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Flatwater and Touring / Re: Hobie unlimited 12 klicks on the Knik
« on: March 01, 2021, 08:12:58 PM »
Nice trip and pictures Muddy!

Soft sinky tidal mud is definitely risky business to get caught in the middle of.

Take care of that shoulder... wouldn't want to tear it while out at the far end of the trip.
Are you getting it repaired?

Gear Talk / Re: Different board for different conditions?
« on: February 28, 2021, 09:31:10 AM »
Hi ilmsup, welcome to the Zone!

Your board looks great... plus FCS Dimple pad is my favorite!

Quivers work.... I have had a quiver of at least 3 to 5 boards since the early 70's.

I am not ordinary in my number of SUPs because I am the mascot for Sunova.
Exactly what you said... conditions change, so different boards are necessary if you want to maximize the potential from any given session.

You gave the length and volume of your board but not the width or your height/age.... all of these are part of the equation.
Judging from your paddle length, you are fairly tall... and that is a big factor when it gets wonky.
Your weight to volume ratio is 1.5
volume divided by your weight in kg
124 liters divided by 82 kg = 1.51 (Guild factor)

Usually that is a fairly comfortable Guild factor, so I would add another board that opens up options.
Sometimes I wonder if a lighter board is slightly less stable, but shouldn't affect the other concerns.
Light is always preferable IMO...
Your board looks like slight "S" rail?
I find my "S" rail boards are a bit more work than standard low rails.
You are right... Fat rails are corky and hard to surf

for reference:
I am 72 yo, 235 lbs
Most of my boards Guild Factor falls between 1.3 to 1.56
All have low volume rails that sit underwater and help with stability.
The boards I surf on a regular basis range from 8'10 to 9'6 with an occasional session on my 12'er.
Each board has a different capacity for slop and chop.
What this means is that it's not always size alone that facilitates comfort in sloppy conditions... it is specific to each shape.

I don't equate size with performance... it's all about shape IMO
The board I use most is 9'6 x 33.5 at 167 liters (1.56)
Because the performance is amazing and the comfort is great in any conditions.
I have smaller boards that are snappier, but the right bigger board can make the others less attractive in anything but clean perfection... and even then I will still grab the 9'6  ;D

My smallest board is probably the second most comfortable in wonky conditions.
8'10 x 32.25 at 136 liters has a Guild factor of 1.27
However, it is more comfortable in junk surf than my other small board

Shape, surface area and rocker have a lot to do with comfort... not just length and volume.

My best advice is trade boards with other SUPster during a session.... all sizes and shapes!
This will help understand more about all the options out there.

I am in Ft Pierce for the winter, so contact me if you are around so we can meet for a session
There are always at least 6 different boards in my van at all times, that you may try if you like.

Please check out my YouTube channel:
I have close to 200 SUP videos, riding all kinds of boards in lots of conditions... just to give you an idea about what I have said above.

Here is a video of 7 days last summer on Cape Cod, surfing 4 different sizes and shapes in 7 sessions

My van is ready for all conditions.... including when the surf sucks, then I ride my bike  :)

SUP General / Re: Southern Funk n' Flow 2.0
« on: February 22, 2021, 05:45:41 PM »
Thanks boys!
ha ha...I actually really suck in small choppy waves, but this break allowed for a turn or two before it backed off.
This was the first session that I got to feel the sweet little snap turn. Pretty stoked about that  :)

SUP General / Southern Funk n' Flow 2.0
« on: February 21, 2021, 06:37:32 AM »
Funky little waves but they gave me a glimpse of what this board can do for me.

Casey Flow 2.0
9' x 32.25 at 142 liters in TR3 tec

Downwind and Racing / Re: 50 knot+ downwind near Marseille - video
« on: February 19, 2021, 08:04:40 PM »
Yeah, the first time your board blows over your head and hits the end of the leash like a pissed-off Marlin you start thinking about how to double down on leashes. 

My leash is actually a 4mm spectra rope, with two plugs, and a bowline around my ankle, with a snap shackle for quick release. Just unbreakable.

That was some amazing DW conditions! Nice vids  :)

I do have a comment on your leash arrangement.
I couldn't tell if you have any stretchy part of you 4mm Spectra Rope, but it didn't look like it.
A guy went surfing small waves with a leash similar to yours.... just an unbreakable thin rope tied around his ankle
I watched him bury the nose of his surf SUP, so it shot up behind him and  the line strangled his ankle and almost cost him his foot.

He crawled up on the beach, barely able to talk, he was is excruciating pain.
There were 3 army buddies with him that tried to cut the line off his foot for about 5 minutes.
the line had sunk into his flesh so deep, that they couldn't get a knife blade under it.

I told them to cut him if they had too, but they had to get that line off before he lost his foot.

He just laid there, almost unable to speak... if he was alone, he never would have gotten the line off.

There was a 1/4" deep groove in his ankle left by the thin rope and he could barely walk afterwards.

Not something you want to happen offshore in 50 mph winds, where you could bury the nose and have a similar violent tug on your thin rope leash.

Apologies if you have this all settled, but I thought something should be said in case other readers decided to use a thin rope as a leash.

Pics of the incident:

Sessions / Re: 50F Day W/Sunshine!
« on: February 18, 2021, 06:48:25 AM »
50* and sunny helps smooth out rough waves  :)

Getaway surf is always fun, especially a session with a friend!

The Shape Shack / Re: Thruster vs Quad test on new board
« on: February 10, 2021, 07:09:52 PM »
Great to see you surfing so well Dana!
I am glad you guys do all this fin figuring.... I only notice if a board really doesn't work with fins I put in it.

I have too many boards, some work better for me with quad, some as thruster.
Mostly I prefer fairly small fins... sometimes bigger fronts and very small rears to get a twinzer feel.

But I am no fin expert... but I have a large assortment and eventually stumble on to a combo that works for each board.
Been having fun with smallish C Drives lately.

I got up near you today.... nice swell and wind  :)

Sessions / Re: Okinawa Remote Point Break
« on: February 08, 2021, 07:38:14 AM »
Remote peak, good waves....  you are chasing the right dream Oki, and nailing it!!!  :)

Sessions / Re: Orlena- CODE RED SWELL!
« on: February 03, 2021, 05:09:40 AM »
Nice Bombs Cookieman! Yewwwwww!
That is winter juice for sure  :)

If it makes you feel better, it was 37 today when I woke up in S. Florida.   ;D

General Discussion / Re: Been away for 5 years
« on: February 02, 2021, 01:28:22 PM »
Welcome back Takeo!

Always stoked to hear someone reconnecting with the paddle!
Enjoy the glide  :)

I have some interesting info that may surprise you guys....
SUPs are selling faster than anyone can make them.

The CoVid era has created the perfect climate for Standup..... it's a healthy, socially distant outdoor activity that provides the needed head space and physical joy that paddling provides.
The big difference is:
It is not raceboard focused... it is pleasure board focused.
Boards for the local lake or river.... allrounders that fit the whole family.
Casual paddling... right up my alley!

I delivered a vanfull of Sunova's up in Navarre Florida and went for a paddle with my friend Nicholas and his wife.
It was a chilly, windy day and still I saw LOT's of people paddling the same estuary we were cruising.

We went to a crystal clear spring for a paddle and ran into some Inflatable paddlers.... they seem to be popping up everywhere.

When we went surfing, I met a group of young surfers that recognized me from my videos..... stoked 20 something SUP surfers!!!!
Yewwwwwwww..... SUP is alive and well! 

Sunova SUP / Re: Sunova FLOW
« on: January 31, 2021, 01:10:51 PM »
Anyone know where I can get a set of fins for my 9'6" Flow? Lost mine :-(

Probably 105's which are pretty sizable fins. Around 5" moderate sweep
Many standard fins work quite well in the Flow.

If you want stock fins, click my email address below and contact me.

I buy a lot of fins from AliExpress.
Yeah, yeah, I know.... but fins are expensive and I am poor.
I get sets for $25 to $50 and they are basically the same as the $140 sets

Two things to be aware of:
1 - shipping charges.... many are free, but some charge exorbitant fees. So look at the bottom of the order area for sorta small print!
2 - estimated arrival time.... most say 30-45 days. BUT, some say 6 months. I get most in under 3 weeks. Usually right next to shipping costs.

"Ho Stevie" also has some pretty good prices if he has stock


SUP General / Re: SUP surf session Flash Mobbed by Sharks
« on: January 29, 2021, 09:27:46 PM »
Just be glad they weren't unpredictable bull sharks.

I'd rather have our Great Whites than those Bulls.... they are too testy for my liking.

SUP General / Re: SUP surf session Flash Mobbed by Sharks
« on: January 29, 2021, 09:26:44 PM »
You were just asking for it..... Good to feel young ;D    I dare you!

They are always around, just usually in much fewer numbers, so I get to watch them a lot.
They never make me uncomfortable, but there were so many in the whitewater that I decided it was a good idea to go have lunch  ;D

SUP General / Re: SUP surf session Flash Mobbed by Sharks
« on: January 29, 2021, 09:23:44 PM »
Welcome to FL, lol ... yep, like most everywhere, you gotta respect the locals! But those fellers look a tad bigger than what I normally see and I woulda cut the sesh short too, especially if i'm the only one out.
Hopefully you'll get another chance with the Casey Flow, and can give us a report. Those step rails look nice.

I am hoping for some good waves in a few days to give it a good test.  I am eager to get a real feel for it!

SUP General / Re: SUP surf session Flash Mobbed by Sharks
« on: January 29, 2021, 09:20:58 PM »
At least they seem a bit more friendly than the those New England mobsters you typically are wrangling with.

ha ha... that's why I can enjoy the aquarium down here.
They are just plain fun to observe... especially when they are in a wave in front of you!

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