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Just cant go back...

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Created by Souwester Two weeks ago, 3 May 2018
Greystoke
85 posts
12 May 2018 9:16AM
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This is a great post, from reading some of the responses it's obvious that most are old school surfers who have old injuries or just reached a point in their surfing where it became to frustrating to ride a short board anymore, so we have evolved our surfing expreince to now include SUP surfing. I too feel like a grom again, the feeling and anticipation of seeing that set from way out back while standing and getting in position, dropping into a huge wave again and drawing out the bottom turn with paddle now replacing open palm, eyeing that steep section and either pulling into and cross stepping or snapping back into a re-entry...you just can't beat that feeing. For me it out weighs any negative feeling you may get from carpark, beach or line up. As far as Im concerned at 58 yrs old. Like most here, I've invested in time and money with the amount of surf boards and SUPs I have owned and still own, from someone who use to be a hater of SUPs to now only wanting to ride SUPs I feel privileged to be a SUP surfer and now try to educate those around me who have yet to try SUP as another option... Some are a few hard core surfing peers who just don't get it...Kiwis surfers generally tend to resist change, more waves for us...Stay stoked

Souwester
WA, 873 posts
12 May 2018 10:40AM
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The only downside I have noticed is that when I can't SUP it really bums me out..

In 2 weeks I snapped one SUP, broke my paddle and dinged the other SUP I borrowed from a mate and it really made me sad ha ha, lucky I had the Mal to keep me on the water but it just was not the same..

LogeiaLad
QLD, 84 posts
12 May 2018 4:56PM
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Greystoke said..

JEG said..


Greystoke said..
Same here for all the reasons stated above. I started SUPing 5 years ago for the same reasons, I still have my short board and longboards but they are just gathering dust now, I won't part with them as they gave me so much and enjoyment over the last 30 + years. I remember Luke and the boys at Ocean Addicts warning me after purchasing my first SUP a 9"6 Manawa "you'll never go back" I just laughed and thought SUPing will only be for flat water and small waves. I was wrong they were right... Now I own four SUPs, from 8"3 to 10"6 for all wave types. I will never go back stay stoked.





as you get older sup is a good mate to have before retirement village.



And beyond I can see it now, SUP pensioners board riders club awesome! Looking forward to it.


I'm there already (pensioner) just need the club! But maybe not. Too many pensioners in the line-up now - crowds don't thin out during "business hours"!
Great to see people staying active.

darbs
QLD, 32 posts
12 May 2018 5:56PM
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Count me in just turned 65, one knee replacement, buggered shoulders and elbows but can still sup. Great for the gracefully ageing surfer .

darbs
QLD, 32 posts
12 May 2018 5:59PM
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Count me in just turned 65, one knee replacement, buggered shoulders and elbows but can still sup. Great for the gracefully ageing surfer .

Seajuice
NSW, 197 posts
12 May 2018 9:12PM
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JosephBetts said..

Seajuice said..
I love em all. Short board, mini mal, SUP & now foil.
But at my age of 58 years, weight around 80 kgs & week paddle power my short boards are all around 38 to 44 litres. 6ft to 6ft 6" long.
They all have their differences in feel. The SUP for early take offs, long rides & ease of paddling. The mini mal for that gliding speed & carving. The short boards for that skateboard feel especially going back from a SUP. Love the feel of my Sunova single fin for its speed & carves. I'm not much into shredding because I can't do it. Lol! But remember when I was young trying to that elusive 360 & tubing the shore breaks on my late 70s single fin Carrabine board. And now the foil board for its whisper quietness with turbo speed & air float.
Jack of all trades master of none. Lol.



What else is good about the foil? They seem like the thrill of riding them cannot be explained?


Well I just got my first successful run on the foil. I love how when you get off the water everything goes silent, floaty & soo silky smooth. No corky bouncing. Just spongy lifting & lowering as as the ecceleration doubles! And if you want looseness, just a small turn can be quite zippy but most times, uncontrollable. Lol. And you can still ride a wave as normal, but from an elevated view. Love it. But still will not leave my other boards. All different feels & techniques. Always nice for a change & challenge.

brown
WA, 9 posts
Tuesday , 15 May 2018 6:55PM
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Been supping it for about 3 years now after 10 odd years on short boards. My knees were stuffed so bought a sup and never looked back. Really enjoy being out there getting long rides and enjoy the view from the stand up .
What ever makes you happy eh.

Frothn
16 posts
Tuesday , 15 May 2018 7:35PM
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I think it's just part of your own evolution as a surfer and wanting to be on the ocean.

Like from short boarding, then in to more fish shapes ect as you realize you can have more fun on them on a lot less then ideal conditions that we all constantly get.

I still always have a shorty in the car but now with a sup in there or on the roof you know that no matter what the conditions or size of waves, you can at least go out and have some fun. Instead of headin home after searching the whole coast line for nothing. The challenge of riding smaller sups, the fitness the advantage of stroking into any wave. It's all part of it and it's all good and it's all too fun.



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