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Gear Talk / Re: Gearing up on fins
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:49:46 PM »
Preparing for the summer crowds. 5Km upwind in the cliffs backwash to Furry Creek in order to catch a bit of whitecaps on the way back and then wind died of course leaving only the usual choppy trail.
I was trying out the new Larry W. Allison's H&B on my Torpedo. For the little bit of downbreezer I had, it made a good first impression. It feels like the low end is pretty good allowing the extra acceleration/speed to get into the first bump and then to maintain more speed without letting the board slowdown so much as to miss linking bumps. No issue moving the board around or tripping/staling. I felt that it let me take everything there was to take with no limitation. Big plus in less than marginal conditions when catching a few glides and links can make or break your day.
These are first impressions only and I am looking forward to get in more wind and more consistent conditions for a light downwind. Could be teh ticket to match perfectly with teh already excellent Torpedo.

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing up on fins
« on: April 04, 2021, 08:46:41 PM »
I lokked at them. The Maliko needs a very short fin or it will stall at take off and you won't catch any bumps. The Bump fin is the exception otherwise I have been running it with the 6.5 GTS. I do run a 9" Boomerango on teh Torpedo for big days.

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing up on fins
« on: April 04, 2021, 05:36:52 PM »
Had one of the best runs on that specific course the other day. Bumpy and Humpy worked really well on the Maliko for the conditions.

How strong was the wind? Downbreezer with no stall of the board? Downwind with messy side chops?
This weekend was flat water with only bit of upwind so no chance yet to try H&B in a downbreezer or downwidner at all....

Gear Talk / Gearing up on fins
« on: March 31, 2021, 08:15:18 PM »
Going to try Humpy and Bumpy this weekend on my Torpedo. Then plenty of funky options for the Maliko this summer. Ride LA.

Sessions / Re: Jordan River Vancouver Island
« on: March 31, 2021, 08:13:37 PM »
I got out today at North Chesterman. Tiny little knee high waves. Stupid good fun! If you are up this way let me know and perhaps we can get out for a surf.

My favorites....glad you had fun...but I am still jealous, if it was not for a great downwind in the Sound last Sunday.

Sessions / Re: Jordan River Vancouver Island
« on: March 31, 2021, 01:25:41 PM »
And I heard that the locals were nice and friendly, contrary to popular belief.

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Sunova Steeze 10'
« on: March 28, 2021, 02:07:41 PM »
I'll keep an eye out for you in Tofino.  That board will be a dead give away =)

Was there first week of March...nobody died as I stayed clear of the other surfers :-)

Downwind and Racing / Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« on: February 18, 2021, 08:14:35 AM »
Super. L'etang de Berre semble parfait pour un downwind.

I have to say that when watching some of the big drops, my feet moved on their own volition into a surf stance and I had to go down to the garage to give a pat at my Maliko and Torpedo.

Gear Talk / Re: New board 14x22.5
« on: February 01, 2021, 11:42:03 AM »
You sure will be just fine on this swimming pool  ;D ;)

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Sunova Steeze 10'
« on: December 28, 2020, 09:37:31 AM »
Thank you. Have to wait March likely due to COVID. I might be looking at a 6" of the same as a center but i still have to put plenty of jours on the board first....

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Sunova Steeze 10'
« on: December 26, 2020, 05:31:10 PM »
Finally got to try for the first time my brand new Steeze 10'.
Love at first sight. Easy to paddle. Stable. Wide nose makes it easier to catch swell in our poor local conditions (swell built from strong southerly winds in the Georgia Straight). Sleek tail makes it easy to carve (at least when I will be better at it....).
Now as soon as COVID restrictions are gone...I am taking us to Tofino for some real swell.

Further fin options to try out when I can get to real swell.

A new contender for you. New size for this shape. Seems like a very good balance between performance and fun while keeping the SUP "feel"

More modestly, I got the 10' x 31" Steeze. Now I ama waiting improvement regarding travel within our province to go and try it in Tofino.....

One is already down for the count ;D Can't get here soon enough. Thx Creek

DriftWood Rev 2.0 ???

Gear Talk / Re: Anyone downwind the Bark Vapor Ghost Carbon ?
« on: December 05, 2020, 07:41:56 AM »
Different board teh Vapor is miles better than the the Downwinder which did not last very long one or two years.

Gear Talk / Re: Anyone downwind the Bark Vapor Ghost Carbon ?
« on: December 04, 2020, 11:38:10 AM »
ps: The Ghost Carbon is at least 3 pounds lighter than the 2017 model reviewed by Area10. Not a big deal fro downwinding but nice in the light stuff.

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