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I tried hand planing one time. At my 145 pound weight, the waves basically "beat me to death". I was so sore afterwards it took me a good 5 days to recover. And that was the last time I ever did hand planing.

Sunova SUP / Re: Sunova Shroom - Fun Squared
« on: June 20, 2016, 02:43:04 PM »

Just curious. What size length are those two honeycomb fins?

Sessions / Re: Reasons to Love the Dawn Patrol
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:54:02 AM »
I only use the dawn patrol in the summer months (June, July, August) because where I live in the state of Texas, the heat and humidity is brutal even at 6 am in the morning.

Right now as I type this, it's 74 degrees with 98% humidity. Just loading my paddle board onto the roof racks of my truck makes me sweat.

I think it is "snake oil" too.

Sunova SUP / Re: Sunova Shroom - Fun Squared
« on: June 18, 2016, 01:27:16 PM »

You gave a lot of good detailed info in your "impression" of the Shroom. One detail that caught my "ear" was when you stated with a 4 fin configuration, it paddled straight. Most short boards don't paddle straight since they're really designed for surfing waves.

Again, thanks of your impressions of the Shroom in your video.

Sunova SUP / Re: Sunova Shroom - Fun Squared
« on: June 18, 2016, 09:57:33 AM »
Excellent video review. I like the way you started the video by giving the Shroom's length, width, thickness and liters. Also, thanks for giving your weight. I I wish more reviewers would give these facts since I'm a small guy of 145 pounds and I'm always wondering how much some of you reviewers weigh

Thanks for taking the time to post your review and making the video to share.

Sessions / Re: Sunny Winter waves vid.
« on: June 17, 2016, 05:33:29 PM »
Nice video. Looks like you have waves where you can ride that never quit.

Thanks for sharing your video. BTW, I did see the same video on the Seabreeze site.

Gulf States / Re: Houston/Galveston and Surrounding area
« on: June 16, 2016, 07:02:26 AM »
I'm still in the process of finding some good surfing waves when my Hammer arrives. Today I found a nice streaming web cam at Matagorda, Tx which is not too long of a drive from Surfside, Tx and the cam is showing some very good waves. The web cam refreshes every 8 seconds.

After looking at these waves, I'm really going to have to get the "rust off" since the last time I surfed was 50 years ago when I was 16 years old. For the waves at Matagorda, I'm going to have to learn how to surf some large waves pretty quick.

I did manage to find some great YouTube videos of people surfing at Matagorda and these two links are below.

In the second video below, start looking at the 17 second mark.


With the amount of money I'm spending for my custom all carbon Hammer, I'm going to order a topless board bag for traveling and also to use it to keep the dirt off of my Hammer when it is stored in my garage.

Gulf States / Re: Houston/Galveston and Surrounding area
« on: June 15, 2016, 08:42:25 AM »
Since the beach web cam at Crystal Beach is down at the moment, I found another Crystal Beach web cam and you can actually see the Gulf waves on the Bolivar Peninsula are not the best for surfing since this web cam is a streaming one. Once on the page, scroll on down till you see the streaming web cam.


My custom all carbon Hammer is going to be all painted (top, bottom, rails) with no exposed black carbon. I already thought about that when I ordered my Hammer. I'm just curious to see how durable these topless board bags are driving on the highway at 70 mph.

I've got one question. I know when I'm transporting my sup on my roof racks on top of my truck cab, with the wind going over my sup at 70 mph, the board doesn't get hot. It only gets hot if I stop for 15 minutes and the sup is exposed to direct sunlight.

Since I live in southeast Texas (and today's high temperature is supposed to get to 96 degrees with 85% humidity), I would like to know how these topless board bags will hold up traveling 70 mph for a 2 1/2 trip. In other words, will the wind rip these topless board bag to shreds? The topless board bag I'm looking at is in the link below.

Any comments, both pro and con, will be appreciated.

Gulf States / Re: Houston/Galveston and Surrounding area
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:01:28 AM »

I prefer to paddle where there isn't much boat traffic. When I get my new Hammer, I prefer to paddle in the salt marshes because it is too shallow for boats to bother me. Below is a link to some web cams where you can see some of the places I go to on the Bolivar Peninsula. By clicking on the various web cams, you can see the salt flat marshes behind the cleaning table on the west side of Stingaree Marina. On the northern side of the marina, you can see East Bay. The beach cam is down right now, but is isn't a place with many good waves. Some days, the waves never break until they are three feet from the beach sand.

If I'm going to take my Hammer down to the Gulf, I'd rather not paddle out in the open Gulf. Instead I'd rather surf the Hammer since it is designed for both surfing and flat water. The best place to surf my Hammer and the closest place with good surf for me is usually at Surfside, Texas. It usually takes me, when I leave my home for Surfside, about 2 1/2 hours for the drive. So I leave my home at 4am and get to Surfside Jetty County Park at around 6:30am.

SUP General / Re: Doggie Paddle
« on: June 14, 2016, 04:10:14 AM »
Wow!  :o I've always wondered what the sun rays could do to a paddle board left out in the sun for an extended period of time and now I know.

BTW, nice photos. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Gulf States / Re: Houston/Galveston and Surrounding area
« on: June 14, 2016, 04:05:48 AM »

I know about boat traffic on the weekends because of Lake Conroe if you get my drift. Because of boat traffic, I'll be paddling on Mud Lake (and maybe Clear Lake) on the week days.

As for the long walk from the parking lot to the floating docks on Mud Lake, that shouldn't be a problem for me since my new custom all carbon 8'11" Hammer should be around 17 pounds in weight.

But just in case, I'll take along my sup Schlepper shoulder strap carrier (and case which goes around my waist when not in use). Which amounts to the old adage of, "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it".  ;)

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