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Sunday, December 20, 2009

 

Private SUP Demo :: White Glove Service

We've done a number of private "white glove" SUP demos / lessons for our rock star, movie star, international radio personality, television commentator, business mogul, etc...clients...no big dealio...we offer the same level of service to our "everyday Joe and Jane" types, as well...

Brian M. drove up from Ventura County for one today...he's a surfin' cowboy...wears Ariat ropers...as do I...fortuitously, designed by another client of ours...



Brian has purchased a couple of Bill Foote SUP's from us...he has the 9'10" and 11' models...problem is, he is an addict...;-)

Brian has counted at least 80 surfboard acquisitions in his head...for the record, I'm well into triple digits...that's part of the reason that I own a board company...;-)

I've had a saying about my WARDOG fin designs, as a pragmatic and analytical recovering engineer/scientist, that you have to leave the science at the water's edge and let the dance take over...the same holds true, I've also discovered, of my involvement in standup paddle board designs...compared to surfboards...there are some counter-intuitive aesthetic parameters that optimize SUP performance...

"Trial and error" R&D is very effective at getting performance enhancements out of a product...it's also expensive...that's why I like to work with longtime, established surfboard and sailboard shapers when designing new shapes...most of the guys we work with have over 20 years of shaping experience...and, several have over 40 years of hand shaping experience...

"Feel" is a huge part of the QUALITATIVE experience when you paddle and/or paddlesurf a SUP...

Brian is also very analytical...but, I've diagnosed a bit of "paralysis by analysis" in his latest quest for the "holy grail" of surfing SUP's...

So I loaded up a portion of my personal SUP quiver and met him at a more private location to let him decide for himself what his next purchase would be...

NOTE: If you would like to do the same and can't drive to Santa Barbara, we have had a number of clients fly into our great airport here in Santa Barbara where we have picked them up and have also provided accommodations...





If you have been paying attention to our extensive blog posts and image galleries, you realize that we no longer carry a number of SUP's and products...times change...products become dated and some of the companies that produce them lose their focus on Q U A L I T Y...attention to detail and striving for excellence...these are standards that I have employed in over 2 decades of watersport product development...

We also feel that if you only offer one brand and are focused solely on it, you are too subjective...how the heck do you know that your brand "kicks ass" if you don't paddle any other paddle or board?

You'll NEVER hear me proclaim "buy this product because it kicks ass...yup, buy it just because I say so"...our QA standards are a little more stringent...I'm a scientist, I don't believe in make believe...therefore, we don't sell it 'round here...;-)

If you haven't noticed, we are not in bed with any one brand...our clients value our objectivity...it helps to keep everyone honest...

We also think that offering SUP boards with click & buy links is kinda ludicrous...it's really only for "value shoppers" that have little regard for quality, resale value, or optimal performance...etc...and, worse...greedy website shisters preying on newbie sensitivities to push their low-end crap for the lowest common denominator...most of these guys don't even standup paddle...
SUP-posers...it's just another in the line of sports that they are trying to exploit and pad their wallets with...chasing their tails...

We want to engage our clients in a discussion about their equipment...we'll solve the "problem" together...you only live once...so you may as well make it count...

A few of Brian's choices in SUP's that he was focused on...choices are a good thang...;-)



The Starboard 9'8" wood Fish...





This is hard work...but, it's F U N!



Let's try the 9'5" x 31" Naish Mana...



Smooth and stable...



Next up the 9'10" Bill Foote that he already owns...good reference point...










Checking out the hydrodynamic perfection of my new 10'6" stinger gun design...
Ooops! Put that science back on da beach!!!



The North Pacific 8'10" x 32" winger swallow quad plus 1...



The 9'10 x 32" North Pacific winger swallow quad plus 1...





Eenie meenie minie mo...lotz o' boardz fo' sho'...;-)



Next up is the Blair 9'7" x 30.5"...








North Pacific custom sweet nectar...just a few of the unique offerings that we've had a hand in designing...



More images in this GALLERY...

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