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I used to have an L41 ST.  Fun board!  I imagine it'll work great at Sano.

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SUP General / Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« on: February 15, 2019, 05:42:54 PM »
Subscribed!

Atta boy Creek!

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Busted! (heel)
« on: January 04, 2019, 08:46:22 AM »
Thanks all.  Looking forward to getting back out there. 

By the way.... how many people have smashed into your foot while in the knee crutch? looks like a magnet for mishaps!

Creek....the answer is zero. I had the same thought too at first, but for some reason, the foot is close enough or visible enough that it never got bumped (and I was out doing things).  I had way more bumps and scares on regular crutches. 

That iWalk thing was amazing. It allowed me to use my hands freely.  My first two days on regular crutches were hell. I couldn't have imagined those first 6 weeks without it.  Best $150 I've spent in a long time (though, would have rather spent that cash on more dimple pad).

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Training, Diet, and Fitness / Busted! (heel)
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:47:01 AM »
Hey geezers. It's been a while.  I've been out of action with a broken heel (serves me right for doing shit out of the water!).  I was mountain biking....had some speed....took my foot off the pedal to stabilize on a corner....a root nailed my heel and broke it into three pieces.....nasty.  That was in early October.  I was on a knee crutch for 6 weeks then regular crutches for 2 more to start introducing some weight to the foot. I started walking in December, but it's painful (but I'm making progress).  I'm hoping to be back in the water by April, but might be out until summer.  Getting back mobility in the foot and ankle will be the tricky part (at least 3-6 months of diligent rehab). 

Looking forward to being able to post again about sessions, trips, and over-analysis of gear in 2019!

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: L41 Popdart
« on: September 11, 2018, 12:45:44 PM »
Ha! We have a bit in common Tyler.  I surf Tofino quite a bit.  My first custom SUP was an L41 (an ST...loved it!).  And I travel to surf Nosara from time to time. 

For travel, I buy a sheet of the foam insulation from Home Depot (I think it's 8' x 4') and cut it in half (and tape the edges to reduce mess).  I put one piece on top and one on the bottom of the board.  I also wrap the rails in pipe insulation (also from Home Depot).  It's a light weight setup overall and protects the board really well. I've traveled to Costa Rica, SoCal and Mexico with that setup and I've never had a ding.


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3 hours away from surf!  ....so close!  (says the guy 5 hour away)

You'll enjoy every wave you get a little bit more now.

Congrats on the move and retirement. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Starboard Sprint - advice please
« on: July 17, 2018, 04:05:46 PM »
Thanks Eagle.

Ya, as I learn more, I think something a bit wider and geared for fun/stability/chop/downwind would be wise (right-sized to my small frame).

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Gear Talk / Starboard Sprint - advice please
« on: July 16, 2018, 08:49:46 PM »
I'm looking to maybe pick up a flat water board so I can get out on the water locally between surf trips.  I have my eye on a used 2017 carbon Starboard Sprint (14' x 21.5") for a pretty good price. 

- I'm 5'7, 135-140 lbs.
- My surf SUP is 7'4 x 26, 81 L. 
- I'll probably paddle it in some ocean inlets (pretty sheltered), some lakes, and maybe some downwinders where things get a bit more choppy.  No open ocean stuff with surfable waves at the shore. 
- Pretty recreational paddling (not racing at all)

Think this Sprint (14' x 21.5") would be a good fit for me.  I'm totally ignorant on these flat water race boards.

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Classifieds / Re: KIngs Custom made carbon
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:30:46 PM »
That wing ain't messing around!

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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Come to Tofino!
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:51:32 AM »
Creek,

There is just something about the air and water temperatures in Tofino that the stats don't tell--the air and water have some extra bite. It's a temperate rain forest and fog zone. Mornings are cool even in mid-summer. Fog and breezes roll in and out. On the really warm days (which can be rare and are nowhere near as warm as the east coast), I'll use a 2mm shorty in the afternoons.  At the same time, in the winter, the air temp doesn't get nearly as low as the east coast.  Rarely below freezing.

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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Come to Tofino!
« on: June 21, 2018, 08:46:08 AM »
I use a 3/2 there in the summer on a SUP (but I have a 1mm thermal and booties ready for cold mornings).  Most people I know use a 4/3. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Converting a board to a quad setup.
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:18:10 PM »
Another option if you plan to ride the Skate in steeper waves is to throw a nubster in the quad.  Some swear by it.  Others say insignificant.  I'm currently using one in my 7'4.  I've been riding it pretty much exclusively with a nubster and love the overall feel of the full package so I haven't bothered taking it out.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf6TV1vg-tP/


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Sessions / Re: Cox Bay
« on: June 10, 2018, 02:04:41 PM »
I love that spot when everything lines up. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Converting a board to a quad setup.
« on: June 06, 2018, 11:09:03 AM »
Of course you'll be using FCS plugs, but a fin set like the Futures Controllers would be a good choice. They are designed to have the back fin quite close to the front. I had them on my L41 and loved them. Held hard in turns but felt a little skatey.

My cat dug the controllers too.

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Gear Talk / Re: Converting a board to a quad setup.
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:36:55 AM »
Thanks Surfafrica

Yes, Stefan Aftanas, I am sure we are thinking of the same guy. Really a legend out here. I suspect I should just let him position the two fin boxes and not try to figure it out myself. He will do it right I am confident. ...  I saw that you will be out here in the middle of June. Sorry I will miss you again.....we are headed to the interior for a few days. Hope you have a few good days of surfing.

Yep. Aftanas did my board and it came out perfect. I heard he wasn't doing repairs anymore and was focusing just on shaping, but that was last summer.  Maybe things have changed.  ...or locals only! ;-)  A buddy of mine got a pretty major repair done by a guy named Griz up there.  He did a great job too.  If you get Aftanas on it, I would definitely let him recommend the fin placement.

Yep, we're there Fathers Day weekend, and again for a few days in mid-August. Would be great to connect for a beer or a session or both.

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