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General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 12, 2021, 02:04:06 AM »
Many new cars have proximity sensors for each door/hatch, not just the whole car. For instance, on my 2015 Lexus, I can have the key in my pocket, standing next to the drivers door, and the wife can't open the door on the other side of the car by grabbing the handle (touch sensor). The only door the key will work for is the one the key is near. On my Toyota Aqua (Prius C), the key can be hidden anywhere under the front of the car, and the doors won't open on touch. Ditto the Lexus.

You just have to find a spot to try, like under the bumper somewhere, and then see if the door unlocks.

Toyota fobs are waterproof, but I still don't take them in the water  :)   

SUP General / Re: What to do when caught inside?
« on: April 26, 2021, 02:17:55 AM »
I've used Dakine leases since they've bees selling them. Most recently with SUP, I use the Kainui 5/16" x 9' leashes.

I inspect my leashes religiously before going out, and after any wipeout where I suspect a fin nick. The Dakine leashes are pretty much bullet proof, but have one weak area that needs to be inspected. At the rail saver, where it attaches to the stainless swivel. The rope inside will eventually wear, and the white, inner cords start to show. At this point, the attach point is on very borrowed time. Like if you find white, don't use it. The more the board spends at the end of the leash on a hard pull, the faster this wears. I've never had one wear out in less than a year, though.

Attaching pics of a bad and good rail saver swivel rope.

Technique / Re: Riding out the whitewater after a wave
« on: March 10, 2021, 02:43:08 AM »
I wouldn't say that I'm going to or want to "practice" riding the whitewater - just wanted to know what to be more conscious of when I do so I can look regal while riding to shore.  ;D

I just re-watched a clip I have of one of my first rides that happened to be captured on a Surfline cam and I actually mostly ride out the wash after finishing a wave so maybe I'm just overthinking it now.

Thanks all for the help!

Nah, not really overthinking it. It was the same for me, the push from behind accelerates a SUP a lot quicker than a shortboard, and it feels a lot more unstable, combined with the input from the feet having a lot less/slower response.

Trick at first is to widen the stance (step back), get low at the knees to lower the CG, and keep the paddle out and to the rear to brace off of. As long as you're bending at the knees, and not hinged over at the waist, it still looks stylish  ;D

Gear Talk / Re: Different board for different conditions?
« on: March 03, 2021, 11:45:45 PM »
My quiver is nine boards deep. But I get so frustrated at trying to choose the right board for the right conditions, most of the time, I just grab the 10' performance longboard and ride that in anything  ;D

However, it's been my experience that the one absolute where board size is concerned is that I can have a lot of fun on a too-big board, but a too small board is miserable.

Sessions / Re: Okinawa Remote Point Break
« on: February 11, 2021, 12:44:54 AM »
OkiWild taming the wild breaks of Okinawa!~ That's a good lookin' sesh! Crazy clear water and that reef ain't no joke!
What GoPro are you using? The screenshots were over 3mb ea and had to be downsized to post.

Thanks! Hero 7 Back at 1080/60/Superview/Hypersmooth.

Probably going to upgrade to "full kook" here shortly, and start wearing booties, too. All the little nicks and scrapes are mostly to the feet. I tried booties back in my pronie days, but they stick in the wax. Another possible positive out of SUP. 

Sessions / Re: Okinawa Remote Point Break
« on: February 09, 2021, 02:33:30 AM »
Pretty scenery and great looking water - lucky you. 

? ..Does the clearity of the water mess with your depth perception?  Is the bottom all full of urchins and unfriendlies?   Like you, those Florida fishing guides wore Covid scarfs before it was cool.


Hey Jim. When it's small and dead calm, yea, the clarity can really mess you up. It's actually something we talk about, not being able to see the water or the wave...LOL Just the slightest breeze that ruffles the surface and it's all good. As far as the bottom, not so much urchins, but it's all live coral. Hands and feet suffer the most. On this day, my buddy barely kicked the bottom with the top of his foot while getting back on his board, and it bled pretty good for three hours... As long as you clean it good, no worries, but it will hurt and ooze for a week... It's not as bad as people make it out to be and serious abrasions are pretty rare.

Remote peak, good waves....  you are chasing the right dream Oki, and nailing it!!!  :)

Thanks Rick!

Good plan with the mask. I just did a bout with Flourouricel that was unpleasant, and I still have a bleeding spot on my nose that's probably Basal Cell cancer. I've been wearing a mask from Cynthia (Cynbad) Brown called the Solshaka.  It works really well, the best part is the mesh over the mouth that prevents the waterboarding that a simple pull-up gaiter provides when I fall in.

I had a BCC cut out from behind my ear last year. Twice because the margins weren't clear the first time... Pretty unpleasant while healing... I have Actinic Keratosis spots on my nose, upper cheeks, top of the head... Couple times per year the dermo freezes them off, but if the keep coming back, he cuts them out and gets a biopsy. Even with a hat, the glare off the water gets me, so on many days, mask it is. This one is from Shelta with breathing holes. Doesn't feel like you're being water boarded when it's wet  ;D 

here i thought that was for covid!

I have land masks for that  :D  No mask politics to deal with in Japan.

Sessions / Re: Okinawa Remote Point Break
« on: February 08, 2021, 02:27:14 AM »
Sweet looking wave! ... that water clarity blows me away every time!

Question for you ... I ran into a guy from the USA Surfing org a couple weeks ago here in FL and talking to him it sounded like the Olympic surfing was for sure happening this year. Wanted to ask you what the Japanese peoples view is on the whole Olympic thing, and of course the likelihood of an Olympic surfing event actually happening?

The government keeps saying it's going to happen, while the average Japanese citizen just rolls their eyes because from all angles it doesn't appear possible. People are for it, but want to know how they're going to do it safely, for which there's no answer...

Cool video Oki. Great wave. Shaft mount POV is working well.

Thanks man. Starting to get the hang of it.

Nice video. Looks like you had a fun session. BTW, the color of the board looks real nice.

Thanks for sharing your video.

Thanks NW.

Sessions / Okinawa Remote Point Break
« on: February 07, 2021, 05:25:51 PM »
Sun is back out. I get so many comments about the stupid mask, it's ridiculous. Before all this covid BS, people simply assumed (rightly) it's for the sun. Now they automatically assume it's for covid...when you're out in the water...surfing...alone... Like the whole world went and caught a case of the stupid. Skin cancer is real. Have to deal with it all the time now, because the first 3 decades surfing, I was dumb. I'm still dumb, but smarter about four hours on the ocean at UV index 7 in February /rant

So anyway, this is a remote point break. 20 minute paddle by SUP. Only left. It gets big and nasty. Super shallow. When it's overhead, it'll drain, and half the wave turns into the lip. When it gets really big, think Teahupo'o with a pinch of Ship Sterns. This break hates people, and loves human flesh. Today is head to a little bit overhead on the peak we're riding. Probably close to double at the point, but that's above my paygrade on a SUP  ;D  Even on a smaller day like today, it's constantly shifting, and shape changing as it moves across the reef. To surf it well, you have to be able to read the reef and water pretty well.

Board is the Blue Planet Pocket Knife at 8'8"x29"x116L with Futures F6 Honeycomb fins set up as a thruster.

Sessions / Re: Orlena- CODE RED SWELL!
« on: February 03, 2021, 12:49:39 AM »
You lost me at "40 water" LOL. Great shots, though.

Sessions / Re: freedom II
« on: February 03, 2021, 12:47:34 AM »
Beautiful lines. I wish we had a wave like that here, but without the cold  :)

SUP General / Re: SUP surf session Flash Mobbed by Sharks
« on: February 03, 2021, 12:28:19 AM »
You're gonna need a bigger SUP...  :D

General Discussion / Re: Politicians are getting crazy
« on: January 25, 2021, 05:14:14 PM »
I watched/read the public discussion on this. A lot of equipment manufacturers showed up, and very professionally explained why it was a really dumb idea. There were only two speakers in favor of it, and they were both representing the companies that would be making the money from the course.

Of interest in the talking points was that the course is really for powered vessels with more than 15hp, and they tried to add paddle craft to it, so if you throw a trolling motor in your kayak, no course required...

A link to one commenter:

General Discussion / Re: I forgot how much fun it is...
« on: January 23, 2021, 12:17:35 AM »
Same. I just jumped on a race board the other day, and wet for a paddle around a local island.

General Discussion / Re: Short Session SoCal
« on: December 19, 2020, 07:30:33 PM »
I think I'm just used to Maui and Hood River, where it seems weird to be out less than two hours. Maui is particularly that way, warm water, reef breaks, and small tide changes.

Two hours would be bare minimum for me, too. We have 6' tide changes, and surfing is limited to about 3 hours on either side of high tide for most spots, so there are the days when you only catch it in the AM or the PM...or both :-) I'd say my average is probably 3-4 hours, with the occasional 6 hour rip.

I'll just add my 2 about my journey with size.

I'm 51, 5'10" and 185lbs. Started on the surf stuff three years ago at 10'x32"x160L, and ended up down at 8'x28'100L. Small boards were great in that they start to get back to that "shortboard-ish" feel.

Found that I'm just not into the knee-wrecking snaps anymore, and wondering what I'm doing paddling around digging myself out of a hole the whole time. Spending more time in the water than out of it when it gets some heavy movement, and just all around not having a very good time.

So I settled on more of what SUP feels like it's about to me. Being able to stand around and see the outside, regardless of how bad the conditions are instead of sitting around and popping up when a wave shows. Glide forever on the tiniest bumps. Longer, drawn-out carving turns, floaters, and surfing that has more flow in it than skate tricks.

I have two boards that I love, and future boards will all be around the same. 10'x28"x127L long board. Super stable, even at 28" wide. 8'8"x31"x120L rounded-pointy nose if it's too heavy for the long board, or the chop is crazy. 

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