Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hot New C4 Videos

I want all 3 boards! Oops, I feel like a pig...

Count how many times he says FAST........ I love FAST boards

Brad will have all 3 for demo next week. Wohooo

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Surfed the 9'0 as a Quad

I surfed the Bat Tail in CHOP tonight! Surfed for one hour in light wind. I'm amazed it is possible for me to surf this board for a full hour and feel good. I should be Mr Rubber Legs tonight, but I feel great.

The board felt right setup as a quad. Everyone has their own ideas about the feel they look for. For me, this board feels right when you hit the bottom turn in quad configuration.

That little Bat tail has some amazing glide for a pocket sized board.

That Sub Vectors going to feel like a house boat.

In all fairness, I should point out I've been surfing in front of the house, where the water texture is normal, and way easier than when we surf CB inlet. The confused currents at CB inlet can kick your ass and humble you.

Monday, December 29, 2008

I Surfed the 9'0 Bat Tail!

Yeah Baby, my lard ass surfed the 9'0 C4 Bat Tail tonight!

It pays to keep your weight from going over 190 pounds!

I was able to catch almost every wave I went for. The board paddles super straight, making it very easy to paddle into any wave.

The surf was waist high and steep. I could tell the board was crying for quad fins, so tomorrow it's getting testing "by me" as a quad. It feels so much like my Stretch shortboard. Stubby and fast!

That 9'3 Sub Vector should be EASY!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fun Foggy Morning

The movie stars: Brad, Jacky, Hunter, Dwight
The boards: gray 9'6 C4, red 9'3 PSH Ripper, blue 9'0 C4, yellow 10'0 BK Pro

We had a blast trading boards and surfing the break about 1 mile from the trucks. We were actually north of the inlet at one point. Near the buoy. That's way out there! Check out how far away the beach looks in the video.

The CB Gang on a Foggy Morning from fishersfort on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Got Some

Skunked yesterday, but got me some this morning. Sick new prototype.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

More Race Photos

More race photos from the winner of the 12'6 division. Check out the nice wood paddles while there. I saw his paddle at the race. Sweet looking paddle.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More Contest Video from Makaha

Check out the guy in white shirt, red shorts, white board starting at 2:10 in the video. It looks like the 9'3 Sub Vector.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Oh, Baby!

The 9'3 Video we've been waiting for.......

UPDATE: Some boards have shipped. Maybe mine will ship tomorrow!

Brad will have the all the new boards for demo. 9'3 Sub Vector, 9'9 Slingblade, 11'0 Da Mooch

Saturday, December 20, 2008

North End of Carolina Beach

Jumping Dolphin

Jacky about to get mowed down

Who belongs to that paddle?


Brad on the 10'6 C4

Brad and Brian

December 13th Makaha Contest

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ocean Downwinder Today

We had 15 knots from the NE today, so Brad and I tried a downwinder with our race boards. We couldn't connect any swells. We needed more wind and swell. We ended up catching swell running toward the beach and surfing a little, then pulling out early. Getting out in a northeaster is super easy with these race boards. The nose punches through a wave like an ice pick.

I could see the benefit of a hybrid/fun board/race board in these conditions. I'd consider the Naish Glide, or JL to be this type of board. Something ideal for catching swell a little farther out, but still able to surf somewhat, and have tremendous nose scoop for handling wild windy conditions.

Personal Stories from the Race

Looking back on the race, I have a few stories worth sharing, for those that can't sit down with me and share a beer in person!

The race start was on the water, between a buoy on the dock and the committee boat. The race count down was via loud speaker. 3 minutes, 1 minute, racers ready, then we waited forever, then go. It was actually funny, as we were all trying to stand stationary (by order of the race director) in a 20 knot head wind and current. We were told NO running starts. Yet the current and head wind would make you backwards like a missile of you stopped paddling for one second. The starting line was packed. Just barely enough room to not bang the rail of the guy standing next you, barely!

Probably a windsurfer type start would have worked better. 3 horn blasts for 3 minutes, 2 horns for 2 minutes, 1 horn 1 minute, then continuous horn for start. No restrictions on hitting the line a full speed. With windsurfing, hitting the line perfect is considered a racing skill and it spreads the field. The next race will be way too crowded for the type start we had this time.

It was mind blowing to see that 18 foot Bark take off like a missile into the distance. He was half way up the channel to the bridge before most of us went 100 yards.

After only 100 yards I decide my gloves sucked and stopped to remove them. This turned into a hilarious disaster. The race committee made us use duct tape to stick numbers to our chest. The duct tape caused my zipper to jam. So there I am fighting to open my zipper, it took 3 tries and finally I ripped the numbers off my chest and got my gloves stored away. But not before I almost went in the drink when another racer rammed me in the rear. I thought what the hell was that, then I hear someone say sorry. I guess the head wind and current had someone out there paddling with their head down in such deep concentration they weren't looking where they were going. Oh well. After I regain my composure, I turn around to see if anyone else might be about to run me over. Nobody there except the Coast Guard, I'm dead last now!

After getting my act together, I try hard to catch up. Jacky's already at the bridge and the Bark is out of sight. I do catch up and pass a few people, then I see Jacky fall going under the bridge. The swift current and accelerated winds passing under it, carry her board away like a missile. The current is so swift it looks like small rapids under the bridge. She tries swimming after it, but has no chance to catch it, then in a final effort, smacks the deck with her paddle blade and is able to stop the board and get to it. Later she said she was about to give up and wave the Coast Guard boat down. I didn't see anyone using a leash, except me.

Once we make it under the bridge we think the brutal part of the race is over, as the course starts to turn right. WRONG, the head wind just never seemed to end. The fight continued and by the time we finally had wind and current working with us (about the half way point) we were spent.

From the half way point on, it just became a leisure race to home. In the final stretch I slowed down and finished the race with Jacky.

It was a fun way to get some exercise, meet some nice people, and just have a good time.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Race Report

This race was more of big time event, than a few locals getting together for a race. I heard estimates of 30 racers. All the winners were hard core racers from out of town.

The unlimited division was won by a guy from Virgina using an all carbon 18 ft Bark. The guy was a serious ripped athlete. 2nd place went to another serious athlete from Florida racing a F-14 custom. He was a lifeguard, who had planned to bring along 10 or so racing lifeguards from Florida with him, but prior commitments didn't allow it. 3rd place went to a women racing a 14 ft custom Bark. It looked just like the production Bark coming from Surftech this Spring. 4th place went to me, but don't let that impress you, because I was almost dead last among all racers, including the under 12'6 class. The winning time was 42 minutes. Jacky thinks we finished in an hour and 15 minutes.

The winner of the 12'6 class took home the free Laird. There were nice prizes down to 10th place in the 12'6 class and nice prices for all 4 racers in the unlimited class. That's how I scored an awesome Bark racing shirt.

The winner of the 12'6 class

The secret weapon that smoked the field

The Coast Guard followed the racers. These guys wore Kokatat drysuits. The brand we use, only their suits had some cool features not found on the suits sold to the public.

Race conditions were brutal. Strong N wind and strong currents, all against the direction we were trying to go, really spread the racers out. Racing upwind is not for me. I got into race boards strictly for down wind swell chasing in the ocean.

Today I was introduced to a whole new side of SUP. The guys who come from the OC1 or kayak side, and really just love to paddle and race.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The 9'3s, Tale of the Tape







Sinks @

@3/4 Flotation

9’3 C4






277 lbs

208 lbs

9’3 PSH Ripper






267 lbs

200 lbs

9’3 Naish






288 lbs

216 lbs

Isn't the 9'3 size all we really care about anyway? Yeah baby!

The Race Course

The race course map, for those watching at home! Actual distance 3.4 miles.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Big Race Saturday

Jacky and I completed a test run of the race course on Saturday. It takes about an hour to lap Harbor Island. The forecast NE wind of 15 that morning will make the upwind leg a bitch. I'm so tall, I'll probably go backwards faster than I go forward in that wind.

Mark, we're going past your house. Come join us.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Board Colors

It looks like the fin boxes are located farther back than most SUPs. They are in the normal prone surfboard position. Instead of the SUP position of 3-4" forward.

Check out the new C4 9'3 colors! Send me the green one ASAP

Note to Naish Marketing Manager "You're FIRED". What were you thinking offering only one color?