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Gear Talk / Re: Super Thin and/or Comfortable Wetsuits?
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:33:20 PM »
Loose fitting KoreDry shirts are awesome for sun protection. I'm never without mine in the summer.

The material doesn't absorb water so it dries incredibly fast. It's super breathable so you won't overheat, even on the hottest days.

Way more comfortable than a tight rashguard or wetsuit.

I guess the words "great movie" and “epic movie trailer" threw me.   ::)

Gear Talk / Re: My $15 tail handle
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:22:19 AM »
I'm trying to understand how these handles work.

Assuming the board is pointing toward the beach and you are holding the handle with one hand, how do you avoid having your face or body slammed into the board when the wave hits you from behind?

Is this supposed to be a trailer for a real movie?

The music made it sound like the paddlers were about to embark on something really incredible but all I saw was a fairly typical river run with some mild rapids.

Does 4m mean that they only went four miles?

If those are the exciting scenes, it looks pretty lame.

Or is it just a joke advertisement for Red Paddle Co.

Sessions / Re: Saw an old friend in the lineup
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:26:59 AM »
Sorry I misspoke Shoals.
We also have Seals.

Not to mention California Harbor Seals.

Sessions / Re: Saw an old friend in the lineup
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:59:31 AM »
I did not know that you didn't have seals. How sad.
You are more than welcome to some of ours.

Those aren't Seals.

Those are Sea Lions.  

They are two completely different animals.  ;D

Flatwater and Touring / Re: My local paddling grounds in February.
« on: February 23, 2014, 02:30:42 AM »
Yeah, the Bay usually freezes about as far as Adam's Point. Sometimes even Little Bay freezes up. Once when I was a kid in the 60s it froze all the way to General Sullivan Bridge. There are pictures from a century ago when it froze all the way to the Navy Yard and people were walking across the river at Portsmouth.

They've done a lot of dredging in the river since then to allow for bigger ships. The river moves faster now and doesn't have time to freeze like it used to.

I can't wait to see how the M-14 goes in the bay. I have gotten some awesome glides with my 11'2" and 12'6". With a strong southerly against an incoming tide the run from Sandy Point in Stratham to Fox Point can be spectacular. I've seen almost knee high waves in Little bay. The conditions have to be just right. Often it's hit or miss. A reverse of that run could be done on a north wind but I've never tried that. Unfortunately winds from directly north or south are somewhat rare.

I hope to see you out there.

Flatwater and Touring / Re: My local paddling grounds in February.
« on: February 22, 2014, 03:29:24 PM »
Keep in touch about your New Hampshire Downwinders, always looking for good runs in New England.

Hey Maine SUP, somehow I missed your replies. I don't know why but they didn't show up under new and recent posts which I check everyday.

I'll be posting my downwinders all the time once spring gets here and my new M-14 arrives.

Great Bay may not be the greatest downwind destination but under the right conditions it's pretty good. I can tell you where the best launch/landing spots are.

General Discussion / Re: SUP Coastal Maine in August
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:34:15 AM »
Hey Carib that's great that they added some new parking at Sea Point.

I live in Newington. For many years I've been trying to get the town to allow some non resident parking at Fox Point but they just won't give in. Our town is run by a bunch of snobs who like the "privilege" of having the place all to themselves. I guess they have no desire to visit other towns. They just don't get it.

The only public place to launch in Newington is Great Bay Marina. They don't mind people launching kayaks and paddleboards from the gravel beach at the west end of the parking lot. Just stay away from the boat ramp and beach area at the east end.

Exetersup was just telling me about the trip you guys made down the Piscataqua when we saw each other at Jenness Beach the other day. I've made the Portsmouth run from Newington to Wentworth by the Sea and back with the tide. Not quite the marathon you guys did though. You're right, it's not for the inexperienced.

I have been meaning to do the York River. It's on my to do list for when it gets warmer.

Board stiff, the General Sullivan Bridge isn't bad if you go through at the Newington end. The current can still be strong but there's no white water or eddies to contend with. There are a few rocks very close to shore to watch out for.  Other than that it's an easy glide through at any tide with convenient coves to pull into at each side of the bridge once you pass through.

Once on your way to Portsmouth, it's best to favor the Maine side and avoid the shipping and boat traffic at least until you pass the big power plant just before the 95 bridge, or you can just stay in Maine the whole way, taking the back channel behind the Navy Yard and then follow the Portsmouth waterfront on the way back.

I'll be around for a river run this spring or summer if you want some company.

General Discussion / Re: SUP Coastal Maine in August
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:38:37 PM »
where do you put in for flatwater paddles in the kittery point area? Are there any good public access points,  preferably with free parking nearby? Fort Foster looks like a neat area to paddle around, but but the parking fees are kinda steep there in the summer.

I usually put in at the head of Chauncey Creek where Seapoint Road crosses the Creek. From there you can go either down the creek to Pepperell cove or up the creek to Brave Boat Harbor. The creek is dry at low tide so timing your run with an incoming tide is important. The passage to Brave Boat Harbor isn't passable til a couple hours before High. The current can be ripping through the marsh where it narrows but it's manageable. Brave Boat Harbor has a nice little wave to surf if a swell is running in through the entrance.

If you stop at the little island at the entrance to Brave Boat Harbor be prepared to be asked to leave if the owners are around. I'm not sure if it's privately owned or owned by a land trust but they have not been happy with boaters stopping there and using it as a toilet.

The only drawback to launching at Chauncey Creek is that there is only enough parking for four or five cars.

You can also launch at the ramp next to the town dock at Pepperell Cove. This can be a busy place in the summer. If there is no place to park near the water, you can drop your board off at the ramp and park in the big dirt parking lot across the street.

At the end of Seapoint Road is Seapoint Beach. Parking is residents only, but it may be possible in the off season to drop your board off at the beach and park at the top of the hill where non resident parking is allowed. In the summer the parking is all residents only.

I think those are the only three launching options apart from Fort Foster.

A good 8 mile run is to circumnavigate Gerrish Island. You'll want to time it with the tide and have a following wind on the ocean. There may be some good waves to surf along the way.

And all that after his involvement with C4.  He seems to have WWII as a
reading hobby with quotes from Churchill, Lindbergh  and Guernica in his
interview.  He actually compares himself to Lindbergh.  I can see the
parallel though not quite as he puts it.  Both were naive, the aviator an
early nazi supporter and himself deeply involved in the growth of SUP and
now swearing it off.  Probably a business choice as he is a "core" shaper for
the prone crew where any link to SUP would be not be popular.

Nailed it!


Flatwater and Touring / My local paddling grounds in February.
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:24:28 AM »
I spend a lot of time paddling around Great Bay, New Hampshire. It's a tidal inland bay about twelve miles upriver from Portsmouth Harbor.

When the tide is right I can carry my board across the street and launch in the salt marsh creek that runs into the bay.

In the summer the water temperature can be 75 - 80 degrees in certain parts of the bay. Some days are like glass and you can follow miles of shoreline with lots of creeks and rivers to explore.

Downwinders are also possible. The fetch from west to east is about three and a half miles. A twenty knot wind can kick up some pretty good chop. Longer downwind runs of five miles can be had going north and south.

Here's what it looked like this morning where I normally launch across from my house. The ice is about a foot thick. Ice fishing used to be very popular here in the 60s and 70s with over a thousand fishing shacks covering this side of the bay. These days a dozen is about the most you'll ever see.

By mid March, all the ice will be gone. When it finally breaks up there are often large pieces of drifting ice to paddle around. Many can be big enough step on to. You can hang out there and just drift with the tide.

Sessions / Re: Taste of Scotland
« on: February 16, 2014, 04:48:09 AM »
That looks like a fantastic place to explore and do a bit of surfing.

Clicking on the pic really zooms it in. Judging from the cars in the lot, it looks like there were quite a few people braving the cold that day.

It must be really nice in the summer months.

General Discussion / Re: SUP Coastal Maine in August
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:50:58 AM »
Here is a picture of a tiny section, near Portland, showing the amazing variety of waterways.

Casco Bay is an awesomely beautiful place. I've cruised all over it in my sailboat and have visited most of the islands but have never paddled there.

I'm planning a paddleboard circumnavigation of Great Chebeague Island and maybe a trip out to Jewell Island this summer.

General Discussion / Re: SUP Coastal Maine in August
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:24:41 AM »
Considering where you're coming from, if you're surfing without a wetsuit, you still might need to wear something.

I started surfing the last week of July last summer at Jenness Beach NH with no wet suit and went all the way to mid September before buying my Drysuit, but there were a lot of mornings when I got so cold I couldn't take it.

I tried all kinds of layers of different fabrics. Loose fitting KoreDry shirts were the answer. One long sleeve was usually enough, but sometimes I needed the hoodie over that. KoreDry is a great product. It's a fast drying breathable fabric that keeps you warm but not too warm. It also protects you from the sun.

Some mornings my hands got so cold I had to wear my 2mm gloves.

Throughout August there were always a few guys who just wore board shorts. Some people are more warm blooded than others, but I get cold easy.

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