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Messages - Luc Benac

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Technique / Re: Paddle length for workouts
« on: November 29, 2020, 05:26:10 PM »
I am 72".
73" on my Salish 500 for everything on my Torpedo. Might go back to 73 1/2 to get a bit more on flat water.
74" on my Viento 520 for everything on my Maliko.
71" 1/2 on my Salish 460 for sup surfing.

So youíre only one to two inches above your head ...
Cool! Was a little hesitant to go down to 70Ē (Iím 68Ē) on my favorite paddle, but playing with my wifeís adjustable paddle it feels like itís going to be good for the hard days. And the blade angle is 8 degrees so I think itís gonna work well

I would suggest going there 1/2 inch at a time. It takes some time for the body and the technique to adjust. If you go several inches at once you might either hurt yourself or really dislike the new length. It took me several years to go from 79" to 74".
If I remember correctly the BP Hydro takes a bit longer shaft because of the shape of the blade and the blade angle.

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Technique / Re: Paddle length for workouts
« on: November 29, 2020, 04:13:43 PM »
I am 72".
73" on my Salish 500 for everything on my Torpedo. Might go back to 73 1/2 to get a bit more on flat water.
74" on my Viento 520 for everything on my Maliko.
71" 1/2 on my Salish 460 for sup surfing.

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Technique / Re: Volume issue ? Or skill issue ?
« on: November 27, 2020, 05:45:30 PM »
What you all are saying makes sense !
Probably shouldnít just flip it out of frustration.
Definitely feels like a bit more of a learning curve than jumping down to the 21Ē.
I always appreciate everyoneís insight!

Still a fun board to paddle all around. Guessing once I get bigger balls for bigger runs itís gonna be a blast.

Just to not fall on the sidewalls :-)

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Technique / Re: Volume issue ? Or skill issue ?
« on: November 27, 2020, 04:24:57 PM »
TallDude, pardon my ignorance if I misunderstood, but you are talking when already on the tail of the board rather than rail steering from the middle, correct?
I have always believed and somewhat experienced that from the middle, weighing the opposite rail steer the board in the direction you wanted and when you get on the tail of a flat deck board then it is the opposite (like surfing).

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Technique / Re: Volume issue ? Or skill issue ?
« on: November 27, 2020, 03:36:04 PM »
Volume is just one of many factors that affect stability. Unless you are shopping for a new board, keep practicing with what you have and continue to develop the skills.

Absolutely. The Downtown in 25 wide has a good reputation as a fast downwind board so it is not like you have the wrong tool for the job either....and the Blackfish has always been a great open ocean board.

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Technique / Re: Volume issue ? Or skill issue ?
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:54:19 PM »
For me the sweet spot has always be 26 wide 270ish L. I am 6' 170 lbs.

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Technique / Re: Volume issue ? Or skill issue ?
« on: November 27, 2020, 01:45:46 PM »
It is likely a bit of both with all respect.
I have been downwinding for some years and while I am still a beginner I still have some experience on different boards.
Downwinding a high volume big nose dugout style is a very different proposition than downwinding a low volume close to the water board.
You will get the advantage on speed as you noted but loose on control as you also noted which makes it a lot more technically challenging.
The high volume nose is likely the first factor.
I have a low volume pintail downwind board (Sunova Torpedo) that is easy to control and a low volume feet on teh water board narrow tail (Maliko 2020) that is even maybe easier to handle side and quartering chop and wind.
With experience on a particular board, you will improve your technique and take advantage of the specific. It might take longer and make it more difficult in some cases than if you started a progression in boards.

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The NeoSport Explore are not available so I decided to try these guys taking a size 12 so 1.5 size up for thick wool socks.

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I was just checking out the SupSkin drysuits and they look pretty nice. Not quite as baggy as the Ocean Rodeo that I had. The great thing about these type of suits is that they are breathable so you stay fairly comfortable as the temperature fluctuates. It's also easy to remove or add an inside layer if you need to, and what a pleasure it is to take off the suit after a long paddle in the rain and/or snow and be completely dry. I often just wore my regular street clothes under mine.

Yes for me it has been the best outfit to date for normal paddling used in conjunction with layering. Waves are of course a different story and a 5/4 hooded is more to the point.

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Winter paddling including downwind, I use a light SupSkin drysuit with a layer under and importantly a layer on top that goes from a windbreaker to a 1 or 1.5 Supreme jacket.
The body and head are never the problem, the feet are. I have yet to find a system that doesn't get my feet numbs on a 20km paddle. Even when moving around the board some.
Need warm feet?
Waterproof.
https://www.amazon.com/DEGBIT-Rechargeable-Adjustable-Temperatures-Waterproof/dp/B08CXT4MWL/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=waterproof+feet+warmers&qid=1605726308&sr=8-9

I does refer to being washable only when talking about the waterproof aspect? You might get juiced on a paddle:) Plus the batteries are not water proof. Might have to modify....

I will have to ask the victims of torture what 12v feels like on a wet body...... :o
I think that one of the issue is also restrictions. As soon as you start using water shoes or booties and layering it seems somewhat to restrict the blood flow. Specially has these are usually narrow in shape which works well when not wearing anything in them.
I did remove a couple of mm of the gasket on the legs of my SupSkin as it was too tight for that reason.
The Explorer boots I had were sized so small that the feet were very uncomfortable in them and I had already took a size up at least. Going any bigger and it would look like a musketeer.
But maybe I should give them another try getting another size up......

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Winter paddling including downwind, I use a light SupSkin drysuit with a layer under and importantly a layer on top that goes from a windbreaker to a 1 or 1.5 Supreme jacket.
The body and head are never the problem, the feet are. I have yet to find a system that doesn't get my feet numbs on a 20km paddle. Even when moving around the board some.

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Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / Re: Naish 2021 S25 Maliko
« on: November 13, 2020, 10:04:37 PM »
 :PYes the 2020 design is an improvement over the previous versions.

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Gear Talk / Re: Infinity Deck Bungee
« on: November 05, 2020, 01:24:02 PM »
I think that the screws were M3 and using simple plastic TV cable holders.

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SUP General / Re: Are cracks in PVC fairly common ?
« on: October 28, 2020, 05:37:16 PM »
Wood is the sandwiched material

Yes but that is only on the standing area.....

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SUP General / Re: Are cracks in PVC fairly common ?
« on: October 28, 2020, 02:40:08 PM »
To be frank , I still do not understand the construction on the Naish Maliko 2020 and up. It says carbon sandwich but I still fail to see where the sandwich is.
All I see is:
Paint Layer
Carbon Layer
Glass Layer
To me a sandwich should require at least three layers of material i.e. excluding paint obviously


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