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General Discussion / Re: Kelly's wave...making that last section
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:41:38 PM »
He would have made it had he been ready, as you see if you start and stop it, he catches his paddle and gets off balance.

That Kings could have easily made that wave had he crouched in  maybe 5 seconds earlier.

 But let's hear from some real guys who've been barreled. I'm guessing based on what I'm seeing here.

Headmount? Could he have made that wave on that board?

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Yes.  But like you said he just got shanghaied by the speed change.  You learn these things after you surf any wave.  When you see guys make that inside part, you also see that person driving for speed early on.    I'd bet that was Ian's first shot at it.  He won't be doing that again.  That wave appears a tad tricky to me and yes a narrower board would accelerate quicker and fit in a tighter space.  I'd go back to prone surfing if I got a chance to ride it.  If I get my neck fixed then I will.

General Discussion / Ski in foil land
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:53:02 PM »
We have a spot that lifts up a nice bump, around waist to head high that barely breaks but rolls about 1km to the beach.  It's perfect for the foilers and they put up with me until I get a board together.  We had a recent storm and as you can see in first pic there were logs to avoid.  I was lucky.  The logs will even stop a foil.  But great fun. 

Now it's back to the wind regime and today there didn't seem to be so much debris in the water.

Random / Re: At what age did you, or do you plan to retire?
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:55:33 PM »
I always felt the word 'retirement' was synonymous with checking out so I've never used it.   Everyone I knew growing up who used the term, died shortly after so I've been goofing off since the get go.  You hafta practice for this stuff.

From Pono Bill's post/ "I never had retirement as a goal. Other than saving for it, I never planned on it. I pretty much assumed I'd fall in the traces." 

Meriweather Lewis wrote that the plains indians would tell their elderly when they weren't able to keep up with the hunt or nomadic travel. "You've lived long enough.  It's time for you to die."  In 1805 there were no retirement accounts, social security, or warm and fuzzy hospice groups to take you to the river.  Most of us on this forum would  have been cast to the howling wolves long ago.

Hawaii / Re: First winter swell
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:49:44 AM »
Looks like a serious swell heading your way for the weekend!  Saw the Peahi contest is on
But N winds spell slop

Hawaii / First winter swell
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:56:14 PM »
Well the foilers will argue that they've been out already a few times but they don't need much.  Even harbor bumps are remarkable for them.  But my first day back on my SUS board was yesterday.     

North swell waves really light me up and sunday the foilers were reporting a rising swell at one of their favorite spots but also had sighted a hefty tiger cruising the arena.  The buoys confirmed their reports of the swell but the wind was light N in the afternoon, bringing in some man o war stingers.   The news reported there would be an overnight shift to S winds so I followed the wind reports after the sun went down and sure enough they switched to light S around 8PM.  So i threw the board on and got everything together for a dark thirty depart.   Swell and light S wind spelled good surf conditions.  I woke even earlier than norm, around 4, (had that feeling) ate my pre-made meal, started tanking water and hit the road.   Traffic was heavy going to their 6 am shifts in Wailea.  A car accident looked gristly in the early light but little going in my direction.  Went to the shark spot.  It was good but nobody was out, I was green so I paddled out with three other pals at the much more well known spot. 

How green?  Aside from only five stand up downwinders I hadn't touched a stand up paddle in several months as the surfski had taken over my focus.  My SUS board, which hadn't been used since last March,  had geeko shit and a thick patina of dirt on it.  But somehow I felt fine paddling out.  Hitting my first wall of whitewater I wondered how I would get over still standing but again it just seemed to work.  So I abandoned the nervousness of my long hiatus and proceeded to have an all time session.  A little rusty but one big plus was that the foilers, who were among the better cadre of SUSers, had migrated to another of their favorite spots that featured very long waves, leaving where I was with a pack much easier to contend with.  I did three hours and was shaking by the time I finally paddled in.

Went home, ate, and crashed.  Woke up the sky had gone from blue to grey and a storm moved in.  Overnight we had thunder, lightening, heavy rain and  loss of power throughout Maui.  Today run off made coastal areas largely brown and funky.  Didn't matter to me, I was ruined from my session and read my book all day.  Power just came back.  And that's the way it is.  Get it when you can.

Foil SUP / Re: Uh-oh...
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:43:22 PM »
the ride itself seems only slightly more exiting than pedaling a lifecycle on a dock overlooking a beautiful lake...

Bean, c'mon, it is 2017.  Lifecycle on a foil on a dock overlooking a beautiful lake.  No foil, no sport.
I'm with Bean.  This thing won't go farther than some lake in Wisconsin. California, Hawaii, forget about it.

Downwind and Racing / Re: Curbing da enthusiasm
« on: October 21, 2017, 08:17:42 PM »
We finally got a great south side run today!

Downwind and Racing / Curbing da enthusiasm
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:50:39 PM »
As many of you know, when it's windy here on Maui there are two different options for downwind surfing depending on wind direction.  Some days both sides of Maui are excellent!  But there are also some days when it's nuking and both sides are marginal.

Like this last week.  There has been mega winds but on the N side, early season swells from multiple angles have made Maliko runs like dodge ball with very little rewarding aspects.  On the S side the wind has been shearing offshore from about mid-way on our shortest run and smokin' out to god knows where, certainly no landed areas.  Some windsurfers reported gusts to 60.  This kind of velocity and WD is nothing to mess around with.

We venture out in a certain degree of uncontrolled environment and I guess in one way we're like Trump in avoiding solo press conferences.  There's a limit to how much exposure we want to have where our focus is held accountable.

General Discussion / Re: I'm coming clean to an online affair
« on: October 20, 2017, 05:45:39 PM »
Wait, when you say "Shepherd Love" you're not trying to tell us about something between you and Opie are you? Does Elena know?

Nope.. the German kine as in woof woof

General Discussion / Re: I'm coming clean to an online affair
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:25:52 AM »
PDX wrote me that I'll know the board sent to me via his Amazon account is from Ranger.. if it's a Bark.

I'm not worried.  Ranger is special and knows what 'sticks' are the best.

General Discussion / Re: I'm coming clean to an online affair
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:52:15 AM »
That's one handsome guy, and right there is one of several dilemmae. He's a guy. I'm not judging you Bill, just a little surprised. And then there's that whole species thing. And the PDX three way part. You guys are more... hmmm ...complicated than I thought
Yeah it's time to come out of the closet.  I've tried to stuff it in for years but just can't contain my Shepard love anymore.  Unfortunately I live with old cats.

Covesurfer has a dog now and it's crushing me to see how happy he is.  Walks on the beach, sunsets, wrestling with the sharp baby teeth, oh I wish it was me.

Woof woof

General Discussion / I'm coming clean to an online affair
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:29:10 AM »
Don't know how it started but it seemed like love at first sight or rather site since it was on FB.  And it occurred with a fellow zoner's significant other.  Every time Ranger posted a picture, I was smitten and the first to click 'like'.  And now it turns out Ranger 'likes me back'.  I feel like a teenager again.

Sorry PDX I just don't know what to say.  Thank you for being so understanding. 

Do you think Ranger would like to go downwinding?

"Bill, this is PDX. Just saw that Ranger's been messing with my computer again. Happy Birthday from me, too.

PS If you get a really expensive present from "Ranger" charged to my Amazon account, please tell me."

Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:59:18 PM »
"My go to powder board for years was Burton Fish, 156 and 160.  Gerry also had a 160 of his brand back in the 90s that worked well.  They were back leg burners but very maneuverable."

What worked and still works best for me is my 161 Supreme with bindings set max back.  Pretty closed stance angle.  Works amazing for me.

My BOD 161 is nice but a bit too much for powder.  Nice for laying down nice arcs and high speed.  But gotta do the back leg burn with that one.

Every board just like for SUP has its very own pros and cons based on the rider.  What I find that always works best is to simply get and use the board that best suits you -> not someone else.  Bigger or smaller or stronger or weaker or whatever.

At 70 or so you seem to be doing pretty ok.
70 is Pono Bill.  I'm three years shy of that. Today as a matter of fact.  Might go up to Great Northern this winter.  We'll see.  Been doing leg work but those recent hard Malikos my Bullet showed me I still have a ways to go.  Sitting in the ski and operating the rudder pedals isn't cutting it.

General Discussion / Re: Foiling is EASY
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:38:51 AM »
I'm going to start in Maui . . . .

Awesome!  Looking forward to the report.  Expect a few face plants for the first 3 to 5 sessions. 

Then things will start to come together.  Go heavy on the front foot, and maybe don't even try to fly the first several waves.  The key is learning to subtly attenuate the front foot. 

I was speaking with an army helicopter pilot about learning to fly helicopters which requires coordinated footwork.  When learning he was wobbling around, wobbling around . . . ."OMG I'm never going to get this."  Then all of the sudden "I got it!"
Our Dad was stationed in Pensacola 1963, to learn how to fly a helicopter as he was about take command of a helicopter carrier, which would be the one first  taking Marines into Vietnam a year later.  The idea was to familiarize him with Heli ops.  He did take command but he never learned how to fly them.  In fact he crashed one and came home a racked up.  He was considered a great fixed wing pilot but somehow that footwork thing eluded him.

Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:36:34 PM »
Headmount getting some press :) . Yeah Bill!
Do you have a digital subscription?  I can't get the text under the vid.  If you do can you copy and post it?

I don't but I can see it - copied below.  By "press" I really meant that was a great shot of you in the video at the top of the article.  Can see where that may be misleading :)

Finding glides in the Hawaiian channels is not hard to do. Riding them well is a different story. Successfully linking together bumps takes years of practice and an intimate knowledge and feel for ocean conditions. These paddlers have clearly put in their time as they whipped down a fun run on Mauiís South Side with ease. It looks like a blast and definitely has us itching to get back over there.
Thanks.  I get this often with some web sites where the text comes on then disappears with long bars that designate FB, Twittle, etc.  Don't know why.

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