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Environment / Re: Our Environment
« on: July 26, 2007, 03:36:41 AM »
wow! i guess numbers don't lie... they just keep multiplying.

Gear Talk / Re: Multi part deck pads
« on: July 25, 2007, 09:03:51 PM »
multiplexing a natural surface treatment would seem to serve a variety of purposes, which would include cutting down on the weight through the elimination of some of the material employed. this translates to a cost savings while providing additional traction through the use of negative space. the primary being the aesthetic value of the artistic expression. an example of this may be a tessellated construct that would convey lightness and uniformity.

in other words... i'm thinking of doing a basket weave pattern using a material such as cork.

SUP General / Re: sup..
« on: July 25, 2007, 06:45:36 PM »
heheheh... just a little something from back in the day.

hoeroa: "Literally 'long paddle' -a long weapon based on the canoe paddle."

SUP General / Re: SUP hauling handles -- my way!
« on: July 25, 2007, 06:19:37 PM »
just thought i'd throw out a couple more handy options for handling the large boards we ride...

those handy cinch-straps used to secure equipment on racks etc. work great as shoulder tote straps once you pull your rig off your car or wherever they may be stowed. one simple system is to connect it into a loop (connect both of them to form one continuous loop if using only one is too short). set the board on it's side with the loop draping up and around undernieth and on either side of the board to form two handles. sling both of them over one shoulder using the cinch to adjust for fit. you can adjust the spacing of the two parts of the loop undernieth the board for balance. with practice you could learn to gracefully place the board into the "shoulder sling" with ease. it may help to practice with a smaller surfboard to get the whole technique down. one thing i do on occasion is take that outer end of the loop and wrap it around the paddle to bring it all into one tensigral bundle.

something else i want to play with are these 4" suction cup carriers i came accross at some hardware stores...

can you imagine them as temporary handles or a great way to secure straps on a board without having to drill, glue, or do anything else invasive to your prized ride? i haven't done this yet but i'll be sure to report back after a bit of testing in the near future.

SUP General / nowhere... man
« on: July 25, 2007, 03:45:40 PM »

just a filipino islander from  the recent past. currently located in chicago and lovin' some of the "freshest" waves the earth has to offer. quite the avid traveller though so here's hopin' to see some of you out in the water one day. ociana, europa, asia or nowhere (could that be just a backwards way of sayin' here and now?) at all.

alan sidlo

Gear Talk / Re: Product Sources - Manufacturer/Shaper List
« on: July 25, 2007, 10:04:51 AM »

just thought i'd chime in and let ya'll know that the pope trisect is being resurected...

just happen to be picking up their very first trisect since the 60's. it's a hollow carbon manufactured in the stealth mode.

they are shaped by joe blair of solana beach, ca who has his own line of respectable standups.

" J. Blair lived in Hawaii for 12 years and started shaping there 28 years ago. His accumulated knowledge has been combined into a board with slight "V" in tail; slight double-barrel concave in the speed zone; slight concave in the nose; very soft rails in the catch zone; and a speed zone between your feet. The foils on his boards is what really sets Joe apart from most shapers.

The lineage of his shaping experience is the reason why.

J. Blair was Dick Brewer's main shaper for 11 years. He worked with Simon Anderson for 6 years when the 3-fin first came out and revolutionized surfing in the early 80's. He also shaped for Xanadu for 3.5 years, specifically hired to do his semi's and gun boards. He was also essential in helping Gary Linden in improving his shapes for world class surfers. If you were to compare his boards with any other, you will immediately see the differences. J. Blair has two other board lines that are not being produced yet by other companies. He also makes custom sailboards, surf kayaks, tow boards, and kite boards."


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