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SunSurfer last won the day on February 21

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About SunSurfer

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    An aesthetic carver


  • Location
    Southern Hemisphere
  • Occupation?
    Poison & paralyse people
  • 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. I would love to see a graphical representation of shell width on both sides of the boot centre line. Total width, which is what I'm assuming Erazz has graphed, is not the full picture.
  2. It looks like the guy with the spinal collar on got more than coaching from you! You're entitled to feel proud of your team!
  3. The key phrase is "my riding style...". I ride with my body facing the nose of the board for both heelside and toeside, weighting the edges out of the sides of my boots. With that stance, as I lower my centre of mass, the angle of my front lower leg needs to change much less than the back lower leg. Don't have any video of me in my UPZs, but the Heads in video above at SES 2015 were set up the same way. These two photos were shot on Ruthies at ATC 2017 (Nirvana Energy 174, 0.4mm Titanal). They show the front and rear view of my heelside stance, whereas many riders face their body across the board for their heelside turns. Despite the soft flex in the rear boot I still stress the hell out of my heel of my rear binding, see the following thread link to see just how much. I'd modified the Heads to change the angle of the ankle buckle, just as I've done with the UPZs. Despite being able to generate enough rear foot heel upward force to tear a TD3 Intec apart, I don't get heel lift inside the boot!
  4. The lower nut controls forward flex on the UPZ. For my riding style I want my front boot to have minimal forward flex. This allows me to more precisely control pressure on the front part of the edge, critical to turn initiation. I want my rear boot to have lots of forward flex so I can bend that knee to get my centre of mass lower as I turn. To easily adjust that nut I had to file down a small spanner so it would fit into the space.
  5. ATC 2017 - 6th Feb - Riverside Drive Run - not the usual suspects ATC actually attracts riders of a very wide range of levels of skill. I've always found video of my own riding helpful in making progress. If I shot you as you rode past, including some riders I think from the Intermediate Clinic(?) I hope this helps you. Corey Dyck, Richard Knapp & Dave Redman towards the end show how it can really be done. John, I hope you are able to do some more editing of the other footage you've got.
  6. This pair of 2016 RC10s have 26 days riding on them. After 8 days I resorted to some serious modification to minimise heel lift in my rear (Right) boot. Then I rode them for 18 days before and during ATC in Jan-Feb 2017. Rear foot heel lift no longer a problem. Nor does the lower cuff buckle crunch the heel buckle any more. If you're inclined, play spot the differences, both from each other, and from the original RC10s! The first photo is in walk mode only to show the spring system.
  7. My answer to that comment is "You can, but would you drive a Ferrari backwards?"
  8. Oh no! Big Mario's backside! He has got a problem!
  9. I'm an obsessive first into the carpark guy just so I can switch boards around or just try different settings. With the cord cut up and lumpy within an hour or two of opening time my later in the day board almost always has an isocline/isolation plate on it.
  10. Nate, they were right where the cracks occurred. I had almost always ridden that binding at 60 degrees, regular stance, cant disk and binding plate axis aligned (no cant). The screws were always tight, never found them loose after riding. Our collective impression that TDs were unbreakable gave us a false sense of security. This event should reset that. I don't blame Bomber for this, but I am of the belief I have a personal responsibility to keep an eye on my equipment. That may reflect my Kiwi mindset and a completely different tort law environment in NZ.
  11. Tape around front bail is over 1mm thick PVC tubing. The toe shape of my UPZs contacts a naked TD3 toe bail at just 2 small points. The tape/tube is significantly more worn at those 2 points but the effect overall is to spread the toe loading over a larger area. The toe bail of my F2 Intecs fits UPZ boots like a glove! When I order a new base plate I will be ordering extra screws for attaching my base plates to the cant discs.
  12. Amen, brother!
  13. THANKS! To the nameless carver I saw from the chairlift at Mt Hutt all those years ago who flowed down the mountain like liquid mercury. To Nigel C who critiqued my turns at Turoa and opened my mind to body angulation. To Fin Doyle for this community with its' collective wisdom, and for SES/ATC. To Corey Dyck, and Richard Knapp for the teaching sessions I've had and learned from. To all those who've shot stills and video at the Sessions and given me glimpses of how I actually ride, in particular Johnasmo, Riceball, Trent, and OhD. To all of you who I've had the pleasure of riding with over the years.
  14. If you decide to come to the Southern hemisphere, understand we have the same problem. August is the most reliable time for riding in NZ. Central Otago ski areas are your best bet. Starting to warm up by the beginning of Sept last few seasons.
  15. Bubbles in liquid topsheet.