Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Our Little Diamond Head

http://carolinabeachsup.blogspot.com/ more photos from Saturday here
Z man surfing our Diamond Head

For those that don't know, CB inlet has a lot in common with Diamond Head. It's famous in the windsurfing community for waves and high wind. So much so, windsurfers from all over NC and SC come here. From Charleston SC, to Charlotte NC, and in between, they come.

For SUP, it's also a lot like Diamond Head. Wonderful waves breaking a long distance.

A Must Watch Video Series

Study these videos and your paddle skills will improve tremendously. I especially love the 3rd video, because it shows Evan getting it wrong, then getting it right.



Thursday, August 27, 2009

Head High Sets

Awesome night of surfing at the house. Head high sets are here. It should be insane kitesurfing tomorrow and killer surfing Saturday morning.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More Weekend Photos

Autry and Z at the channel marker

Z wondering when the next one is coming


Z

Brad



CB1


Guess who?

Brad


Brian

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Finish Photos - Jacky's Custom Sub Vector

Weight with pad 14 lbs. Ready for shipping from CA to NC.

9'0 x 27.5 x 3.87



Friday, August 21, 2009

Hurricane Bill HUGE at CB Inlet

Brian Autry

Brian Autry-look close and you'll see his scalp in the center of the photo

Gearing up for massive waves 3/4 mile off shore.

Brad so excited he ran all the way to the water!


These images were tiny specs cropped from huge photos taken with a long lens on a DSLR camera. It was impossible to get good images so far out to sea. Surfing near the channel markers.

Brian Autry

Brad

Brian Autry


Brian Autry


Brian Autry

Brad and Brian


We all had the session of the year today at CB inlet. Somehow Brad and Brian have a knack for being the best photos. Sorry about the rest of the crew not making the cut.

There may not be any surfing tomorrow. The town is closing the beach we use to access this surfing spot, for fear of everyones safety. Bummer! It is supposed to be twice as big tomorrow. Although I'm not sure anyones heart can stand much more. Our chests were pounding out there today.

One cool thing that happened tonight, was about a dozen prone surfers drove down to the inlet to watch us. They saw us surfing way out to sea, from their spot, the CB pier, about a mile down the beach.

Morning Surf at CB Pier

Tomorrows surf spot. CB inlet. The break way off shore in this photo.


Brad at CB Pier




The ocean between sets. Flat!


Ouch!



Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hurricane Bill

We caught an evening session at CB inlet in the first signs of Hurricane Bill swell. The sets are well defined now. It should be amazing the next 3 days.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My HD Video Camera

Here is my HD video camera. It's a tiny little pocket still camera, that also shoots HD video using the .mov format.

My crystal ball says these still cameras that shoot video too, will make video cameras obsolete.



I also switched from PC to Mac. Once you go Mac, you'll never go back to a PC.

I took advantage of Apple's free iPod Touch with a MacBook Pro deal running right now. The iPod Touch just sold for close to retail on Ebay. With the tax free weekend in NC, and the back to school Apple discounts, this MacBook Pro was cheaper than a PC and loaded with way more useful software.

Windows Movie Maker can't handle HD video unless you upgrade to Vista Ultimate and then it can't use over 3GB of Ram without upgrading to x64. What a mess.

Mac goes x64 next month and the upgrade is less than $10 and iMovie handles HD video like a dream.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jacky's Custom Sub Vector

Here is a progress update on Jacky's custom 9'0 Sub Vector. This bad ass board has 5 "futures" boxes, no longboard box.

It is almost finished. Here it is prior to sanding off the leash plug and sanding the whole board. It currently weighs 12.5 lbs. That's about half the weight of mine. It will have a sanded finish, no gloss.

I see whole bunch of these sick light weight sub vectors in our future! Brad, the Brians, Z man, who wouldn't want one of these sick boards.

My plan is to demo the 9'6 production sub vector, then decide on my custom shape.





Sunday, August 16, 2009

What a Difference a Day Makes

We arrived at dawn to glassy fun surf, then later headed down to CB inlet to check the waves. To our total shock, the surf sets were chest high and breaking 1/4 mile offshore. It turned into the best session in 9 months, not counting big Friday. Unfortunately the camera batteries were dead by the time we relocated to CB inlet.

It was so sick at the inlet, one lone prone surfer had paddled about 1 mile out to the channel marker to catch some magic rides.

We drove back to the inlet for a PM session and found nothing. I checked the tide app on my iPhone. The water depth this afternoon is 4.9ft. The water depth when the inlet was going off was 0.3-1.2 ft. Note to self, always check the inlet first when the water depth is under 1.2 ft. The tide app is priceless.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturdays Epic Session - Not

Please excuse the metal rattling noise in the audio. I had a metal keychain type wrist strap on the camera housing. It made for some bad noises in the housing. I'll have that problem cured next time.

The new C4 sponge SUP is ideal for the beach house guest board. Or the wife and kid who prefer a board that's impossible to get hurt on and super stable. It's a pretty cool board. $750 retail and made in the US, not China.

Camera details at the end of the video.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

HD Video Tonight

A quick video test at near dark. I'm stunned the video is so bright, because the light was very poor.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Toys

Today is my first day playing with my new MacBook Pro and iMovie. I made this test video using clips of our Oahu vacation last Jan. We haven't seen glassy conditions like this in 6 months.

This weekend look for my new HD video efforts. This one is standard def with my old camera. Tomorrow is my birthday, so Jacky's giving me a HD camera.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Awesome Morning for Bloopers

Z man ballet. Love it!


CB1


Oh Shit!


CB1 paid the price!


BA


Doesn't look good...


Oh yeah!


A nice one for Z man


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