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General Discussion / Re: A "Guest" Sup: 3 Main Choices
« on: April 25, 2019, 11:32:05 AM »
Never got to it. I looked for a Lopez set but couldn't find it in FCSI. Mostly ran it as a single with a 9" California Special or a 4A or with the 4A and 4 1/2 sides for the few times I have had it out over waist high.

I do think you are on the right track. I put a Sunova Mako 7 in it that I got with my Steeze and the performance increase was noticeable, easier to swing and MUCH faster on the wave and in flat water. I just run that in it all the time now when I use it and forgot about the quads.

If your are looking at this again the best thing I can say about the Elements layup is that it's cheap and easy to fix, wouldn't recommend it unless those 2 factors are the driver. But..... I also don't care so much when my wife or a guest runs it up on a scallop bed (I had a chuckle when you mentioned that, has happened) Don't know if the more expensive layups are better or not but they advertise as a lot lighter which is something.

All that being said it's super stable, easy to surf and paddles flat water pretty darn good when the chop's not too bad.

General Discussion / Re: A "Guest" Sup: 3 Main Choices
« on: April 20, 2019, 03:09:48 PM »
Oyster Rash - check has some

Shot of the rails/rocker/outline.

General Discussion / Re: A "Guest" Sup: 3 Main Choices
« on: April 20, 2019, 11:21:09 AM »
I have the NSP 10’11” in Elements construction, It’s my do everything board. If you can find my posts on here you can see me on it on a few small waves and some shots of the rails.

Let me know what you want to know about it.

Classifieds / 9-6 Sunova Steeze
« on: April 10, 2019, 09:02:56 AM »
Located in West Florida. Great board does everything as advertised. Very little use, near new, a couple of paddle marks on the rails and small mark on the nose but not enough to photograph. Going in a different direction and only selling to fund something else. Planned to travel and use it more but the work situation is changed. I'm very impressed with the Sunova construction and will definitely look their way again. Looks great and weighs "nothing" 21.5 lbs on the bathroom scale with the center fin in.


Message me for more pics and info.

Gear Talk / Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« on: April 05, 2019, 09:15:09 AM »
That's personal...

Creek has a video paddling the same 9-6 Steeze in flat water and I think he was possibly heavier than me at the time of the video but you could ask him.

Gear Talk / Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« on: April 05, 2019, 07:14:55 AM »
Can't speak to this particular board but I'm a little heavier than you and my 9-6 145 liter board floats me fine. Actually paddles really well in calm flat water for it's size also. I put some miles on it last weekend when it was glassy.

Random / Re: Is FM radio dying?
« on: March 28, 2019, 01:12:57 PM »
Don't want to derail the thread. I've been playing for quite a while. I try and work them out by ear first then might go to you tube for confirmation. I'll play along with the pros too, good for the timing. Have fun.

I'm in West Florida, hence the issue with wave riding opportunities.

My Allrounder surf shape SUP is fine for riding waves, not too bad on flat water either in good conditions. I have a dedicated Surf Sup also. I was thinking since most of what I do is "flat water" oriented maybe I should think on improving my gear in that area.

The question is with the options out there, which there are quite a few, what direction to look on a board type based on what I actually do and have opportunity to do, very little of which is surfing.

Just GAS honestly.

Random / Re: Is FM radio dying?
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:42:53 PM »
...and YouTube is killer because you can cheat in learning the riffs.  These guys are very talented.

Learning riffs from You Tube isn't cheating, it's an great resource for that, saves so much time.

General Discussion / Another Board Recommendation Thread, Flat Water?
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:47:03 AM »
Sorry for the wordy post. I'm performing an honest assessment of how I spend my time in stand up and would appreciate some Zoner feedback.

I'm wondering if I should be looking at a board that better supports how I actually paddle. Understand my mileage may vary on any recommendations or feedback but I want a knowledge base so I can have educated discussions when I'm out there looking if I go down this road.

Currently have an Allrounder surf shape planing board, typical entry to the sport as I understand and a dedicated long board surf sup that also serves duel purpose for a light weight SUP for my better half. My Allrounder really surfs fine for the waves and limited opportunities I currently have and I have no plans to move it, the dedicated surf SUP maybe.

Goals are enhanced general paddling experience, improved up wind performance, increased range, limited quiver/"one board solution". In the board weight is important, we often walk a couple of blocks to launch from the house, or cover ground to beach launch. Thinking I could do better than bashing the wide planing board nose upwind. My wife, is also involved and has talked about some fun racing, but that's a second discussion. We do paddle together a lot so she will follow the path if just to keep up.

This is the honest breakdown of activity.

Daily - Salt water estuary paddling, sheltered but open water but subject to wind and tides. This by far the most common activity.

In the summer daily taking the place of the above - Near shore ocean paddling, relatively calm conditions can have to deal with boat cross chop, changing conditions, Gulf of Mexico. In conjunction, would like to glide or “surf” non breaking waves/bumps if possible surf. This is close second to the previous for most common especially in the summer.

Down Breezers 5 – 20 MPH winds, occasionally in the Spring/Fall schedule permitting with short shuttle. Paddle upwind short distance and glide back more often.

Dedicated surfing, rare, seasonal, love it when I can but very limited opportunity.

Me older 50+,athletic, good balance, 6', about 205 currently, good stamina and paddle power. Need to drop a few but wings and beer......working on improving my diet but......wings and's a process.

So should I be looking at a flat water/all water race board? Will it be a significant "upgrade" over what I currently have?
Specs- 14', something like that? 12.5? Something else?
How wide - 25" minimum? Planing or cutting nose?

Been looking around researching as I tend to do. This is kind of where I have been looking and will go out and get some tests/demos. Also not sure I'm into the dugout thing, some depressed deck OK. $ is a consideration, I wouldn't be looking to pay 3K+, would look for sale/leftovers to get a new board around 2K. Would go used also if I could find something fairly local.

Some local boards:
Sunova Allwater Faast 14 x 25.5
Sunova Flatwater Faast 25
Bark Vapor 14x26 might be heavy
NSP Puma 14 x 24 too skinny?
Allstars various 14's

Some stuff I looked at online
The 404 boards 14 x 25.5 V3 or LTD look really light
14 x 26 vapor again heavy?
Allstars various
Maliko Heavy?

Totally off base? Something else? Wasting my time, just stick with what I have?

Again appreciate the feedback for the newby.

Sunova SUP / Mako 7 Fin
« on: March 18, 2019, 10:14:21 AM »
Any have one they want to part with or know where I can get a Sunova Mako 7 in the US? This is the cutaway high rake fin.

The fin is stock in my Sunova but works really well in another larger board I have. Having a hard time matching another man. fin with the same specs. The fin has a ton of rake in the profile.

Random / Re: Retiring But where?
« on: March 12, 2019, 07:43:40 AM »
Not there in the summer, but even with the long hot summers, there are sea breezes that make it bareable .  Certainly cooler than living inland.

Inland is rough in the summer.

Random / Re: Retiring But where?
« on: March 12, 2019, 07:42:08 AM »
You can get cold spells even in the FL Keys in the winter, that being said there's definite temperature cutoffs as you travel South through FL.

I live on the same latitude as Melbourne although on the opposite coast, lived on the Southeast coast for 20+ years. The weather here is definitely different from the lower latitudes. Colder in the winter by enough to notice but also more mild in the summer, although it is Florida so....

I think if I were moving for waves it wouldn't be this state but the East coast is better by far. Paddling opportunities in the state as a whole are very diverse, from sheltered bays to spring fed rivers, ocean paddling, etc.

Property tax is low here, in my county if you are over a certain age and you live in your primary residence you are property tax exempt so that's a plus.

The West coast is busy like South Florida in the winter all the way up to my area in Tarpon Springs. It's similar in population density in the winter as points Southeast. Southeast Florida you get no break, it's slammed all year round Palm Beach County South. Here it backs off in the Summer, we much prefer the Summer.

The current plan is to keep our home base here and travel in the Winter on retirement. We are fortunate on the house location and can vacation rent our place easy in the winter and cover any overhead on it.

Gear Talk / Re: Thin rails, not for surfing
« on: February 26, 2019, 12:52:13 PM »
The Bark deal in Florida is gone. I'm local and called to see what they had. They said they had 4 and moved all of them, pulled it off the website.

Gear Talk / Re: Thin rails, not for surfing
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:49:04 AM »
As mentioned it looks like you're looking for an all rounder type planing board as the Search is a planing board and typical displacement flat water boards typically are stout in the rails, something like that?

For a really reasonable cost this NSP has fairly low rails.This one is 10'11', 4 1/6 at it's thickest point in the middle, 186 liters. Paddles flat water fairly well and surfs small stuff with ease. I only paid $750 for it brand new in a local shop. It's a tad heavy but the 10'6 or 10' will be lighter and the cocomat layup is much lighter although more $. The Elements layup is fine for what it is if you're not too hard on your boards, unlike me.

Figured I'd throw it out there since I'm fond of low rails for flat water paddling myself. You can compare it to the Steeze right below, and the Surftech with full boxy 5 inch rails at the bottom.

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