Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Starboard FreeRide

STARBOARD'S 12'-2 x 30 FreeRide Electric Blue 
12-2 x 30 x 5.6  at 238 liters & weighs 27 lbs 
The Freeride is a hybrid concept, taking some of our race board development and applying it to an allrounder shape. It is designed to fit in the all-round (surf class) race category. Initially it appears like an all-round cruising board, but as soon as you start paddling it, you unleash the racing DNA. The board is extremely versatile and user friendly, a thrill on a downwind run or friendly race, but also ideal for cruising your favorite area with minimum effort. The wide nose section makes it extra stable. The nose rocker has been traded for a chamfered double concave nose, offering amazing water deflection. Now the icing on the cake: the Electric Blue version has become an amazing windsurfer, offering an unmatched experience.
 “Double-concave V at nose, merging to single concave mid- to-tail sections”
Also available in the 32'' wide model.

The nose entry with its  Double  chamfered V nose

My Thoughts.
I  have the 2014 model in Electric Blue.   The 15' models have newer color scheme and are offered in three other constructions.. Go to Starboard website below for more details..
 Full EVA deck pad with diamond grove in standing area and smooth crocadile on rear of deck with the star touch up on the nose. The soft insert anatomic lift handle makes for easy transportation. The fin is Starboard's race 23 fin in red Honeycomb construction. 
Its a great touring board , glides great in the glassy conditions. Effortless while moving on the water. Not so nose piercing but a gentle slap of water on the nose V. The boards was amazingly stable at the 30'' wide version. A slight side to side movement when you apply the rail getting more rail on the water for tracking.. The bottom has a continuos concave from the front middle through the tail. The nose has some rocker with a chamfered double concave for water deflection which would be great for downwinders and getting over swells and water wash..Was easy to get thru boat wakes  and the short choppy  prop wash..The wide high tall would catch any wind swell giving plenty of push. The bottom has sharp edges into the slightly rolled boxy thick rails. This keeps you high and dry on the deck. Its a great platform to fish off of.  Having a durable tough construction against bumps and bruises and deflects the always paddle hits ..My only draw back would be inserts on the deck to strap gear down . 

            In the surf there was plenty float with the nose lift and "V" shape which made it easy to plow thru the small knee high waves. Setting up for the waves was easy too. A very sable board to do power kick turns, (heal side and toe side)  Recovering from those  turns setting up was simple. Getting paddling momentum to glide into the wave was easy as you get lifted up and you start moving across the wave. Getting the foot placement and where to be took a few waves but once I figured it out the board as able to track across the face. Being on the tail was key but once gliding and when the rail was set, you can move about. The kicked up nose and V made sure you didn't purl. The boxy rails didn't really hold the wave but for gliding its just fine. . I covered 40 -50 yard sections on the small tiny waves. Boat wakes have potential now..
Overall I like the board.. I have the Electric Blue construction .I'm sure the Brushed Carbon would be lighter and a bit easier, but for my use its a great board. Thumbs up for sure..I like the fact its only 12'-2'' so its not in the 12-6 race class and can be raced in the all-round/ recreation race categories.
 For those who would like to try it . you know how to K.I.T with me  and we'll get out there..

Monday, December 15, 2014

Starboard's Giorgio Gomez …. its all surfing...

Starboard's Team rider Giorgio Gomez not only tears it up on the SUP in the surf but can also rips on a short board too. Doesn't matter if you have a stick in your hands or not,.. Its all surfing !

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Clean, Cold, Friends, Stomach high = Fun

Big NE 'str up Norths sending a large swell targeting  Florida and the Caribbean Islands. We on HHI were graced with its energy catching the refraction with 3-4 ft high top to bottom waves..A cold air mass over us made for 40* F temps in the morning . Brrrrrrr…. A for sure cold weather gear needed today.. A whole bunch of surfing going on today. Here's a montage of the  moments captured by Jesse's GoPro Hero 4… 
…... all this = FUN !.. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Little Nor' Easter wave push..

I was able to escape the strong NE winds and headed to a sand bar on the south end of the Island.. The The wind was more offshore cleaning up the NE growing swell.. Temp. at 45* F made it a bit chilly but the sun pierced through the clouds warming it up some. Had to thank John Heidel  for the surf report ..Below I captured a few pics of John as I as paddled back out.. 
Three years ago today my mom passed away. She managed to send me some waves that soothed my soul and warmed my heart.. I felt her ''Presence''  beside me, unseen, unheard but near. Mom still giving the gift of life.. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Glassy waves for Dec 4th

Thigh to waist high this morning, really glassy perfect peelers. Jesse snagging the dawn patrol  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A few from this afternoon.

A few of us were able to snag some thigh high waves that surprised us today. The light winds and warm air temps. made this session fun for Jamie, Scott, Ricky and I….

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Paddle with my Bro...

Had a beautiful day down in Florida, my younger brother, Jay' and I decided to go for a paddle on the Weeki Wachee river. A natural spring flowing towards the Gulf.. Super clear water and full of life. Seen one Manatee that startled us surfacing from a deep section of the spring. . Its a real neat place to Paddle and experience one of Florida's untouched settings. 

Weeki Wachee is about 1 hour N. of Tampa and 2 hours west of Orlando.Not only do they have theme park attraction but the state park and Weeki Wachee  8-9 mile river to the Gulf is worth seeing. 
There are several sight seeing tours and kayaking available but best on a SUP.. and check out the area.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tues am.rainy day in the 3 ft waves…

Scott and Jamie grabbing a few as I paddle back out.. I  have the camera mounted on the paddle getting some unique shots.. Fun day in the windless heavy rain downpours..  

Nice pair of Tiki's