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Gear Talk / Re: All advice welcome
« on: Today at 11:37:27 AM »
... and check out the SIC Okeanos (11x28)
or even the SIC Bullet (11' x 27.75)
Either of those can handle whatever water you might find yourself in... but both are further away from the trad surf shape... 

Gear Talk / Re: All advice welcome
« on: May 11, 2021, 07:16:32 PM »
Hey, welcome...
Based on what you describe as your use, consider looking at what’s called a hybrid shape, which will have some accommodation for some speed or all water capability. For example the Starboard ‘Go’  line has a nice concave bottom, or the Surftech  Chameleon has some ‘bow’ shape to its nose. Both have sizes under 11’.

The ECS board is not very well known in the states. It looks like a decently made but standard big surf shape. I think of the Quatro Glide as a dedicated surf sup.
Is 9’6 good for you? That’s really surf sizing, not cruising/touring around sizing. For the latter it would be best to get as long a board as your storage space allows.
Board size also depends on your size.

Flatwater and Touring / Re: Finally it's breakup in Alaska
« on: May 10, 2021, 12:11:29 PM »
Your AK photos always appreciated!   

Gear Talk / Re: Infinity Deck Bungee
« on: April 19, 2021, 12:36:04 PM »
Looks great and nice touch with the color match...

General Discussion / Revelation about paddle grip
« on: April 18, 2021, 03:23:29 PM »
Revelation to me at least. I needed to locate the best position for some RSPro paddle grip. When paddling on the right hand side, I found my right hand was a good six inches lower on the paddle than my left hand when paddling on the left side.
It made me pay attention more on the left, and speed and power increased. I also noticed foot placement, body rotation and all sorts of things. I had grown complacent : )
I haven’t used the paddle in surf yet, but the TSPro is so light as to be a non-issue as an add-on, and it can’t hurt.
The paddle is a Werner Rip Stick. Werner’s ‘normal’ diameter carbon shaft has always struck me as a little industrially large. So I use the reduced smaller shaft option. But that has to come with a smaller handle, which is too small for my tastes. So I used a Kialoa ‘carbon T’, which fits my hand better AND I prefer a T grip for surf. So all works out. Photos are of both handles. ...and I grilled a cheeseburger...

SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 15, 2021, 03:15:44 PM »

The worst is getting pummeled by a set of awesome waves and then... waiting... nothing... waiting   

SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 15, 2021, 08:14:53 AM »

Yes to Dakine leashes... never a problem. Too bad to hear about LeashLok leashes.  I do use their attachment loops with no problems.   

Tail handles seem to be helpful. I've never installed, but that's what I think about as I'm getting maytag'ed.,2741.0.html

SUP General / Re: Infinity New Deal (Demo)
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:16:08 PM »
I had this board in this size. Slightly domed deck and super great construction.  I devoted myself to using another board, so the New Deal didn't get as much use as it deserved.  It's a fast board. Not the most inherently stable, but it is 9'6 x 31 so stable enough. I sold it and kinda sorry I did. Have fun demo'ing. I'm curious what your impression will be.

General Discussion / Re: Birthplace of surfing?
« on: April 09, 2021, 08:32:32 PM »
Look at either the Lotus Honolulu or the Kaimana Beach Hotel (used to be called the Sans Souci). They are in a super quiet little pocket of Waikiki under Diamondhead, far from the madding crowd.  IMHO if you're going to surf Waikiki you'll be happiest in Waikiki, not windy Kailua or the north shore. And there's good surf in front of the hotels. 

General Discussion / Re: Birthplace of surfing?
« on: April 07, 2021, 09:19:45 AM »
Go for Canoes and Queens... stay for Pops  ;D

Gear Talk / Re: What makes a good wave/surf paddle?
« on: April 06, 2021, 10:44:01 AM »
Kialoa doesn't have a European distributor that I know of. It's partnered up with Werner lately, so you might just email them and ask.

But I wouldn't invest too much importance on getting something marketed as a surf specific paddle if access to one is challenging.

Consider getting a nice, light weight, well constructed one-piece paddle that is available in your market.  The consensus is a smaller blade size (80-85 sq inches for me), and shorter in length to account for being in a lower stance when paddling. You're lucky to have an adjustable paddle already so you can dial in the length that works best for you when surfing.   Flexible to normal stiffness just for general reasons of being good to your body. I like the Rip Stick because the blade design is super grabby for the relatively small blade. Giving me some purchase as I dig. (Check out the Quickblade V-drive blade for a similar approach. Not suggesting the V-drive as a surf paddle, just to see the blade design.) A non-grabby blade could go a little bigger. 

Depending on how much effort you want to put into this project, you could order a T-handle if your paddle of choice doesn't have one. Just make sure the diameter matches. But again, a hybrid T (like Werner) is fine. not critical.   

You could also apply some RSPro paddle grip tape.  Some paddles are slipperier than others , and this is a quality product that takes care of that issue. And is from the EU.   

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: April 02, 2021, 03:40:13 PM »
I sold a board to a guy who arrived in a sleek glass topped Tesla S, with no apparent way to carry a board.
He said Tesla racks cannot be fitted to Tesla’s glass roofs, and he hauled out some Sea Sucker vacuum operated suction cup racks. I would be nervous but he has used them for a couple of years now with confidence.
Interestingly the only issue is over mountain passes the pressure differential requires him to pump out some additional air.  Just took him at his word on that. But they looked pretty slick. 

SUP General / Re: Fun for the whole Family.... even the Foil Crew!
« on: April 02, 2021, 01:59:17 PM »
I am reaching up to this board... as it is best used by the highly skilled performance SUPsters with solid balance skills.
The more I learn, the more I like it!
Someday I may feel qualified to do an actual review... till then, I'll sneak in some clips from time to time  :)

Thanks. I looked it up and sure 'nuff it's styled as a relatively more advanced board. You wouldn't know it from looking at it.

Back to the video... it's probably good for our mental well being to get maytag'ed now and again. Keeps things in perspective...

SUP General / Re: Fun for the whole Family.... even the Foil Crew!
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:56:31 AM »

Love your taking the elevator down at 1:46.

Hey Rick what is that board at the end, with the stepped rails and nose kick?   

Random / Re: Ahh, community
« on: March 31, 2021, 10:31:37 AM »
"create ... engaging" through suspending engagement

"improve community" through suspending community

Admin I don't think your questioning authority fits within their world view...

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