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Gear Talk / Re: All advice welcome
« on: May 13, 2021, 01:53:32 PM »
@ Supgirl 67

Blue Planet, at the time of this posting, has six (6) Easy's in stock in Bamboo Rasta color. How do I know this? Easy (pun intended).

Robert puts all of his inventory on the board models he sells online. I ran across the link to his inventory a few years back and like a packrat who keeps things, I bookmarked it for future reference. The link is below. It is on a slow server so be patient. The page will show up and the inventory page is updated daily.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16mKsrbMifP3X4mIcInd4LK0knjG5QsS4IWbPZlnD2uU/edit#gid=1648521327

BTW, I Iike to surf "small easy" waves which are fun for me so I surf a few miles up the coast from Surfside, Texas. The waves are much bigger at the Surfside and Quintana jetties. And those waves there are just like the waves down at the jetties at Brownsville, Texas.

And I just so happen to have a live streaming webcam of those bigger waves, at the Brownsville jetties, when the wind is blowing. Of course, best seen during the daytime. You can see them and hear the wind blowing, if the wind is blowing, at the link below. Sometimes, you can hear the call of a seagull flying by.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqgSVV36wNI

Best seen in full screen mode and in 1080p60 HD definition setting.

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Gear Talk / Re: All advice welcome
« on: May 13, 2021, 06:24:05 AM »
@ Supgirl67

This is going to be a l-o-n-g post.

I've been watching this topic thread, but once I read your weight is 130 lbs, I am closer to you weight wise at my 138 lbs than anyone else on this site although I'm 5'8" in height. I'm a small guy due to my small skeletal structure. The middle fingers on both of my hands are only 3" in length.

I do a lot of flat water paddling for plain enjoyment and most of my paddling sessions last between 90 to 120 minutes. I have two long sup models which are a Sup Sports 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 liters "One World" and a Blue Planet 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 liters "Duke". Both of these boards have 5 fin boxes. Both of these boards can be ridden with one long single fin for flat water paddling. Just keep in mind both of these two models are no longer being manufactured.

The long 9" single fin in the long center fin box makes both boards track straight. However, the long single fin makes it harder to turn left or right so that is a trade off. When the wind comes up to around 12 mph or higher. It is easier to paddle my 11'1 board because of the 30" width. But if the wind makes the water very choppy, my 10'5' board is more stable at 32" to paddle. Again, trade offs.

Since I weigh 138 lbs and with two surgically repaired right and left shoulder joints, my surgeon told me to get rid of my 85 paddle blade and go with a 75 paddle blade. This makes paddling on flat water with a good breeze easy on my shoulders and also it is easier to paddle both boards.

I use a woman's paddle because of my small frame. An adjustable 65"-84" length Naish "Alana" 75 with a small diameter shaft.

https://www.naishsurfing.com/product/alana/

I've been flat water paddling with this paddle in mostly not very windy conditions and I've been steadily coming down in length. For quite some time, I've been using this paddle at 70.5" in length. But since this Spring has been very windy, with wind speeds steady at 15 mph, I started to notice this length when paddling upwind, it was tough. I needed a faster cadence so I started to lessen the length.

With these same windy conditions for flat water paddling, I am now using this paddle at 66.5" in length. I can even use this paddle length to surf some waves although I do like to surf waves with this paddle at 65" in length.

BTW, I can paddle a straight line by paddling on my right side, since I'm right handed. The only time I paddle on my left side is when I want to turn the board to the right and it is much easier to do it this way using a semi surf stance. I quit using a parallel stance a long time ago.

Now to surfing.

Where I live on the upper Texas coast, the best place for some good surfing waves is at Surfside, Texas. There isn't a free webcam down there, but the waves at Port Aransas are very much the same which you can see at the link below for comparison sake.

https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/texas-seagull-condos-live-beach-surf-cam

Both my One World and Duke sups can surf calf high waves, knee high waves, thigh high waves, waist high waves, chest high waves and head high waves with no problems because both boards have 5 fin boxes. With 5 fin boxes, I surf both boards with a 4 fin quad setup. Basically 2, 5" front side bites and 2, 4" rear side bites. This fin combination produces speed to handle tiny to small waves.

There are no bungee straps on either of my boards. But if you want to put some bungee cords on a sup, just use some suction cup bungees like at the link below as an example.

https://www.amazon.com/Suction-Cup-Tie-Downs-pack/dp/B001803PXU

With all of the above said, I'm going to list this board for your consideration. A Blue Planet "Easy" model at 10'2" x 32" x 4.5" @ 179 liters which can be found at the link below.

https://www.blueplanetsurf.com/102-x-32-x-179l-easy-2020.html

It has a slightly pulled in nose which will be good for flat water paddling even when the lake water gets choppy and it can be surfed in just about any wave conditions (except for extremely high over head waves) with a nice kick tail pad and 5 fin boxes. And the pad which covers the deck is very comfortable (at least it is on my Duke).

And you can see this board surfing in the video below. There is woman surfing this board in the video too. The video is best seen in full screen mode and 1080p HD for the high definition setting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuMD1dGdGNc

BTW, I hope you find the info in this post helpful.


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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 06, 2021, 05:38:25 AM »
I don't like getting down on the ground to get my key because I hate getting dirty sand on my wet hands or in my gloves when taking breaks. I also avoid getting sand on my wetsuit when leaving the beach because I wear my suit home and don't want that sand in the car or on my towels. I guess each person has his or her specific needs relating to their situation, but my way is easier.   :)

1) I don't wear a wet suit. When the water warms to 66 F; that is my minimum water comfort zone so it's bathing shorts, T-Shirt, water shoes and a hat for me. After a surfing session when I'm all wet and I want to go back home; I do get sand on me when I crawl underneath the truck to retrieve my key hider, but once I open the door to my truck, I go back into the beach surf where it is about 3' deep, dunk myself under the water, pop myself above the water and no more sand on me. Then I just walk back to my truck. The driver seat has a cover on it so the seat doesn't get wet.

2) Since I had "three" urinary tract procedures done (in the OR under anesthesia) in a 19 day span of time from Dec 22nd to Jan 11th, I'm down to 138 pounds. My truck tires have about 50 lbs PSI in them so this allows me to drive on loose sand and not sink the tires into the sand where my truck would get stuck in the sand. If I weighed about 175 lbs, I wouldn't be able to work the top half of my body underneath my truck because there is not enough space from the sand to the lower body panels of my truck for me to crawl underneath my truck. I would need to dig a small trench so I could fit underneath my truck to retrieve the key hider.

So in retrospect. A thief is not going to want to get the back of his body, from heat to toe, covered in sand and/or get covered in smudgy motor oil. And lastly, if the thief weighs 175 lbs or more and the thief doesn't know where the key hider is, the thief is going to have to dig a small trench to remove a lot of sand "from the back of the front wheel to the beginning of the rear back wheel" so the thief can actually crawl underneath my truck "for a look see" and if the thief did, the thief won't be able to see the key hider.

I'm guessing the time for what I do takes me 5 minutes longer than what it takes you to do with the key around your neck. But I'm not in any hurry.

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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 05, 2021, 04:22:21 PM »
I put two of my keys (ignition, camper) in the magnetic key hider and attach it to the underside of my truck where it can't be seen even if you look up at the underside of my truck. Hasn't failed me yet and I've been doing it this way since 1994.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Nite-Ize-Black-Key-Hider/1000518889

I tried that back when I started surfing and found it to be a hassle to get down on the ground to retrieve the key and risk being seen doing it every time I needed to change gear, take a break, get some water, etc.

That's my point. Thieves don't like to get sand on their clothes because I park on the beach sand. Or something a lot worse . Like hiding the key hider behind the oil filter.

One thing I know about keys around the neck while surfing. If the key is not wiped down real good, the key will transfer a tiny amount of saltwater into the ignition switch and if it does, rust (corrosion) will occur inside the ignition switch.

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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 05, 2021, 08:47:17 AM »
I put two of my keys (ignition, camper) in the magnetic key hider and attach it to the underside of my truck where it can't be seen even if you look up at the underside of my truck. Hasn't failed me yet and I've been doing it this way since 1994.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Nite-Ize-Black-Key-Hider/1000518889

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Gear Talk / Re: Gearing up on fins
« on: April 04, 2021, 08:23:06 PM »
@ Luc Benac

Have you ever tried a Donald Takayama "Halo" fin. The Halo fin was originally designed for extremely long sups which were 13'-14' in length. A 10.5" single Halo fin might work well for a downwinder sup.

Take a look at the short video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNoM2f7x8YA

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SUP General / Re: Is there SUP Surf life after 70?
« on: March 19, 2021, 05:32:45 AM »
Back in February, I turned 71. As the water is heating up, so am I.  :)  Like my late dad said to me; "Son; when you retire, remember one thing. If you rest, you rust".  ;D

My brother and sister in law are planning a trip down to Port Aransas, Tx this coming April and I'm seriously thinking of tagging along. I want to surf (sup or prone) the waves at the Horace Caldwell Pier. It will just depend on the wave conditions. If the conditions are right, l-o-n-g rides are the norm.

BTW, check out some of the "old guys" surfing in this video taken from a drone. The old guys are easy to spot. And this video is best seen in 1080p HD in full screen mode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DlIVeSEIPw

And if the conditions are not right, I'll be stuck with the normal waves found at the webcam below.

https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/texas-seagull-condos-live-beach-surf-cam

To paraphrase: "Stay limber my friends, stay limber".  8)

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Sessions / Re: March Sandbar
« on: March 09, 2021, 10:46:05 AM »
Nice video.

BTW, which one of your sups were you using?

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SUP General / Re: Southern Funk n' Flow 2.0
« on: March 06, 2021, 05:07:45 AM »
One thing about small funky waves like that. You won't see any prone surfers on their shortboards anywhere around so you'll have most of the waves all to yourself.

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General Discussion / Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:31:33 PM »
Guessing it was discontinued awhile ago?

The board is around 10 years old.

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General Discussion / Re: Tanker surfing South Carolina
« on: February 22, 2021, 03:23:05 PM »
Chasing tankers is hard I hear.

Chasing tankers (or any ship) is hard. But instead of chasing a tanker (or any ship) to prone or sup surf a bow wave, the common sense approach is to let the tanker (or ship) "come to you".

In the video below, you will see a young man sup surfing a bow tanker wave at Port Aransas, Texas. He gets into the water at his launching point and paddles out to a spot where he stops and meets an incoming tanker (or any large ship for that matter) so he can sup surf the bow wave from the ship where the wave takes him back to his launching point. Watch the video in full screen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6bskUBzZu8

I have done this and I'll explain how I do it.

If I plan on surfing a ship bow wave, I always take my laptop computer with me and make sure the battery is fully charged in it when I do so. I stop at the closest McDonalds and use their free wifi. While I'm at Mickey D's, I access the "Marine Traffic" site which shows me any incoming ship which will come through the Galveston Ship Channel and the channel lies between the South and North jetties.

The Marine Traffic site is easy to navigate.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/

Basically, I launch my sup board at 16th Street at Port Bolivar on the Bolivar Peninsula and paddle out to the Boat Cut paralleling the North Jetty. The North Jetty is at the end of 17th Street. The North Jetty is 6 miles long but I just paddle out to the Boat Cut and wait for the incoming ship.

Once I see one (or two) incoming ships traveling anywhere between 10-14 knots, I know the bow wave will be big to give me a very long ride which takes me back to my launching spot at 16th Street.

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Sessions / Re: 50F Day W/Sunshine!
« on: February 18, 2021, 01:19:51 AM »
With waves like that, we call those type of waves "angry waves" down here in Texas.

Thanks for sharing this video.

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Sessions / Re: Okinawa Remote Point Break
« on: February 07, 2021, 05:45:12 PM »
Nice video. Looks like you had a fun session. BTW, the color of the board looks real nice.

Thanks for sharing your video.

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Sessions / Re: Orlena- CODE RED SWELL!
« on: February 03, 2021, 05:25:21 AM »
Cookie,

You're tough. After watching your video, I went to a site that monitors the water temperature at my favorite sup surfing spot, Surfside. The water temperature there was 59 degrees F which is still too cold for me since I don't wear a wetsuit.

As always, thanks for sharing your videos.

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SUP General / Re: SUP surf session Flash Mobbed by Sharks
« on: January 29, 2021, 07:49:51 PM »
Just be glad they weren't unpredictable bull sharks.

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