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SUP General / Re: AppFastTrack 50 Meter Sprint
« on: July 27, 2020, 05:02:24 PM »
Local island boy Rai Taguchi is sitting in the #2 spot at 11.12mph/18.9km/h. I think he's 16. Pretty good surfer, too.

Sessions / Re: The Streak Continues
« on: July 27, 2020, 02:17:54 AM »
Nice video. Nice waves to sup surf.

As for hurricanes (typhoons where you live), we had Hurricane Hannah come ashore on the Texas coast just south (below) the city of Corpus Christi late Saturday afternoon (July 25th).

Thanks NW. We always hope for the storms, and at the same time, hope they stay off shore, and do no damage.

Nice to have knees!
Good to see a tight tuck and cover!

If I tried that,
first.... they wouldn't bend enough to get half that low
second.... I'd never get back up  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Keep tuck'n... your Typhoon will come!

HA! They're not what they used to be! I've damaged the ligaments through a lifetime of showing off in the surf. Can still bend, but snaps are in the past. I've found that yoga...the DDP kind...has really helped.

Green room! ... Well almost. Too much foam. Sure looks fun though. We got nada waves right now. <1' :(

Yea, just a little too small for a big board, and very short period keeps them from really opening up. The reality is, I'm just packing it, trying to figure out where the best place to hide the accessories is :-)

That wave looks great at all sizes Okiwild,  I will have to come to visit you one day! 
Waves are picking up here on Oahu from approaching hurricane Douglas.  It looks like it turned north a bit so it should not be too bad for us on Oahu anyway.

The second this COVID lifts, I'm on a plane to come spend a couple of weeks with you guys and gals. One of your good customers (Cory) has made it here and contacted me. He's kind of locked down right now, but we're going to get him squared away as soon as he can get out.

Sessions / The Streak Continues
« on: July 25, 2020, 08:56:38 PM »
The first time in recorded history that we will have no typhoons before August 1. Still, the normal pulse of the Pacific keeps the spirits up. Too bad it's not quite big enough to sneak under the lip. Won't keep me from trying, though  ;D

Blue Planet carbon NP10 with Futures F6 Alpha bites, and a Blue Planet 4.6" Honeycomb center fin. Love this board, even though it's not much use under the lip.

Sessions / Re: July Dawn Patrol
« on: July 23, 2020, 05:36:22 PM »
Too bad about the board choice... looks like no fun at all   ;D

Your vids are affecting how I view the world...  Okinawa now is all about outer reefs : )

LOL. There are loads of "inner reefs" as well. But only if you like surfing with a lot...and I mean a lot, of other surfers. Also lots of coastline with limited access. Close-in reef, but you can just go for a paddle and get away from it all.

Sessions / Re: July Dawn Patrol
« on: July 23, 2020, 05:33:06 PM »
Sweeet Oki... ripping as usual.
Pretty cool that you have waves 365!

Yea, but that doesn't mean that the wind always cooperates ;-)

Sessions / July Dawn Patrol
« on: July 23, 2020, 02:27:57 AM »
This summer has been ridiculous. Our area of the Pacific averages 26 Typhoons per year, and here we are at the end of July, and I think there was one...months ago...when it's usually way to early for storms. So our small wave streak continues. It's been that waist to shoulder pulse from the Ocean all summer, with a few head-high days. Even then, I'm grateful that we have something to surf almost 365.

Smokin' sunrise this morning. Out at a local (to me) outer reef break. Joined by about five surfer friends this morning. They have a little boat that makes the commute easier for them :-)  Board is a Blue Planet Pocket Knife 8'8"x29"x116L with Futures F6 honeycomb thruster fin setup. Wrong board this morning. I thought it was going to be bigger, and more hollow, so I brought this board and the Pocket Friend 8'2"x28"x100L. These are sick boards in hollow waves, with the pulled in nose, and rocker template, but the All Good, with it's much wider nose comes up on plane, and glides in the fat sections much better. Currently have a 9 board quiver (soon going up to 12 boards), and I always manage to grab the least optimal one...  ;D

Sessions / Re: Amazing sunrise on the Jersey Shore this morning
« on: July 23, 2020, 02:16:42 AM »
Great pic. Put that on the wall.

SUP General / Re: Shout out to POP Paddleboards Customer Service!
« on: July 21, 2020, 06:51:10 PM »
Nice. I checked out their site, and can't find where they're made, nor construction. Although they do have something that says "check out our board construction page." LOL. Of course, I might just be a dummy... The Guru looks pretty slick.

I've been digging into the "local" built board market, and there's so little information out there  :-[

*edit: Found the construction. Like I said...dummy ;-)

Technique / Re: Funny thing with paddle length...
« on: July 19, 2020, 02:40:57 AM »
Largest factor in joint problems in sea kayaking is blade size being too big. With SUP, I was having shoulder and wrist problems, but I was using an 88" blade. Without changing anything else, I went down to an 82" blade (same shape), and problems pretty much went away. All of my surf paddles now have a 78" blade, and I can't recall the last time I had a shoulder or wrist strain.

5'10" and I use a 75"-76" long paddle. Most of the breaks I surf are a 1km+ paddle to get to. Watching the surfers with their eye-height paddles make that trek doesn't look like much fun :-(   

SUP General / Re: Board Length Too Long For Cross Bow Draw Stroke
« on: July 19, 2020, 02:05:38 AM »
I brought a lot of the bow draw and rudder strokes with me to SUP from sea kayaking, and I use it all the time on 10' boards. You get used to lifting the paddle out and over the board without hitting it.

That said, nothing turns the board quicker than a step back with a sweep stroke. 

The Shape Shack / Re: Built Like a Brick
« on: July 14, 2020, 02:58:09 AM »
Really good info here. Thanks for all the replies.

The Shape Shack / Built Like a Brick
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:43:09 PM »
School me on why we don't build a SUP with a basic layup sort of like what a surfboard has?

What would the problem be with using something like a more dense EPS in the middle of the range, and not the low-density, light weight stuff you see in many boards, and then just doing a heavier glass job like 6oz. on the bottom and two 6oz. on the top, with some reinforcement in the standing area? Other than wanting the board to last forever, why add the wood veneer or PVC in a sandwich? 

On the surface it seems like standard glass over a more dense foam would make for a livelier board (yet to surf a SUP like this). The sandwich boards I've surfed are tough, but don't' "feel" right. I guess my question is other than just making the board tough, why don't we see boards with a traditional layup, only a little thicker?

Thanks for your thought.

Sessions / Re: Hump Day Mush Burgers
« on: July 09, 2020, 09:01:12 PM »
Lookin' good. Some days those mush burgers are the best thing ever. Just in it for the glide.

Gear Talk / Re: What do you know about VESL ?
« on: July 06, 2020, 06:01:03 PM »
my Riviera had a “made in China” sticker on it

Plenty of reasons not to buy from China, but low quality isn't one of them. Not anymore, not in today's Global economy. The country that manufactures nuclear power plants, nuclear submarines, fighter aircraft (largely made up of composites), the world's leading manufacturer of turbochargers to the OEM's, your prescription meds, largest supplier of epoxy resin, and third for the carbon sheet in your SUP, and your iPhone... But somehow, for some reason, they're incapable of manufacturing a good quality SUP? LOL. Nonsense.

If there's a SUP quality problem from China, it's in the seller. I can get a SUP made in China for $150, and I can also get one made for $1,500. The quality hinges in how much I, they buyer, want to spend.

The market for the average person buying a SUP has dictated super-low prices, which is generally synonymous with low quality. That the market is flooded with them doesn't mean that there aren't excellent brands that also have the manufacturing done there. Conversely, high prices don't necessarily mean high quality, as we've seen right here on this forum.

It's interesting that there are boards not shaped and glassed "overseas," and yet no one rides them, and they get little coverage. Over on Sea Breeze I asked about Bombala boards. It's primarily a site for those down under, and Bombala boards are Aussie-made. Shaped by name-brand shapers, and competitively priced. Not one reply.   

Sessions / Re: Earlybird
« on: July 05, 2020, 07:02:18 PM »
So hard for me to get up for an early tide, but so worth it sometimes. Of course we're limited to three hours pre and post high tide here, for the most part. Sometimes it's three at dawn and three at dusk  ;D

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