Thursday, April 30, 2009

SUPcup in 2 weeks!

Only 2 weeks until the first race of the season. If my 14' flat water racer doesn't sell in the next 2 weeks, I'll race it myself and kick some butt. It might be just a few butts, but I can assure you I won't be last.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Here is the BIG RACE coming this Summer




I've had several people ask me where Onslow Bay is. People who live here!
Check the photo below.

Monday, April 20, 2009

WINDY downwinder tonight



It was so windy tonight, I almost turned chicken and walked back to the truck. I could not hold onto the board in the strong wind. It almost knocked me flat on the beach.

But, I did go for it. Catching runners was easy.

I'm beginning to figure out the best way to catch runners is to wait until you get that "feeling" you're about to catch one, without doing anything, then add some paddle power and you're in. Trying to force yourself into a runner is a waste of time. You can't force it. The "feel" is something you only develop with time doing downwinders.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Video from this Morning

Surf was excellent this morning, but I was lazy with the camera.


Monday, April 13, 2009

My Race Board

My race board is FINALLY done. Paint, decals, pad, cargo retainers, 100% done.





Here is the windsurf fin I'm using. A race blade with swept tip, to prevent catching on a sand bar and ripping the box out.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Masonboro Surfing

We surfed Masonboro Island today.

Here we are loading the boat for the trip


Here we are arriving at Masonboro


A little video of our surfing

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Downwinding

This is what downwinding is all about. The perfect thrill when it's too windy to kite. Bring it on, 40 knots, 50 knots, who cares, we can handle it!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Videos are Back!



After the fun morning session the wind came up, so the new race board got tested. Here it is. 27 3/4 wide x 4 3/4 thick. More stable than board number 1. More rocker than board number 1. It felt perfect in the 18-20 mph wind today. I caught many runners and two really long rides. Both of my best runners came when spinning the ball, as taught by Todd Bradley.






Thursday, April 2, 2009

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Board #2

The finbox and inserts are going in tonight.

Board weighs 26.5 lbs before sanding.

You only have to suffer one more week with my board building posts. After #3 is completed, I'm retiring from shaping and going back to SURFING.

I've missed a lot of surfing time trying to get these boards done.