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SUP General / Re: Could it be...
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:15:32 PM »
Today was really fun over there again, but a full on zoo.  Something in the tide/swell direction...actually no idea why, but the peak was shifted way over to the right and was steeper than usual.  Later drops, more punishment.  The inside was not working that well so it was the peak or nothing, and there were sooooo many drop ins.  Some great rides, some frustration.  All in all really fun.  Tomorrow AM should be fun again as this thing fades out a bit, but the casters are saying we are going to get rain and wind from the north sometime tomorrow, so early does it.

Now, 4 lbs of Staufer's Lasgana  :P.

SUP General / Re: Could it be...
« on: January 10, 2008, 02:28:07 PM »
Glad you scored it over there.  Only 2 or 3 guys out at Ho's and pretty much closed out. Tavares and Paia bay were at capacity, and Kanaha was full.  Even with the crowd, it was very fun at Kanaha.  Solid 4-6 feet and really consistant.  Some dumpers, but the ones that were holding were 30 second rides. 


Gear Talk / Re: Foote Outer Reef Charger
« on: January 10, 2008, 02:22:07 PM »
Nice catch Byron,
I should have caught that.  That deck pad is  That makes this his smaller board (around 9'10 if memory serves).

Gear Talk / Re: Foote Outer Reef Charger
« on: January 10, 2008, 09:12:01 AM »
RR sent over a couple.  One of his new charger (just warming up on some small ones :) ) and one of Dustin doing a liitle Pete Townsend hop.

Gear Talk / Re: New Laird Hamilton's board
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:33:08 AM »
Yeah, some mentioned that he had been sent a group of 6 Pearson-Arrow boards.

Rumor has it that just after this video was shot, a girl on the beach stubbed her toe pretty badly.  Without hesitation, Laird ripped off his shorts, and used them to stop the bleeding.


SUP General / Re: Could it be...
« on: January 09, 2008, 07:19:23 PM »
300 PM HST WED JAN 9 2008


Surf along north facing shores will be 20 to 25 feet this afternoon, reaching 25 to 30 feet tonight. Surf will remain at 25 to 30 feet Thursday.

Gear Talk / Re: One more
« on: January 08, 2008, 07:23:36 AM »
Thanks Byron,
Great tip.  Check out the colored electric tape over Mastik option as well.  Added side bonus is good visibility if you were to yard sale and lose your paddle.  Also, it slides rather than grips if it brushes against a surface.  That Mastik is some tacky shtuff.

Gear Talk / Re: One more
« on: January 07, 2008, 07:45:21 PM »
A couple things from today,

First off, thanks large to whomever it was that suggested putting colored electric tape over a single layer of mastik on the blade.  No more smudges anywhere.  I went with some white tape, it sticks perfectly to the Mastik and nothing to ink up your rails.  GREAT TIP!

I found another thing to love about this board today.  The pulled nose with the added kick at the end really helps in flatwater tracking.  A board of this size with small fins would tend to wander, but with that thin nose and kick, you can just edge in really significantly, dip the rail on your paddle side, and not worry about plowing a sunken full nose rail.  Same thing lets you take off with way more angle on a wave, and when rolling over a pile, no thoughts about sticking the trough side nose edge (its not there).  Nice.

Gear Talk / Re: One more
« on: January 06, 2008, 02:13:41 PM »
It looks like the board is painted over the glass job, like a pop out. Why would you do that?

One feature I like about custom boards, is no paint to chip or scratch.

Was the resin not clear? No sandwich right?

This is Quatro's construction.  The use the amber colored epoxy due to (what is supposed to be) its superior strength and chip resistance.  Also the carbon patches they use would look odd anyways so....paint it is.  I put Mastik back on my paddle for just that reason.

Gear Talk / Re: One more
« on: January 06, 2008, 02:07:03 PM »
Just got back from a 2 hour maiden voyage at Kanaha.  It was windless, chest to shoulder and mostly really mushy.  Occasionally, however a little better set would show up that would start off slow, but set up a little bit steeper open face right that would hold for 50 or so feet right over the inner reef.  Some of these were really fun.

I am really excited about this board.  I just didn't know what to expect.  I thought I might be ploopping in all the time just paddling around and really struggling.  I had prepped myself for that.  Not so.  It paddles well.  No speed demon, but fine.  Way better than I thought, actually.  This is not to say that I did not dork out on occasion and fall for no apparent reason.  I did (I always do-at least once a day).

But, holy shit!  This thing is rediculously fun on a wave.  It gets in easy enough, I found no catchy spots, and it builds speed really well.  Utra responsive.  Not really an in the flats bottom turning day, so no comment there yet.  Two fun little floats though.  I can't wait to try it out on some fun waves.

Gear Talk / Re: One more
« on: January 06, 2008, 01:30:18 PM »
Very nice.  What are the specs on that?

Hi Moto,
This is the finished product of the 8'6 from the first post in this thread.  Here is a snip:

8'6, 4.5 thick, 27.5 wide, wide point just back, light concave mid to double in the tail, but flat rail to rail (no Vee anywhere), pulled nose squash tail, domed deck, thin as possible (considerning the thickness) rails.

Gear Talk / Re: One more
« on: January 05, 2008, 09:44:03 PM »
2 lb EPS with a glued in Poplar stringer.  4/6 cloth on the bottom, 4/6 on the deck, then another patch from the paddling area back to the tail and finally a carbon patch under the paddling area.  On top of that, the paint process.  It is very light, but not blow-away light.  The nose rocker is right around 6 inches (most of it a pretty sudden tip flip).  The tail is right around 4 1/8.  The rest is in the first post of the thread. 


Gear Talk / Re: One more
« on: January 05, 2008, 06:18:40 PM »

Too stoked for words.

SUP General / Could it be...
« on: January 05, 2008, 08:47:03 AM »
Extended Forecast: Our local winds will remain light through most of the new week ahead, then perhaps become south to southwest ahead of a cold front arriving next weekend.


Our local winds will be getting lighter now, as a deep low pressure system NW of the islands pushes the high’s ridge down closer to the islands…gradually turning our winds light and variable to southeast later Sunday into Monday.

Man, has this been a windy stretch.  Lets hope this happens and we get some winter around here  :).

SUP General / Re: Is 30 really the magic number?
« on: January 05, 2008, 08:21:53 AM »
...and to complicate things even further is outline.  Width just refers to the wide point, but one board may be 27 but have relatively parallel rails (maintaing close to max width for quite a ways) while another at 28 may have a curvier outline and be at full width only at the wide point.  Not to mention bottom contours and rocker which can all add to or detract from stability.  Also, back to the thread on wide point that Bill started, where the wide point falls makes a huge difference as well.  Not only that, but how the max width lines up with the thickness and the rocker....

So hard not to focus on a single #.  I am way guilty.

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