Author: Max Francisco

Day 3 is paid for! The body is conditioning to paddle boarding

Day 3 is paid for! The body is conditioning to paddle boarding

Got home from work around 6:15pm, ate dinner as I was quite hungry, got my water pouch ready and out I went. I was debating if I should eat and try exercising ‘fasting’ for better results. It wasn’t this time yet. I had lunch right […]

Racing paddleboarding: my start and the first five sessions

Racing paddleboarding: my start and the first five sessions

I have bought a racing paddle board and you know about that from my last post here. By the way, it has been a while. I was supposed to write about it but ended up getting busy with work, life and other projects. Yes, I […]

The storage arrangement for the new racing SUP

The storage arrangement for the new racing SUP

I haven’t told you about my recent upgrade from inflatable paddleboards to a proper racing sup board. Yes, that finally happened. I bought a second hand JP Australia board from a paddler in Fort Lauderdale. He is about to upgrade to a new board and needed a new home for his old board. It was a good deal and I just need to fix some minor dings.

The thing is that my current storage arrangement was not ideal for rigid boards. I have been riding inflatables for the last two years and I can be as careless as I want. Inflatables don’t ding. Rigid boards do and easily. With the new epoxy (I believe) board in hand I had to do some arrangements to avoid board decay. Obviously these board are reinforced o withstand and last a long time, but they are heavy and bulky – it’s a 14 feet board – and it can tough to maneuver it in small spot. Thankfully I have a wide yard and from my car to my storage place I can carry the board rather easily if I’m careful.

I have been storing the inflatables on the floor right outside my kitchen wall. It’s shaded under a huge tree but the boards sat on this tree roots. It’s quite leafy so the leaves were working as cushions for the boards. That didn’t work so great for the rigid board. When I lower the board on top of the hard roots sticking out of the dirt, I can hear the thumpf! and it hurts my soul. The board doesn’t get scratched or anything if I’m careful but the sound is awful.

Having two inflatables, I ended up with the hard board on top of the first inflatable and the other inflatable on top for shading. The problem with that is that I need to remove the fins everytime.

Talking to some friends they said the best thing is a rack that can be easily built with a few wood pieces. That is going to be my weekend project. I even have the 2×4’s already for the structure of the surf rack. Will post pictures to let you know how it goes.

The exposed roots of the tree with the board on top.

Dolphin hits paddleboarder and video goes totally viral

Dolphin hits paddleboarder and video goes totally viral

So here it comes; a perfect wave! All of us are going to ride this wave! Then, just as the wave crests I see this asshole standing on some shit and he’s right in front. So dolphin one leaps out, lowers his snout, and takes […]

Cloudy to sunny SUP Yoga classes in Fort Lauderdale with Kathy and Natasha

Cloudy to sunny SUP Yoga classes in Fort Lauderdale with Kathy and Natasha

On an overcast saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale, I met with two ladies that are making things happen on the water. And what started as a rainy day turned out to become a sunny and beautiful February day in South Florida perfect for paddle board […]

Choosing a SUP Race Board: customize your racing paddleboard with the Flying Fish 3D board builder

Choosing a SUP Race Board: customize your racing paddleboard with the Flying Fish 3D board builder

The word “Slick” according to Google Translate is the definition of an impressive and efficient action or thing. That might also just be the definition of the new Flying Fish boards 3D custom board builder. The thing is impressive and can cause you to spend hours in front of your computer. Before you spend hours paddling on your new board.

Slick – adjective

(of an action or thing) done or operating in an impressively smooth, efficient, and apparently effortless way.
a slick piece of software
Synonyms: efficient, smooth, smooth-running, polished, well-organized, well run, streamlined.

Flying Fish Board Company based in Stuart, Florida, built a reputation of custom boards that filled the void left behind by stock boards. As paddleboarding grew over the years, Flying Fish would provide paddlers with boards that would fit their style, their weight and height and the kind of paddling they wanted to do. Flying Fish’s “Find Your Glide” slogan comes from that belief of designing and handcrafting the lightest and most efficient boards possible. And they seemed to have achieved that lately with the addition of the 3D custom board design features to their website.

On the 3D Design Center page one can custom build their new racing or surfing paddleboard based on 4 models. After picking the initial model, it brings you to the configuration screen, with dimensions and volume predefined, and from there you can pick your boards length, width and thickness based with the help of a “Volume Wizard”. You simply pick a desired Volume for your board, and the wizard will suggest Length, Width and Thickness ideal for performance under that defined Volume.

The next steps would be to pick the extra features for your board. I am looking for a racing paddleboard, so I picked the Freeglide model as my base model. From there, on the race board option you can pick a deep or a normal step down deck. You know, this is where your feet stays as you paddle. The dimensions can be changed from the traditional 12’6″ and 14’0″ boards. Flying Fish gives you more options, like the 10’6″ length ideal for teenage racers or just shorter paddlers.

As you adjust the width, careful with a very narrow board that might not be that stable for your height. The cool thing about the custom board designer is that you can see the change on the screen, as you change width. Another cool feature is the possibility of choosing a cockpit. This is an important item on a race paddle board. As stated above, this is where your foot stays. Usually a deeper cockpit means more stability as you are sunken down and the side elevations allow for wider stance and keeping that extra balance with the side of your foot. From the base models, the Flight has the deeper deck, with a large difference of the front of the board, but not so much on the sides.

Flying Fish Board Designer in action
Flying Fish Board Designer in action.

 

Extra features for your racing board

After picking the main features of your board, Flying Fish also paid attention to the details and offers a bunch of extra features for an added small cost. You can change the logos, add more handles, GoPro Mounts and bungee cords. Remember for racing, the more handles you have, the more options to hold your board and carry it under different conditions. Like on the beach, or putting it on the top of your car.

The hull of a ship. http://www.themodelshipwright.com/prototype-shipbuilding/the-hull-the-heart-of-a-ship/An important feature I did not see on the Flying Fish company board designer was the ability to pick a nose for your board. As this is such an important feature, it could be available but I can imagine why they didn’t. A different hull means more force needs to be applied, also means more displacement of water or less. It depends on what kind of paddling you do. For downwind a more pronounced keel will give you better tracking on the water, but will make it harder to turn your board. I believe Flying Fish is a board for performance and you can certainly inquire when requesting your board.

And that is exactly the next step: after picking all features for your board, you need to submit your profile. A form with a questionnaire about your paddling style with give the shaper an idea of what you are looking to achieve on your paddleboarding. Then you can even personalize the board with your name, date, etc…

Form to send your paddling profile to the shaper.
Form to send your paddling profile to the Flying Fish shaper.
Form to complete your order and personalize your board.
Form to complete your order and personalize your board.

This video from 2015 by Carolina Boards, gives a good run down of the different features on a racing paddleboard.

Paddle board fitness classes with Jenna in Fort Lauderdale

Paddle board fitness classes with Jenna in Fort Lauderdale

Paddleboard Fitness Instructor, Jenna is a Certified Personal Trainer that adapts regular workouts to anyone’s fitness levels on the water. Exercising on a paddleboard allows her to combine all elements of SUP to maximize your gains. Paddleboard fitness is great for the entire body and a class can […]

How about paddling and working in the fjords of Norway? This might just be your opportunity

How about paddling and working in the fjords of Norway? This might just be your opportunity

Fjords are those deep valleys, usually narrow and steepsided that extend below sea level and are naturally filled with seawater. Fjords are found in locations where current or past glaciation extended below current sea level and there’s nowhere more iconic for them than Norway. The countries countless […]

Do you also pick up trash while paddling?

Do you also pick up trash while paddling?

Ever felt obliged to pick up trash while on your leisure paddle? It turns out, it’s not an uncommon thing. A sense of duty takes hold of us paddleboarders as we enter the water and encounter a pile of plastic or trash and compels us to pick that up, bring with us and dispose it properly.
I have caught myself many times leaving the water with the few pockets I had filled with plastic I have found floating next to me on the ocean or river I was paddling at. And It feels great!

That tiny action feels good because we already know the damage a small piece of plastic that someone disposed can cause to wildlife. You have seen the pictures before of animals deformed because they were caught in plastic and grew up like that. If you need a reminder, below is an example. Not only that, that action became now a movement. I stumbled across an article that pointed me to Buzzfeed.com and talked about the new fitness craze called ‘Plogging’, a movemnt that will save your life and the environment. This latest fitness trend from Sweden already has a loyal following in Scandinavia and Germany, and is quickly starting to catch on in the United States among exercise aficionados intent on picking up trash while they run.

The term “plogging” is actually a combination of the word “jogging” and the Swedish word “plocka upp,” which means to “pick up.” In other words, to pick up — in this case, rubbish or litter — while jogging, an activity that perfectly unites the popular self-centered resolution to get in shape with an outwardly focused goal to do something positive for the environment. Not only jogging, a lot of people pick up trash and we should adapt that to paddleboarding too.

Turtle wrapped in can plastic.

Unfortunately, our urban water trails are often littered with anything from tires to plastic cups. Fortunately, a few individuals and groups have been organizing all over the country (and the world) to tackle the problem little by little:

– H2O Trash Patrol is an organization founded by couple Patti and Lorenzo Diaz who clean up marine debris on stand up paddleboards in San Diego
H20 sup patrol San Diego.

– Woman sets out to paddleboard length of England to highlight plastic pollution.
Lizzie Car Debris.

– Shocking video from paddler Alison Tea highlights pollution on LA waterways
Alison Teals LA waterways

And a new post by shows Alison’s feat in full…

The most affordable racing #sup board

The most affordable racing #sup board

I had been looking for a while now for an affordable racing paddleboard as I’ve been wanting to join my fellow folks at 954 Race league in Fort Lauderdale. I was still not ready financially, that is, to purchase a full fledged carbon race board. […]