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Today is the first full day of summer, one of the few days of the year when we let "SM" (Surfing Muse) be heard in public. The rest of the year we pretty well keep him behind the counter, if not deep in the stock room of our surf shop. But for the first day of summer we let him speak to the public. SM is the youngest member of the AAB team, and by the standards of our old vets, wet behind the ears. But reluctantly we have to admit that he is the best person to run the surf shop, annoying as we find him. So for his annual start of summer appearance we present : SM (Surfing Muse)
We Discover the Stand Up Paddle Board
Kowabunga dudes and dudets! That old navy guy had control of the dashboard for like forever! Like we are not going to be surfing the South China Sea with any regularity, right? While "Old Guy" was busy with the gloom and doom of dragon's ville we surfer elves were busy exploring some rad stuff. Man, the stand up paddle board is totally awesome! We had seen these things in the inner harbor of Annapolis area in like silk smooth water. Looked pleasant but pretty lame. People just stood on the boards which looked like modern versions of the oldest ancient Hawaiian boards, like really big and heavy looking. Then we came across this video on YOUTUBE by BODY GLOVE which manufacturers stand up paddle boards. Totally awesome!
This video has little in the way of any jaw wagging from an announcer dude but has some great music and a couple of awesome babes who get across a lot of information without any chin wagging. First we see these two babes who can't weigh 110 pounds on their fat days ( and they don't look like they have ever had a fat day ), each pick up a board with ease and stride towards the water. Man, do you need any more proof than that these things are light enough for you to haul across a beach or to ride on top of your woody without damaging the roof? They look cute from the rear as they enter the water, stand up on the boards and paddle off into slick calm water, so far we've seen it , had it, been there with with the calm water paddle. Cute but lame.
But then the scene like changes and the girls are headed towards shore. The water is rough with small white caps, very choppy and disorganized. Dude, the girls are seriously SURFING this nasty chop. They do it all standing from the get go. A few fast strokes of the paddle and then they are using the paddle like a tight rope walker uses a balance pole. One girl even walks to the forepart of the board, not exactly hanging ten, but on a real board she would have lifted the skeg and pitch poled. The paddle board just kept on surfing. Dude, with something like this you could get long rides on the micro chop you find on inside waters like in bays and sounds. Watching these two babes put the stand up paddle boards through their paces made me wonder if the early Hawaii guys did more with those heavy old boards than we first thought.
Dude, your grandma could surf standing up on one of these. Your grandpa could fish from one! We could even teach the Old Guy to surf. Then he might give up the dashboard to the blog more often. If that were to happen we could tell you about more rad stuff more often. We'd hyperlink you to the paddle board surfing babe video here but then you might not come over to the surfing section to check out whats happening. So Click on this link to jump right into the Surfing Section, then scroll down to find this and many other videos, books, and cool surfing stuff.
Then if you want to see a bunch more on stand up paddle boarding including specially rigged for fishing models click here to visit our Paddle sports section: http://americanadmiraltybooks.blogspot.com/p/paddle-oar-vessels.html
We need you to come over to the surf side more often, or Old Guy may not want to pay us for working on surfing stuff any more. Dude, we'd have to get "real jobs". Man don't let that happen to us come over to the surfing section and check out the paddle board babes and and growing list of surf books we are shelving there.
Editors note: We apologize for the high pressure sales pitch and the pathetic note of desperation. In fact SM is in no danger of ever getting a "real job" and we'll keep him employed here because we can't find anyone to work for less.
Haven't got the scratch for a board? Come to the surf section and check out the Russian dude surfing on a door! Surf's not up today? Come to the surf section and check out surfing tanker wakes, awesome dude! Please visit often, we really don't want to have to get a real job. Thanks dudes and dudets!
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