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Sessions / Re: Cox Bay 9th March
« Last post by surfercook on March 17, 2019, 06:41:26 AM »
Nice one, FRP. Glad to see you're gettin' plenty and your SS3 is firing off nicely. Those wave may be closing out but at least they hold for a while b4 shuttin' down. Looked like you had plenty of "Face Time".
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Sessions / Re: Nice waves yesterday Norther Jersey Shore
« Last post by surfercook on March 17, 2019, 06:17:25 AM »
  Fun surf yesterday but I was afraid to film due to the strong offshore winds and chance blowing over the tripod.  After several failed attempts of trying to upload the video to ss I downloaded the free YT software put the clips together then uploaded with ease.
In high winds hang a weighted bag from the center post to steady tripod. I use a small canvas bag and fill it w/sand. Also do not extend the center post all the way up to minimize wind shake on the cam.
I wonder why SSedit failed to upload directly to YT. It's never failed for me. I have quite a few edits successfully uploaded to the SSapp.


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Flatwater and Touring / Re: NELO is in for the games with Light Signature Race
« Last post by Area 10 on March 17, 2019, 05:22:38 AM »
Well, I guess it will be another product that most of us will be we get to try, so you can say what you like about it. But Iím general a paddle like that would have a very sharp catch (which isnít universally popular) and quite a few people donít like soft shafts (Iím not sure why, within reason). But one of the things I donít like about blades that blade shape that many people might not consider is that you can really do some damage to your board (or you) with it if you make a mistake (eg. changing hands, or scratching for a wave) - those sharp blade corners can do some real damage. I think this is one of the reasons that surf-oriented paddles have tended to have more rounded shapes than race ones. If you are paddling pure flat water of course this probably wonít matter because screw-ups are so rare. But in the hurly-burly of surf or downwind, (or even some congested race conditions) stuff happens.

Iíve seen quite a few people put holes in their boards in races with their paddles. But maybe if they were on Nelo boards that wouldnít happen, eh? ;)
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Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« Last post by RideTheGlide on March 17, 2019, 04:52:49 AM »
It surprises me how expensive pottery has become. I know two potters on Maui who make a good living at it. I thought it was just a way to make a lot of clumsy coffee cups. Maybe I should dust off the wheel and kiln.

Taking pottery classes in retirement seems almost cliche, But I might try it. I have the urge to be creative even though I haven't been able to uncover much talent. I was decent at wood turning; had a couple of lathes at different times. I can probably learn to use a wheel pretty quickly. It has a lot of appeal - quiet, dust free, reasonable cost for equipment and materials and you can restart a project that isn't going well without scrapping all the materials. About an hour south of me in the Sandhills region of NC around Pinehurst, there are a large number of potters and have been for a couple of hundred years. The natural clay there is prized for pottery.  Some of the potters have massive wood fired kilns that they only use a few times a year, packing them with months of work and having big celebrations while they fire the pottery.
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Sessions / Re: Nice waves yesterday Norther Jersey Shore
« Last post by LBsup on March 17, 2019, 04:12:17 AM »
That's some qwaliteee sup surfing and SS3 work. Fine job, Ken. I see you are using the SS edit s/w. From what I can tell you added highlights. Only once have I had the s/w generate clips in a sequence that I liked. So I left it as is and exported to the SS host site. Check it out! I'll hafta try and find you on there.

https://app.soloshot.com/video/e908535e-1d98-435f-bfa1-a5e5f1ead3b0

btw- Did you upload directly to YT from the SSedit?
Hey Marc,  I had to select highlights cause I was out of the frame for the first hour, the ss3 software counted empty waves as me.  After several failed attempts of trying to upload the video to ss I downloaded the free YT software put the clips together then uploaded with ease.  I may use the YT softeware and skip ss3 but Iím amazed how the ss3 program highlights your rides.  Fun surf yesterday but I was afraid to film due to the strong offshore winds and chance blowing over the tripod.
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Foil SUP / Re: Perfect Morning
« Last post by Cardiff Sweeper on March 17, 2019, 02:53:28 AM »
My sup lines are more impressive, but that was fun. :)
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Flatwater and Touring / Re: NELO is in for the games with Light Signature Race
« Last post by photofr on March 17, 2019, 02:39:10 AM »
There's something I wanted to say for a long time about the Braca paddle for SUP.
Braca has been my go-to paddle for my surfski - for many years.
I have been paddling the Braca Maui for nearly two years* - and haven't looked back since.

WHO ARE THEY?
Braca is Worldwide-renown for innovations as well as always placing well on a variety of podiums. Better yet, they make paddles that are super durable, ultra light, and very efficient. Sadly, no one is reporting on the brand (for SUP or for Surfski or Flat Water Paddling). Their motto is to simply let their innovation win and sell itself (and that's about the only thing I don't agree with from Braca).

DISCLAIMER:
As a reminder, I no longer represent Braca in France, and I am not at all affiliated with Braca at this time.

FEEDBACK
Here are some simple facts & feedbacks on how I see this "Braca paddle for SUP" - specifically, after using the Maui blade & Soft shaft for nearly two years*. 
1. Very efficient
2. One of the lightest on the market
3. Fantastic grip in the water - without blowing a shoulder

WEIRD
The thing that I find weird about this paddle is that Bruno has decided to go with what seems to be the largest size for a blade. I went with the smallest one of them all (which really helps with stability, amongst other things).

THE BEST?
Is there a better paddle out there?
There's only one other paddle in the World that I would vouch for with my eyes closed: QB (but for almost twice the money).

PHOTO
No, the Braca Maui paddle has nothing to do with the archaic paddles that some people refer to in this forum. Here's a photo that may explain why this paddle grabs water so well... (sort of a different point of view from a camera).



(*) CORRECTION
- I have used the Braca Maui paddle since Dec 2017 (so not quite 2 years yet)
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Flatwater and Touring / Re: NELO is in for the games with Light Signature Race
« Last post by Area 10 on March 17, 2019, 02:32:18 AM »
Thank you photofr, I also made those points about Brunoís sprint performance.

Iím sorry to see Naish winding down their commitment to SUP racing. Since the whole format of our racing (eg. board lengths) was so much determined by the battles between Naish and Starboard in the early days of SUP, it feels like something has changed. Maybe the change will be for the better.

This year, at one of the biggest U.K. SUP races (the Head of the Dart), there are more competitors on inflatables than hard boards currently registered. So thatís one huge change that has occurred over the last few years (especially the last 3 or so).

Inflatables getting cheaper; hard boards getting more expensive; inflatables outnumbering hard boards in races. Hmm...
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Flatwater and Touring / Re: NELO is in for the games with Light Signature Race
« Last post by photofr on March 17, 2019, 02:12:53 AM »
Well Bruno won his first race on the board (in Israel). Soft opposition for him but at least heís come out swinging.

He took both technical and distance on what seems to be a Black Signature 2 14x22 but interestingly lost in the sprints to a local guy on a Mistral
Interesting. So much for weight being the most critical factor in short sprints. But Bruno is a distance guy really, isnít he?

But Iíd far rather be on a planing hull design like the Mistral Equinox than a convex hull design like the Signature 2.0 in a short sprint.

Kind of a far fetched statement, no?
While board weight plays a big part in short sprints, I don't think that anyone would ever stretch that to be the most critical factor - EVER.

There are 1/2 a dozen other factors that may have contributed to Bruno not getting first place in the sprints:
1. Sprints may or may not be his thing. Bruno didn't place so well at the Lost Mills Sprints, against some of the best in the World.
2. He's still on what I would consider "a new board for him".
3. First race on a new board, I would have played it "cool" on the somewhat meaningless sprints - in light of the bigger race coming up.
4. He may just not be "feeling it" on that day.

So when someone says that board weight is pretty important and should never be ignored - some people see this as:
"weight being the most critical factor in short sprints". Wow, I mean WOW!
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Foil SUP / Re: Perfect Morning
« Last post by PonoBill on March 16, 2019, 11:00:27 PM »
It's certainly a big plus to have our own skatepark. Ka'a isn't of much interest to surfers. When I used to SUP surf at Kanaha I would occasionally paddle down to surf there on big days when the crowd at Kanaha was too much. I called it the Rock Garden. The outside reef wave is fun to surf, but the broad curving reef that makes it a playground for foils can be flat out mean on a SUP and the inside lagoon is gutless for a surfboard and perfect for a foil.

Fun to meet you Evan, you had quite a grin on your face. You looked a little giddy. That was a particularly good day. Last year we had days like that every week, this year it's been a bit less cooperative. It's also a benefit that most of the people are quite a bit better than me and a lot are world class--it makes it easy to get instruction. Also makes it a lot safer. I don't think I'd want to foil with 30+ people at my level.
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