G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Monday, January 7, 2008

Small Waves in the Afternoon

After some hesitation and deliberation I decided to go for it and get some afternoon waves in between storms. Tides were right for the reefs so I headed there. Just after I paddled over, Greg paddled out from the cove and we surfed the small, consistent waves alone for a couple hours before he bailed for a five o'clock appointment. Wind was from everywhere...west, then calm, then southeast, then calm again. All in all a nice afternoon/evening in less than large waves that else?
January 7, 2008 (M)
In: 1445
1st Wave: n/a
Out: 1700
Wave count: n/a
AT= 56 - 53 degrees
WT= 54 degrees at the farshore buoy
Wx: Mostly sunny some cloud cover
Tide: -0.19 Falling to -0.42 rising
Wind: WSW at 2 mph to calm
Sea Surface: Light, glassy roll with some wind mottling
Buoy: NWS
1500: 8.9 @ 12.9 WNW
1600: 8.5 @ 12.9 WNW
1700: 9.5 @ 12.1 WNW
1800: 10.5 @ 12.1 WNW
10'4" Angulo SUP with Infinty paddle
Rock reefs
Waves: No data available (Nearshore buoy approx. ave.) Storm Surf Buoy Model


  1. got my infinity paddle in the mail today. wow, that is one narrow-looking blade; can't wait to see how it paddle, though it may be a while, since it's flat around here. will report back later!

  2. I've got about ten hours in with my Infinity 6.5 now, and the more I use it the more I like it. It's like having a transmission with gears. You can use high or low gear depending upon your preference, and mix your paddling strokes and effort to accommodate your needs and likes.

    I really like the quick cadence technique for turning and getting a quick start out of the hole. Then you can dig deep to build momentum and glide. You can also finesse your positioning for wave catching better with the Infinity. You have a wider variety of adjustments you can make just because of the shape of the paddle.

    It does take some getting used to though, because it feels very different from a 9" blade. A friend of mine and I swapped paddles one morning and it freaked him out! He didn't keep it long enough to really give it a chance. So even if you don't have any waves, it might be good to get out there and paddle around.

  3. winds are blowing 25 knots tomorrow, with waves to follow on thursday. guess i'll have to give it a go and freak out if i freak out, which i do pretty easily, all things considered.
    glad to hear that you still like the paddle.