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Technique / Re: Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 24, 2010, 12:38:05 AM »
Great to hear things are working for you on the subvector. Did you get the flat round cushion with your indo board? Thats the most realistic way to train for SUP because you have that side to side front to back motion compared to the round cylinder.

I didn't get the cushion..yet, but I also have the Balance360 with the ball, that one is pretty tough.  I got a long way to go before I can actually surf it.  Appreciate all the encouragement, feedback, and advice! Mahalo and Aloha!

Technique / Re: Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 23, 2010, 09:37:34 PM »
Got out on some flat water today and happy to report that no more falling.  I think it was a combination of a few things, the 8" center fin, a week on the Indo Board, and mental confidence.  Thanks for all the advice, can't wait to get back on the water!

Technique / Re: Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 23, 2010, 10:30:58 AM »
Been a bit busy to get out in the water, but had a chance to get out this weekend.  Since my last outing, I added an 8" center fin and have been on the Indo Board and Balance 360 board daily.  I didn't spend a lot of time on the Subvector as I had friends who were riding it also but at least I'm now able to stand up on the dang board. 

I'm sure one of my biggest challenges is my own pride, falling off the board time and time again is very humbling as paddlers pass me by on their 11'6" 33" wide boards. 

Txkiter, how ya doin on your 9'3"?

Technique / Re: Holding breath for longer period of time..techniques?
« on: February 23, 2010, 10:17:45 AM »
When I'm out diving and have to come in through some surf, I just look at it as more fun!! As the wave crashes on me and throws me around, I relax, hold my speargun infront of my face, and go for the ride, cheeehoooo!  Staying as relaxed as possible helps me have well enough air, of course these aren't 20 foot sets. I find that times where my friends have gotten into trouble was when they panicked, or was very apprehensive. 

Know your limits and what you are comfortable with.  Respect the ocean, but at the same time, get to know her and you'll have a blast!

Technique / Re: Holding breath for longer period of time..techniques?
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:54:12 AM »
Great advice JB.  I've been an avid spearfisherman and have seen too many divers in the last few years die from SWB.   Like PonoBill, I use to practice breath hold while lying on my bed.  Although it doesn't mimic being held under by a wave, it did help me increase my breath hold times.  What really helps is being comfortable in the ocean.  The more relaxed I am, the better I am able to hold my breath underwater.  I also found that doing a few breath holds before entering the ocean, stretched out my lungs for a better and longer breath hold. 

SUP General / Re: Aloha from new guy
« on: February 20, 2010, 04:30:28 PM »
Welcome Keau!

Share the Stoke / Re: latest creation
« on: February 11, 2010, 06:27:01 PM »

SUP General / Re: Frothing!
« on: February 11, 2010, 06:25:45 PM »
I am frothing on Oahu.  The swell is supposed to rise today but it is a bit late.  Should be pumping by the morning.  Hard to sleep when you have the first day of the swell the next morning.  I think this is the same swell you are waiting for in Cali.  It is the big WNW swell.

Did you get some of that North Shore swell? I bet you're out there right now!

Gear Talk / Re: Who here waxes...
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:00:37 AM »
I'm assuming if I plan to use monster paint, and want to apply decals to the board, I would have to apply it first and then spray over that? I would also assume that once the monster paint is used, adding decals wouldn't work?

Technique / Re: Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:46:38 PM »
Thanks everyone for your kind and helpful advice.  Haven't gotten back in the water yet, I will soon though. 

PureAdrenaline, thanks for your offer, but I'm in Hilo.  I'll find a bigger fin, even if I have to buy one.  Anyone want to sell me a big fin they don't need? 

The support on this forum has been awesome, makes me even more excited about the sport, so much so that I just sold one of my custom ukuleles to free up some $$, ha!  In the ukulele world, there is UAS, Ukulele Aquisition Syndrome!  From what I'm feeling, I bet there is SUPAS? Am I right? Aloha!!

Sessions / Re: First session ever!
« on: February 09, 2010, 01:32:59 PM »
Hey BD,
I'm kinda facing the similar situation as you.  I love the ocean, been a fisherman all my life.  I went out this weekend and kept falling all by myself.  I must admit that although the falling was quite humbling, being able to knee paddle, sit in the sun, and appreciate the beauty, was worth it all!  Now if I could only appreciate the view while standing!  Thanks for sharing!

Technique / Re: Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 09, 2010, 10:41:44 AM »
I just added the 6" cutaway to the stock Vector sidebites.  Would a bigger single fin be more stable versus the 2+1 setup?  I just want to stand in flatwater and will adjust for surfing once I'm at that level.

Funny that many of you mention the tip about looking at the horizon.  I guess a common newbie mistake is to look at where my feet are placed, or to watch the board rock side-to-side.  So many questions going through my head and before you know it, I'm in the drink! 

Technique / Re: Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 09, 2010, 10:07:50 AM »
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I got a center fin, but it's a 6" cutaway, too small?

You guys are right about the "worry about falling" and the "relaxing" part.  I paddled out on my knees and that was quite relaxing and the board was faster than I expected, however, when I began to stand and the board started tipping rail to rail, that's when my legs tightened up and standing was impossible.

I'll try to get on a bigger board.  I didn't mention earlier, but I recently purchased an SIC F14 and went out a few times so far, still falling, but able to paddle 50-100 yds or so on flat water on the first try. 

As you can see, I'm jumping right into the sport.  I love the support on the forum, great community.  Mahalo!

Technique / Re: Newbie on Subvector
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:15:37 PM »
Thanks for the quick replies guys, I really appreciate it. 

I bought the board setup as a quad, no center fin.  The advice on the large center fin, at least to get standing, makes a lot of sense.  I'm sure the rail to rail rocking was my lack of experience and balancing, but if I center fin will help, I'll quickly change to that for now.  I can't even think of surfing it, if I can't stand up on it, ha! 

I'll try to get out on flat water and windless days. I didn't expect it to be that difficult, but any little bump sends me in the water. 

I hope to return to the forum with my progress.  I guess I just needed to hear others say that they had the same difficulty.  I see folks jumping on 11'6"-12' boards 30-32" wide and paddling without even getting wet but I didn't want to spend $1500 on a board like that when I ultimately want a board that surfs well. 

I'll go buy a center fin today.  BTW, I also ordered a Balance360 for at home workouts. 

Thanks for the support!

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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