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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Howly Wolf » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:13 pm

Arm is healed up and got a couple fluffy windswell sessions in recently. One with just me myself and I; another amidst the weekend vibe tribe. Both were fun for different reasons, mostly just glad to be back in the water and somewhat paddle fit.
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Major Lazer » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:57 pm

What happened? When did October turn into a bad version of April or early Spring? 2 weeks dry as of tomorrow....... even picked up a new grovler. Well I did hear the landlord was lurking at Indian. :shock:
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Howly Wolf » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:33 pm

What you pick up
Major Lazer wrote:...... even picked up a new grovler.


What did you end up getting?
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Major Lazer » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:12 am

Found a Fling Flang Flung in my dims! Well close anyways. Been several kicking around lately. Would prefer a liter or 2 more volume up from my standard SB, but price was right and board is brand spanking new! Hoping to test later this week.
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby BOX » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:36 am

I’ve had some fun outings lately as my summer dawn patrol sessions have now turned to evening sunset sessions. Wouldn’t say any of them were glorious, but I’ve snagged a few nice rides here and there that have definitely kept the stoke fired up. Not quite ready for the CT, but I can tell I’m progressing after a long plateau so I’m feeling good about that.

A guy in the water a few weeks back suggested I get a fish. He recommended something 6’3” x 23”. He may have been messing with me. Anyway, I’m around 5’11”, 170lbs or so. I’m currently riding a 7’6” egg that I’m happy with. I’m not currently ready to drop $ on a board right now, but was thinking of getting a log somewhere down the line for small summer days. Should I be considering a fish instead?
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Howly Wolf » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:58 am

Glad you're surfing more consistently and sensing progression, Box, although if your ultimate goal is contest surfing, you may be SOL since COVID has all but killed that career prospect for up & comers a bit younger than yourself :lol:

As far as the suggestion from guy in the water, I doubt he was messing with you, but you might want to take his advice with a grain of salt. Same with online idiots like me, but here is my opinion: 6'3 x 23" strikes me as too much board for a proper fish. When it comes to small wave boards, it helps to think about what you want to accomplish. You want speed and loose/flowy feel-- go fish; you want to cross step and savor the glide, go log; you want maneuverability akin to performance shortboarding, go groverler sb. The common elements are width & thickness and a flatter rocker-- length can go either way, but going short will fit better in the wave, whereas long will get you in early to point and shoot horizontally across the wave.

What it comes down to is having an idea what type of surfing you want to focus on and talking to your shaper about it. Tom MacNamera or Ryan LeBoss are the guys in your area that I'd talk to. Speaking from my experience, your local surf shop will try to sell you anything they have on the rack... if you go there to look at boards, don't go with money in your pocket and maybe take a trip north to get perspective from other shops. Also be wary of advertising from big name brands and online reviews; the surf industry has a bottom line just like anything else. Not that there isn't good stuff on there, but opinions are subjective and at times biased by relationships to the brand. Keep an open mind & be willing to experiment and try used boards that are sold at fair prices, if you're not sure what you want already.
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Major Lazer » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:00 pm

Assuming you've been living up to your handle there BOX..... Good points by Howly. Well there is the long fish, the stretched out midlength version, but don't get a huge over foamed fish as it will kinda defeat the purpose and just surf a lot like your egg. The OG Lis fish was a design surfed 6' and under and if you come from a snowboarding or skate background, a fish will compliment that quite well. Id say a 5'11" might be good for your weight height. I'd also go tri or quad or even better 5 fin boxes. Avoid the twin fish for now.

If you want to move to a shortboard, you could always just go full volumed shortboard or kind of a midlength shortboard hybrid: https://www.realwatersports.com/collections/lost-party-crasher This is just an example. Something like this might make a nice transition from egg to shortboard. Maybe a 6'0"- 6"2'?

In reality Id say get both, log for summer and small days, and egg and fish or shortboard for all else in between. 3 board quiver is pretty ideal and covers a lot of bases.
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Howly Wolf » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:08 pm

Major Lazer wrote:What happened? When did October turn into a bad version of April or early Spring?


Back to this point, it's kind of wacky that we're discussing small wave boards in the middle of October. Missing my annual October tradition of kicking myself for not sacking up and getting a gun... I guess it's good to plan ahead though since shaper queues are getting longer and longer even in the PNW. Congrats on the new old fling, Major-- always glad when craigs comes through-- looks like a plenty of opportunities to try it out in the immediate future :?
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:24 pm

Lota wind and weirdness this Oct. Typically like the smaller mid period swells this time of year when the sands been fairly stable and conditions seem to be butter more often than not. There's a consistency of variables we don't often get. I have noticed over the last 3 years or so, the last few weeks of August through September seem to produce better sessions than mid to late October, with good Novembers.

Sounds like a La Nina winter out the back. Recollection is stormy north and dry south, with less than optimum swell generation (for the south) despite storm activity. I did back to back mid winter trips to Baja in the late 90s and noticed a stark difference between El Nino, which had the points pumping week after week to La Nina which was hit or miss down there. Regardless we will suffer and pay our dues in the Beaver State. Looking forward to getting out of the county on a surf trip.

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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby BOX » Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:22 pm

Thanks, Howly and ML. I appreciate the advice.

I doubt he was messing with you… 6'3 x 23" strikes me as too much board for a proper fish


Yeah, he was actually pretty cool and seemed to be earnest in his advice. But I couldn’t find anything online with anything close to those kind of dims for a fish and I’m too ignorant about boards to know if he was joking about those or not.

going short will fit better in the wave


Which was the point of his advice. He thought the egg was too long to get into the waves that day and thought I needed to go shorter but still keep some float.

I'd also go tri or quad or even better 5 fin boxes. Avoid the twin fish for now

Ok, good to know. I was looking at twin set-ups online

If you want to move to a shortboard

I hadn’t really considered it before now as I figured they were more about performance and required a higher-level skill than I currently have. The board you sent in that link looked pretty good, though. I might have to rethink things.

What it comes down to is having an idea what type of surfing you want to focus on

Id say get both, log for summer and small days, and egg and fish or shortboard for all else in between


Really, right now my goals are set on just becoming a competent surfer. Not gonna lie, I like the ease and glide of a log, but I also want to be proficient doing carves, turns, and trimming down the line with speed. Not that the two are mutually exclusive, but I’d rather have the best tool for the job. Same I guess goes for small days in the summer as well. So, I guess it’s settled. I’ll need to pick up both types and fill out that quiver :lol:
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Major Lazer » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:20 am

Ended a 15 day dry spell yesterday...... kinda ate my words from my last surf report claiming I was surfdowt. Lower back tightened up a couple days later and felt like I had a knife dug into it for about a week :x Lifting what felt like an 80lb bag of Goodwill items may not have helped after I was already a little stiff. Getting old blows :!:

Anyways uber grovel on new grovler. Small, weak, and sectionly. There were some CH sets that typically would have made for some right runners on the 300+, but they were walled. Zone seems a little to packed with sand right now :?: Cant say I had to many opps to put new stick on a rail, or bash it, but seemed to paddle and catch waves relatively well and had some good squirt. Might of been better as a quad for angling in and getting up and going the fast little sections :?: Waves aside, was a gorgeous clear and bright sunny autumn day and killed dat valley rot.
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Major Lazer » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:50 pm

Lotta closeouts this Oct, some running waves, but tight peaks, and crowded which often frustrate midlife man. Nov has offered some quality to decent sessions tho....... saw an eagle cruising the line up yesterday.
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Tex » Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:39 pm

yo...tried to get a session report in right before the OSP Forum crashed so I am a bit delinquent. My buddy from Corvalis was up to visit his parents in Manzanita a couple weekends back. I figured I would meet him at SS at first light.

6:50 AM- 8 cars already in the middle lot- with the shitter.

Forecast was for sun and five foot NW swell. It brought the masses. We surfed second creek for a while with only 5-7 people on it. As the swell filled in, the South end was getting most of the size and of course the crowds. After getting 10 -15 waves that were smaller....waist to chest, I decided to go get some on the south end.

Paddled out through the slew of renters and waited outside. After 10 minutes, a set came and everyone started to jockey for position. About five guys went for the first wave, the second wave was bigger/better and four more surfers were stroking for that one.

I waited for the last wave which was also the biggest. Me and one other guy started paddling for it. I had priority as I was directly on the peak. I felt the wave start to jack and I yelled to the guy on my left that I got it...he still kept paddling, I continued to pop and yelled again, I GOT IT....he still kept paddling.

Now I had to navigate the lip, the jackbag on my left and three kooks in the pit. I yelled again....I freakin GOT THIS and then dropped in basically under his board. So little respect, it really baffles me.

I went screaming down the line of this 7 foot wave and carved it up pretty good, dodging the renters and watching their jaws drop from fear of getting run over. I paddled back out looking for that kook that was paddling next to me but never saw him. I wanted to ask how the view was from his freakin drop in perch. Got two more and then paddled north.

Serious diversity in the water, a black man that seemed to be speaking Slovakian was really blowing everyone out of the water, caught and destroyed everything.

Long story short, weekends in OR have killed SS. Cars parked along the highway for a mile past the lots. Wont find me at that beach on a weekend ever again.
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Re: COVID Sessions

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:19 pm

The North Coast was as crowded as I have ever seen it this Summer and Fall and it wasn't just at Shorties. This seems to be the case everywhere on the west coast, from the mountains to the ocean. Outdoor recreation was at an all time high in the West.

Surfed what used to be a lowish key spot 15 years ago at the beginning of the month that has actually been on the radar for a while now, granted sandbars tend to come and mostly go here year to year. It was kinda nuts. No parking. People posted up in vans and trucks, full on yard sales with all their gear in the road, etc.

As I was coming in a pack of 6 dudes were checking it. It seems six packs of millennials are the norm and don't get it during a pandemic :roll: I've been rolling solo as I most often do and when I have surfed with a buddy we have both driven. Last few sessions have been mellower and this rain and weather seems to have scared off the fair weather surfers, but winter has been busier for quite a while now.
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