WOO HOO, I FINALLY HAVE A NEW SUP!

Oh hallelujah, at last! The year I left teaching in 2021, I'd saved all year to put enough away for a new paddleboard. It'd been sitting there ready to buy one, but it took me ages to decide which one. I've never had a brand new SUP - both of my last ones were secondhand, and the last one I've had for seven years! It was a carbon one so it was pretty strong, but it was time for a change and to be honest it was getting a bit ratty, and I needed to fix the nose to stop water ingress.

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Also, I'd lost Jamie's SUP off the roof when I went to Tassie - well, arguably it wasn't me, as he was the one that did the straps up. So we only had one board and with summer coming up, we needed two. Now he can ride my old one whilst I swan around on the new one.
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I got it from Kite Republic in St Kilda (Melbourne) when we were up there seeing the grandson on Sunday. I was so happy to find out they were having a Black Friday sale too so it cost me less than I thought. Woo hoo!

I had my first go on it today in small waves at Fishos, Torquay - the kind of break that only works when the swell is BIG. It'd been soooo windy for days and full on windy this morning as well but Fishos can be quite protected. I ended up having more fun than I thought I would, and my bestie came out with me. There was hardly anyone else out as as the tide filled up there was some nice fun waves if you sat pretty deep where the waves were breaking.

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It felt a little harder to paddle on the flat than my last board, but caught waves easy enough (with me paddling hard, haha!) and on the wave, it was fun. I've never ridden a twin fin before and it's quite easy to turn - it'll be fun on some bigger waves when I can stand on the tail and really feel what it can do. I have a tendency to ride in the middle of the board more as it's what I'm used to with my other board, so it's going to be super fun trying to get used to this one, which is what I wanted.

It's kinda the same dimensions but a few litres lighter, and a bit less wide, but not that much different than my last board except it's a twinnie.

I'm sure none of this makes sense for you Hive folk, so I won't go into the details - if you're stuck for something to comment, think about the colour haha - or maybe a time you got something new to do with the passion you love and how that felt.

Surfing is everything for me - I love it soooo much. Whether it's the paddleboard or my longboard, I just love being in the ocean catching waves. I've loved it all my life and I can't imagine not being out there, in nature, being in the moment, totally in flow.

With Love,

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So very cool! I know how much you love surfing and you will have a blast learning on this board. And while I have never surfed I did understand most of the descriptions. :))

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Thanks! It IS cool! So cool !! So happy! I can already feel it's potential!

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I can feel your excitement. Such a love for the water. It's awesome to witness 😊😁😄

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SUCCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHH love - I am my happiest there! And to think I nearly went for a WALK this morning ahahhah!

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Listening to the instructions of this article shows that you are a very smart person, thank you for sharing this story.

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I have the inflatable one, really handy for transporting, pumping it up is the only downside.

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Looks great! Love the colors. Is the brand smik? No matter what, I read 'Smile' and that made me :^)

I can imagine how you must have felt this morning.

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Yes Smik. Like, that's really smik ie good. 😂🌊

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Nice....... You must be delighted with the new purchase, you should invest in a Go Pro and show us some footage of you hitting the waves! That would be cool..

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Thanks mate! I do have a Go Pro but it feels wierd filming myself. Sometimes my mate takes footage of me, he takes footage of everyone on the coast and shares it on Insta.

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Get a mouth mount and show some POV photos/videos!

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Haha nah, surfing is one place I don't need to social media it. If someone takes footage worth sharing I'll let you know

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I do have a Go Pro but it feels wierd filming myself

Ah ya, I get that, fair enough. Well the main thing is that you are out there enjoying the waves.

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That is awesome River, I am inspired since I love water activities, like kayaking. Now I know a bit more about SUP.

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That's awesome! I assume volume with SUPs is similar to normal surfing where bigger makes it easier to catch waves but harder to maneuver. With normal surfing, a twin fin turns so easily it can feel wobbly if you're used to three fins - similar here?

By the way, in the last two months or so the Surf Hive Community has been created... it would be lovely if you joined!

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Oh yeah I'll join. There was a surfing community here but pretty flat and onshore 😂 Not harder to manoeuvre if you have right board and you know how to use a paddle to spin around to get in take off pocket. But extra length is harder for me... That's why the 8.3 is perfect. Yeah the twinnie is much more responsive in tail, I'm loving it as it's easier to do cutbacks than last board and I can take off and go left faster than I am used to so that's fun. Still figuring out what board can do but I'm loving it. I also surf longboards too.

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Nice - my biggest board is a 7'6 mini-mal. Shortboards and a bodyboard make up the little collection.

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