Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
''Photographer Dana Edmunds was at Makaha the other day shooting an ad for Maui Jims and saw this guy stand up paddle surfing on a C4 board. He said, "The guy was just ripping." Turns out it was team rider Greg Pavao on the prototype 9-8 Subvector. Yes, it's Dave Parmenter's now infamous 9-3... up-sized for bigger guys looking for a high performance short board. The prototype 9-8 Greg was riding was a poly custom by Dave, but in a few months the 9-8 Subvector with Boardworks T.E.C. (Therman Epoxy Compression) construction, like the majority of C4's you see in the water, will be available.''
I do remember when I was demoing the 9-3 Sub Vee in Fl. last month that Dave and Todd mentioned a couple of larger Sub Vectors were in the early stages of R & D.. Dave mentioned a 9'-8'' and a bit larger but thinner as length gets longer. I wonder what the dimensions are on this prototype. The problem with this great sport is there is too much ''CANDY'' out there.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Some fun little warm weather waves to glide and ride. A few waves were thigh high range and I was able to pump down the line and do some turns. Whats nice is the Sub Vector can catch these small waves easy..
Little lip hit . Did a some photo editing in ''old B&W format''
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I know of four to five SUP owners who have the SV and really like the board. I think the board performs great in our east coast waves. It has characteristics of stability, maneuverability small length and lightweight to combine a great board for the larger rider like myself. The SubVee's unique shape allows the rider to experience a new loose skate feel with control and responsiveness.
According to Dave Parmenter this is “probably the most advanced high performance short SUP on the market.” He says, “It’s a very fast board. You want to be real careful there. Put away all the crockery and glassware because sonic booms do tend to break those things.” And according to Dave, “This is the board to connect your short board surfing into the stand up surfing.” Well, the other day I ran into Liam Wilmott up on the North Shore, and lo and behold he had a Sub-Vector in the truck. Fast forward about 20 minutes and I was giving it a couple test runs in surf that was about head high to see if the Sub-Vector hype is real or just a bunch of hot air.
When I first stepped on the board, I said to Liam, “I feel like I’m standing on a skateboard.” Having spent most of my high school days sidewalk surfing, it was a good feeling. Although it wasn’t as stable as I thought it would be, the average stand up paddle should have no problem balancing the board. It paddled easily and wave entry was smooth and controlled. On the wave, for me, the board responded quick and snappy. I’d shift my back foot, put it on rail, and, “Zoomp,” the board turned. After I making my first turn, I remember thinking, “That was easy. Where do I want to go next? I have so much wave left.” I never had the chance to really get the board racing down the line full speed, nor were there any bombs coming through that day, but on average waves, it was great. One final note: Probably the characteristic that stuck out to me most about the board was how controlled the board was coming off the whitewater. When a wave closes out, you have two choices 1) hit the whitewater for one final hit or 2) straighten out. Well, with the Sub-Vector you can hit the foam with confidence and know the board is going to stay under your feet. While I didn’t have extensive time on the board, my initial impression is. . . “believe the hype.” Click here for more on the C4 Waterman 9'3" Sub-Vector. Thanks Nate for the article
Tom Carroll is one of my favorite surfers. The ''Bali High'' video at 17 years old to ASP Champ twice and top five for nine years, to the late take off at The Pipe Masters against Derek Ho, to a charging Stand Up Paddle Surfer today. In 1978 he immediately took a liking to the large powerful surf. Armed with heaps of raw courage, athleticism, and a stocky, muscular frame, Carroll redefined the parameters of radical surfing at Pipeline,Sunset Beach and waves around the world. He has no peers when it comes to critically late takeoffs on giant waves, and his North Shore performances remain the benchmark by which all others are measured.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
To shorten the shafts, I heated up the shafts near the T handle and I was able to twist off the handle as the epoxy broke free. I was able to clean up and sand the old epoxy from the T grip. I cut the shaft to correct length, prepped the area for the epoxy and re-applied the handle. Let it set overnight and I'm ready to go. I did this to all three of my paddles. Most Manufactures have their own size charts but the general rule would be 7-9 inches above your head. A little sorter for surfing due to your knees are constantly bent while riding waves.
Correct Length rule;
For Surf Paddling add 7''- 8” to your height to determine the correct paddle length.
For Touring/Cruising add up to10” to your height to determine the correct paddle length. Generally, stand up paddles are 7'' to 8" taller than your height. So if you are 6' select a 79"/80''. If you are 5'10 go with a 77"/78'' paddle as I did.
Karen was also reaching over her head with the longer paddles.Now with the shorter paddle