that they recommend the GL Surf.

Just about any paddle should be strong enough to use in more or less head high surf. Before the Methane I was using a plain old Boardworks carbon and never feared breaking it. I've never fallen on my paddle so I don't worry about that. It hits the board occasionally but I usually worry more about the board than the paddle.

What do you have for a paddle? Does it seem fragile? What size waves will you be out in?

The Methane is awesome btw.


Random / Re: Awesome time lapse vid of Boston
« on: May 14, 2014, 09:05:03 AM »
A few of those scenes remind me of the time I ate some wild mushrooms.  ;D

Gear Talk / Re: 14' board bags--Koredry?
« on: May 13, 2014, 06:25:23 PM »
I just got one for my Jimmy Lewis M-14. I haven't used it much but I like it so far. I bought it to protect my boards from heat and sun damage.

I don't like zippered bags as they are a hassle to unzip and they take up a lot of space. The koreDry is on and off in seconds and it rolls up into a small ball when not in use. You don't have to worry if the board is wet as the KoreDry material dries quickly and being topless, the bag itself never overheats.

I bought it for times when my boards might have to sit on my car for a few hours or for days at the beach when it might lay on the sand while I take breaks.

If you get the 14' bag it will fit all of your boards. For shorter boards you can just tie a knot in the end and tuck it inside.

I haven't used it on really hot days yet. If necessary, I thought a layer of reflective material or inexpensive felt between the board and the bag might add insulation from the suns heat. The way I check is, if the board feels hot to the hand, it's too hot. I'll be testing this with the topless bag as we progress into summer.


Flatwater and Touring / Re: cross wind and rail shape?
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:24:13 PM »
I would think boxy rails would be more stable and hold a line across the waves in side winds better than round rails.

My Coreban Alpha Race 12'6"x 29" has boxy rails and it excels in side wind and up wind conditions and is a lot more stable in chop than my Starboard 11'2"x30" Blend which has very round rails.

Glad to hear it. I'm loving my Surfa 9'4"

Phil at CR let me borrow a smaller Laird center fin along with some bigger side bites and it seems better than the stock set up. Right now I have the center fin all the way back. I thought that would be the best place to start until I get get a little better at surfing from the tail.

We haven't had much surf lately to do any testing. Pretty flat the last few days.

Fantastic pics. The board looks great in red. That color isn't available in the States for some reason.

The islands look a lot farther away than they did looking down from the satellite. I still be into paddling out to them in the right weather.

Have you tried the M-14 in the surf yet? I am still amazed at how well it turns. I bought a ten inch surf fin just for surfing. Jimmy said in an email that you can surf it with the tracker fin, it just responds a little slower into the turns.

I'll have some more pics of mine soon now that spring is finally here. I guess we had to wait for your long NZ summer to be over first.


Flatwater and Touring / Re: Constantly Getting Rescued
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:13:25 PM »
Nothing like that has happened to me on a SUP but it did a few times on my sailboard back in the eighties. I would drop my sail and sit on my board to rest for a bit and boats would come over to check on me or some dope on shore would call the Coast Guard thinking something was wrong.

Everyone around here seems to know what SUPs are by now. They are about as common as kayaks.

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