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

Monday, March 7, 2011

Big Al's Pics

Big Al's been feeding me with some fun pics of local SUP rippers doing their thing. I didn't get in the water on the days shown, but I thought I'd share the action in the sunshine and the light rain. Thanks Al!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sharks - We Got'em, So What

It's a fact of life here in the Red Triangle. There have been confirmed shark attacks on surfers in our waters as long as there have been surfers surfing. It's just one of those things. If you're afraid of getting hit by a white shark, then you probably shouldn't be surfing. But judging from the crowds of people out there, shark attack isn't a high priority fear.

It may not be a great idea to surf in areas where shark activity is well documented, or where there have been attacks in the past. But if the waves are good, surfers will surf them.

Todd Endris was back in the water only six weeks after his close encounter. The shark got him twice and he survived to surf again. It was a story that got my attention back in August 2007. And the video piece below is an interesting update.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

SUP Surfing Etiquette - Time For A Review

Yes, there are in fact a lot more SUP surfers in the line-up than there used to be. And yes, unfortunately there is still conflict between conventional surfboard surfers and SUP surfers. Werner paddles put together a good little video on SUP surfing etiquette. And while all surfers should practice etiquette, SUP surfers should be aware of the need to practice respect and aloha not just some of the time, but all of the time. Aloha!

SUP Etiquette from Werner Paddles on Vimeo.

Custom Board Bag For My L41 8-0 SIMSUP

I picked up my custom board bag from Joe at Davenport Surf Sail this morning and I am completely stoked! I had a good idea of what I wanted, and what I wanted it for. When I came into his shop the first time we spent about an hour and a half collaborating and working out a plan. Then Joe went to work. He called me one time during construction with an update and another good idea and I told him to go for it. The result is perfection plus, just what I wanted.

This bag is durable times a hundred and good looking too. The craftsmanship is of the highest quality, and Joe was able to put it all together for an exceedingly reasonable price. I want this bag to hold up for a long time, in all hard traveling environments and I am fully confident that the L41 SIMSUP (and my Infinity ottertail paddles (pre-Werner era) will arrive unscathed to all my travel destinations.

Check out the video and give Joe a call, email, etc. if you're in the market for the best. Davenport SurfSail. 831-429-6051