March 17, 2004
Ok…. I went out and demoed a few SUP’s and ended up purchasing a Oxbow Cruiser 12.
Basically I needed a large board as I’m a lard a… I mean large guy.
I liked the Oxbow Cruiser 12, as it was a board that could handle my weight range. This is a key consideration.
Use case: Flat water Standup Paddling – Primarily Lake
Experience, lots of youtube video watching Laird Hamilton and no formal training.
I’ve been out 7-8 times and been working on my paddling technique.
I’ll report as I continue to learn.
March 17, 2004
Ok… I’ve had the board 3 weeks and been out a dozen times or so.
Had a intro class with Zoar.
Lost 10 pounds.
Had my first unplanned dip on Shaver Pond in Grafton NY when a downed tree caught my fin underwater. Had to laugh when I climbed back on my board and noticed a guy sketching right there.
Still learning. The board is great, I have it on my roof rack and can run out after work and get a quick mile and a half paddle in in under an hour.
I am at this point working to get in as much board time as possible before the water freezes. I’ve done a little class 1 down river float and… wow… My new NRS Shorty came in today.
Still figuring out the right paddle length…. I have a Bic adjustable right now, but am eying an 82 or 84" Werner, for Touring… I understand that, just like in Kayaking, blades for white water paddling are shorter than flat water.
This is something you really should try. What a blast.
July 28, 2004
Good job man , isn’t it a blast. Had my board for almost 2 weeks.
I’m starting to learn to walk the board. it’s hard to hold a surfers posistion on it. Do you have the small fins for yours? I’m thinking of running Fife Brook next spring. Need a lot of practice in the ocean first. Ocean will be good for balance.
So far I lost 2 lbs.
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