Sunday, August 17, 2014

I went ISUP

Haven't posted in a long time. My family and I moved to California and I wound up leaving my boards behind. So I have been renting SUP's out here when I have the time. I found a great deal on a Tower inflatable stand up paddle board so I decided to buy it. I was unsure about the stability of inflatable paddle boards having never tried one, but this is one strong and stable board. In the video ads for the product they show a man standing on the board suspended between two chairs so....I decided to try it. At over 230 lbs. this board held me up without bending! I haven't been out on the water yet, but I'm excited to try it and see how it handles both in flat water and in the surf.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Winter Windsurfing

This winter has brought some big winds to the Hudson River valley so I have been taking advantage of that and switching from my SUP board to my windsurf board. Here's a picture from a recent sail.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Robinson's Preserve

So, I took my last paddle on my vacation in Florida today before heading back home. I went out in this county park called Robinson's preserve in Bradenton, Fl. . The place is like something out of the movie Jurassic Park with it's overgrown vegetation and giant squawking birds. It has a sprawling marsh that feeds into both the Manatee river and Tampa bay. There are many trails in and around the marsh for runners and bikers, with bridges that cross over the waterways...all of which are high enough to remain standing on your board when going underneath them(yay!).

I kept paddling and paddling and the water trail just seemed endless in front of me. I could have spent the entire day there, it was awesome. I saw Ospreys , Herons, Flamingos and lots of jumping fish(Mullets).

Looks like it's back to the Hudson river for me...but it will be nice to be back on my board again.

Me paddling on my rented NSP 10'2" board at Robinson's Rest:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NSP = Not So Portable?

Well , I'm back down in Florida and once again I am without my board. So, I decided to rent one at the local surf shop. When I asked them what boards they had they told me they only had NSP boards for rent. Okay, I thought....I had rented an 11'6" NSP last time I was here. It was okay.....but really heavy!

So, this time I decided to rent the smaller 10'2". It's still really heavy! It's a very stable board and it handles better in the waves than the larger NSP, but overall I still prefer my Cabrinha 11'6". Although,  I really like that the NSP is pretty ding resistant. It's not so much an issue here in Florida where the beaches are all sand,but at home where the Hudson can be very rocky that would be quite an asset.

This time out I saw a school of dolphins, several stingrays, and my first shark (I think it was a lemon shark about 3ft.)! In addition I saw the usual pelicans, herons, and egrets. Pretty awesome!

 My 2 year old admiring daddy's board:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Magic Bus!

Well, at least for me it's magic. I love the sight of a big old bus loaded with stand up paddle boards.. It looks very retro, like from the seventies. The Paskowitz family lived and traveled in a smaller vehicle(see Surfwise the documentary). This particular bus is located on Anna Maria Island , Fl. where I used to live and am visiting right now.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Windy Summer

So....I've been fortunate to get out on the water quite a bit this summer. I have been splitting my time between my two favorite water sports... stand up paddle surfing and windsurfing. In fact I just bought a new windsurf board. I've been looking for a board I could progress on. I have a Starboard Rio L and really enjoy sailing it, but I feel like I'm getting to a point where I can handle a smaller, faster board (we'll see). I was fortunate to find a used Hifly free 139L. Here are some pics of the board.

I will post again on this when I've had the chance to sail it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Croton River

For those who don't know, The Croton River is an offshoot of the Hudson river in a town in Westchester NY called Croton on Hudson. Back in the silent-era, ''Tarzan'' productions starring Elmo Lincoln were shot on the vine-covered banks of the Croton River. Needless to say I was a little disappointed that while stand up paddle surfing there today, I didn't see any hippo's or gators. Just a few Blue Herons.

I guess I'll just have to use my imagination......and photoshop!

Elmo Lincoln in a tree on the Croton River ?