Yesterday’s storm bought mostly rain along the southern NE coast. It passed through into the Atlantic pretty quickly, but enough to generate some wind swells this AM. Not really good enough for the waveski because of the short intervals - 4’ @ 6-7 seconds. But, it was ideal for the longboat, especially with a good offshore wind to clean the waves. Made it to the south shore break after dawn. Nice waves but nobody else out there at the early hour, except for a couple of strollers (several boardies showed later in the session).
Rushed to get the Delphin and the gear together because the extra high tide this morning left a window of only severals hours of surfing in before the waves start smacking into the seawall.
This the first longboat session for me in 2019 but the second with the Delphin in the past couple of weeks. I have to say… I am seriously “in like” with this boat. it is what I hoped for to take on smaller and/or messier waves that I would not bother with on my waveski. I forget how fast a long boat can get through the break zone compared to the shorter surf rides. Correspondingly, it gets on waves way faster. As I played more and more this morning, really got more of a feel for the Delphin and what it is capable of. For one, it can definitely carve long directions changes. Something my shorter, 14’ Impex RM Mystic cannot do because it lacks the hard chines and flat bottom of Delphin. Unlike the Mystic which wants to slide out more, the Delphin planes up to speed fairly quickly and then the magic of the hard chines on in the front and back of the seat area really kicks in, allowing the boat to really carve into the wave in a way that rounder chines of the Mystic cannot. I also learn first-hand the advantage of the higher volume bow of the Delphin. Twice I dove into the trough in front of a steep wave. Instead of pitchpoling, I was able to lean back and let the bow quickly popped back out of the water. I was able then to regain the wave and continue with the ride in. Pretty cool.
On a different note. What I am NOT in love with is the plastic GoPro mounts. Last week, I had a mount snapped when I plunged my waveski into the trough of an overhead wave. Understandable and a good thing that I had a retainer cord that tied my GoPro to the waveski footstraps. So, I didn’t lose the camera. Today, I lost the camera. In my rush to paddle out, I forgot to attach a retainer cord for the camera. On the very first paddle out, I get through a set of 4 waves only to have the last one break on me. I speared through, looked up and saw that the camera was gone. Bummer. Especially since we are talking a a 4’ wave, not some overhead monster. Definitely not happy about the ease in which the plastic mount snapped. Means the GoPro mount is really, really not appropriate for anything more than knee high surf.
Despite the “expense” of this session, I still enjoyed getting to play around more with the Delphin 150. Maybe “like” can morph into “love…”