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Downwind and Racing / Re: Starboard Ace 14' x 25"
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:19:05 AM »
Did a light wind downwinder on the 2013 Ace 14 x 23.5 last weekend, it was 5 to 20 knots and we had all sorts of mushy 2 or 3 foot swell and some strong sidewinds. Fell off a few times needless to say but what a great board! It had the standard fin in, just plonked right in the middle.

Certainly less stable than the 2012 25" version but not by a crazy amount, pretty sure I would have fallen over during the 10 miles on my own board but maybe not as many times. But its fast and seems to be a little more tolerant of punching into the wave in front. At one stage we were hit with quite strong side on wind but the swells were still running the right direction, focussed on trimming on the swells into the wind and made up a lot of ground. The soft rails on the front half of the board let you point crazy high on the wave and not trip. I didn't really notice the changes to the deck when paddling, but in reality it wasn't the day to be trying fancy footwork!

It feels really light, noticeably lighter than my 2012 25". Looking forward to trying the 2013 14 x 25, guessing that would be a superb all round board. Feel the downwind mojo returning...been stuck in surfing mode the last few months  :D

Good to see you back JC! Not sure if I asked you before but what fin are you using on your Ace 14x25? Was it a dolphin shaped fin? What length?  I love my Ace in light downwind, flats, small to moderate chop, into the wind, with the wind, but side swells and disorganized swells and chop still throw me in the drink. 

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Starboard Ace 14' x 25"
« on: March 18, 2013, 05:40:49 PM »
Still in search for a fin to slow down the tip a bit in rough open ocean, will probably borrow a Gladiator Elite but for now will put the Gladiator Hybrid back on. 

Ninja?

Thanks Jean for the suggestion but if you read back in the thread, I already tried the Ninja.  The Ninja will work in calm conditions on the Ace and probably in rough conditions on other, less tippy boards.  In open ocean swells that are disorganized or come from the side, the Ace is too tippy for my 175 lb weight and skill.  Maybe I'm spoiled because our SIC boards do so well in the open ocean.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Starboard Ace 14' x 25"
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:54:26 PM »
Another update on the Ace.  Went for a paddle on Saturday and the conditions started out flat in the bay.  The Ace was fast in the flats, but once outside the bay, there were slow rolling cross swells which slowed me down quite a bit.  I was using the Future Large Cutaway but it just didn't feel like enough stability in those side swell conditions.  My friends on 12', 14', and 17' Bullets pulled away.  When we got back into the bay, a rain squal approached from behind and kicked up the wind.  Stability was much better because swells were from behind.  Did a short in the bay downwinder and the Ace was just as fast or maybe a bit faster than the Bullets.  The Ace was connecting 3 or 4 runners and it was quite a blast although my legs are toast today from the balance issues.  Still in search for a fin to slow down the tip a bit in rough open ocean, will probably borrow a Gladiator Elite but for now will put the Gladiator Hybrid back on. 

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Gear Talk / Re: SIC Bullet 11 pics
« on: March 15, 2013, 12:25:42 PM »
Nice!  I'd love to add one of those to my quiver! SIC rocks!

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Crack of dawn downwinder.
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:36:32 AM »
Thanks for sharing! Good to see  you guys charge even when the winds aren't ideal, still had some decent glides!

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Gear Talk / Re: Fastest 14' Board?
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:03:20 PM »
I bought an Ace 14'x25" because I live in an area that has a lot of choppy conditions.  The Ace just loves the small to moderate chop.  When the ocean is very disorganized, it doesn't fair as well, for me anyway because balance starts affecting speed.  The carbon Ace is 31 lbs, but doesn't feel like 31 lbs on the water during paddling and acceleration.  This is key in longer distance races where fatigue starts playing a factor for certain board configurations. Here's a video in slow mo of the Ace pounding through chop!

sup race at takapuna beach. Starboard Summer series

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Gear Talk / Re: review of the Ke Nalu (Pono Bill) paddle
« on: March 11, 2013, 11:48:06 AM »
I don't mean to hijack the thread but we FINALLY have the T-Shirts listed on the website & I figured this was the most appropriate place to let you know & as promised I've set up a "Zoner" deal. You have to be logged on the site to make a purchase so if you don't have an account you'll need to set one up. Then you need to go all the way through the purchase process but on the Checkout page there is a "Have a Coupon?" window, in this window enter 83150 and you'll get $10 off a T-shirt. All the T's will come with a free logo sticker. Thanks a TON for all your support!

I have to brag that I got my shirts and decals and love them a lot! These are quality t-shirts as you'll see from the website pics! Thanks Lane for the "Zoners" deal!  I know you were working hard on getting it up on the website!

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Big Island SIC Fun!
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:16:15 AM »
Hi there neighbor.  The winds have switched and the vog has rolled in.  I bet you can't see us today.  Looks like no Big Island downwind action this weekend.   

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SUP General / Re: Admin, did haole boy bail already?
« on: March 06, 2013, 12:37:31 PM »
Been emailing Haole Boy, said he messed up his account settings but is trying to re-register.

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I'm sure this HK 101 will help many, good stuff! I love watching video to read swells, makes good practice.

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Thanks Takeo,
I have been enjoying your downwind run videos from the Big Island as well, looks like you have a good crew over there, too, hopefully I'll get to join you one of these days.
Aloha, Rob

Anytime Robert! I'll even hustle to find you a board!

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Big Island SIC Fun!
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:27:24 AM »
I don't think Hawaii has a pfd law for SUP paddling.  I know at one time, here in Hilo, there was talks about the long SUPs being vessels and therefore requiring a pfd.  Most paddlers in the islands just wear boardshorts, that's it! I don't even like wearing a rash guard, but I do so for visibility and sunscreen...sometimes ;)   

There have been a handful of rescues off-shore of kayakers and SUPers, most tourist, but not all of them.  My friend who is a fireman on the Kohala coast said they rescued some paddlers on 14 foot Naish boards.  When the boat picks them up, the board is donated to the sea! I'd love to find a Naish Glide on my next adventure ;)

Hawaii waters can be pretty treacherous! Winds change all the time, so along with being physically in shape and mentally knowledgeable, I think it's also good to be prepared with the right safety equipment.  We always make sure someone has a cell phone without a passcode.

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Good stuff Robert! Hope to do an HK run one day.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Big Island SIC Fun!
« on: March 05, 2013, 12:55:54 AM »
SEA,
That's a great thing to have. The PLB will help the Coast Guard find me, but I also don't want to drown, hence the vest or PFD.  Both would be excellent and you are right, for the price of a paddle.  About $275 on ebay shipped to Hawaii.  This past weekend we called the local fire rescue to give them the heads up about how many of us were going out from where to where.  The tourist on the west side tend to call in false reports, wasting time and money. 

PonoBill,
You are right about those Camelbak type bladders.  I'm currently using a 1 liter water bottle, haven't tried to float with it empty.  I stopped wearing the Camebak because it was hot, but now I have the impact vest, which is hotter.

Covesurfer,
I love going bare back paddling also, and I do a lot of it, but for the 30+ kt wind days, I'll wear a vest or waist pfd. 

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Takeo, no problem, wish I was a better videographer!

I'm riding my Glide 14 - it's a 2012 shape, a little flatter nose rocker than the older version. I have an old windsurfing wave fin on it which loosens the board up a little over the stock fin.

Not a fan of cold water but we sure have plenty of it up here. At least the wetsuits are pretty good these days. Even with air temp in the 40's, I got pretty hot paddling yesterday and all that rubber seems to make it harder to paddle as well - still, it was worth it!

I had a 2012 14' Glide and miss it a lot, it's a great board.  When we did our downwind this past weekend, one of the guys was on a 2012 Glide and he was flying.  Luckily wind was to our back the whole way.  When we get sidewinds, it's hell paddling without a rudder.  I'm spoiled with my SIC.

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