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

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Social Hour - Part 2

Met John in the parking lot at 0715 and was paddling out at 0730. Today (unlike yesterday) I was expecting some waves. CDIP was up and so were the buoys, reading 2-3' at 15 secs. SW. But it wasn't happening. Yesterday was better.

Mashie and MikieB joined us shortly and we paddled, chatted, caught a couple small ones, etc. Good news is that the water temps are really starting to boil...60-61 degrees already and it's not even September.

Jamie sent me a cool pic of a surf shop in Ireland, Cork to be exact. (All those Mac employees travel all over the place on the company's dime.) Photo shows a Manual SUP and paddle. Of the ten boards in stock, Jamie said two were SUPs. Catching on world wide eh?

I had a chance to paddle and surf (one measly little wave) MikieB's new 10'7" Surftech Takayama. Surprisingly, it wasn't that much easier to paddle than the Tak 10'3". It's light and surfs like a performance longboard (just like the 10'3"). A nice board but more of a surfboard you can paddle instead of a paddleboard you can surf...and that's a big difference. More on that, one of these days.

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