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Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby kakanala » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:34 am

Hi there,

anyone is on SUPs for those windless days?

I am a really bad surfer and I think that a 12' SUP could be great both for small-waves surfing and cruising.

Any experience?

Cheers!

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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby Dwight » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:43 pm

http://www.standupzone.com

Many people on that forum are kitesurfers. A few are former kitesurfers.

12 ft is too big by 2008 standards.

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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby kakanala » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:54 pm

Dwight wrote:http://www.standupzone.com

Many people on that forum are kitesurfers. A few are former kitesurfers.

12 ft is too big by 2008 standards.


Cheers Dwight, thanks so much for the link.

btw, I am also "too big" (6'3" and 97 kg) by today's standards :D

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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby RickI » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:35 pm

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Standup in the lull in a recent kiting event. Sure lots of kiters go to standup when the winds fall off.

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Of course there was wind for a while


There is another forum devoted to Standup Paddle Surfing with an emphasis on kiters
HERE




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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby Richard » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:36 pm

SUP is way more fun than I thought it was going to be. As a longtime surfer, it has rekindled my surf stoke.

The perfect no-wind compliment to Kitesurfing.

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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby tautologies » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:34 pm

Yup sup is great...good for everything. It isn't exactly shortboarding, but a lot of fun. I've even gone paddeling on waveless days...fun in small ankle snapper breaks to overhead breaks...

Be careful though, that boards are super big and will drag you forever in big surf...and they catch the wind pretty good so when you fall off the board might get caught by the wind and come at you (since you are attached with a leash) 100 mph.

In any case, please visit this page:
http://www.paddlesurfhawaii.com/default ... m&C_ID=129

before you go out.

If you don't surf regular lineups then don't do it with a SUP....with an SUP you have access to breaks that most surfers would never bother paddle to, use those in the beginning.

If you want a good beginners board, check out the 11'6''
http://www.naishsurfing.com/en/products/stand-up.html

you can even attach a sail on these boards. It actually surfs pretty good, and with its pin tail, you can turn it pretty good.

I'd say the size should depend on what you want to use it for. If you want to paddle, get exercise, and ride small breaks then go for a big board...if you want a more surfy board, but paddling distances aren;t a high priority, then consider something smaller. That said, the same holds here as for kiting, if you get beginner gear you'll get up and riding faster...


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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby biggins » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:37 pm

yep,

I too was VERY suprised at how much fun it was. The boards of 2007 were huge, and in only one year seem to be getting signifigantly shorter. (like kiting did in 2003/2004) J Blair even makes an 8'9" board that's holding 220 pound guys!

I'm thinking/hoping the boards get down into the 8 foot range and under by next year...might be wishful thinking, but with the width increasing and the "egg" shapes...maybe?

Either way, it's an awesome sport that can be done no matter what the water conditions, so getting skunked after a 3 hour drive to the beach to go kiting is not a problem anymore. :thumb:

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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby tautologies » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:27 pm

Biggins (or whomeever wants to chime in on this)..

does the size really matter (that much)?

I mean if you have a well shaped board, skinny in the right places, good rocker, solid center, skinny rails, skinny tail (pin?), you can lift it out of the water step on the rails to turn...

does the size / length matter that much? In general yes shorter boards are more agile, but if you are looking for an 8 foot board which has the same flotation as a 11 foot, you'll end up with something that is hardly turnable right?

I think the boards are getting shorter because people are getting better at using them..when that is said, a beginner still needs a beginner board. I think buying a too advanced board in this sport will yield the same result as in kiting (maybe even more so in SUP)....they'll quit.

Trying to handle a too advanced board will is frustratingly hard....and no having surfed a longboard a few times will not really help you too much if you buy an advanced board.

that said, I'd like to see that board 9 foot. :-)

Just my thought.
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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby tautologies » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:38 pm

hmm, looking at the board, it actually looks a lot like the hybrid board that Harold Iggy shaped for naish (they talk about it on the video...only theirs are a lot smaller...

Do you know how much that Blair board goes for? Looks like a nice board.

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Re: Anyone on Stand Up Paddles in zero wind days?

Postby RickI » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:06 pm

I wasn't crazy about getting yet another long board particularly given my beginner issues with flotation and wetted area. So, I got an inflatable board, no problems with dinging either. They are constructed like a zodiac inflatable boat and when pumped up they are stiff as a ... board! The board rolls up after into a carrying bag. If you need to carry this on a plane as checked luggage shouldn't be an issue. I recall it measures about 10.5' x 29" x 4" and bought it from eastcoastpaddlesurfing.com

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http://www.uliboards.com/

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It shows up in the following clip. Look for the thickest board.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3J3TcwCbbQ[/youtube]
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