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SUP General / The Whales Are Here (video)
« on: February 01, 2011, 11:35:20 AM »
The humpback whales are in Hawaii.  It was a nice glassy day in Hilo this past Sunday and I decided to take out my Naish 14 Glide and Gopro camera.  The problem with the Gopro is that everything looks so far away, the whales were actually really close.  No fancy editing and chose to not use music so you could here what I hear.  Watch on full screen and if you turn up the volume, you can hear the whales coming up for air.  This is especially for all you guys dealing with snow or paddling in wetsuits. BTW, we did have snow on the mountain this weekend but the volcanic fog (VOG) was too thick for you to see it in the video.  Aloha!

SUP General / Stand-Up World Tour in Hawaii
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:11:40 PM »
So, I just found out that the final leg of the world tour will end here in Hilo, Hawaii.  There has been little to no publicity for this event locally.  Anyone know why it's been so hush hush?  Is there no money to advertise? Even one of our local SUP dealers just found out about the event and wasn't even asked to participate. 

SUP General / Weight and Speed!
« on: July 28, 2010, 11:40:22 AM »
So, here's the deal.  Many of us are not fortunate enough to be 120, 130, 140 lbs.  Perhaps we should take a poll, I'd be curious to find out the average weight here on the Zone.  Anyhow, I've been thinking about how weight plays a disadvantage in paddling...I would assume in most paddling sports.  My question is, what does a heavy paddler have to do, to be fast..aside from losing weight  ;D.  Bigger volume board?  Bigger muscles?  Is there a point where strength will overcome the weight disadvantage?  Would a heavy paddler want a heavier board, one that keeps momentum versus one that stops on a dime or turns in sidewind.  Just some thoughts, I'm curious to hear yours.

Gear Talk / Gumby gets a makeover
« on: May 11, 2010, 01:57:46 AM »
Most of you who've been around on the forum have heard PonoBill talk about his former Foote "Maliko 12" nicknamed "Gumby".  That infamous green board which Bill used to take on Maliko Gulch.  A few weeks back, I purchased that board from PonoBill who shipped it from Maui to Hilo.  My plan was to offer it to one of my "larger" My initial plan was to offer the board to one of my "larger" friends who needed a stable board to learn SUP...none of them were interested in Gumby.  Gumby arrived safely but poor 'ole Gumby had the battle scars of a hard life on Maui.  I took Gumby out in Big Island waters, and he was happy.  The waters weren't quite as rough as Maliko and for a brief moment, I felt like I was some kind of SUP savior! Here's a clip of Gumby in some calm waters, paddling Kapoho tidepools.

Here's the Maliko 12.

PonoBill's artwork

I felt the Maliko 12 deserved a new makeover for it's new home and owner (me).  I'm a fisherman and I may actually use this board to do some fishing in the future so I decided to give it a "fishing" theme.  First task was to wet sand the board and patch any dings.  Next, a few coats of spray can acrylic paint. Then, a couple coats of acrylic clear.  Once all that was dry, I added decals and a racing stripe made out of colored tape.  Here she is, not a very conservative look, but she's all mine:


The Maliko 12 is a great board that is super stable and very fun to paddle.  It's got pretty decent speed on flatwater, and although I haven't taken it on any official "downwind" runs, it seems to crave the downwind swell.  I'm sure I've yet to see it's potential. 

Technique / Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 08, 2010, 04:20:14 PM »
I'm an SUP newbie, never even surfed a day in my life.  I have years of skateboard experience and some kayaking but no surfing.  I'm 5'7" and 185 lbs. 

I just purchased a 10' C4 subvector, probably not the best beginner board, but it sure was pretty, ha!  Seriously though, took it out the other day for the first time in flat conditions with gentle winds.  Paddling sitting and on knees was a breeze, but when I tried to stand, that's when all pride went out the window.  I could barely stay standing for more than 30 seconds.  With the board being rated for beginner up to 190, I thought perhaps, I'd at least be able to stand and paddle 100 yds or so without falling.  I'm determined to get it down, but would be open to any advice from those who have been in this situation before. 

Thanks in advance!

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