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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Wing - no tail?!
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:03:33 AM »
It's only at the beginning and end of this 'kitemare' (I had those) but it is interesting... 


A fun one, Rick'ster.  Threading boulders is one thing–thinking of falling there is another!

Cookie, Your boards are probably pretty short, but that 12' I have is no harder to handle than my 10-6 and much better behind the barrier island on the flats.  It would be good to see you drive one of those down-the-line.


General Discussion / Re: I need your vote!
« on: November 18, 2019, 05:23:56 AM »
rb, Poor placement - it seems 'voter fatigue' sets in quickly with this crowd.  Check pg.4.  I don't get the ducks?


Training, Diet, and Fitness / Apple Watch and mortality prediction
« on: November 16, 2019, 07:41:09 AM »
Actuarially, I'm too close to the date to want to buy this watch, but for you young guys who can 'change some habits' or find some corrective measures, it might be a smart move...


Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: "immediate" sea legs
« on: November 16, 2019, 07:32:58 AM »

This seems really smart...  Go on the f'ing attack of the problem - rather than my cautious, defensive, anxious, tip-toe-threw the graveyard approach.

BRING IT ON..  Get wet/get over it/get on with it.   Thanks, Nalu.

As another approach, one thing that I often do when I first start paddling in the morning is to intentionally rock the board side to side, both to wake up my balance muscles, and to reacquaint my brain with the primary and secondary stability of whatever board I am one. This seems to help a lot, compared to trying to keep the board quiet and level, which tends to make me stiff instead of soft in the ankles and knees.

Random / Re: I should never look at Facebook on Veterans Day
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:47:12 AM »
EB,  I have a massive amount of respect for 'Bill Taylors' who's names could be on a partner's list, named to 'The Board', run think tanks, foundations, or in Congress.   Instead, stuck their necks out while the -again because he's easy to search and was eager for us to engage in profitable battles- Dick Cheney took five deferments to avoid sticking his neck out.

Contrast that with the much-vilified, John Kerry who got three Purple Hearts, a Bronze and a Silver Star in Viet Nam in a short period. (Compared to a Marine grunt I know who got no medals for a couple of years of jungle night-patrols Kerry's service was not comparable in its danger or duration, but his neck was well exposed.) 

Jesus  ...look how they treated John McCain both in life and death in the last few years.

...and you are correct 100% correct. The Army was a big benifit to me that was only appreciated much later. It provided an exit route from concrete gangs, warehouses and fiberglass shiftwork in the industrial midwest.


(cool post, SL. It came in while I was typing)

Random / Re: I should never look at Facebook on Veterans Day
« on: November 12, 2019, 06:34:45 AM »
Right on...  "I should never look at Facebook on Veterans day. A whole bunch of people who never served telling veterans that they should be proud as if we all joined up for the reasons they say we did.  If people want to express some kind of bullshit patriotism that they didn't have when it was their turn to step up, well I guess they can go right ahead, because they sure do. But why would they think any veteran gives a fuck what they say about it?"  ...all but the FB part, that's a shallow pool I do not enter.

And cut the bullshit; "Thank you for your service."*  When I enlisted, it was a decent option to loading boxcars with 12x12 boxes of floor tiles with other alkies and misfits. Not dissimilarly, not so long ago guys were baited with a sign-up bonus that got them their first car - maybe one in 10,000 even mouths being 'after Bin Ladin'.

The Army didn't mean much to me, a the time.  That is 'till assholes like Dick Cheney and scores of other posers sent more young men (not their kids) off to die for some faked "yellowcake" alarm and other excuses to boost MIL spending.  With almost no exceptions, the yahoos on radio and TV all had excuses why they 'could not serve'.  I am not famous or run the government, but I am quite proud that I am -certified- not to be one of those assholes. (I can can be one on my own.)


*it's a quick; 'You're dismissed.'  Take a minute to ask them how it was.

Share the Stoke / Re: Trying to get the misses to paddle on the ocean...
« on: November 12, 2019, 06:04:11 AM »
Ditto...   Mine got rolled in the surf in Panama as a kid.  ...'finally said, she doesn't even like going to the beach unless it's to take the dog for a walk. (I don't sit-n-wait either, so..) Don't push it. Make a friend: help her in the garden.


Foil SUP / Re: Yet another diy wing
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:49:34 AM »
"If beauty is...", you hit the mark, JS.  The Kittiwake first came to mind, but maybe the Albatross. (I read that some only flap their wings once in a 500mi flight, so the shape must be pretty efficient).


Gear Talk / Re: 12' Atlantis Venom - Surfboard Warehouse - Australia
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:27:03 AM »
Two years on...   I love this board. When I first unwrapped it I thought myself a total F'ing idiot; "WTF is a cripple doing with a <29" board?"  Sunova introduced the 32" Point Break.. and I was further deflated.

Turns out - it's jittery but never simply dumped me?  I have no idea why it is stable.  I have had a helluva time with narrow boards.  My sense is there's maybe not too much rocker - so I am not paddling a hammock... m'mmm?

The nose is proud about 2'.  Paddling in the flats this moring it looks like a elf's shoe, but that 10' aft moves thru the water smartly.  I am hoping to get south this winter to find a small, slow wave.


Cool, good for you.  Brain-to-hands... Interesting rib system.


Foil SUP / Re: Fastest learning method to Foiling
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:53:30 AM »
This one is almost easy enough for me. 

The problem for someone prone to calamity: remembering instructions when most needed.


General Discussion / Re: The World's Sexiest Sup
« on: November 09, 2019, 11:51:51 AM »
Nice one Marc...   YIKES! had all wall and no floor.  'Looked like a hero for a sec or two...


Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Footstraps...
« on: November 08, 2019, 06:39:43 AM »
During Admin's post on waterstarts within the Slingy highroller thread there's mention of my greatest fear with these wings: waterstarts - on any hull.  I could occasionally do a barefoot start on a directional in calm water with a kite, back in the early 2000s, but 100% of the time I was able to accomplish the task with footstraps. 

Dwight had a good DIY for making standard, old straps into hooks, but I suspect, from a waterstart standpoint, in lumpy water it is better to be fully in.

REAL put out a pretty long Army video - buried within are some pretty interesting looking straps at about the 47min mark.


Rob, That makes too much sense for me to thought of it - thanks.


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