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    Poll: Both. I skated in the 80s, quit for 20 years and...

    Both. I skated in the 80s, quit for 20 years and took it up again a few years back. Usually ride a Carver in the skateparks when I can't surf - it's the closest substitute for surfing IMO. If you...
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    I don't think there is anything special going on...

    I don't think there is anything special going on with the decks flex-wise. Likewise, their wheels are ok but I wouldn't hesitate to try out something else. The magic in a Carver is in the trucks. I...
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    Btw you need a C2 for the rear truck, the magic...

    Btw you need a C2 for the rear truck, the magic of the carver is having a back truck that is locked in while the front truck is loose. Your back truck needs to be the more traditional style.
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    Never used the Gullwings. As to the deck issue...

    Never used the Gullwings.

    As to the deck issue - I don't think there's any particular magic to the carver decks, but I do recommend something that is a bit more of an old-school style. Personally...
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    Agreed. you really don't want to tanker surf...

    Agreed. you really don't want to tanker surf unless you are out there with an experienced captain who knows what he is doing. The rest of us surf the regular old waves, but trust me, none of you guys...
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    Boat=you got it.

    Boat=you got it.

    <15 mph onshores = TX offshores lol.

    It's pretty fun when it comes together here but wish it did so more often.
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    Personally I have never surfed it. But yes, that...

    Personally I have never surfed it. But yes, that spot is reputed to get quite good – sometimes. However, it is logistically very difficult to get to and reputedly quite sharky. And remember, as much...
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    TX has rideable surf way more consistently than...

    TX has rideable surf way more consistently than you would think. But it usually is weak, crappy short period windswell with howling onshores - often a total mess. We have fun here, but you East and...
  9. SUPs get a pass from me only when ridden by older...

    SUPs get a pass from me only when ridden by older ex-surfers (ie, no longer can surf due to back issues) who ride them well, can handle them safely and aren't wave hogs. Everyone else should ride a...
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    What dreamsofpakalas said. I've visited Kauai...

    What dreamsofpakalas said.

    I've visited Kauai on a number of occasions and never had any issues. Stick to known breaks, surf at places within your skill level, and be respectful and let a few...
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    Ellis Pickett indicated last spring that it was...

    Ellis Pickett indicated last spring that it was supposed to start after September (post-turtle nesting season) but haven't heard anything since - I assume I would've heard something if it was...
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    Lots of spots in the Gulf get swell. And more...

    Lots of spots in the Gulf get swell. And more often than you'd think. But usually onshore windswell junk.
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    Nice thread and glad to see other people as...

    Nice thread and glad to see other people as stoked about Carvers.

    I've got the 42" (Flowmaster) w/ C7/C2 and a 36" Venice, C7/C2. On both I'm running 65mm/88A ABEC 11 NoSkoolz instead of the...
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    It does look like rainfall in June can be kinda...

    It does look like rainfall in June can be kinda bad - July and August totals are much lighter. Definitely avoid Oct/early Nov.
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    Guanacaste is not too rainy that time of the...

    Guanacaste is not too rainy that time of the year. Afternoon-evening showers are common but it's not like the full on rainy season. You might get a few days of rain, but doubtful it will seriously...
  16. You can learn to surf in Nosara in the summer....

    You can learn to surf in Nosara in the summer. Lots of people do. It will occasionally get 2x overhead but 5-7 feet is more common.

    If you are in good physical condition, a good swimmer, and...
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    Truth. :)

    Truth. :)
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    Def go with C7 for a surf trainer.

    Def go with C7 for a surf trainer.
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    Carvers are great for bowl skating. I have the...

    Carvers are great for bowl skating. I have the 42" (flowmaster) model and ride it in parks all the time. But the point is not to do crazy airs or complicated lip tricks or whatever. It's different...
  20. Yep, I live in Austin and drive 3.5 hrs each way...

    Yep, I live in Austin and drive 3.5 hrs each way at least 2x a month to surf Corpus / Port A / Surfside etc. Have a number of friends who do the same. Yeah, TX waves are usually weak and choppy but...
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    Are you angling your takeoff? Seems like the most...

    Are you angling your takeoff? Seems like the most obvious answer to me.
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    I'd go with the C7, it's the original and closer...

    I'd go with the C7, it's the original and closer to surfing. I'm a fairly new / lousy surfer and it's helped me a lot - at least with the 10% of surfing that happens after you catch the wave and...
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    I have two Carvers: the Venice (36") and the...

    I have two Carvers: the Venice (36") and the Flowmaster (42"). I have also ridden a friend's Monsta (31"). Strangely, I love riding the Flowmaster in pools, it just seems a lot less squirrelly than...
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    Personally I prefer Carvers with longer decks,...

    Personally I prefer Carvers with longer decks, seems a little more stable and surfy. I have one setup with the 42" Carver deck (the Flowmaster) and one with a 36" (Venice), both with the C7/C2 truck...
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    I picked one up about 4 months ago, hadn't skated...

    I picked one up about 4 months ago, hadn't skated since the 80s, and got instantly hooked. Much closer to surfing than regular skateboards. I've started riding mine in the bowls at the local...
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