Monday, October 26, 2009

One Interesting Idea I Might Test Myself

This handle idea has my interest.

Sam Pa'e did a nice job with this video at Makaha. PonoBill on Maui is also a fan of tail handles.

They swear waves just wash right over you and no leash rides.

Opinions...

7 comments:

CB1 said...

I've noticed that when my board is upside down (fins up), it pulls through the waves easier. Guess the handle will be the SUP version of a long board turtle roll?

My only concern would be if a wave sneaks up on me and I'm holding the handle and have not had a chance to flip the board over! Ouch!

curtis said...

I swear by the tail handle, I used two EZ plugs, clear tygon tubing and nylon cord. I use it to ride out the white water when I get caught on the inside

Anonymous said...

Most of the boards I've seen with handles don't have tail pad to the far back. I could have used it this weekend.

NCBA

CB1 said...

Have you identified a place to install on the SV or are you thinking about it for your custom w/double leash plug?

NC Paddle Surfer said...

If I install one, it would be like Curtis did it, with stick-on plugs. That way they can be removed with acetone before selling it.

curtis said...

I had to cut away a little on the tail pad to get the plugs down where I wanted, I tried to line it up with the leash hole. The guy at Surfco said that the black plugs have the strongest adhesive and the clear is the least strongest. I have the clear and it lasted since I got the SV in Feb. Surfco is the company who makes it.

curtis said...

I lined up the forward edge of the plug with the leash string hole