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jpbassman



Joined: 19 May 1998
Posts: 3180
Location: Leo

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Kelp mines Reply with quote

So you're at your favorite ocean sailing spot and you know where all the kelp beds are and the way thru them but storm swells and waves have torn some of it loose and it's now floating around like those old WWII sea mines. Then when you are planing along at full speed you hit a patch and YAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! Over the bars. Embarassed
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coolmtnbiker048



Joined: 01 Jul 2005
Posts: 372
Location: California

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use a smaller fin.
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MalibuGuru



Joined: 11 Nov 1993
Posts: 6660

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or go faster!
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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once hit a loose dense kelp knot full speed at Leo a number of years ago, and it was as JP has aptly identified. Total and immediate disaster, and I didn't have any time to avoid it. While there was no real damage to my board or me, the experience was very hardcore, as I was moving full speed when I hit it.

When the kelp is in the area you expect it, that's one thing, but when it's in an area that you don't expect it, the situation can be totally off the top.
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dabull1



Joined: 19 Mar 1997
Posts: 542

PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: No kelp worries til' March! Reply with quote

No kelp mines at Mammoth,just 24" of new fluff... YEEHAW!!!!! Bull
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jpbassman



Joined: 19 May 1998
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Location: Leo

PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly as SW describes it, and if I was going any faster I would no longer have foot straps on the board.

Bull - Who can afford Mammoth? Take a run or two for me buddy, us cheapskates will continue to WS Leo during the cold winter months as it only costs a couple bucks in gas.
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dabull1



Joined: 19 Mar 1997
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:52 am    Post subject: NO KELP, NO ROCKS Reply with quote

$1.94 a gallon at the Vons in Bishop a week ago... "Drill here, drill now, drill here, drill now,ooommm! Keep an eye on the secret [Mitch's] website for an announcement of the First Annual Bill's Bull Memorial Ski Classic and Margarita Festival... bringing skiing back to the masses!!!! Bull
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pacspeed



Joined: 14 Sep 2000
Posts: 627

PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I almost broke my hip (at a ripe old 33) off the point at San Carlos. Going DTL, trying to thread the needle and WHAP! down like a sack of potatoes with the boom head (somehow) nailing me in the right hip.

Goddamn kelp!
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theq



Joined: 10 Apr 2000
Posts: 649

PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coolmtnbiker048 wrote:
Use a smaller fin.


Perish the thought, coolmtnbiker. It's a well known fact that jpbassking has the biggest fin on the beach. I believe it's a Binford Special Eel-skinner (Insert Tim the Toolman's macho growl here).
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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to admit that the fin I was using was a 34cm Tectonic Goldwing at Leo, so I was a bit out of school. Such disaster using a slalom fin is somewhat more amped on the disaster scale, as the leading edge is more abrupt in shape.

I was admittedly lucky, but one can't always count on that. I had a very similar experience hitting a filled plastic bag at full speed out of nowhere at another location. After such an experience, you've usually got some interesting bruises to show, or extended discomfort from the encounter.
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