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Flatwater and Touring / Re: Finally it's breakup in Alaska
« on: May 10, 2021, 06:30:44 AM »
Great pictures!
Welcome back to unfrozen waters!

General Discussion / Re: Hello! Everyone
« on: April 28, 2021, 03:48:07 AM »
Hi Bluezone, welcome to the Zone!

Random / Re: Happy Birthday Creek!
« on: April 22, 2021, 07:14:04 PM »
Thanks Zoneoids, your thoughts and greetings are greatly appreciated!

The Zone has been a part of my Family for a long time.
I have met so many of you in person, and it always just feels like we've been friends forever.
Very cool that an online forum can bring so many amazing people together, in more than a passing conversation.

Strand Lepers thread changed my life forever. I think of him often, with much gratitude.
I am no longer the fat guy that suffered a lifelong battle with weight. Thanks Tim!!!

And what can I say about SUP???!!
Surf or flatwater...
It has opened up so many roads for me to follow and adventures to share...... Yewwwwwww!

I have watched Ke Nalu Paddles emerge from these threads.

L41 grew from a tiny seed planted in this forum

Boards went from huge to small, partly due to what was talked about right here!

I became part of the Sunova family through my threads on the Zone.... a relationship that grows ever stronger, every year.

So many, many people have gotten their introduction to Stand Up Paddling on these pages!

Very stoked to be part of the crew here, thank you!  :)

Looking forward to the next Sunrise  ;D


Random / Re: Happy Birthday Creek!
« on: April 21, 2021, 03:05:52 AM »
Thank you Don! I appreciate this my friend! :)

SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 15, 2021, 05:40:05 AM »
Hi B-. welcome to the Zone!

You are doing what. should be done.
Getting caught inside is pretty much what it is... and it's the same for everyone.

I never follow anyone out, because of risk... and anyone behind you should know that as well.
You should both move in directions that will separate you.

First off.... in my humble opinion: LeashLok leashes SUCK!
I bought 2 of them because I really liked the length of their ankle cuffs.... they actually go around my ankles with plenty of velcro left, so I was stoked. (pic)

Till my 2nd wave.... a 3 ft'er. It simple parted with almost zero tug..... and like yours, NOT in a place that could be reached by the fins.
The reason I bought a Leash Lok HAWAII...
EVERY day, there are Great Whites at the beach I surf, and there has been a fatality there.... so swimming is NOT what I want to be doing.
Theses leashes were said to be Hawaii strong - they are NOT.

I went back to Dakine leashes.... I have never broken on and I replace them at least every year.
I also use 2 leash strings, each at different lengths

Ok... when caught inside by a bigger set:
Avoid being trapped  just inside the impact zone... do not paddle out so fast that you get there before the set has passed
I move in to where the whitewater is somewhat diminished, and the pull on the board and leash will be minimized....

Then, I sometimes push my board toward the beach, and coil up my body.
I let my body unfold, with resistance, to avoid the violent tug as the leash reaches it's limit...... then I let the leash do it's job.
If I hold the board through an entire set, I will be dragged back to the beach.... so I go under and use my body as a sea anchor, to limit drag.

On bigger sets, I sometimes get back on the board and kick the board over the wave.... there is time to do that on a long period swell. (pic)
On smaller waves, I just make try to hold my ground
then as the set ends, I get up and paddle as fast as I can, with the water flow, towards a spot between the next peaks.

I have been doing this routine for 57 years.... and I get out pretty easily, since I do not wear myself out by fighting the whitewater or getting dragged all the way to the beach.
I relax and wait for the right moment.

SUP General / Re: Is there SUP Surf life after 70?
« on: April 11, 2021, 08:58:37 AM »
Yeah Bille K, I have built up a tolerance for beatings.
Probably just a lifetime of accepting them and staying relaxed as the hammer comes down.

That and the fact that I never let life get in the way of surfing, so I have maintained a target fitness and mental focus on maximizing every surf session.

SUP General / Re: Sup today
« on: April 11, 2021, 06:54:56 AM »
Congratulations on you first video success!
Now the fun begins  :)

I answered your question about what I use to edit on your other thread.

Sessions / Re: First 3 times Jellyfish and Sting Rays
« on: April 11, 2021, 06:51:33 AM »
Tom said:
"It's getting better, but I'm definitely getting "tense tired!"

Remember the hint to Smile as you tense up.... smiling REALLY does relax the entire body!
And remember:
after the first 15 minutes, sit sideways on the board.... dangle your feet in the water.
Enjoy your surroundings and listen to nature for 10 minutes
This will ease the tension
When you start paddling again, you will be more relaxed for the rest of the trip

Every lesson I gave, had a "sit down" 15 minutes out... it really relaxed them for the rest of the tour.

Sessions / Re: April fool
« on: April 11, 2021, 06:41:42 AM »
Copyright infringement!!!
J, you stole the title from my last video!  ;)

It seems like there were a lots of Fools around that day!  ;D
Except I still haven't been able to sleep in a bed since my Foolishness.  :-[

I am glad that you included all the paddle out footage.... too many videos just show the best rides, not all the moving parts of a session.

Your breaks look really nice.
Big playing field, but some softer corners to use on a bigger swell.
Tough to move around a big arena on a small board, so I am impressed that you chose a short one.

You need a Kook Hat Cam!!!!

General Discussion / Re: Posting videos
« on: April 11, 2021, 06:33:55 AM »
Thanks. Any tips on editing.

No way I could make my vids on my phone... although my kids can do it, I need a much bigger screen to layout all the clips and arrange them.

I use Imovie on my Imac
It is super easy and intuitive.
Just do what you think it should do... and it does  ;)

Feel free to hit me up when you have questions about something specific.

Hint #1:
if you plan on taking a lot of video.... they eat up storage space.
I have external Hard Drives that store ALL the footage that I upload from my cameras..... ZERO goes to my Imac, but Imovie works seamlessly from the archives stored on External the Hard Drives

General Discussion / Re: Posting videos
« on: April 10, 2021, 04:25:49 AM »
Open a YouTube account (or Vimeo)
Upload your video to your account, then:

Go to YouTube, view your video.... hit pause

Copy the link from the Google "Search Bar"  (pic 1)
Paste link to your Zone post, THEN
delete the "s" from the link (this allows the video to paste into your post (otherwise it is just a clickable link)

click on these pictures to make them big enough to read the instructions on them  :)

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: SMIK Custom Mongrel
« on: April 09, 2021, 05:38:49 AM »
Looks sweeeet Biggie! Yewwwwwwww!
I gotta keep losing weight, so I can try it!!!

Sessions / Re: First 3 times Jellyfish and Sting Rays
« on: April 09, 2021, 05:37:15 AM »
Hi Tom,
Welcome to the Zone  :)

Paddling a paddle board for the first time can be a challenge.
You didn't mention the conditions or where you were paddling.... which make a big difference.

The best way to give yourself the best experience possible is to pick a protected spot, out of the wind, on a calm day.
No boat traffic or wave action.

Make sure to pump up your ISUP to the high end of recommended PSI.... a soft ISUP will fold like a tace and be extremely difficult to stand on.

My answer turned into a long first lesson, hopefully not to cumbersome, so you can get something from it  ;D

EVERY time you get on your board, you NEED to be wearing a GOOD leash, properly attached to the board and you!!!!!
Falling is part of paddling.... without a leash the board will quickly move away from you ... swimming with a paddle in your hand, it is quite difficult to retrieve your board!
People die because they don't wear a leash.... such a simple thing. And so important!

Place your board in waist deep water, parallel to the shore line
(do NOT hop on with the nose aiming out and tail near the beach, because when you hop on, your weight will sink the tail and drag your fins on the bottom, possibly damaging the board)
Put the paddle across the deck in front of the handle (the handle is the "balance point" of any board)
Grip the paddle with hands about shoulder width apart, as you place both hands on the deck
When you climb on the board, place a knee on each side of the handle, and paddle away from shore in that position.
Paddle on your knees for a while, this will sync your body to the feel and rhythm of the board on the water.

First task while still on your knees:
Learn to turn the board so you can navigate around boats, rocks or other obstacles, so:

The fin's job is to make the board go straight, so turning is easier by using the paddle as a brake, rather than paddling hard forward, on one side
Get some speed paddling on one side.
You will notice how the board resists turning quickly if the paddle is kept close to the board as you stroke.
Take the paddle on that same side, with body braced on knees and toes.... stick the paddle straight down into the water and brace to keep it straight down. It acts as a brake.
You will notice how the board will turn slowly to the "paddle side"

Then.... paddle backwards on that same side..... you will notice how quickly the board will turn away from the "paddle side".
That is the fin working.... it is easier to make a quick turn with a backward stroke when you are learning, because going forward, the fin will resist the turn.
Very important in a crowded harbor.

Ok... paddle to an open spot, in at least chest deep water.... with no wave action.
Place the paddle on the deck in front of you, with the paddle across the board.
Using your hands, push up, towards the standing position... keeping the paddle firmly across the deck as a brace.
Bring your feet to each side of the handle, about a shoulder width apart.
When you are settled, stand up smoothly and IMMEDIATELY place the paddle blade in the water, off to the side.
It becomes your 3rd leg, and helps greatly with balance.
As soon as you are  fully standing, take a gentle stroke.
A moving board is far more stable than a stationary one.... just like a bicycle.

Look forward, not down at your feet
It's amazing how much your body relaxes when you smile. Truth!!!

Do NOT fear falling in... it's part of the learning process.
Dress for it... and expect to fall.
I fell 100 times my first day because I was foolish enough to learn in the surf zone.... and I was on a huge 36" wide board!

Learning in shallow water is dangerous because you can easily get injured when you fall..... make sure the water is deep enough for a very awkward fall!
When you start to fall... let it go!
Fall AWAY from the board.... injuries happen when you try to land on the board, or grab it as you fall.
LET IT GO! Your leash will let you pull it back, after the fall.

As you fall.... hold the paddle in the hand AWAY from the board.
Paddles break easily when smacked into the board.
Speaking of paddles... get a good carbon paddle soon. The paddle is actually more important to your happiness, than the board.

Your feet got tired because you are tense and your feet a "gripping" the deck with all their might.
I have people paddle for about 15 minutes.... then I have them sit down on their board sideways and hang their legs down into the water.
We talk for a few minutes, answering any questions they have.
When they get back up in the standing position, they find that the tension has left their feet and the pain eases up.

This will quickly stop being a problem as your body and mind adapt to balancing on the board.
It takes a few weeks to get the "small twitch" muscles in your feet and lower legs to reawaken from their adult slumber.
Kids don't suffer this because they are always in constant motion..... but most adults have to emerge from our more sedentary lives.

VERY soon, you will adjust to paddling and get on with exploring your water world!
Enjoy the process and prepare to be amazed  :)

I made up some pictures from a lesson I gave.... this is very normal for how I introduced people to paddling.

My goal is always to pass on the love of paddling.... by showing the possibilities on the very first day.
I never teach people in a harbor, padding in circles.... I show them the potential for exploration and wonder.
The act of going somewhere, takes their mind off paddling... they start looking around and relax.

I plan these trips after careful study of local tide and wind.
I always carry communication with me (Iphone in a waterproof pouch)

A new paddler on their own, should stay closer to the launch site.
Wind and tide can create dangers to inexperienced paddlers... so check the local forecast before you go in the water!

Please keep us up with your progress!

Check out my Youtube channel... there are many flat-water videos, if you look down my page, where I have created almost 200 SUP videos

Sessions / Re: Not all peaches and cream
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:11:20 AM »
Thanks J... it shows how much goes into some OH sessions!
Lots of room for difficulty on a big playing field, especially if you are on a performance board.
Sometimes you are in sync, sometimes not.... but it is always rewarding spiritually.
The fact is, you went out and got some.... Yewwwwwww!

The usual conundrum is: high tide may soften the outside, but the shorebreak gets brutal.
Sometimes I simply stay out until the tide drops enough to create enough steady whitewater to mitigate the deadly shore pound.

ha ha... a few hurricane swells last fall, I asked the same question:
"You're 72.... when do you stop doing this crazy shit?"   :o :o   
the answer is always "not yet"  ;D

Sessions / Re: Jordan River Vancouver Island
« on: April 03, 2021, 11:24:49 AM »
Hi Miker, sounds like a great day!
Nothing beats a nice point session in clean waves! Yewwwwwww!
Next time, wake up the official photographer  ;D

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