Sunday, December 30, 2012

Worse than goatboating!

Yes, it can be if you surf at crowded beaches.

However you can explore places where it is too choppy for SUPs to go. One such place is around the point at Long Reef on Sydney's northern beaches. There is a fun little wave that breaks between two rocks. It looks like a close-out but because the whitewater backs off the top of the swell after it breaks you can drive across the wall in either directions (away from the closest rock).

Still, goatboats do that too..

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Here's a good idea - kneelupps.info

Why don't I explain how I have been surfing these last three or four months, since mid 2012?

KUPS - Kneel-up paddle surfing

Any SUP I can stand up on is too big to surf. So with the Naish paddle I use I don't have to. It is a Makani 8.0 Vario
naishsurfing.com/makani-series

Kneel-up and use the paddle in the short position, catch the wave then stand up.

Upsides:
  • With the usual shot period swell we get in Sydney SUPs get jostled by the chop,
  • Stronger stroke at the take-off,
  • Quickly adapt to different boards,
  • Easier to get up than from lying-down paddling
  • All the benefits of surfing a long-board.

Downsides:
  • Hard to keep your knees on the board as wide and your feet would be;
  • Have to get up from kneeling at take-off;
  • Some SUP people will say it's the lamest thing they have ever seen.
Boards I am riding:
Star Board 8'5"a bit like this 2012 model, but much older. star-board-sup.com/2012/product/?q=pocket-rocket-8-5-30

and

Bonga Board 9'6"

So many in the 1770s on their knees

So many in the 1770s on their knees
en.wikipedia.org A view of Karakokooa in Owyhee by John Webber