Tuesday, November 27, 2007
My packing trick for out smarting the trucking company was to buy 1/2" thick 4 x 8 sheets of EPS siding insulation foam. Then I lined the box with it. 3 layers on the ends, 2 layers down the edge, and one layer on face. The foam was really dense and almost fork lift proof. This was in addition to 2 layers of bubble wrap.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The wife, before
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The 10'4 is heavier than my JL 10. Angulo is known for being tougher than some others, so could this extra weight be the result of double sandwich construction? Granted a 10'4 is bigger, so some weight difference has to be expected.
Double sandwich is used in windsurfers when the manufacturer wants increased durability.
This photo shows the Angulo bottom at the paddle stance position. Dead flat across with double concave.
This shows the JL at the paddling stance position. Huge amount of vee. Explains a lot.
Angulo tail rocker.Jimmy Lewis tail rocker. Less than Angulo.
Angulo flat near the paddle position. A speed spot as Joe Blair likes to call it.
Jimmy with a little more rocker through the middle.
Looking at the photos, the difference in how the boards ride, pretty much matches how they look. The Jimmy is more loose, but very unstable by comparison. They both catch waves easy. The Angulo handles longer paddle strokes better, so getting up to speed can be easier. The Angulo feels a little slower on the wave face, but that judgement may be premature since surf was so bad today.
One cool thing about the Angulo for me was I could finally spin the board on its tail, tight and quick and catch waves. With the JL I would fall half the time.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Next session will be Sunday in sunny warm south Florida. Looking forward to that. Check back next weekend for updates.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
It didn't take long before I was dreaming about being able to ride the wife's JL 10 one day. That board was a surfing machine. Once I got my sea legs on it, I couldn't stand to ride my JL 11 anymore. Sold the 11 and got myself a 10.
I thought about going for something a little less radical size wise, but couldn't get my hands on anything but a Jimmy. C4 told the local shop they didn't have any boards and wouldn't for awhile. Seems the west coast got priority on the early batches. They said something like there was less interest on the east coast. :-(
I've been having a blast on the JL 10. Except when its rough. If I lived in California or Hawaii, the 10 footer would be cake. Seems like those bloggers are always posting photos of glassy dreamy sessions. Nothing like the wind blow hell we surf in half the time.
See Friday's post for the problems I'm still fighting trying to find a board on the east coast. I've decided I really need to up size a little to make the wind chop surf days a little more fun.
Next up, a surfing vacation in Florida during Thanksgiving. I'll check out some shops while down there. I wonder if board supply is any better down there.
I happily paddled my way from newbie to competent SUPer using the Surftech paddle. I eventually installed car door edging on this paddle. See photo. It looks ugly, but works. I omitted the edging on the blade bottom. I tested full edging, edging omitted on the bottom and no edging. This was the compromise I could live with.
Next step, pulled out the saber saw, orbital sander, and sun cure resin and converted the Malama to a dove tail design.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Get this, the C4 deliveryman comes through Wrightsville Beach last week with samples of all the C4 boards on the way to some kayak show in the mountains. The reason we ran into the delivery guy, was he was dropping off a load of canoes and we saw the C4s on the truck. The delivery guy was super cool and allowed us to unload the boards, unpack them, and touch and feel what we can't buy around here. Why the hell is C4 promoting SUP in the mountains and ignoring the coastal surf shops. I just don't get it anymore. I would have bought a C4 right on the spot if the deliveryman would have allowed it.
Listen to this insanity. I check into getting the Angulo 10'4. Plenty in stock in CA. They want $1699 without fins! Then I learned Angulo is dropping prices for 08, yet they won't budge on current over pricing. Insanity everywhere I turn. Oh well, I'll keep surfing my Jimmy Lewis 10' until something more suited to my lard ass comes along. I'd really like to have that Angulo 10'4. I think the size is perfect.
I've been working with the local shop to order a custom Blane Chambers for both of us. Ordered the board last weekend. Now I'm not sure I actually have an order. Blane was pretty cool to work with the local shop, now dead silence. No comfirmation of the order, no return e-mails. Not sure I really have an order now. The hell continues as I pan for gold.