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Messages - bluekayak

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Safety First / Re: Trying to understand Moss Landing gnarly entrace
« on: June 09, 2021, 03:50:22 PM »
On outgoing tide the amount of water going through there and pushing against a big swell can make the whole zone approaching the jaws a pretty wild ride. One afternoon coming in it tumbled my tarpon 160 twice maybe 15 minutes apart, not a fun place to swim and right a yak

I think last time I came in there I made it in but had my doubts and considered beach landing above there. That was on a 575 which is fast and light, probably took 45 minutes to go half mile

When itís bad itís the whole zone outside stretching out through the buoys maybe a mile or more

Another thing that can happen there is wind switches direction. One time while I was getting ready to launch the wind picked up and flipped 180 degrees before I even got in the water. I had a change of heart about going out in offshore wind and had trouble getting the t160 back on the car the wind was so strong

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General Talk / Re: advice on kayak
« on: June 09, 2021, 02:23:42 PM »
I still have a first generation t160, which is one of the better plastic hull designs and on the faster side. At some point since, they designed out the aft internal stow space, mistake IMO. Was going to sell it a couple of years back but glad I didnít in case I can get out for salmon again

I also have a stealth 575 which is much lighter and faster though a little slow on customer service

Kaskazi has a nice design

An important piece is that itís easy to handle in rough water situations

T160 is a good choice

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General Talk / Re: Life is fleeting
« on: June 01, 2021, 12:06:01 PM »
Drink it up while itís there

A couple of months ago my boyís eye level was below mine and now Iím looking up at him, just passed the 6í mark

A year and a half and he will be legal to drive himself to the dawn surf patrol and if Iím not up and ready to go at 4 a.m. ...

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Recipes / Re: Ellen's Stuffed Sardines
« on: May 28, 2021, 10:28:41 AM »
Thanks

Our Italian friends would love it if I could supply them with sardines

Iíve never followed them but wondered if it would be worth taking the throw net out in Monterey Bay

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Recipes / Re: Ellen's Stuffed Sardines
« on: May 24, 2021, 01:02:39 PM »
Where are you getting fresh sardines?

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: Wetsuit opinions
« on: May 09, 2021, 10:35:22 PM »
Mako seems to have good options, Iím thinking 5mm farmer johns and maybe two jacket options for winter/summer

Maybe camo will confuse mr. bigteeth so I donít look like the easy breakfast

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: Wetsuit opinions
« on: May 07, 2021, 12:58:22 PM »
From what Iíve read the Patagonia suits donít last so Iíll be looking at the others

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: Wetsuit opinions
« on: May 07, 2021, 10:39:14 AM »
That pretty much describes my first wetsuit from Stanís, no idea of what kind of neoprene or thickness they used but it was as you describe yours. The surf suits are either too stiff or too thin for long days in the water. Main thing that keeps me warm is I never stop swimming the whole time, fighting currents and getting out of the way of pointy short boards

Maybe PM me the brand if you donít want to openly endorse and Iíll look at it

Stanís made me a three piece, FJ, vest and top, I wore the vest one time and was absolutely cooked so never wore it again. In the 70s in winters I was working under boats 3 a.m. in SF bay, basically icy runoff from the sierras and I was still hot in that suit

Iím also thinking about getting back to freediving again so camo might be on the list

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: Wetsuit opinions
« on: May 06, 2021, 09:59:41 PM »
Thanks Iíll look at those

Currently have 4/3 OíNeill psychotech suits which arenít bad but designed for surfing, not the kind of exposure you get being in cold water for hours. They are fine for days on the longboard

All my time is swimming while my son is on his short board, not much surfing for me. Mostly kicking w fins against currents and through the break zone, so need good elasticity for sprint swimming

I think the triathlete suits will be too thin for what Iím doing

Seems like there are a lot more options these days but not many places to look at and lay your hands on dive stuff. Surf shops are all over the place, dive shops seem to be struggling


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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Wetsuit opinions
« on: May 06, 2021, 05:51:26 PM »
Iím spending a lot of hours in the saltwater and need something warmer and flexier than what Iím using now

My current suit is 4/3 OíNeil back zip, warm enough when Iím surfing but mostly Iím swimming the surf lineup w camera in hand and it gets chilly after a few hours. Typical day is 3-4 hours some days as much as 10

The custom double skin suits we used to get at Stanís dive shop in San Jose were almost too warm, after long day diving in winter there was steam when you peeled your suit. The other good thing about straight neoprene was stretch and fit, doesnít compromise your flexibility.

That suit was good for both work and play and was warm even in the iciest waters. Not sure what the thickness was but probably at least 5mm. Iím sure materials must be better nowadays

Iím on the hunt for something close to that old custom suit, the surf suits Iíve had over the last few years are not even close

Fitness is improving after some major speed bumps and Iím getting the freedive itch again, so thinking FJ and pullover jacket, maybe camo Not worried about price, we are in the water a lot

Anyway looking for opinions about whats good these days

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General Talk / Re: JMJ Wetsuits?
« on: May 06, 2021, 03:48:43 PM »
Iíve been curious what the Patagonia surf stuff is like The wetsuits are on the expensive side

My current suit is 4/3 OíNeil back zip, warm enough when Iím surfing but since December all Iím doing is swimming the lineup w camera in hand, minimum 3-4 hours some days as much as 10. Gets chilly especially when water temp is hovering around 52 degrees

The custom double skin suits made at stanís dive shop San Jose were almost too warm, after long days diving in winter there was steam when you peeled your suit. The other thing about straight neoprene is stretch and fit, doesnít compromise your flexibility.

Iím on the hunt for something close to that old custom suit, the suits Iíve had over the last few years are not even close

Will probably be a dive suit w FJ and pullover jacket

Let us know what the jmj is like

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General Talk / Re: JMJ Wetsuits?
« on: May 05, 2021, 01:35:04 PM »
Just to add something to the thought process

FJs is great while paddling, for immersion not so great by itself unless you know you can get out of the water pretty fast

I wore the nrs fjs for a lot of years and did more swims than I can count, but my set up is simple and easy to manage so my time in the water is short, maybe few minutes tops

All depends on circumstances and your cold water tolerance but you might want to think about your top half

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General Talk / Re: Sleepy while driving
« on: May 04, 2021, 12:42:39 PM »
Or get a Tesla

A lot of my coworkers drive 2-3 hours each way to work, a lot are going electric. One of them told me the other night he dozed off and had a 20 minute nap


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Isnít fisherman x an open water swimmer?

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Thank you for that

Lately Iím swimming 2-3 times a week usually 4-5 hours at a time doing surf video while my son surfs the zones around Santa Cruz or SM county

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