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So just a quick note - I'm am ambassador for Ocean Rodeo, I haven't gotten into winging yet, but I have the Aluula kite, and it is hands down significantly better in every way (except cost). The biggest thing is how rigid and smooth everything is, better upwind, etc.

Foil SUP / Re: Switch to Prone (Pros/Cons)
« on: February 14, 2021, 05:27:52 PM »
I think you hit the nail on the head...

I followed a similar progression: Almost no prone surfing experience, a few years of sup surfing, began sup foiling after learning to kite foil (and wing foil), then progressed to prone foiling without too much of a battle.

For me, the benefits of prone foiling are:
1) can turn much harder and fit more turns in on a wave
2) I have a much easier time pumping and linking waves  without a long, wide board.  I max out at at 2 for 1 on my sup foil, but can stay on foil linking waves for 2+ minutes on the prone.
3) I find it easier to navigate shore break with the prone because I can duck dive.
4) less stressful in crowded lineups.

I still have, and use my foil sup for when its is big/ steep (like you said, I have an easier time navigating steep drops on the sup, and the length helps when its big because you can keep the board on the water ), but the rest of the time you'll find me on the prone board!

Like juandesooka said, DO IT!

Yeah, same process, surfed a bit when I was younger, moved to a small wave spot, figured I'd SUP surf, really liked it, then foiling came along, learned to kite foil last summer in a few sessions (pretty easy and now it's kinda boring), then SUP foil which I love right now. I think I'm going to ride it out until Spring and warmer water to jump on the prone.

Thanks for advice.

Foil SUP / Switch to Prone (Pros/Cons)
« on: February 14, 2021, 04:37:02 AM »
I'm sure this has probably been asked before, but I didn't see any direct threads. I'm pretty comfortable SUP foiling, started this summer and it's pretty much taken over my surfing. I'm mostly on a mushy inlet break, but occasionally work in a beach break. Anyways, I'm debating adding a prone setup. I haven't popped up on a surfboard since I was 16 or so (and wasn't that good then), but with the added volume and the fact that I'm actually in better shape now than I probably was then, figured I could try.

For people that made the switch, pros/cons? I'm figuring catching waves the advantage is on SUP, I also feel like I can hold on the shoulder and navigate steeper waves on a SUP. The advantage on the prone being less volume, so easier to initiate carves, and nothing in your hands which in my mind would help pumping out the back.

Anyone who's made the switch have any opinions? Keep in mind, I've been only SUP surfing for the last 8 years or so, Costa Rica, Fiji, whatever.

Foil SUP / Re: Nosara Tips?
« on: November 30, 2020, 03:46:30 AM »
@sea_mode - how did foiling in Nosara go?

I will say the one advantage to a vehicle, well there's a few, but you can check out Garza/Ostional, etc. and get away from Guiones which can be packed (maybe not with COVID). The drive from Liberia, especially in the dry season is easy. You can take the beach route or the inland route, beach route has some river crossings, so just keep that in mind. I've always rented a car and spent some time in Nosara and some time in Avellanas (which is beautiful), Playa Negro, that area.

Highly recommend Nosara over Tamarindo, the guys at Blue Zone are great too. I may sneak down there in February to foil.

Do it and go to Nosara, you won't regret it.

Gear Talk / Re: Sup Paddle fpr surf advice
« on: November 17, 2020, 03:37:39 AM »
I'm a big fan of the Werner Rip Stick 79 (which is what I have now). The Rip Stick especially with the smaller diameter shaft just less strain on shoulders. Big fan of a smaller overall blade to increase cadence with surf.

Foil SUP / Re: Nosara Tips?
« on: November 02, 2020, 06:18:35 AM »
Quick update - any spot recommendations? I may head down there for my 40th, it feels like the safest place to go with Covid, I know the area and love it.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Recent (Oct 2020) St Lucia trip
« on: October 29, 2020, 01:55:13 PM »
If I am not mistaken, that southern part of the island is quiet and not as many resorts, restaurants and bars as Castries and Rodney Bay areas so an all inclusive would be good because not a lot around.

Years ago when they first opened Hewanorra International Airport, there was very little there in the way of hotels and amenities and itís a 1 1/2 hr drive to Castries. 
It may be different now, but when I first flew in there, it was pretty isolated.

Probably the same, pretty sparse, I don't see much of a wave there like Barbados. I wish I could make it to Barbados, but with the secondary test and quartantine until it comes back pretty much kills any vacation.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Recent (Oct 2020) St Lucia trip
« on: October 29, 2020, 07:03:54 AM »
I was actually just looking at St Lucia and that resort for Feburary. I hate the idea of an all-inclusive, but if the price is right, the wife would probably be pretty happy.

Question - any waves outside of the reef there? I've heard a bit of hit and miss. I'm down for a only kiting trip, but I want a wave, I'm over twintip riding.

I'm looking at St. Martin mostly for kiting, but sounds like Costa Rica - Nosara fits the bill pretty well.

Sessions / Re: Dawn Patrol at Doheny
« on: August 31, 2020, 05:34:13 PM »
Nice vid, I think it's roughly a year since I was there. Get to see ya getting out. Ha, foiling has taken my brain over so.......I think I've logged maybe 2 days normal SUP surfing in the last 3 months.
Come on back to SanO and bring your foil. You'll have lots of company even if the waves are crappy.

I can only imagine how long rides are out there, we are pretty blessed when it comes to foiling with some nice gradual sandbars on inlets that line up perfect, 1000' waves are the norm, Ride one, walk back.

Sessions / Re: Dawn Patrol at Doheny
« on: August 31, 2020, 04:53:54 AM »
Nice vid, I think it's roughly a year since I was there. Get to see ya getting out. Ha, foiling has taken my brain over so.......I think I've logged maybe 2 days normal SUP surfing in the last 3 months.

Foil SUP / Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« on: July 17, 2020, 08:08:58 AM »
Great progress.  Keep at it.  Nothing can replace time on the water (maybe a little boat time helps too).  aka NEMAS - NEver Miss A Session

Ahh, no need for boat, I've got a kite.

Foil SUP / Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« on: July 17, 2020, 06:16:43 AM »
Now 15 sessions in - great sessions this week with a little tradewind swell moving through. Pretty much have a good handle on pumping now the rhythm of it, and started to work in some turns to stay on the wave. It's a very conditions based sport, haven't tried a beachy yet, but......plenty of inlet breaks around here no real need to. Rides are starting to get into the 500' and up range, had one for 35 seconds according to Apple Watch.

Great sport, very addictive, not sure I'm going to go back to a ton of normal SUP surfing.

A guy with a drone captured this pic this week (I'm in the middle).

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