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Technique / Re: Paddling Out
« Last post by Badger on Today at 06:34:51 AM »
I have a comment and question about the knee paddle option.
The comment is that I have a friend who used to favor knee paddling, until one day the wave kicked the nose of the board up and hit in the face damaging some teeth.
My question comes from my old days of paddling a long board out, either prone or good old knee paddling (anyone remember "surfer bumps" from knee paddling?). When encountering small to medium white water, a good move was to go into a push up position so that the water could pass between your body and the board, avoiding some of the impact that Pono talked about. My question is how to do this while holding onto the paddle, since the old way involved having both hands wrapped around the rails for stability.
Any thoughts or experience?


You can also get hit with the board when standing up. It happened to me two years ago when I had my Stun Gun. I stepped back a bit too far when going over the wave. The nose came up and slammed into my face. I tried to block it with my hands so actually got hit with my fists and paddle. Immediately after the incident, I felt a pain in my jaw. I thought it was an injury from the impact so I kept on surfing. When I got home the pain was still there. It turned out I was having a mild heart attack and had to go to the ER.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: More rust belt down breezin
« Last post by moonsup on Today at 05:26:47 AM »
sorry working on vid difficulties
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In my view, if i could have a shape like the 2017 Starboard Allstar shape but with this construction method, I'd never want or need another board. Lightsignature in their own literature make no apologies for the fact their shapes are uncompromising but they'll miss a trick if they don't consider this soon..... before someone else does. Mind you, it won't be Nelo's K1 competitor Plastex. Their new hollow board has major issues in my view.
Yes, exactly.

Weíve seen many brands try to get too clever over the past 10-12 years. They figure that if they make a highly specialised board and pick their races then they will get podium places and then everyone will start buying their boards. But this strategy only survives as long as the first demo by your intended demographic. Soon the word spreads like wildfire that the board is an absolute pig in chop or beach races, or in flat water (whichever applies), and then itís all over for your brand. Itís a slow crawl back then, and can take several years, while your retailers tell you that your superboards are now hanging on the wall as a monument to the arrogance of the person who designed it. You gotta listen to your punters. Make the board easy to use, versatile, well-made and good-looking and youíll clean up.
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Downwind and Racing / More rust belt down breezin
« Last post by moonsup on Today at 04:51:05 AM »
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In my view, if i could have a shape like the 2017 Starboard Allstar shape but with this construction method, I'd never want or need another board. Lightsignature in their own literature make no apologies for the fact their shapes are uncompromising but they'll miss a trick if they don't consider this soon..... before someone else does. Mind you, it won't be Nelo's K1 competitor Plastex. Their new hollow board has major issues in my view.
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@AREA:
Interesting responses.

@EVERYONE:
I can vouch that I am no longer racing anything... but I totally enjoy a good workout, pushing myself a bit, and having a lot of fun. For this, I see a number of boards that would be well suited for my needs, including the Signature 2.0.

How can we say that this board isn't versatile?
How can we automatically assume that it won't surf well, or downwind?
The fact is that while the 2.0 has a nicely rounded hull, it's far less rounded than say the 1.0 version.
The fact is that the 2.0 isn't a flat water board (the darn thing isn't flat by any means). Just take a look at its very existent and pronounced rear rocker.





Well, *does* it surf and downwind well, compared to its competition?

It wouldnít matter though: itís a hot tub and having owned a hot tub before, Iím never going to own one again. Hateful things. Thereís a reason that they arenít used universally by elite racers. For technical and beach racing etc they are generally a liability. They are hard to carry and transport too. The obvious place for one is pure flat water. But most donít want a board that is that specialised. They also just look ugly.
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very cool site---shows clear as a bell what we know---swell that hits portugal comes from very deeep water
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I just hope you guys were amused by the first photo - and its LIGHT sticker showing. ahahah
Yeah - making boards lighter (and stronger) is a great place to start.

Totally agree though:
There needs to be more board choices. I think they are on the right track with the GT vs. the Signature.

The fact that Nelo is taking care of the build may very well mean that in the near future, we'll see a M, L and XL designation... After all, Nelo is one of the few kayak in the World who will currently accommodate tiny, medium, large and extra large paddler (for the SAME kayak). So again, we are likely to see that come about with SUP boards. I know that I CAN'T WAIT.
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Well I am sure not buying a board because Hasulyo is racing for the brand.....just like I did not bought a Maliko because Kay Lennie or Casper were paddling Naish. I bought one because, Burchas, Area10 and DJ vouch for it and what it was like on the water and because I found a good deal for a used like new one in my region.

It's because you're a well informed exponent of the sport though. Most of the market isn't and often doesn't want to be. People like ourselves will demo, demo and demo some more. Most though will look around at the start line, see what everyone else is using and go with either that or what their apparent idols are using. It's the same in most sports with feelings on this shaped by peoples perceptions of whether they think the technology makes much difference in their performance. I personally believe its relatively close enough between the main brands designs now to lead people to assume that it doesn't matter. As a result, we now need a technological leap to shake things up. A 4-5kg weight drop of a race board is a bloody good place to start.
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@AREA:
Interesting responses.

@EVERYONE:
I can vouch that I am no longer racing anything... but I totally enjoy a good workout, pushing myself a bit, and having a lot of fun. For this, I see a number of boards that would be well suited for my needs, including the Signature 2.0.

How can we say that this board isn't versatile?
How can we automatically assume that it won't surf well, or downwind?
The fact is that while the 2.0 has a nicely rounded hull, it's far less rounded than say the 1.0 version.
The fact is that the 2.0 isn't a flat water board (the darn thing isn't flat by any means). Just take a look at its very existent and pronounced rear rocker.







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