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Classifieds / Re: Starboard Drive 10'5 Carbon
« on: May 08, 2016, 09:35:27 AM »
what year?

General Discussion / Re: Proper way to describe our boards?
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:37:59 PM »
i use sus, but i aways have to follow with meaning.............."i went susing yesterday stand up surfing with a paddle, the waves were sweet" other wise most think it is flat water not the waves.

Gear Talk / Re: went from werner nitro M to rip stick 89
« on: March 04, 2016, 08:38:27 AM »
i too was a bit worried about loss of power, am 6'2", 210 lbs, but it is way better and easier. it seems counter intuitive, but i can paddle faster, turn faster and catch more waves with way less effort.

Gear Talk / went from werner nitro M to rip stick 89
« on: February 27, 2016, 08:39:35 AM »
i only sus and just recently jumped down a board size from 9' hero to 8' hyper nut. huge part of learning to balance and catch waves on short board is the paddle. first i played with the length and then bought a smaller paddle, the rip stick 89. i am surprised at what a difference this paddle makes. all of the technique to turn and use shorts strokes are made easier and cleaner. i dont pull muy self of balance as much. also my board, being so short, has a terminal velocity when paddling so the extra blade just tired and strained my shoulders. lower swing weight helps to. i got the two piece and really like being able to adjust it on the water to conditions, an inch longer for long paddles out to the break and small mushier waves and shorter for steep, big fast ones.

that happens to me when i get tired and i stop bending my knee and stand up straight. especially when it is lumpy i need to keep the knees loose like mini shock absorbers.

Gear Talk / Re: Starboard Hyper Nut Surf SUP Review
« on: January 10, 2016, 09:25:22 AM »
if the current and wind conditions are calm it takes very little effort to stay up right. when the wind, reflections and rips are present it takes more effort, but definitely doable as long as i dont mind falling a bit. each time i am learning and improving, the question becomes am i using all my energy learning balance vs catching surfing?

Gear Talk / Re: Three-piece paddle thoughts?
« on: January 09, 2016, 05:18:13 PM »
i really like the 2-piece werner nitro med, 1 for travel and 2 that i can adjust the height on the fly. it is so much easier to just click it for longer standing straight up or click it for shorter surf stance as well as figuring out what is the best size by cutter shorter till it feels good.

all that said, the multiple piece does take on some water so i do take it apart after each session which is pretty simple to do.

Gear Talk / Starboard Hyper Nut Surf SUP Review
« on: January 09, 2016, 12:05:20 PM »
Iím 6í2Ē 210lb, I got the 8í0Ē Hyper Nut a couple weeks ago. It came with quad fins and the longer ones, M.7 go in the front.

First off the simple pleasures of handling a light, short board both on and off the water cannot be overstated. Getting in the water and the timed grab/lift as you get out to avoid the shore pound and then carrying it, even after a long session, is not tiring. Handling is great. It fits perfect in the Prolight 8í0Ē bag and I like the paddle pocket. In the water, popping over white water and in general getting spun in the rinse cycle is just plain easy compared to my 9í hero. I have not taken it on airplane travel yet, but can tell it will be oh so much nicer.

No getting around it, it paddles slower, so heading out will take longer to get to the break, longer to get back at the end of a session and a bit longer after a long ride.

On the wave, wow, wow, wow, thatís a triple wow! This board is way better than I am, but I have already started progressing. Late, steep drops that I never would have even tried before are super fun. The board is loose, fast easy turns, amazing and great feel, basically blows away my bigger board, but I have a lot to learn about foot placement, getting the back foot on stomp pad. As it is my first short surf SUP I cannot compare it to any other similar size board.

While I have tons of fun, I am a bigger, not super coordinated guy, who has struggled to learn surf sup over the past 2 seasons (I didnít get out much). I am in the learning to read the wave/set-up and catch it phase with not much time yet to actually progress on top to bottom surfing. So how has the Hyper Nut been for me? Good call for sure! The volume floats me no problem, but I have had to step-up my balance/foot position game, paddle differently and learn a new way to catch the wave. Itís only been a couple weeks, but I have had some on the best and worst sessions ever. I read as much of the short surf sup advise as I could find (thanks to those who took the time to post!), which is all spot on, but takes a while to figure out as a lot is going on. The main thing is paddling, way shorter paddle and short directed strokes so I donít throw myself off balance. Knowing that I cannot gain tons of speed with long hard strokes going out or catching a wave is key. The other critical areas, stance, foot position, leaning forward, then backward, bracing, being in position, getting stronger, staying relaxed are coming along and coming together more and more often.

I donít think that demo-ing would have helped me much as I really needed 6-8 sessions to start to get it. If I only SUPíed every 4-6 weeks like the last few seasons this would not be the board for me. The board is plenty stable for me, surfs waaaaaaay better than my 9í and has forced me to refine my on water skills, a good choice. It has increased my fun factor by an order of magnitude! The only negatives are that I wish it had more glide and it is pricey.

Also worth mentioning are the
PSYCHOFREAK 3.5MM ST BOOT, they have arch support and really help for the long sessions

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