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Caribou Sandstorm
10-07-2013, 03:00 PM
http://stwww.supthemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/BE-Effect-lake-garda.jpg

Any SUP fans in here?

I am a fish outta water in Denver, being a California kid. Part of my plan for buying the expo trailer was to free up the LC roof for paddle boards and surfboards.

I have seen the river surfing SUP boards but I am more interested in the bigger boards to just be able to get in the water and paddle when I can.

Also looks like there is an entire expedition line of paddle boards for multy day/month trips.

The last big issue of SUP had all the board companies listed. I don't know much about any of these.

smslavin
10-07-2013, 03:15 PM
We brought all of our boards (SUP and surf) when we moved. I used to do a lot of long distance open water paddling. Tons o fun. If you'd like to borrow something, let me know. You're more than welcome to them.

My wife and I shared the SUP, 12' long and about 32" wide. Super stable. The girls would sit on the nose while I paddled them around.

I never got around to buying one but the best board I ever test rode was an open ocean board from Ohana (http://www.ohanapaddleboards.com/12-ft-6-in-open-ocean-racer/). Really really fast once you dialed in your balance. It'd probably be super awesome out on a lake.

Let me know if you've got questions. I used to know a lot of the SoCal based shapers.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-07-2013, 03:26 PM
We brought all of our boards (SUP and surf) when we moved. I used to do a lot of long distance open water paddling. Tons o fun. If you'd like to borrow something, let me know. You're more than welcome to them.

My wife and I shared the SUP, 12' long and about 32" wide. Super stable. The girls would sit on the nose while I paddled them around.

I never got around to buying one but the best board I ever test rode was an open ocean board from Ohana (http://www.ohanapaddleboards.com/12-ft-6-in-open-ocean-racer/). Really really fast once you dialed in your balance. It'd probably be super awesome out on a lake.

Let me know if you've got questions. I used to know a lot of the SoCal based shapers.

Sounds good.

We didn't get to catch up at the meeting but that was one of my topics to ask you about.

I am liking the Boardworks SuperNatural 11'6". Found one for sub 700.00 but gotta go pick it up. My son is standing up on my Hobie 9'6" but it is narrow..

I could put my daughter on the nose, like you mentioned. I am going to need to get 2 though cause the wife will want her own.

smslavin
10-07-2013, 03:42 PM
Sounds good.

We didn't get to catch up at the meeting but that was one of my topics to ask you about.

I am liking the Boardworks SuperNatural 11'6". Found one for sub 700.00 but gotta go pick it up. My son is standing up on my Hobie 9'6" but it is narrow..

I could put my daughter on the nose, like you mentioned. I am going to need to get 2 though cause the wife will want her own.

Anything in the 26" range is going to be super tippy but fast. Once you get around 32 or 33" in width, you might as well be walking on water. That Boardworks will be perfect for cruising around a lake.

I don't know how much paddling your going to do but, paddles make more of difference than you might imagine. I've got a QuickBlade (http://quickbladepaddles.com) carbon that made a noticeable difference on speed and distance. You're welcome to try that too but it might be a tad long for you.

AxleIke
10-07-2013, 03:43 PM
Ha! Looking at that picture, I can see why you are a paddle boarding fan! :D :D :D

RockRunner
10-09-2013, 05:47 PM
Have some that we share with our friends at Chatfield, keep them at the marina. It is nice to get done with work and head out to the lake with a cooler full of beer take the boat out and then paddle around in the no wake zone with a cold one. Back and shoulder surgery put a dampner on things this year but we still got out and I was able to paddle on the big board for a couple of hundred yards at a time till I needed a break..

Can't wait till next year, getting some smaller ones so we can travel with them and hopefully rrun some rivers. You have to get some they are total fun and relaxing, I love just laying on it tied up behind the the boat. Thirsty? just a tug on the rope and I ccan reach into the cooler for another cold one.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-15-2013, 12:35 PM
Hey Sean,

I also found a Boardworks Raven for a little less, it has a ding, which I don't care about, have repaired many dings over the years. The Raven is more for long excursions on lakes and reservoirs.

It is slightly narrower than the 11'6 Super natural but thicker. Wondering since we are land locked if I will be happier in the long run with this model vs. the Super Natural... Too many choices.. I can see I will want a quiver, in no time...

Edit: Pulled the trigger on this one.

smslavin
10-15-2013, 02:31 PM
Hey Sean,

I also found a Boardworks Raven for a little less, it has a ding, which I don't care about, have repaired many dings over the years. The Raven is more for long excursions on lakes and reservoirs.

It is slightly narrower than the 11'6 Super natural but thicker. Wondering since we are land locked if I will be happier in the long run with this model vs. the Super Natural... Too many choices.. I can see I will want a quiver, in no time...

Edit: Pulled the trigger on this one.

Nice. The hull designs work much like a boat. Longer and narrower is going to cover more distance more efficiently and faster than short and fat.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-16-2013, 03:51 PM
So here is a pic.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQrB97N2kMxfoYlNcl9x-zUrKvqccvLUNs-xxJeD7JwTlaFyLyENg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AhhBOyzzsjQ/TueI9PAzL-I/AAAAAAAAAOM/F5F-XtfUKYc/s1600/_MG_2428.jpg

I also picked this up for the wife and if I feel like a shorter board on occasion.. 10'6" Surftech Bamboo Generator.

http://www.2xs.co.uk/pics/news/LG_surftech%20generator%20bamboo.jpg

Both were in the 55-60% off range and are virtually new with a few scratches and one ding on the Raven. The ding is on the top right and appears to be smaller than my wallet..

Was not really considering 2 at this time but for the price, had to do it. Sort of like buying a plane ticket way in advance, these will just not be available come spring when folks are thinking about getting back in the water.

The site is called Gear Trade and is run out of the Backcountry.com warehouse.

Gonna drive out to SLC for work next week and bring'em home!!

smslavin
10-16-2013, 04:35 PM
I also picked this up for the wife and if I feel like a shorter board on occasion.. 10'6" Surftech Bamboo Generator.

I won't tell anyone you bought that. You're secret is safe with me. However, I am under oath to firebomb any Surftech I see being used. I'm sorry in advance.

http://forum.surfermag.com/photopost/data/505/fuksurftech.jpg

:hill:

Dave Parmenter and Randy French are couple of "interesting" guys. Not very well liked in the board shaping community.

That being said, I'm just giving you a hard time. The board is going to be perfect for cruising around the lakes. We'll have to find some time to try and meet up next summer to paddle around. The girls would love it. It's been a long time.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-16-2013, 11:04 PM
Ha there is always a story... The issue of Sup I have talks a bunch about the multitude of shapers cashing in on SUP. I had a window to get a board and then wanted to get one for the wife. This one was the right price, length and width.

Yes, let's take them out in the spring. I have booties, if warm enough, I am going out this fall.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-17-2013, 01:48 PM
I have one of the last Clark foam boards Becker was selling at their Hermosa beach shop. My shaper was also Pat Ryan at ET Surf. Great shop.

I know very little about the end of Clark Foam and the epoxy revolution, other than my buddy that lives in San Luis Obispo tells me, he loves the boards and their strength vs. our old ding prone boards.

I read a little about the passion for the local shaper last night.. Kind of like the local neighborhood super market demise.

Hey I picked up a Kiaola hapa from REI for a great price, had a gift card that still had some money on it and a Werner Fiji for my wife. I found good deals on those. I also had to buy a fin for the Raven. It is new but they lost the fin. I just bought the entry level FRS they recommended for it.

I need to buy some of that new super light weight ding repair for the Raven. Do you remember what that is called?

Note: Just found the epoxy ding repair kit.

I should be set! I will get the coil leashes eventually, but for now I am gonna use the ones I have. I don't think I am going to wear one for me but will for kids and wife.

smslavin
10-17-2013, 03:38 PM
The Clark fiasco happened when I was still somewhat tied into the business through my photography. What a cluster. We were living in Dana Point then and I was around the guys from Rusty, Killer Dana, Hobie, etc quite a bit. Popcorn moment for sure.

Epoxy boards have a place. Firewire builds an excellent stick. However, there will always be the "purists". :D

I did some photos for a few articles run by Surfer on Moonlight Glassing. I'll see if I can dig them up. Father and son operation. Great guys and what they produce is nothing short of art. The son, JP, opened a shop (http://shopsurfysurfy.com) a few years ago to try and recreate that neighborhood feel. The beginning was rough but he's going like gangbusters these days. Pretty stoked for him.

I know plenty of other "backyard" shapers as well. It's definitely an art form and an amazing process to watch.

I think Bec's paddle is a Werner. I'll have to run out to the garage and check. She loves it. Lightweight and easy through the water.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-17-2013, 07:31 PM
Interesting...Seemed like Clark just closed soo fast.

I also have a Hobie 9'6" on the wall in my garage. Always liked Hobie stuff.

smslavin
10-18-2013, 07:45 AM
Interesting...Seemed like Clark just closed soo fast.

I also have a Hobie 9'6" on the wall in my garage. Always liked Hobie stuff.

Fast is an understatement.

This is JP's father, Peter, working his magic.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-8ka1pynD3YY/TWE8a7xdCOI/AAAAAAAACcQ/JAMXx7DFfiE/s800/18.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oVpsnSjUvzs/TWE8a9ROMuI/AAAAAAAACcQ/iCDwwSw5vTs/s800/52.jpg

They glass all the boards for Al Merrick, Malcolm Campbell, Guy Takayama and a host of others. It was always a cool place to visit as you'd never know who would show up. Rob Machado lived just down the road and was there building something a couple of days a week. Fun times and I miss them.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-18-2013, 02:41 PM
Wow

Caribou Sandstorm
10-18-2013, 07:11 PM
Sean, have you seen any of this?

http://youtu.be/l-W76lEy0dE

I can't count how many times I have paddled out next to the sht pipe...

rover67
10-18-2013, 07:25 PM
you guys and your man lovin' are crackin' me up. You two should move in together and make bunk beads with the boards.

Al wants a board she can paddle chili around on, i'll point her to the thread.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-19-2013, 09:40 AM
I would check out Gear trade's web site. Their boards are new but not perfect like maybe dinged from shipping. Some are 30-60 percent off.. But you gotta go get them.

Once you bring one home and take it out, it's gonna have something that makes it not perfect.

I am going to be at Gear Trade on Tuesday/Wed. If you see soemthing Al wants, pull the trigger and I will bring it home for you.

I would say anything 10' 6 or bigger will work, Is Al into Yoga? Cause lots of folks are doing yoga on these boards also.