Has some nice conditions for the first weekend of spring - bright sunshine, above 50 degrees air and a brisk 39 degree water temp. More important, we had some long period (11 second) swells rolling in, albeit on the small side (thigh highs), with a light offshore wind. In other words, perfect for some longboat surfing. Pretty mellow fun, with a handful of long board and SUPers out in the break. Had a chance to play with a deck mounted GoPro (with voice commands) and a new Gearlab carbon GP that I decided to splurge on. The GoPro worked so-so.
Incoming foam pile:
Oncoming wave (can you see it?! LOL):
Boardies farther down the break:
I like the Gearlab GP more than I expected. I was just too lazy to carve another GP and decided to spend money rather time for another GP. The Gearlab is flatter from the loom down to the paddle blade tip compared to my WC carved GP. My carved GP has more of thickness in the blade from the loom that then tapers down to a more flat shape within a foot of the blade tip. The difference is that I can feel the Gearlap GP grabbing and loading at the beginning of the stroke, much like a Euro, rather than my carved GP which tends to really load more towards the middle of the stroke. The Gearlab GP seems to allow for quicker acceleration which I much prefer for surfing.
May be more longboat surfing conditions next weekend. That would be fun.