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Sessions / Re: A week in the life of an addict
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:46:05 PM »
Hey PonoBill
I have not met Bob, but when I took up SUP this summer, I quickly found out about the Cape Cod Bay Challenge. They did a nice job with that. I know a few of the folks who made that trip. Cudos to all of them. That's a very hefty paddle... I know they have really elevated the awareness of such a worthy event.

And you are spot on with the many places comment... I have enough launch sites mapped out that I may never get to all of them.

Sessions / Re: A week in the life of an addict
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:51:11 AM »
I live in Orleans

The Cape has incredible paddle diversity. With all the ocean, bays, rivers, coves and creeks, I can usually find a place to paddle that is protected from the wind.

I lived on the North Shore of Oahu livin' the surfers dream, but I never made i to Maui. Funny thing... when I lived in Hawaii for 7 months, the thing I missed most about the mainland was getting in a car and going on a long road trip...

Sessions / A week in the life of an addict
« on: January 22, 2012, 10:31:05 PM »
Location: Cape Cod
Weather: Unpredictable
Purpose: Enjoy 2 hours of addiction EVERY day
Monday: Perfect, warm & calm
Tuesday:A forced a day of rest to test my self control
Wednesday: Cross Training... walk 18 holes
Thursday: Cool, calm & overcast
Friday: Small swell... SUPsurfed 2 hrs alone... SUPers RULE... today at least
Saturday: Snow Storm... 8" with calm winds.. paddling in heavy snow is amazing : )
Sunday: Calm after the storm... glassy perfection in a winter wonderland...

Just had to log this... it was a great week !

The picture of the Geese taking flight is the reason I bought a waterproof camera...

So many incredible moments in one week... Seasons do have their benefits

By the way... I have never seen an other paddler on these incredible waters. I know they exist... but I haven't seen one.

Paddle on zoners...

SUP General / Re: Surfer arrested
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:42:25 PM »
There really is a point about “surfer arrested” here, be patient and read on…

The SUP world is amazing, it encompasses much of the best life has to offer. It is both ruggedly individual and supportively communal. It is healthy to the max with minimal harmful effects. It not limited by age, gender, strength, physical condition, climate or season. It can be enjoyed from the beginning of life till the end of life, alone or as a group. Any place there is water SUP can be enjoyed. It can be relaxing or thrilling, either casually enjoyable or supremely challenging. The SUP community is positive, respectful, hugely supportive and tolerant.

SUP is FUN… But as SUP becomes increasingly popular, it will be misunderstood and poorly regulated by misguided albeit well intentioned bureaucrat.

There are many national and local SUP organizations. They focus on the competition aspect, the social enjoyment, fund raising and other aspects that interest us.

In my limited search, I have found no organization that is dedicated to protecting our sport from ill conceived laws and regulations.

It seems to me that the time has come to form a U.S. National SUP Organization dedicated challenge local, state and national laws and regulation of our sport and only our sport. SUP is different from all other paddle or water sports and it needs to have a dedicated body, conceived for the soul purpose of protecting the continued enjoyment of Stand Up Paddle Boarding…. Period… keep it simple and effective.

Like many of you, I have been surfing for 48 years and was a front row participant in all the magic that came out of it.
Surfing has spun off many different sports : Skateboarding, Windsurfing, Snowboarding, wakeboarding and  Kite boarding to name a few.

We have seen them suffer from bad regulation. We were young and all about the sport… screw the establishment. Look what happened. Have you seen a kid skateboarding near any public place ?   We are all subject to limiting local laws and seemingly insane regulations. Heck, I remember a New England beach town where it was illegal to surf without a “Surf License” (you had to pass a test in order to get the license)

The SUP community is huge. It has the ability to raise the funds necessary to support a National organization. If you can afford a paddle… we can easily achieve this together.
Heck, I’ll bet we have all talent and resources we need in our ranks. I am sure we have many SUPers that would jump at the chance to be involved in something so important.

This isn’t funny… just think about the Coast Guard PFD regulation. The people who will make these laws are just trying to set the proper boundaries they just lack sufficient knowledge.

We need a guardian organization, set up as the GO TO authority when municipalities are seeking knowledge and guidance when the SUP question comes up, and the legal clout to defeat them in court if necessary.

Holy crap… that was more than I intended to write. I need to go paddling now.

Gear Talk / Re: Paddle Jacket recommendations.
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:04:16 PM »
You didn't mention if you wear a rash guard...

I find that if I simply add a THICK rash guard under any wetsuit, it is the equivalent of adding another mil. to the suit. I have one rasher that feels like it's double thick, and it REALLY helps keep you warm when it gets windy and chilly. Simple, Easy and an overall good match.

ps ... try to find one with a high collar.... sort of turtleneckish : )

SUP General / Re: Shark Villa
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:37:30 PM »
PonoBill, your brother lives "Somewhere on Cape Cod Bay" so you must be aware of the rapidly expanding population of Great White's out here... there is even a "Great White" report now coming out of Chatham... they tag them and post really clear pics of them lingering at the surf line... sheesh, I'm glad I ride a SUP now... no more legs hanging in the water. Surfing my SUP, I don't think much about them, but when I am on a desolate paddle near inlets, I get sketched out sometimes, like when a big ole' bull seal glides by... just under the surface...

Sessions / Re: Go Pro Video Caribbean day trip
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:10:02 PM »
Great video ! Ditto's on the wind and ripples singing to us... kinda like a velocity meter, the whistle gets louder at speed... nice.

your doin' it right... keep em' coming

Sessions / Re: SUP/Ice Breaker
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:43:06 PM »
Hey SoCalSupper, you would be surprised at what you would do to chase the surf... I lived pretty close to "Killer Dana" back in the early 70's. Cardiff, Encinitas etc. I had a great time. Swami's was my all time favorite out there, but I can't imagine the crowds now... holy crap, give me 25 to 30 surfers at at one of the New England Point Breaks any winter day.

I actually SUP alone a lot during the winter, because I avoid the very hollow beach breaks where the surfers are.

There is NO feeling in the world like the one you get as you take off your wetsuit, put on your dry cloths and stand by your car, looking at the fading daylight. You are tired and wet from the sea, wind and cold... your body just gives up and smiles... surfed out! It's a great high. I love knowing that everyone else is on the couch watching TV on a snowy winter day and you just finished another great session. The cold just adds to the experience...wahooo!

I'll throw in a picture or two I took on Cape Cod  while I was chasing waves on Friday the 13th, 2012. As you will see by the pictures, that the wind picked up to a point where SUP was out of the question. I have a lot of surfer friends that were out down the beach that day. It was about 6' to 8' with 30-40mph offshores... very typical winter surf when we get a storm.
The first pic is tolerable wind... the 3rd was 15 minutes later... no SUPing today!

I still have friends in SoCal... maybe I will have to visit, I have nothing against warm water !

Sessions / Re: SUP/Ice Breaker
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:43:47 AM »
Does the ice do any damage to the board?

It is saltwater so it freezes sort of mushy. If it is thin enough, it is very easy to paddle thru.It makes a very soft swoosh as you glide along.

I am lucky to be near saltwater during the winter. As Stealthyc  said, fresh water is not so forgiving. If the bays and creeks are all frozen, you can still paddle in the ocean. I don't think I could wait for the thaw...

Sessions / SUP/Ice Breaker
« on: January 16, 2012, 03:10:39 PM »
Hello fellow PsycoSUPers...
This is my first Session post, me being a Forum newbie and all. I live on Cape Cod, my paddle today was in Eastham. I launched at Hemminway Landing, then paddled up wind and into the tide. The outward leg was very cool cuz the tide had not yet broken up the Ice that had skimmed the surface. It takes a bit to freeze salt water. Paddling thru the ice makes a nice soft sound and leaves interesting tracks.(see photos)

Today was a cake walk, at 26 degrees and very light winds. Yesterday was more invigorating at 15 degrees and 20 mph north wind. I got in a solid 1.5 hours both days, but today was the kind of day you relax and take some pictures. I will share some with you if I can figure out the mechanics of changing files sizes and all.

Cape Cod is a paddlers dream... lots of coves, creeks and bays to paddle. I try to paddle 2 hours everyday if there is no surf.

Anyway... thanks for understanding my obsession...


SUP General / Re: What does your SUP carrying vehicle look like...?
« on: November 05, 2011, 11:07:48 PM »
Incognito... : ) 
I bought this 2000 Astro van for ONE reason only... to keep my SUP safe... and out of the sun.
The fact that I can park unnoticed at any surf break is an added bonus.
When I went to look at the van, I brought my Starboard Avanti (11'2" X 36") with me and did not drive the van until I was sure the board fit inside with doors closed. PERFECT fit ! If it was 1/4" longer it would NOT fit.
I just walk up... slide the board & paddle in and drive away...
I LOVE it ! AWD is an added bonus.

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