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General Discussion / Re: How to post images
« on: July 26, 2020, 12:23:09 AM »
The Zone site's software, does not show any images in the "Preview". A bad quirk of this site's software, in my opinion.

Just type your message and add your attachments (images). Then left click on "Post" and your images should show up in the posted message.

Sessions / Re: July Dawn Patrol
« on: July 23, 2020, 04:11:56 AM »
Nice video. Enjoyed watching it.

Where I sup surf, I wish we could have those type of waves which you can surf everyday this summer. But we don't.

Thanks for sharing your videos. Gives me something to watch.

BTW, thanks for the "details" of the boards you brought for your session.

Technique / Re: Funny thing with paddle length...
« on: July 15, 2020, 12:03:58 PM »
Today, I added 8cm to my paddle length. I believe I wasn't burying my paddle deep enough and my releases were loud and splashy. Now, with the blade deeper during the drive phase I'm noticing that my releases are much cleaner. The killer is the added paddle length during the catch (shoulders hate me) - there's really no way around that.

My orthopedic surgeon repaired my left shoulder in 2002 and my right shoulder (rotator cuff tear and bone spur) in 2017. After my right shoulder was repaired, he told me to "ditch my 85 blade size and go with a 75 blade size and both of my shoulders would thank me for it". And he was right.

You might want to consider reducing your paddle blade size.

Sessions / Re: Hump Day Mush Burgers
« on: July 10, 2020, 01:12:02 PM »
Nice waves. Those types of waves are always fun to surf.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Sessions / Re: Earlybird
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:44:28 AM »
Nice to see a good sup surfing video. And the David Bowie "Starman" song for the  background music was a good choice.

And since Iike details, the crowning moment (for me detail wise) was at the end of the video when the 4 fin quad setup was shown which is my favorite fin setup.

Thanks for showing your fin setup and sharing the video.

Sessions / Re: Spring Blues
« on: June 28, 2020, 09:31:46 AM »
Good to see someone out sup surfing. And it does beat sitting at home.

Thanks for sharing the video.

SUP General / Re: Dogs onboard
« on: June 26, 2020, 08:20:11 AM »
Sometimes even cats like to go standup paddling boarding. For anyone interested, I think you'll enjoy this short video below of "Logan", the water loving bengal cat.


Sessions / Re: SUP at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch
« on: June 22, 2020, 11:50:39 AM »
Very nice waves at that wave pool in California.

Here in Texas, there is a wave pool at Waco, Texas.

Thanks for sharing the video.

SUP General / Re: Image upload
« on: June 21, 2020, 03:29:55 AM »
Another test image. Looks like it is working (for now).

Impressive. Very impressive.

SUP General / Re: Image upload
« on: June 16, 2020, 10:34:21 AM »
My test image.

Click on the image shown and it will enlarge.

SUP General / Re: Image upload
« on: June 15, 2020, 02:34:06 PM »
I tried to upload a picture (900 pixels) and it did not work this time. So it looks like there is still a problem somewhere.

Technique / Re: Funny thing with paddle length...
« on: June 15, 2020, 11:30:20 AM »
Since I've been staying home and doing flat water paddling for two hour sessions on our largest private freshwater lake with 2, ten minute breaks to rest, I started to notice there was a few sore spots on my right hand where my fingers meet at the palm of my hand. I surmised "maybe" my paddle length was "too short". So yesterday, Sunday morning, I started to do some in depth experimentation.

Now for some background. I'm 5'8" and weigh (right now) 140 pounds. I chose for my experiment, one of my two Dukes. It's specifications are: 10'5" in length, 32" in width, 4.5" at it's thickest at 190 liters.

I chose a 4 fin quad setup (2, 5") (2, 4"). I can paddle my Duke in a straight line just by paddling on my right side without switching over to my left side. I only use my left arm and left hand when I want to turn right with a 90 degree angle.

My paddle is considered a woman's paddle since it has a small diameter shaft and I have a small skeletal frame. The paddle is a Naish Alana 75 Vario, two piece adjustable paddle with an adjustment range between 65"-84". I've been flat water paddling with this paddle at 72" in length. The 75 square inch paddle blade is very easy on my two surgically repaired left and right shoulders.

The sore spots were where my right little pinky (and the finger next to it) met at the palm of my right hand. I really don't grip the entire shaft of the paddle by wrapping my entire hand around it. I just rest the paddle shaft were my fingers on my right hand meet the palm of my right hand. The sore spots come when I bury the paddle blade and push against the water towards me when I'm going forward.

I decided to "go long" and started to increase the length of the paddle by 1" increments. To make a long story short, I found at the 77" length, the sore spots on my right hand were not feeling sore at this length. I guessed the pressure was evenly distributed on all of my right fingers so no more sore spots.

Normally for flat water paddling, I paddle for 2 hours with two, 10 minute rest breaks (one rest break per hour) with the paddle length at 72". But at the 77" length, I could paddle an extra hour with a third 10 minute break. And no more sore spots on my right hand.

So for flat water paddling from now on, instead of my previous 72" length in my first post in this topic thread, I'm going with the 77" length from now on.

SUP General / Re: Joint Return
« on: June 15, 2020, 04:25:37 AM »
@ Cookie

Great to see you back on the water again. Just be careful and try not to fall on that shoulder.

And as aways, thanks for sharing this video (and those in the future  ;) ) with us.

SUP General / Re: Boost Fin Video
« on: June 14, 2020, 07:35:27 PM »
In Texas, once that fin is installed on a surfboard or a sup, TPWD will classify the board as a "motorized vessel" and be subject for registration TX numbers which have to be installed on the "vessel" and be "easily seen" which is going to be hard to do. Not to mention, there will be a yearly or two year "fee" for these registered TX numbers.

But I am also going to play "Devil's Advocate" too.

In our beach surf, the water contains lots of very tiny grains of sand in suspension. This makes our beach surf water "brown" colored. I think this sand in suspension will clog the water intake mechanism of this fin and basically, once clogged with sand, the propeller in the fin will not start to spin.

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