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Gear Talk / Re: Weird Konihi 95 Blade
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:29:37 PM »
Whoa, do I need all that to paddle faster??? :-)
I hope the Konihi I ordered come with a detailed manual.
For the paddle not for the Harrier...

Cheers,

1847
Gear Talk / Re: Fin for improved tracking and stability?
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:11:57 PM »
After going back and forth between the Joe Bark fin and the Hybrid, I seem to be getting about the same result from both.
I am wondering if I am too much of a newbie and too slow to make the difference .
The Hybrid should be by all account a better fin.


I did get a Gladiator Hybrid from Casey a couple of weeks ago for my SB Touring 14.
I cannot compare it to the Elite but I have the original Bark/Laird/Allison fin (the one that was coming with the Dominator and now sold by Future Fins).
In terms of stability the Laird fin is giving more than the Hybrid and tracks as well. But the Hybrid makes the board more lively. With the Laird the board is on a rail and it feels like nothing will happen. With the Hybrid, the board gives more feed-back and makes the ride more interesting. It also feels like it is somewhat easier to get the board planning downwind.
I am wondering what a Gladiator Pro would feel like.
I am doing a lot of cross-chop, upwind, quartering and bit of downwind (short sequence chop no nice swell) plus the inevitable board wakes.

Cheers,

Luc

1848
Ke Nalu / Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« on: July 19, 2014, 09:42:59 PM »
A little bit confused, is there a zoner discount on the Kenalu store or not?
I want to upgrade from my SB Enduro Carbon Premium 525 for something lighter and better so looking at the last two Ke nalu as an option.

Cheers,

1849
SUP General / Re: Bitten by a Great White at Manahttan Beach Today!
« on: July 11, 2014, 05:26:28 PM »
Very strange response by the guys taking the video... watching a great white being reeled into a group of offshore swimmers is hardly what you'd call "funny"

Yes the terms idiotic or moronic come to mind. And yes I hope they got sued and that it is made public enough that others will remember. Wishful thinking idiots will be idiots regardless.


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Gear Talk / Re: Fin for improved tracking and stability?
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:42:00 AM »
I did get a Gladiator Hybrid from Casey a couple of weeks ago for my SB Touring 14.
I cannot compare it to the Elite but I have the original Bark/Laird/Allison fin (the one that was coming with the Dominator and now sold by Future Fins).
In terms of stability the Laird fin is giving more than the Hybrid and tracks as well. But the Hybrid makes the board more lively. With the Laird the board is on a rail and it feels like nothing will happen. With the Hybrid, the board gives more feed-back and makes the ride more interesting. It also feels like it is somewhat easier to get the board planning downwind.
I am wondering what a Gladiator Pro would feel like.
I am doing a lot of cross-chop, upwind, quartering and bit of downwind (short sequence chop no nice swell) plus the inevitable board wakes.

Cheers,

Luc

1851
Keep in mind that it’s not just flat water performance. The two boards you mentioned do okay in flat water, really good downwind and side chop. It’s up wind that they do really bad.

That is a very good point. Are you talking strictly about the original Bullet and M-14 design or has that been improved a lot with the new designs which are "flater"?
We do not have much downwind here other that the return from where you have paddled upwind to :-)

Cheers,

Luc

1852
Yugi, your answer makes total sense to me. At some point I am hoping to have the money to replace my SB Touring 14x30 with a Jimmy Lewis M-14 (2014) or a Bullet 14 V2 - 14x27.5.
It would still be plenty of board for me and should be great on anything but really flat water which I very rarely paddle.

Cheers,

Luc

1853
Isn't that what the SIC Bullet V2 is intent on doing?
Provide excellent performance on various ocean like conditions by tweaking the design of the original SIC Bullet.
"By moving the nose rocker forward the “entry” shifted forward as well; this keeps the board from “pushing” water at low speed and in calm water. The outline’s wide point has been shifted forward. This gives a rider enough balance to power up and catch bumps. "
Or is that the $2,799 question?
Not that I have the means to check this out anyway.


1854
SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Sawyer TSR paddle
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:41:59 AM »
The supplier Social Skateboarding inc. was first class. Upon receiving the photos of the broken paddle and box, they sent me a replacement paddle at no cost.
This version of the TSR came with the TSR Carbon 95 Blade - 7.5" W X 18" L (95 s.i.).
I will finally try this paddle this afternoon.

1855
Downwind and Racing / Board for quartering wind & chop sup concensus?
« on: June 14, 2014, 03:38:36 PM »
Hello,
I have started suping last year.
We mostly paddle close to shore (less than two km) and the most common conditions call for quartering against wind and very short period chop/ cross-chop less than two feet high 95% of paddle time with the occasional day and board wake over two feet. After reading as many post on the subject I could find in this forum and the AUS one, the most articulated arguments seem to be toward the following:
1) Under two feet and 15 knots > displacement hull with large fin and soft rails are faster and still very comfortable (archetype is Bark Dominator with Gladiator)
2) Over that > planing hull with hard rails (using weight to dig the rail where needed) and ? fin are faster and very comfortable (archetype is SIC14 Bullet or JL M-14)
3) Somewhere in between both conditions and board design are the round nosed board like the SB All-Star or Ace (I have tried both and personally did not really like either)
I am looking at that not in a racing context but for personal enjoyment of going as fast as possible and making progress with the right tool for the job.
Don't tell my wife but I am also thinking down the line to either adding a board to my 14' SB Pierce Touring (that would be nice) or make an hopefully upgrade (that would be more realistic based on disposable income).

Cheers,

Luc


1856
SUP General / Re: Long Paddles from Vancouver
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:24:55 PM »
That is really cool.
I did not know about it but will follow it up on the link you provided and pass it to our small group in West Vancouver.

Cheers,

Luc

1857
SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Sawyer TSR paddle
« on: June 09, 2014, 09:46:01 PM »
I ordered a Sawyer TSR carbon paddle with the RIP90 blade from Social Skateboarding inc. at a very good price taking advantage of a sale.
I just received it today.

The good news.
The paddle is incredibly light and the shaft is very thin with the lower part slightly oval. It does look beautiful.
After handling it taking my Starboard Enduro Carbon Premium feels like handling a middle-age mace...
I am curious about the reported surface of the blade = Rip 90 blade - 7.5"W X 17"L (93 s.i.).
My SB is a 525 cm2 so should be about 81.4 s.i.
The blade of the TSR is the same length but noticeably thinner 7.5" versus 8.3" and a little bit shorter. No way that one is 93 sqi and the other 82 sqi.
Not sure which one to believe?
In any case I was so much looking forward to try it...

The bad news.
The paddle came in a box with almost no padding. The box must have been crushed during transport and the paddle is broken close to the base of the shaft....
Which make one thinking about the strength of the paddle in the first place. Likely just the wrong impression.
I have never dealt with this supplier before so I contacted them through PayPal and I am awaiting to see what will happen. Of course I had to pay the duties and taxes to get it into Canada. I am so disappointed and I hope that it gets resolved soon and that it does not cost me too much.

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