Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last SUP Surf Session of 2015

Jesse, Scott and I played around on the small thigh high waves. Waves picked up as the tide flooded over the sand bar. SUPPIN' on the Starboard Hyper Nut. The board worked well in the small waves now we need to see some sizable surf.  

The boyz waving bye to 2015, saying hello to 2016 . 
Wishing you all a very Happy Healthy and Safe New Year
See ya in 2016 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

fun little waves today

Little waves in the foggy morning. Was glassy early but when the fog lifted the surf got choppy as the S winds blew. Scott and I floating the 7-8 HyperNut. Surpisingly the board works pretty good in the small waves and is stable enough to float my weight, 195 #'s .  Looking forward to getting into some more power to see its real potential..  

Scott snagging a few. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Starboard Bue Carbon Technology

Lightest weight, quickest response strongest build.

Features include:

•A full deck, bottom and rail wrap of high density PVC foam makes the board stronger for impact and increases overall hull strength.

•The ultra-light biaxial and uni-directional Carbon fibers with optimized angles wrap the entire board, introducing flex and reflex patterns in paddle boarding.

•The sensational light weight increases carving ability and acceleration.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Paddle in the Weeki Wachee river

My brother, nice and I enjoyed our Christmas paddle in the Weeki Wachee river. A friendly Manatee hung with us for awhile as we floated down current in the clear spring water. Its presence was the gift.. The 87*f temps made Christmas feel like summer. The warmer the better I always say. 

A paddle selfie with Dad, Jay and Joanie


Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Safe, Happy and Healthy Merry Christmas

Look what Santa dropped off...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 possession of the Starboard 2016 7-8 Brushed Carbon HyperNut

Acquired the new HyperNut from Starboard.. Blue Brushed Carbon 7-8 x 30 x 3.9 , 115 liters and 21.5 wide tail.  Weighs about 15 lbs, felt lighter than my 8-2 BC WP..The unique Squared off nose and wide tail w/ quad fin set up has large channel off the bottom that funnels water thru the tail. That wide tail and straight rail line allows drive and acceleration. The channel and bottom contours allow lift. The nut shaped rail outline allows for tight arc turns when on rail. Flatter rocker provides great stability and also increased speed. 
My first thought was in doubt, would the board float me,... at 192#'s w/ wetsuit, let alone would it be stable. WRONG. The 7-8 Nut had good float and was pretty stable considering its under 8 ft . It paddles thru the surf line  with ease due to the flatter nose rocker not getting held up. Looked weird not looking at a nose when dropping in but as soon as I caught the wave the speed was amazing. Compared to my 3 fin set up SUP  'bury the tail drive the rail' philosophy. This Nut moved across the wave ''Skate feel to me '' I did feel the board had some lift  as I sped up riding the wave. A much faster board.  I made sections and was able to throw the board around too. My first session was surprisingly great. Need more time on the board to figure it out. ( If I ever get it back from my friends wanting to try it cause they're gonna love it ).Will do a full review soon.

Oh yea I broke my paddle, snapped in half paddling for wave. Glad I had a back up in the truck.

Here's the link on the Starboard site.

Big Mahalo's to Jim Brewer, Andrew Crane and Tony Weaver for making it possible.

 Floating me above the water line

 Sequence of a frontside top turn.. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Kelly Slater Wave Company

Amazing, ''Surfs Up''' thousands of miles away from any ocean

Now that the world title has been decided and events for the year have finished, I’m excited to show you what I’ve been sitting on for the past couple of weeks. For nearly ten years, my team and I have been working on creating the first truly world-class, high-performance, human-made waves. This is something I dreamt about as a kid. Through rigorous science and technology, we’ve been able to design and build what some said was impossible, and many very understandably never thought would actually happen. I’m proud to say we took our time to get it right, and the first fully-working prototype of the wave now exists (a huge personal thank you to everyone in our lab and on our team for seeing this through!). I’ll be sharing more details in the coming weeks and months but I can’t wait any longer to share a film of my experience surfing the wave for the first time, almost two weeks ago. It was an insane day. I’m still a little in disbelief, and trying to process how much fun this wave is, but it certainly feels like this is going to change a lot of perceptions about human-made waves. There’s a direct link in my bio to to view the full film. Can’t wait to see other people surf it soon and show what is possible on this thing.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lil SUP Fishing

Warm weather and light winds made for great conditions for some SUP fishing along the rip-rap. Several reds on the turning low tides few fish had some shoulders, nice fight on light tackle..

Monday, December 7, 2015

few fun waves today

Got out this late afternoon and nabbed a few waves. 
Sun was out and felt warmer than yesterday but water is chilly.. Fun..

Sunday evening surf w/ NE swell

Late afternoon session. some meaty ledgy slabs breaking. Kai,Jesse, Jamie, and I snagging some . 
The discouraging part of the session is the water Temp noticeably dropped fast,   I bet its hovering at 60*f or just below . Booties and glove soon to follow..Time to plan your Southern escape.
Jesse bodyboarding a thick meaty slab,  has a room with view.

Below.....Jamie, Kai and I getting a few. 

And Jamie is over 6 ft tall 

A couple/ few more from SUN