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Gear Talk / Width differences - One beginner's opinion
« on: November 22, 2010, 09:09:16 AM »
Just a note to add to the discussion for folks buying boards.

I switched my rental yesterday from a 28" wide 9'9" to a 30" wide 10'er.

Night and day difference. I don't fall off in the lineup, can step back turn consistently and chop is manageable.

In my opinion, if you're new and thinking of buying a used narrower board for surfing (not flat water)I'd say don't do it. Wait for something wider. My first two days here were way tougher than they needed to be. I mention this because when I was looking for my first surf board I was considering a 28" wide Jimmy Lewis and I'm now happy that I didn't bite.

(Note, I ride a 29.5) at home so of course I'm more used to wider board but I'm also small and pretty athletic. So for a beginner who might not be either of those things, I'll offer that wider would likely be more fun. ;) Why, "tough it out", when you're learning?

The next factor is to test how wide is "too wide" and for me, I'm feeling that 30" is the right balance. I can still turn both my board and the one I'm on.

As always, your mileage may vary.

Gear Talk / Hypr Nalu 9'9X28"
« on: November 22, 2010, 08:59:48 AM »
Hey guys, I got here and found that the board I wanted was out, so I took this one for a few days. Here's my quick review.

Great board, a little narrow for me (beginner, 135 lbs) but after a day I got more comfortable in small smooth surf. I'm not sure if I'd ever really love it in chop. It was a great flatwater board actually for short hauls.

A crazy amount of details with a wings, really obvious dual concave bottom and channels out to the wing tips and a pulled in sharp nose with enough rocker to not pearl easily. (and yes, I tested that with my late drops.

This one was a couple of years old, from the looks of the dings etc.. but all in all, a really good surfy board for someone intermediate and above. It turned on a dime.

I'm switching over to a Kinemaka 10'X30" (titus's new line of boards) and it feels crazy stable in comparison, so today I'm gonna take it out and see if I can get that one dialed and have some fun on it.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Hanalei - Zoners are everywhere -
« on: November 22, 2010, 08:46:12 AM »
I was at the main break at Hanalei the other day, (enjoying a yearly family vacation here) and started talking to a few of the other suppers and turns out one is from Hood River... turns out, he lives across the street from Bill there. lol

One of the others was "Woody" from the Zone and so it was quite the little party out there. So amazing that you can travel the world and find aloha in the lineups from this forum.

It's "small" on the North Shore here, but that just means waist to head high at the mouth of the bay and perfect knee to chest at the other breaks nearby so there'll be no complaining from this new guy. It's maybe the best learning trip I could have.

SUP General / Is this guy dropping in?
« on: November 08, 2010, 04:18:04 PM »
Etiquette question.

In the video linked below, at 1:30, is the standup guy dropping in on the prone surfer, or is there something I'm not clear on?

It looks to me like the surfer has right of way. Just trying to sort out what's appropriate here. Old-timers, let's hear it.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Nutrition - on board, before and after.
« on: November 08, 2010, 03:35:04 PM »
Not sure if this was Gear, Technique or what. lol I'm gonna stick it here.

So we don't hijack the cramps thread, in sessions I wanted to ask what folks are eating and putting in their bodies to keep them out on the water. After hearing about that 6 hour session, and the fuel that went with it, I was intrigued. Also Bill's mineral comment made sense as I have heard that electrolytes and minerals make a huge difference in stamina.

I have been using Hammer Gels, before a session and during long ones to keep fueled up. (low to 0 sugar, as I'm off the stuff)

I drink either HEED from Hammer or a Powerade Zero after sometimes.

Lately I've found that drinking Hammer's Recoverite after a session keeps me from getting as sore, but that may be a placebo effect. Bikers swear by the stuff and I've heard of some racers using it too.

What do you guys eat and drink out there, to keep you out there?

Sessions / Marina Del Rey - mellow w/a tiny shark
« on: October 30, 2010, 05:25:03 PM »
Went out after the rains this am, flatwater to avoid the bacteria in the surf and got to cruise along next to a little 3 foot shark that looked and acted like a scale model of a White. Dark top, white belly, cruised with his fin about 3 inches out of the water and it was just mesmerizing. Truly awesome creatures. I moved on and made my Marina Lap and then headed in, but it was good to be on the water and see a little nature in the middle of LA.

If you guys get out this way, rent a board, put in at Mother's Beach and have a nice cruise around. It's 2 miles to the breakwater, perfect for a workout.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Kauai East or North Shore -Nov. SUP Rental
« on: October 18, 2010, 09:24:17 PM »
Headed to Kauai and need to rent a board and paddle for the week.

I found these guys but I always trust local knowledge over just goin' for it.

I know there's a shop in Hanalei, but they've never struck me as overly SUP friendly, and then there's the beach rental, but they mostly have the 12'6" Laird Softop that rules the world.

Anyone got better options? Preferably folks who support the sport and have solid (and maybe more surfy) gear.

Technique / Step Back Turn, Vs parallel stance to catch a wave
« on: October 17, 2010, 08:26:30 PM »
I was noticing at the contest this weekend that not many guys in the heats I saw, did the "step back turn" to catch a wave, most seemed to paddle on one side and bring it around.

How many of you guys do the step back and do you choose based on the wave?

I am learning the step back but it puts me so off balance that I'm often not set up correctly to catch the wave, so I'm tending to not work on it much in the surf, which only makes me less likely to get it. (funny how that works)

What's the ratio out there?

Events / Battle Of The Paddle - personal reports/highlights
« on: October 03, 2010, 07:25:13 PM »
Ok, Just got home.

I wanna hear (and I'm sure the organizers would too) the highlights of the event for those that went.

Mine are these:

Doheny was open to SUP and Saturday had a fun little wave that I wore myself out on.

Got to ride a ton of boards (in the above surf)

The race format is amazing, so fun to watch the carnage and near misses. Truly exciting.

The "stars" of the sport are all pretty humble and nice. Chuck P and Rob Rojas (and a few other pros) were out in the water during the kids races helping them get in and out of the surf and keeping folks safe, really truly cool to see. If I'd been a kid, I'd have freaked if my heroes came and helped me get back on my board when I bailed. It made me smile. Gerry Lopez caught a wave on the way in of the last lap of the relay and held his paddle overhead as the crowd cheered him home. Such a gracious guy and everything you'd want in a surf hero.

Sparky provides a model for all of us as to how to throw a party and live no matter what you're age. He raced, hosted, shook hands and was maybe the coolest CEO I've ever seen.

The vibe at this event is amazing. My girl and her parents came, none of whom who ride and they all commented on how much of a family vibe there was. Both from the amazing groms  everywhere to the parents riding and whole families competing. (I wanna be a Napolean) And the format of the races made it so you could watch the whole thing (other than distance of course) Laps and surf, make for excitement. (404 and a few others had grom-sized race boards that were so cool)

If you haven't been and you think you might make the trip, just do. It's a great time and I got to meet some folks from the board. (I stole the Uli Lopez demo from Steamroller and loved that thing, ok maybe I asked nicely since he's a hoss! But it was awesome to see him out in the surf and instantly know him.) H2O man let me cruise his Bark, which is always a blast (seriously, what a cool board) and he, as usual offered me amazing advice on surf logistics. (one beach entry pass works all over OC, what?) Linus let me park my Coreban around the booth and made me feel at home, as always. Rdubach and his girl kept the aloha flowing around there as well. I was looking for more of the crew, maybe next time we'll throw a meetup at the event.

In the minus, all minor:

I'd love to see better/more food. I'm thinking just call all the amazing gourmet food trucks that LA has to offer (or H2O Man, have a booth next year)

Actually, that's it, more food and some good coffee.

What about you guys, who went, what did you see/dig?

Gear Talk / Wetsuit layering
« on: September 17, 2010, 08:04:25 PM »
Ok, I've been out in the recent foggy 60 air with 58 water and I'm seeing that winter is going to require a little windbreaking.

I'm currently layering a 1.5mm neoprene rash guard over a 3mm paddle john wetsuit and the top will be a little light for windy days.

Should I grab a heavier top, or can I layer something over or under to make up the difference? I feel like when I'm active, this is close to perfect, but I'm a lightweight and need a little extra to help replace the body fat. (no, I'm not willing to bulk up for the winter.) ;)

Thoughts? Anyone else layering out there?

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