Year of the SUP Surfer

Happy New YearHappy New Year!  I have seen more SUP surfers out at the spots I routinely surf, a welcome addition.  Also I have met and been hanging out with more surfers then ever before, another welcome addition to my life.  The most enjoyable part for me is the welcoming inclusive vibe, everyone is glad to see each other and stoked to share waves.

I am looking forward to seeing what unfolds in 2018 and I hope to see you soon…

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Cohousing – A Modern Take on Tribe – Retribe Podcast #3

Cohousing – A Modern Take on Tribe – Retribe Podcast #3

On paper Cohousing might seem like any other Condo or Home Owners Association (HOA). Every CoHousing community I have seen looks, feels, and is very different. I am reminded of my transition to barefoot. I was unable to immediately ditch my rigid hiking boots and go barefoot all day, my feet were not ready for it. Likewise going straight from single family home to tribal living might be to much of a culture shock. Co-Housing seems to fit somewhere on the spectrum between domesticated humans in isolated single family homes and wild hunters and gatherers living as an egalitarian tribe.

In this episode…

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SUP Surfing Footwork – How to Position the Feet for Radical Turns

SUP Surfing FootworkLearning to move my feet rail to rail made a huge difference in my turns, control, and confidence in any conditions. In this video I break down the footwork that empowers us to do radical maneuvers, make sections, and kick out.  I slowed down and enlarged the footage so we can see how the pros move and position their feet to enable them to do stylish fluid turns.

For beginners this footwork helps us stay in control and have more confidence when taking a large SUP into a crowded surf zone.  With the right footwork we are safer for everyone around us and ourselves, this is an important skill to have on these bigger boards.  Also we are enabled to have longer rides and do those carving turns that feel so good…

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Building with Bamboo – Free and Clean

Bamboo Pole Camera MountOn day I added up the parts cost of one of the carbon fiber camera mounts I was making, the total was almost $200. I saw the bamboo poles that were sitting unused in my garage and remembered I only paid a few bucks each for them. So I spent the next hour hacking together a bamboo mount, tried it in the surf the next day, and it was a total and instant failure. I gave up on bamboo for a while.

Then over the course of a few months I tried…

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How to Downwind SUP Surf – Video

How to Downwind SurfA few weeks ago we had an epic super fun mass downwind surf outing – Glidezilla.

So fun to get together with this many surfers and water folks. Often I go alone or with a one or two people, so going with over 25 paddlers was a first for me. Awesome to have the social gathering before and after at the BBQ.  I hope this becomes a regular event.

I enjoyed Glidezilla so much I felt inspired to make a how to downwind video.  Seeing so many wonderful SUP surfers all around me I was able to confirm what works and what skills are needed…

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