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Discussion in 'Surfing' started by nedsurf, Mar 14, 2018.
Seen them at least 3 times in the last few months. A couple of times at PB Point and once at San Elijo. So far, the riders were (mostly) avoiding crowded peaks but only a matter of time I'm sure.
Don, saw one at Four Doors this last Fall. Mediocre surf and he was catching every wave in sight. A guy up here on the Peninsula has one but I have yet to see him ride it. Glider_boy is right, just a matter of time, chaos in the line up.
seen a couple guys at the newport river jetties, and one at the HB cliffs, the guy on the foil at cliffs was right in the middle of the crowd
I'm beginning to see more & more here at White Plains Beach, Oahu. Most are Stand-Up Paddle boards.
Saw a guy trying one on the south end of Strathmere. Seems like a weird hobby for NJ.
North end of Linda Mar on a head high day. A big guy with a helmet on a big sup and a waist leash. He was blabbing to the wife of a local about how he’d been out at a Malibu and was saying “Sometimes I just gotta run people over...” and things like that. I really was trying to ignore him because of his nonstop chatter and he seemed like a dork. A wave appeared on the horizon so I started to stroke to position and he started to paddle too. It wasn’t one of the bigger waves but fuck if I was going to let waist leash have it. He quietly said, “Don’t go for this one there’s a bigger one behind it.” Mmm hmm. I’d gone too far outside to chase it down but I tried. He caught it and low and behold there was a bigger one right behind it. Two paddles in and I was off to the races. Sweet. Thanks big sup guy. I slowly making my way back out south of the peak as a few more waves we rolling through when an odd wave swung wide. Surprise he was already back outside. I saw him paddle for it and thought “oh shit, I’m going to get clobbered.” In slow motion I saw the board rise up out of the water and everything went silent...a foil. I thought “oh shit this is where I die” - his angle was going to take him straight into me. From what I’ve seen of guys foiling there was no hard cut back or quick chance of direction especially on that big board so I paddeled hard as hell and in the direction of where he’d been. He flew by, missing me with plenty of room, I’d say he was about 10 yards away. He was pretty competent on it but holy hell.
I see SUP foils all the time at SanO. Usually south of Old Man's. Dog Patch or so. Talked to a ranger and he told me they hadn't even addressed the regular SUPs, since the "O" "K" signs are gone, let alone the foils.
As far as the SUPs, I thought I read that the State wants the signs back but the club is fighting them on that.
Occasionally there will be someone on a foil surfboard out there but so far they haven't been where it is crowded.
Probably a local buddy of mine. He’s only been SUPing for the last 10 years or so. Been surfing since we were kids. Saw the foil on the roof of his car in the Fall and talked to him. Said he’s trying to learn but swears it’s his “last” attempt at alternative equipment. At that point he said he hadn’t been able to get up on the foil using the paddle just behind a jet ski. Whack-a-Doodles.
I saw a guy in Seaside Park this past Labor Day unpacking a foil from his car first thing in the morning. I groaned when I saw him, but he seemed like a nice enough guy. I loaned him my screwdriver so he could put it all together. He was off by himself, mostly just struggling to catch anything. He was out for maybe 15 minutes before packing it up. I will admit that I could see myself zipping across the bay on this one, but I definitely canNOT see myself squeezing out $12k for one.