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About SunSurfer

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    An aesthetic carver


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    Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
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  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Ten boards between 160 & 180cm, 1995 to 2017 builds.
  • Current Boots Used?
    Modified UPZ RC10S. A pair of standard boots is just the start of the fun!
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Regular stance. Models: F2 & Bomber TD3 Intecs. Isocline plates, both DIY design/builds and BBP 4mm, with UPM & 4x4 pattern, ride with fixed axle front. Experimenting with stance distance & skwal style stances.
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  1. NZ 7-1 USA Redemption for the heart breaking loss in San Fran. That time Spithill managed an amazing comeback from 8-1 down to win 8-9 Done on a "shoestring" budget, Team NZ nearly closed up shop 2 years ago for lack of funds. Match racing tactics are starting to come out as control of 50 foot long boats capable of nearly 50 mph improves, Burling's hook-up on Spithill at the start of the 2nd to last race an example, as was Dean Barker (SoftBank Japan) keeping Spithill out of the start box long enough to get a penalty in the preliminaries. Been dreaming of this kind of sailing ever since I read "The 40-Knot Saliboat" as a teenager. Good week to be a Kiwi. Lions for dinner on Saturday.
  2. That was then, Today it's Team NZ 6, Oracle (USA)1, match point, and Peter Burling's wave goodbye to Jimmy Spithill. Larry must be wondering what he got for all his millions. Racing again tomorrow, Monday in Bermuda.
  3. UPZ Canada has it's off season sale on. CA $ 561 for new 2017 model.
  4. The colours and shapes are beautiful. The shapes merging one into another remind me of scrolling through CT and MRI images of the people I help care for revealing the structures inside.
  5. A contrary view would be that for anyone to carve well, good heel hold down is essential, and the appropriate shell shape and buckle configuration for the individuals foot shape is crucial to achieving that.
  6. I'd second the comment about narrow heels and preferring UPZ having tried Deeluxe. UPZ in Canada may still have their off season sale on.
  7. I keep being surprised by how many people on Bomber have been to Mt Hutt & Methven! For those who've never been -'s
  8. And Mt Hutt in New Zealand opened for this year's Southern Hemisphere winter season today. There's almost always SOMEWHERE you can go snowboarding.
  9. Came across this searching for carving vids on Vimeo!
  10. Dan Yoja has his Spring Sale on. I got my pair of UPZ RC10s from Dan, good fit using mondo sizing. Just purchased & received a pair of Intuition mouldable liners from these guys in Edinburgh via TradeMe. The original liners from the UPZs fit reasonably well, but I ended up getting a blister type injury on my rear leg shin after intensive riding with them. I have a wide forefoot and narrow heel. The UPZ shell shape suits me better than the Deeluxe series that Jim Callen @ Bomber will happily sell you a pair of. Both Dan Yoja and Jim Callen will ship stuff direct to NZ. You may be better off finding something second hand, boots and/or board, from someone in the Bomber For Sale section, or post a want ad. NZ Post has an American post restante address from where they will forward stuff to NZ.
  11. There are a number of threads on Bomber on using ski boots for carving snowboards. The writers mention a number of different brands and models. Again, TradeMe is your best place to look. Very occasionally, a pair of hard snowboard boots will appear on TradeMe. The sole length will be the determinant of whether a set of bindings can be adjusted to fit them. Are you familiar with the mondo sizing system? It's the most consistent way of finding something the right size for your feet. You'll need to know the length of your longest foot.
  12. Would get you up and going, a board and a pair of older SnowPro bindings. The 10m sidecut would get you making reasonable radius turns with moderate edge angles. Might find you need to make your own wedges to lift the rear heel and front toe. I've done that with my SnowPro Race bindings. Mt Hutt, there's at least one carver there who has appeared in Hutt's publicity photos for first chair of the season a couple of times. Read the tech articles for new riders on Bomber and spend some time doing the drills on the green slopes. When you carve a turn properly there is no polishing off of speed, so you can end up going very fast in a very short time. I found that trying to learn to properly carve on steeper slopes led to me skid/carving turns in order to control my speed. As I improved I could get higher on edge and tighten up the turns to control my speed.
  13. Hey Lee, there are Kiwi carvers here. Keeping an eye on the Trademe listings is a great way to pick up gear (boards, bindings and boots) cheaply. I've got quite a few boards in my quiver that way. I won't be bidding on the Oxygen cause I have too many boards in that kind of SCR range. Best of luck. My riding plan for the winter is quality rather than quantity, a week at Cardrona & TC in late August. Finding other carvers in NZ is finding whanau. The few I've come across have been happy to ride together and pass on tips.
  14. When equipment and rider/pilot become one, then instinctive boarding/flying becomes possible. And yes, it will be "kick ass"! When equipment is not set up properly and foundation skills are not mastered, this gets in the way of the instinctive, instant response riding most of us crave. Both sides of the coin are necessary, precision and feel, black & white, yin and yang.......
  15. That way lies the board kicking your butt! Unless I am totally focused in the moment, feeling the edge through the soles of my feet, feeling the balance through all my proprioceptive sense, and leaving the world completely behind.......