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    Looks awesome Ottime!

    Looks awesome Ottime!
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    That looks like a slice of paradise! NIcely done

    That looks like a slice of paradise! NIcely done
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    Damn that sounds sweet!

    Damn that sounds sweet!
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    Looks like my previous try on providing kudos on...

    Looks like my previous try on providing kudos on the vids didn't make it.

    Kudo's given, sweet vids!
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    I'm out for quite some time: got a new ACL put in...

    I'm out for quite some time: got a new ACL put in a week or two ago...
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    What's the 72 hour rule? (If it is what I think...

    What's the 72 hour rule?
    (If it is what I think it is, then ... that's pretty fu)
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    Wow, looks good!

    Wow, looks good!
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    Sounds 'good' Ottime, except for the wipe out. ...

    Sounds 'good' Ottime, except for the wipe out.

    I am so stoked on surfing nowadays. Can't wait to get this whole ACL reconstruction behind my back and work on getting better at surfing!
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    Stormy today: 8 bft (SW), rainy but got in the...

    Stormy today: 8 bft (SW), rainy but got in the water anyway. Caught a few big(ish) mushy giants and had a ball.
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  10. Tenerife was great despite sucky surf: nice warm...

    Tenerife was great despite sucky surf: nice warm weather, sunny but no surf except for the 1st of january. Caught some powerful (coming from a Northsea reference) nicely lined up beach break that was...
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    Looks good jtran. Would be way on the narrow side...

    Looks good jtran. Would be way on the narrow side for me. Let us know how things went!

    PS If I manage to shape a new board in the coming period it'll be a cross between a mini simmons and a board...
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    More wintery surf here. Big storm waves heading...

    More wintery surf here. Big storm waves heading in from the NW, strong winds coming in from the SW. Caught a few waves but couldn't find the love like last week. Lumpy, mushy and sometimes a perfect...
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    Another winterish surf session @ 4degr C and...

    Another winterish surf session @ 4degr C and strong SW winds that added to the wind chill! Still got some super nice shoulder - HH walls. Super stoked as I made more progress today and did my first...
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    Wintery conditions yesterday: massive side/...

    Wintery conditions yesterday: massive side/ offshore wind, 3degrees C, and chest+ lines rolling in. So much fun!

    I'm getting better: at the beginning of the year I'd hardly catch a wave in...
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    Beautiful (expert?) wave, awesome scenery...

    Beautiful (expert?) wave, awesome scenery...
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    Yesterday: brilliant 'gorillas in the mist'...

    Yesterday: brilliant 'gorillas in the mist' autumn surf session!

    Pics (different location and thus not me) give and impression of the conditions: clean, fast, hollow breach break walhalla!
    Very...
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    @Ott: Hell yeah! I'll take the hairy women for...

    @Ott:
    Hell yeah! I'll take the hairy women for granted ;-)

    Seriously though, the difference in amount of push was incredible as were the length of rides. Just seeing those massive walls of water...
  18. I like my 5/4 flashbomb (no hood) a lot. Has an...

    I like my 5/4 flashbomb (no hood) a lot.
    Has an excellent (zippered) key pocket also.

    Can't comment on hoods and Cali conditions.
    I use my 5/4 with a cap (& gloves & boots) down to 5degr C...
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    Last week: Bretagne road trip. 3.5m @ 18sec!!!!...

    Last week: Bretagne road trip.
    3.5m @ 18sec!!!!
    Talk about massive. Actually so massive that most beach breaks couldn't handle the swell, and were closing out. Still found enough to surf in cross-...
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    No wind, zero. Thin autumn sun and hip - chest...

    No wind, zero. Thin autumn sun and hip - chest high sets. Very nice day indeed!
  21. 0:50 OMG eaten by a leviathan!

    0:50 OMG eaten by a leviathan!
  22. Ottime: thanks for the addition. This just...

    Ottime: thanks for the addition.

    This just goes to show how little experience I have with different breaks. Over here in the N-sea, it's all a beach break, with the odd point break thrown in...
  23. OK, I see the difference! And there I was...

    OK, I see the difference!

    And there I was thinking 'Chopes' was MASSIVE. Holy heck, I cannot imagine a 24m wave...
    Well, I guess that explains the necessity for a big wave gun.

    Cheers all!
  24. Huh? Wow, never realized that!

    Huh? Wow, never realized that!
  25. Q: attitude Mavericks vs Teahupo'o

    Before I ask my question let me preface this by saying I have no aspirations to surf these waves any time soon, say in the coming decade or so ;-)

    I was watching the contest a week or so ago at...
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    I'd probably shart my shorts in huge waves like...

    I'd probably shart my shorts in huge waves like piggity posted. Want.
    Not want. Want, not want... Gotta get a lot better before seriously thinking of that caliber waves. But dreaming... my oh my...
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    Surfed some decently lined up, hollowish shoulder...

    Surfed some decently lined up, hollowish shoulder high this evening. Great fun. Got to stick my head in the wave again too! Woot!
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    Offshore winds here made for glassy conditions....

    Offshore winds here made for glassy conditions. Waves barely made it through the wind but caught a few nice thigh high rides.

    Clean is sooo good.
  29. Yeah, I know. Pretty shitty, eh? ;-)

    Yeah, I know. Pretty shitty, eh? ;-)
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    Caught some very nice surf last week in Brittany...

    Caught some very nice surf last week in Brittany (La Torche) 7 - 9ft @ 10sec (or there abouts... cant find the exact numbers now). Very mellow break despite the height though.
    Holy heck that was...
  31. So back from some surf in Bretagne (Brittany for...

    So back from some surf in Bretagne (Brittany for you english speakers). Good times.

    It turns out their idea has some more direction than I originally heard via the grapevine:
    Obviously not an...
  32. Talk about 1st world choices though... ;-)

    Talk about 1st world choices though... ;-)
  33. Caribbean with the whole familiy (parents, wife, kids, etc)?

    Yesterday my wife came home after a visit to my parents. As they will be married for 50years (!!!) this December, they were thinking of taking the family and kids (= my brother + gf, my wife + 2 kids...
  34. Climbing area N of Riva = Arco, site of the first...

    Climbing area N of Riva = Arco, site of the first Rock Masters competition! I think there's a cable car that runs to the a mountaintop overlooking the Lago di Garda from Arco.
    Lago di Garda tourist...
  35. Wow. Well I guess they must compensate for...

    Wow. Well I guess they must compensate for something... ;-)
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    Looks like a super sick aleia ride to me.

    Looks like a super sick aleia ride to me.
  37. Sick photo's indeed!

    Sick photo's indeed!
  38. How the hell is that 5 - 6ft???

    How the hell is that 5 - 6ft???
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    PS sorry about the over the top stokeage... this...

    PS sorry about the over the top stokeage... this may all be cut n dried for you guys but for a beginner like me.... woowiieeee!
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    Stoke alert! Todays session started off superbly:...

    Stoke alert! Todays session started off superbly: shoulder - head high and NO WIND. It was glassy. We hardly ever get that here... And no-one in the water (they all picked the easy to get to and...
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    Surfed some storm swell of yesterdays NW storm,...

    Surfed some storm swell of yesterdays NW storm, today. Shoulder high (maybe more?) massive, fast, barreling, choppy beach break with no line in it. Close-out-ville. Got hammered a few times. Shore...
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    Holy heck those are some serious waves! Still...

    Holy heck those are some serious waves!

    Still waiting for my first barrel...
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    LOL, don't get me started about football (or...

    LOL, don't get me started about football (or soccer in your speak). I'm too much of a rebel to enjoy stuff that society (and the media) force feed me. Irritates the hell out of me that the...
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    I'd be drooling for waves like in that last pic!!!

    I'd be drooling for waves like in that last pic!!!
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    Cheers! It's the first board I ever made. No, not...

    Cheers! It's the first board I ever made. No, not cloth on the base: I painted it during the winter months when I had nothing else to do...

    Our waves are mostly in the 4 - 8sec range. I came off...
  46. Pico Alto big wave contest LIVE (finals right NOW)

    http://www.aspworldtour.com/events/2014/mbwt/1036/billabong-pico-alto?roundId=4654
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    You mean something like this? (dunno if I posted...

    You mean something like this?
    (dunno if I posted this here before)

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/XLitholuv/Surfboard%20build%20project/2013-12-16134819_zps554b8ded.jpg
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    What's the difference between a groveler and an...

    What's the difference between a groveler and an egg?

    I thought a groveler was a generic word for a board for small, mushy waves...?
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    That sounds so super chill. Nice!

    That sounds so super chill. Nice!
  50. Yep 123456

    Yep
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