A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby zensuni » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:14 am

Uncle Grumpy wrote:When I first started riding the alaia style boards it took me about six months of regular use before I felt like I had it figured out.
Completely different from other craft.


I was thinking of making a new plywood board with that kind of dimensions (150cm x 40cm), my current is only 120cm long.
How would you describe the difference of riding between alaia boards and others ? I would say they need to be turned more from the nose, and the back just follows ?
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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby Uncle Grumpy » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:53 am

Faster for sure.They glide right over flat spots. Also more comfortable paddling for me with my bad neck.
I'm not so sure about the turning from the nose.
I feel it's more from the middle like right where your navel would be when you are riding.
I use my body as much as my legs for maneuvering the board.
FWIW I have a couple boards that are mostly plywood but they don't get ridden as often as my all wood boards.
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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby zensuni » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:02 am

Hi there
Yesterday I had a fun paipo session, early morning, empty peak (very rare!), nice waves by my standards.
A lot of closeouts but nice long lines.
I took the gopro on a stick to film some videos:
https://youtu.be/8DMDxrTcXbI
The stick is a pain in the ass to surf with, I might use a classic "mouth mount" or an helmet cam next time :lol:
I was alone for 45mn, then the crowd arrived, the tide changed, and the surf started to be weaker. Limited amount of good waves for a lot of surfers.
Knowing that the good part of the session was behind me, I took the surf mat so I could arm paddle a little bit, kind of a workout, and why not catch a few waves.
Beside the usual questions I get every time I use it (I have to explain the whole surf mat thing to doubtfully surfers), it was still fun, I had a few epic ones.
Next time I'll go even sooner, I think being alone in the water worth it :D
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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby bgreen » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:22 pm

I have started to get the hang of using a GoPro. Most of my efforts have been unsuccessful - including upside down footage. I think the helmet has the most potential to generate better quality footage and be less intrusive to the surfing experience.

They can be fun to capture the feel of a surf experience - you see a lot of things you don't notice when surfing and see what your board is doing (water off the rail etc). Unless a wave has size or is pretty hollow, a lot of footage can be pretty ordinary.

I find the camera detracts/distracts generally from the surfing experience. Having said all this, I'll dig mine out when the circumstances seem right.

Adam does a lot of Gopro - https://www.facebook.com/kingwakaskorner/
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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby zensuni » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:50 am

Just a single wave shot during the last weekend, in an estuary in France:
https://youtu.be/Dn5ZKcb-CtU
I like this place, waves are smaller, but when it gets a little bigger it produces dirty, choppy, yet fun waves, in brown water.
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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby zensuni » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:26 am

Another couple of small waves from my last summer trip in Galicia
Still the same finless plywood board
https://youtu.be/7xY8HL6MfTI
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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby rodndtube » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:16 am

Nice ride on the wave that never really broke!
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Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Unread postby zensuni » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:30 pm

rodndtube wrote:Nice ride on the wave that never really broke!

Thanks, I love these "no breaking" waves :)
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