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Sessions / Re: Cold Fronts, Late Fall 2020
« on: December 08, 2020, 01:31:04 AM »
Some nice glides there.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Huge Peahi - all types of surf craft ridden!
« on: December 05, 2020, 08:55:16 PM »
Remember when Kai was that squirrely kid on a SUP?  ;D

I also remember when 'big wave" surfing was straight-lining on giant burgers at Waimea. 

Sessions / Re: November Finally Glasses Off
« on: November 30, 2020, 08:07:30 PM »
Nice video oki.  Im curious what type of sea life you see on or under the water?

All of it  ;D  I actually saw my first Great White on this spot two years ago. She was just cruising along, just off the reef. Would have never seen it if I wasn't n a SUP.

SUP General / Re: To my SUP family
« on: November 30, 2020, 07:59:27 PM »
Right back at ya, Rick. Thanks for the reminder.

Sessions / Re: Local Summer Lives!
« on: November 25, 2020, 05:52:53 PM »
Nice. I paddle like that sometimes, too. I often surf for 4-5 hours, and paddle to the break/paddle back out either sitting on my but, or on my calves, as it conserves leg strength, and lets me surf longer  :)

Sessions / Re: November Finally Glasses Off
« on: November 25, 2020, 05:44:43 PM »
No booties, eh?  My first time in tropical water (Puerto Rico) I cut the c'hit outta my feet?! ' Looks nice there - good for you.


It doesn't take long to learn not to put your feet down  ;D

Oki's on it! Nice surfing and stoked for you getting it glassy. Nice new sup too. New board = new stoke. GL w/it. That water color is truly intoxicating. Very similar to my new cat's eyes.

Wow. Those eyes are crazy. Don't know if I've ever seen that color in cats.

Sessions / Re: November Finally Glasses Off
« on: November 22, 2020, 03:52:15 AM »

Thanks all. Yea, the water clarity here can actually be a joke. On very calm days, it can actually be impossible to see the wave surface as you're surfing it. It looks like you're flying over the reef, and hard to see what's going on. You pray for a little wind :-)

How's that 27.5 width custom? Tippy in the lineup? You might be able to get in tight enough to get a little cover up barrel. I'm sure it's quicker rail to rail.

The board is awesome. Even with the width and only 105L, it's more stable than my 29" boards with 116L that have the pointy nose. Wish it had a little more kick in the tail, but then it wouldn't really be a "nose performer" lol. It's my new favorite board, and thinking about asking Rob for a custom one with the additional rocker. It's unreal how "hooked in" it feels in really steep sections.     

Sessions / November Finally Glasses Off
« on: November 20, 2020, 05:38:18 PM »
After weeks of brutal wind, it finally turned off. Last week I surfed a local "soft bottom" spot at 15-20kts onshore, five days in a row out of desperation.

About 1 mile out, this reef has a gradual sloping bottom for a soft, deep water peak. So really easy to get in at this size, but when it comes up on the inner reef, it goes shallow really quick, and can turn into a bottom pounding slab you need to be ready for. Unfortunately, the swell was straight east, making for a lot of close outs. When it runs NE or SE, it can really fire.

Didn't get many good clips, as I was really struggling with wave selection, hurt back, learning a new board, and the damn camera...LOL

Blue Planet NP9 9'x27.5"x105L with Futures F6 Honeycomb thruster.

Sessions / Re: Hurricane Zeta
« on: November 02, 2020, 03:52:21 AM »
We just broke the record for the least storms in a season...LOL

Sessions / Re: Big board sessions
« on: November 02, 2020, 03:50:34 AM »
Very interesting with the fin box forward like that. How does it feel when on the tail, comparatively?

SUP General / Re: Are cracks in PVC fairly common ?
« on: October 29, 2020, 06:13:32 PM »
This was neat for a newbie like me:

Also was headed pick up a lightly used Downtown dugout in a couple weeks for $1500, but might consider a Rail if I can find one.

3:27 "Nobody that's doing bamboo boards is doing a layer of glass on both sides."  <-Incorrect. Even in standard construction, Blue planet boards use 2x 4oz.-bamboo-1x4oz. on the deck and 4oz.-bamboo-4oz. on the bottom. This in addition to extra glass, carbon, and Kevlar in high stress areas, and PU cartridges under the fin boxes, leash plugs, handle, etc.

SUP General / Re: the Beast on some serious waves
« on: October 27, 2020, 05:45:14 PM »

Sessions / Re: Hurricane Epsilon Swell- Day Three
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:18:20 PM »
You guys keep posting all these great vids and shots of the northeast, eventually I'm going to have to make it out there  :)

Sessions / Re: Surfing alone
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:10:19 PM »
you tell 'em, girl!

Lol. If SUP isn't considered surfing by now, it never will be.

As a life-long prone surfer, I just don't get it. I've even talked to Anthony M about it quite a bit, as he's from SoCal.  In one of his recent videos from the NE, he alludes to the "California hate." All over the world, there are popular main breaks, where they don't like the SUP in the lineup for whatever reason, but there's no SUP hate just because because it's not a shortboard, and outside of the popular peaks, no one cares. We have sort of the same thing here, and it involves longboards, etc. A break might be "exclusive" to shortboards, which doesn't mean longboards can't surf there, but etiquette says they don't. It usually revolves around the peak shape and bigger boards being in the way.

I know it's Japan, but if I have prone surfers show up to an unnamed peak I'm on, they'll usually ask if I mind if they join me. A month ago, about 4-5 pronies showed up in a little boat, and the same thing happened. Shortly after, I moved to the next peak, and someone paddled over to tell me that I was welcome on the first peak, probably because they were worried they drove me off...  Pronies I don't know will smile and say something as they're leaving the parking area, or whatever. People I talk to from all over the world seem to have the same experience: It's friendly if you mind the etiquette and you're not a dick.

The hate for just surfing on a SUP seems to be very California-centric, and  maybe popular name-brand spots where SUP has joined the lineup. Everywhere else, it's seems to be pretty well accepted.   

I don't know. Although pretty reclusive, I'm pretty friendly in the water now that I've grown up  ;D and I'm sure attitude has a lot to do with it. 

SUP General / Re: October Okinawa West Side Outer Reef
« on: October 26, 2020, 06:44:11 PM »
Good vid Oki, thanks for the offshore visit!

Don't create by poll.... just do whatever you feel like doing when you are doing it!
Doing something personal is what make vids interesting and different from others.
I watched a video called "How to Take off late", by Brett Barley (amazing human and surfer) that actually talks about setting up a proper tube ride.
You started to move to the tail in the end... so you may like his thoughts on that.
I won't post it here, so the thread doesn't get derailed, but check it out!

Thanks for the advice and kind words, Creek.

I've seen Brett's video, and have no problem on a shortboard. I think my problem is that a 10' board just doesn't fit where I'm asking it to...strike that...I KNOW it doesn't... ;D   The take off on this break goes from gentle-sloping to bottom-drops-out very quickly. At this size, the board just won't fit into the shape of the wave. To have any control, I have to be near the tail, and where on a shortboard, you just pull that rear foot forward, there's a journey involved with the long board. Being on the tail gets you in and moving down the line quickly, but the nose is a giant pendulum in space, uncontrollable, and wants to grab everything it touches. Get forward where it's comfortable, and the tail gets pulled up, and dumps you. Hell, just watch the SUP and longboard class at the Backdoor Shootout, they have such a hard time. I'm asking too much here, and will get busy with an 8'2"x28" for this stuff in the future, and leave the longboard for longboard waves  :)

Nice video. I always welcome few talking points, especially when there's more than meets the eye.

Nice video. I always welcome few talking points, especially when there's more than meets the eye.


Take'n a beating :) I'm digging the shaft mount. You're getting it down. It gives you a better feel of the surroundings and actually being there surfing along with you. I don't get that from the chest, hat, or board mounts. It's the fact that it's moving around and changing angles constantly that gives it almost a 3D perspective. I've thought about mounting a second camera on the paddle up near the handle pointing back into the barrel. That way you don't have to hold the paddle forward. Fun stuff.

BTW, I've been surfing a shallow reef break lately too. It's steep and stands up fast. My shins and feet are pretty banged up. Lots of little cuts and bruises. 70+ degree water so no wetsuit protection.

Thanks TD. It's a real balancing act trying to be a filmer and putting the stick where it doesn't belong, and trying to surf a critical wave at the same time.

For real on the reef situation. Even the lightest touch on an ankle or toe becomes a bleeder  ;D  Even a head high wave can be quite intimidating when the floor drains, and it suddenly jacks up so quick, the lip actually throws upward. Our water is currently around 80  :D 

Thanks for taking us along! ... I'm always blown away by how clear the water is in your videos, the reef is perfectly visible at the 2:55 mark! That would take some getting use to!

Thanks. It does take getting used to. On glassy, no wind days, it can be hard to even see the water surface, and adds a serious challenge to surfing.

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