Stand up Paddle Surfing from a novices viewpoint - My complete journey
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Been off the board since last Thursday week now. After eagerly watching the swell charts Shane and myself managed to paddle into a very hollow, lowish tide Gwithian on Thursday 29th.
The sea was like glass with a rock solid, head high swell. Most waves were close out's but there was the odd shoulder that gave an incredibly fast lip hugging, butt clenching, and as it turned out foot slicing ride. First wave clipped my foot on one of the fins in the white water. Thought at first that I might have just lost some skin but jokingly said to Shane as I paddled back out that I'd just cut my toe off. The coolish water must have deadened the feeling somewhat so I carried on for a couple of hours - great session. Probably not the best move - neither was packing the new mouth that I'd made in my foot with sand as I trudged back up to the van. The guy in casualty that stitched me up had great fun dredging '3 Miles of Golden Sands' from between my toes.
Three days later and my foot turns red and blows up like a dark red spacehopper full of custard at very high pressure - all thoughts of getting back in the water this week as the summer swell of the year hits fade away until the antibiotics do there cell bursting stuff - possibly as I write this.
So apart from the storm in my foot there is a hurricane of words flying around the net regarding the heel depressions that seem to be appearing like crop circles on boards around the world - I have had some appear on the deck of my 9'8" - nothing drastic but enough to mention to Tim at the Longboard house and John from Starboard. Both assure me that there is nothing to worry about - so I'm not, at the moment.
In my board rack I probably have a dozen custom surfboards all with compression marks of some form or another - I expect my long boards to last me two years before I retire them. Most shortboarders would be chuffed to get a decent 12 months out of their kit less if they ride hard.
No point putting a level flat across the middle of the board as the centre is slightly raised and falls away to the rails - obviously this would exaggerate the impression of the hollow
Skate boarders trash their kit on a super regular basis. If I get worried about my deck I have registered my concern within the warranty period with my supplier who I trust implicitly.
If the deck was to delam after my warranty period but within say two years I would probably push for a seriously 'reduced cost replacement' backed up by StarBoard. If this were not to happen I would probably vote with my wallet and find an alternative product. After that I don't think that I could complain too much. One argument that could be levelled about the situation is regarding the second hand value later on - fair point but I suppose I bought my board to ride and my value comes from me using it not what it's worth when I'm done, that's a bonus not a right. The only board I have that is in pristine condition is the one hanging on my living room wall. And that's never been ridden.
I have been a bit pissed of about the cracks and scratches that have appeared in the board but when I check out USED C4's they seem pretty battered as well - just that the white shows less damage. Perhaps a custom would hold up a bit better as the paint is on the foam not a top coat - perhaps it's flailing around in the surf with a paddle like something out of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre that's doing it. All I know is that I am (was!!) riding harder and longer than before - and that's nice!
Plus the model range has two option's 'Tuf Skin' and 'Sport Tech' can't say that I didn't have the option.
Busy week coming up - stitches out Monday - off to France on business Tuesday and Wednesday - Check out the BSUPa comp at Gwithian on Sunday (work Saturday so only socialising) - then off to France with the bikes and boards on Monday for a week.
Now I'm off to check the dents in my deck!! Big thanks to all who read this and take the time to comment - please keep it coming