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Downwind and Racing / Re: starboard k15
« on: January 15, 2009, 11:26:54 AM »
Wardog at had a prototype (and I think he and his group ended up paddling it at the BOP at Doheny).  If he doesn't roger up here on the forum, just log onto his website and email him direct.

His proto had a rear fin and a daggerboard fin.  It looked like it would track too much for riding in swell with the center fin/daggerboard.

Gear Talk / Re: Walden 10'10" or NSP 11' - Newbie Help
« on: January 04, 2009, 07:00:25 AM »
In my experience (which doesn't include paddling the two boards you mention - sorry), all-arounder boards do nothing well (paddling flatwater requires very different rocker/rails/tails than a surfing board would).

I have three boards to cover what I plan on doing for the day - 12'6" x 28" Infinity Raceboard for distance paddling (opted for modified rocker and nose shape to handle rougher water instead of flatwater); a 9'6" x 30" Walden Magic Model SUP to surf; and my first SUP - a Naish 11'6" x 29" single fin.

I have used the Naish for surfing, paddling the kids on the nose, fishing (with a boardfisher basket - check out their website), exercise (distance paddling) and even racing (Battle of the Paddle).  I even had a disabled Marine on it while paddling him around the swim portion of a triathelon (and used it to lifeguard for another part of the race).  This board is great for just having fun,but if I am going to focus on either surfing or distance paddling, I'll go to my other boards.  The Naish catches waves easy enough, but unless the wave is a rolling wave, I'd much rather be on the Walden ripping.  The Naish goes fast enough in normal Southern California water conditions, but if I want to get to where I am going as quickly as possible (and take advantage of catching runners) - I'll bring out the Infinity.

My advice would be to look for a used Naish 11'6" (or 11'4" - this board has side thruster FCS fins - so it'll surf better but still retain the stability and all-round usefulness of the 11'6"), or a used 11'+ board.  If you are going to go fishing and bring any kind of gear other than just a rod/reel, the extra volume really helps.  Same can be said for playing with the kids - the more volume the better. 

Good luck and welcome!

Share the Stoke / Re: [Poll] What is your background?
« on: January 03, 2009, 08:40:44 PM »
Fishing - Boogey Boarding - shortboards - laser sailing - scuba diving - longboards - windsurfing - kitesurfing - prone paddleboarding - standup paddling

In that order -

Share the Stoke / Re: [poll] How old are you?
« on: January 03, 2009, 08:36:20 PM »

Downwind and Racing / Re: displacement vs planing hulls...
« on: December 13, 2008, 03:19:45 PM »
Displacement hulls are not just determined by the shape of the bow -

Think "oil tanker" and you can start to see the similarities between planing and displacement.  Some of the "cutting edge" boards being produced today that are labeled displacement hulls (think Maui produced) are using these principles.


Downwind and Racing / Re: Is 12'6" the NEW stock class Length Restriction?
« on: December 10, 2008, 07:37:49 AM »
In the yachting community, there are "class" races where all the boats are the same - hull, sails, etc are from the same manufacturer; and there are races where boats have corrections factors attached to them - longer boats carrying more sail will have a negative factor and shorter boats with less sail are compensated.  You all start at the same time in the open races, and you will have actual times/places for crossing the finish line, but the winner isn't determined until the factors are applied.  A smaller boat more skillfully started-raced-finished could beat the all out racing machine just sailed by non-tactical sailors.

Maybe we could have "come one - come all" races where correction factors are applied based on type and length of craft.  Think about Dave Kalama's finish at this year's Naish Maliko race compared to Jamie Mitchell and the lead OC1s.  Along these lines, Kalama's win is even more impressive!  And the debate about classes could be put on the back-burner (or in SUP specific races).

Just another thought...

SUP General / Re: sick of rules - here are a few
« on: November 16, 2008, 04:42:54 AM »
If you use the collective consciousness arguement a couple of steps further, then soon there will be no prone surfers - they'll all be on standups...

SUP General / Re: San Onofre
« on: November 05, 2008, 08:24:36 PM »
If it is not crowded (yeah right) then I've been able to snag a few at Old Mans - especially the north end, but once the crowd fills in forget it.  Even though I was following eticate and staying away from the peak - some people felt they needed to tell me that Standups are only allowed at Dog Patch.  Not wanting to beef, I moved on but there are some serious bad vibes if you're not a 10' conventional longboarder out there.  DogPatch is fun though.

The south end of Churches when it isn't crowded is also good (and a right!)

Better yet - keep paddling south past the patch and find your own peak!

Happy hunting!

Gear Talk / Re: Deck Pad Ultimate Traction
« on: November 04, 2008, 06:56:44 PM »
Supstoked -

Did you order one for your wife at the same time?

I walked into the Steve's shop back in Aug and saw an orange and a blue surfing (RIPPING) SUP waiting to be mailed off to someone...

If so, we should compare notes - Jared at the shop also ordered one for himself (still waiting for it last I checked).

Let me know if that orange one was yours.


Tim Stamps, Hobie, Steve Boehne, Joe Bark, C4 and others have been pumping out 12'6" boards. 
C4 and Hobie have presented proposed class definitions (another couple of threads on this forum).

And the plethora of surftech Lairds and starboards that are already out there are three reasons that I would think the stock class will settle out at 12'6".

I just ordered a 12'6" ocean racer from Steve Boehne (so I hope the 12'6" class sticks).

Any longer and transportation, procurement cost, storage and other factors start to become harder (same as prone paddleboarding - 12' is just way easier to manage everywhere except the water).

If the big sponsored races adopt defined classes (12'6" stock, 14' and unlimited would be my guess based on what boards are being produced today) next season, then this should settle itself.  Naish, Rainbow, Hennessey, etc - can you get together and work this out?

Gear Talk / Re: Deck Pad Ultimate Traction
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:02:57 PM »
I have to say that in all my years of surfing (longboarding, shortboarding, windsurfing, prone paddleboarding, kitesurfing and now SUP), I have never seen an aspect of surfing move so quickly - this forum and information sharing venue have benefitted all...

I am saying this because I am a beneficiary of YOUR knowledge and innovation - here is my new board (9'6" Walden, 30" wide with an awesome "magic model" bottom just like Steve's great longboards) and the deck pad I was going to put on in one piece, now cut up and even better performance wise!!!!

I surfed this now in Oxnard beachbreaks, San-O, Dog Patch and Churches - awesome board and even better I believe because of the different shaped deck padding.


Gear Talk / Re: What Fins??
« on: October 29, 2008, 05:07:20 AM »
Are you going to use it to "carve" or "glide"?

Carving should have a smaller middle fin - something with flex - and sized according to your weight (lighter - you can go smaller).  I use my 9'6" for carving and I have a 9" flex fin pushed up in the box so the leading edge is in line with the trailer edge of the side biters.  If you go too big in the middle fin, you will lose the looseness associated with carving.  True Ames L Flex fins are my weapon of choice.  Rainbow is releasing a series of bamboo fins also.

For perching on the nose, you can go single fin and go big for stability.  Something with a lot of rake. 

Of course this is all personal preference.  And as with boards, paddles and all the other gear surfers tend to drool over and collect for the sheer sake of having it, you can have a sick collection of fins too (you can NEVER have enough fins).

Gear Talk / Re: Board Socks for Stand Up Paddle Boards?
« on: October 28, 2008, 02:10:48 PM »
Surf shops that cater to SUP should have them - Ocean and Earth makes socks.  I got a 10'-6" for my 9'6" and it cover it nicely.

If you do a search on ebay, vbcreations should have them as well.

SUP General / Re: Dave Kalama signs with Naish.
« on: October 25, 2008, 06:40:04 AM »
I wonder how much crossover there will be from all the other development Dave has been involved with - Timpone and the Kalama popout model, SIC and the F18 he won the Naish Race with, and others -

I have been waiting for the Naish Glide to get finalized and put into production (couldn't wait any longer - ordered a custom from a local shaper instead), but it makes you wonder what is next...

Exciting times for SUP racing!

Gear Talk / Re: New Blane Chambers paddle.
« on: October 16, 2008, 08:16:55 AM »
I just ordered mine - call Kialoa direct and they will send one to you.  More to follow once it gets here...

I got to use this new paddle in head high surf this morning (along with a new 9'6" - but that is another post).  WOW!!!

Higher cadence, less resistance, yet the same overall all the power I had with my C4 and qb Kanaha.

I've been battling golfer's elbow in my left arm - normally after paddling I'll have some dull pain for a few hours - nothing this time!

I vote "yes" to the Methane - thanks Blane and others that are influencing the market!!!

I also just ordered a Gillespe Balsa Surf with an 8" blade - it'll be here in a few weeks (I ordered it at 78" for distance paddling) I'll start another thread when I get it.


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