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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Ok so i've tried to not respond to this thread for obvious reasons, but after reading some of the responses i think i'll go ahead and weigh in on the subject from a perspective most on here do not have. Being a prone surfer for approx. 17yrs prior to picking up an SUP about a year and half ago
    that's cool you can actually pick that beast up. you must be burly.

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    Next up, a new type of Hawaiian outrigger canoe that can hold 2 or more 'surfers', with a better planing hull that can rip waves..
    ..working on a design now. We'll show the SUP's how to dominate a spot. What's next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    Paipa, alaia, body surfin’ and boardin’, wake surfin’, knee boarding, long boarding, short boarding, kite surfing, wind surfing, stand up paddlin’; which of these are not surfing, which of these are? Depending upon where I am or the conditions, I’ll go to some pretty desperate lengths to get some water time. Seems to me, they all seem to have one thing in common. They get me in the water and movin’ faster.
    ^This, I don't care what people ride as long as they can respect the lineup and the ocean. I think it's the trendiness of the whole thing that leaves that initial bad taste in the mouth. I was thinking about this thread yesterday chuckling to myself, you gotta give it to the OP, f**king hilarious, downright funny. I've yet to see an SUP'er with the trucker hat though, but I can tell you that when I do, I'll definitely have another little laugh, thanks OP.

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    My old man was part of the second generation of surfers in NY. Only a handfull of guys, even during the Gidget insanity, were surfing. He taught me how to surf. His knees went on him. Now, he has an SUP and when its 3 feet and glassy he goes out and catches waves and comes home with a look in his eyes like he was 12 years old again, full of salt and sand, and totally stoked. For the record, I understand what it means to be a waterman, and what it feels like to put your rail into a wave and fly down the line. I was certainly poking fun at the insane fad that SUP has become, and some of the hilarious pics above kind of hit that nail on the head (grandma with the live preserver is 'fridge worthy'). But like so many people who love the ocean have said - respect the ocean and everyone else in it. If you're on a potato chip, a long board, or an SUP, you better know how to control it and respect the line-up. Then, like a ton of different predatorial fish on a bait ball, everyone gets a turn and goes home with a belly full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manisses View Post
    My old man was part of the second generation of surfers in NY. Only a handfull of guys, even during the Gidget insanity, were surfing. He taught me how to surf. His knees went on him. Now, he has an SUP and when its 3 feet and glassy he goes out and catches waves and comes home with a look in his eyes like he was 12 years old again, full of salt and sand, and totally stoked. For the record, I understand what it means to be a waterman, and what it feels like to put your rail into a wave and fly down the line. I was certainly poking fun at the insane fad that SUP has become, and some of the hilarious pics above kind of hit that nail on the head (grandma with the live preserver is 'fridge worthy'). But like so many people who love the ocean have said - respect the ocean and everyone else in it. If you're on a potato chip, a long board, or an SUP, you better know how to control it and respect the line-up. Then, like a ton of different predatorial fish on a bait ball, everyone gets a turn and goes home with a belly full.
    Way to bring it back around full circle. Glad your Pops is able to continue his stoke, it's something I hope I never lose.

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    whoever started this thread had the best first post ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manisses View Post
    Someone gave me his book. You can’t really read it, because it’s mostly pictures. Of him. The golden boy. Tan. Blond. Buff. And a few of him with his volleyball playing wife, who is hot. It has sections on diet. And yoga. And noni juice. And all kinds of other stuff that Laird likes to do. Apparently, he’s hanging upside down now. For 30 or so minutes a day. Says it “Changes his perspective.” He’s been on the cover of every single men’s magazine that exists - twice. In almost all of those articles, in his book, in all the videos of him surfing less than 30 foot swell, he’s talking about one or he’s on one – the SUP. He’s quoted as saying “once you walk, you don’t want to crawl again.” I mean, you kind of wish he was a little more like Noll. The Bull. The quiet type. A little rough around the edges. A beer drinker, not a noni sipper. Maybe even light one up after a session, drop a few f-bombs. But no. He’s a Preacher and a Profit. And His followers flocked to surf shops and online and anywhere they could get their hands on one. A SUP.<br /><br />Do you remember the first time you saw one? I was out with a handful of guys on a beautiful march day with light winds and head high pretty consistent surf. All of the sudden this madman comes.... standing up into the lineup on some kind of a… surf kayak! He gets out and…. he’s still standing up! Just hanging out about 20 yards from the rest of us with a paddle in his hand, standing. A set comes through and he’s wobbling and paddling and takes a couple of deep strokes and gets this massive surf kayak into a wave. He comes screaming through the line-up on this thing like it was set on rails. Might as well have been a J class sailboat. It was huge! No chance of a turn, a cutback, a carve. Just flying down the line. I was straight up f*&king mystified. I think I took a set wave on the back of my head as I turned with my mouth gaping and watched this guy ride this… THING well into the cove beyond the break. Then he turns it around, and heads right back out, and wobbled into the best of the set waves for the rest of the afternoon. And you know what - he had one on. Yep. You know it. The most essential item to a SUPer. A trucker hat. <br /><br />During the last swell, which was the first decent swell in a while, they were all over the place. I got out on Thursday morning at 6:15 and there were five guys in the water. All five were on SUP’s. Just dominating wave selection and leaving very little on the bone for people who like to catch a wave, stand up, then actually perform what SUPers do not know or understand – actual surfing maneuvers. Cutbacks, slashes, carving turns, floaters, airs (well, not for me…but….) We crawlers actually still surf. I ended up having to play US Marine and performed some outflanking. I got mine. As it started to get a little more crowded, a set came through and all five of the SUPers caught waves and came flying through the lineup on rails. Two to a wave. With the trucker hats on. I swear to you, one of them even a pair of Nike water socks on. Big smiles from these tourists as their surf kayaks created a wake through us lesser wave lovers. Those of us who, according to Laird, had not yet evolved to the glory of the… SUP, just had to frown back at them. I thought that somewhere, Laird was drinking noni juice hanging upside down channeling the Dali Lama and maybe singing songs with Eddie Vedder on the Uke while his hot wife made him some organic sustainable snack. And as I sat there paddling for position for the next decent wave while the 5 surf kayakers were paddling and wobbling their way back out, I said to myself and anyone listening: “F%$k you, Laird Hamilton, wherever you are.”
    Post of the year, even this year.

  9. #39
    If SUP is at a peak with other prone surfers, I always drop in on them. You can't play with the big boys when you use a crutch. Go to an empty peak or SUP in a bay.

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    I hate this thread.