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Technique / Re: Welcome!
« on: July 15, 2007, 05:15:13 PM »
Hi Russ,
So cool to hear that you are cruising it in the Gulf.  Flat water days can be amazing fun.  Checking out the fish, colors etc.  I think it is likely great for your skills that you have stuck with it on a tricky board to use.  It will seem oh so easy when your new ride shows up!  Send us a link to the shaper Island epoxy if you have one.  I would like to get a resources list going for all SUP products that we can make a sticky post in the gear forum.


Gear Talk / Re: Board Bags
« on: July 15, 2007, 05:01:24 PM »
I have two suggestions.  We bought 4 custom bags from these guys contact at 1-800-886-7999.  Ours were all 9'2 to 9'10, so I cannot give you a price on a 10'2.  The quality is top notch (we have flown with them and no damage (whew!) to bags or boards.

The second is that Heavy Water magazine states that DaKine has a 10'6 x 28 for $210.  I have not seen one in any stores on Maui yet, so they may not be out. 

There are a few bigger bags (12+), but the bag market seems a bit behind the board cycle.

I hope that helps!

Technique / Re: Newbie questions -- how to paddle up wind
« on: July 14, 2007, 08:19:00 PM »
weighting your up wind rail particularly when you are perpendicular to the prevailing winds. In gusty trades, the winds can literally get underneath the rail of your board and knock you over unless you weight that rail.

Great point,
Considering rail pressure in paddling has helped me a lot.  This extends past windy situations.  In smooth water, a bit of rail pressure on the paddle side can help you take more strokes on that side without need to switch sides.  You can use the rail, instead of only the fin, to help you track.  A little goes a long way.

Gear Talk / Re: SouthPoint Bonga Perkins 10' SUP and paddle
« on: July 14, 2007, 08:04:23 PM »
Thanks for the link.  I cruised it and found this one as well  Step deck and rails sound pretty fierce!  They work well in other sports: kayaks, surfskis, wakeboards and sailboards.


Gear Talk / Re: Rail dings -- taping the paddle
« on: July 14, 2007, 07:58:36 PM »
I will pass on a tip from one Wardog of  Go with Mastik tape (for now).  This is an ultra durable, stretchy tape that is great for board and paddle protection.  It is thicker and, IMO, more protective than electrical tape, and effects performance less than the self adhesive automobile door piping (trim). 

It does detract a bit from the crisp release of the paddle, and it will leave black marks (easily removeable) on your rails.

I think (hope) paddle manufacturers will address this issue better in the future with flexible paddle blade edges, like those found on safety fins.


SUP General / Re: Paia Bay this morning
« on: July 14, 2007, 07:45:34 PM »
Hey Doggy,

My daughter called from Cali, and prone surfed in Ventura today.  Flat, but light wind.  Hopefully this South will hit early and the whole pacific will light up again (that last swell was oh so sweet).  Do you have any strings that you can pull to make that happen?

SUP General / Upcoming Videos
« on: July 14, 2007, 09:59:21 AM »
Over the last few months we have seen two video crews (over here on Maui) filming instructional videos for Standup newcomers.  Great to see!  One is being done by Ivan Van Vuuren ( with Pascal Hardy riding.  The second is in part the work of Loch Eggers (photo of Loch below is from

Both should be great resources for new riders and will cover everything from getting the board (and paddle) to the water to catching and riding waves.


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