The Captains log: hawaii

Board Review - 9"2 In The Pink by Donald Takayama's HPD


Board Review - 9

In The Pink by Donald Takayama's Hawaiian Pro Designs

9"2 x 23" x 3" , PU, Coke bottle blue color

Picked the board up last summer in Hawaii and have used it as my go to longboard in Hawaii ever since. I was looking for an longboard that would be easy to surf and noseride well. Many people rate the ITP highly and it is probably Takayama's best selling longboard.

On first impressions it paddles extremely well with only the slight nose rocker and 60/40 rails. Getting to the nose was super easy with the wide nose shape and very stable feel.
The tail finishes as fairly small square tail with hard rail edges which makes the board very easy to turn

Most of my sessions were at the Ala Moana beach park breaks and at Diamond Head
Ive taken it out in tiny knee high up to overhead waves and found it handled all conditions really well- even when there was some chop in the water.

I was riding it as a 2+1 stock fins set up which is a 7.5" single with regular side bites and found it worked very well as an all rounder- Very Manoeuvrable whilst still noseriding great. Last week I decided to ride it as a single with a 9.5" fin and found it worked even better for noseriding and to smoothen out my turns.

In summary I would recommend this board to anyone looking to improve their noseriding without sacrificing performance in turning. I find it works equally as well as a single fin which gives the board a different character and an even better noseriding experience.
A few of my friends really like the ITP in Surftech construction which is a lot lighter and more durable. I personally prefer the feel of Poly boards and heavier ride.

The only minor criticism I would have for this board would be that there are faster longboards on the market which I think work better in steeper, larger surf. The board does not have very much rocker which does make it more susceptible to pearling in steeper waves. In my opinion its definitely designed with noseriding in mind and not as a general 'speedy' down the line performance longboard. All in all an awesome stick shaped by one of surfing' best

RIP Donald

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Board review - Pavel 5'10 Speed Dialer


Board review - Pavel 5'10 Speed Dialer

rich pavel speed dialierI'd heard a lot about Rich Pavel being the Godfather of the modern day fish, he is creator of the Speed Dialer board as well as the lokbox Speed dialer fins. His boards were hard to come by so when I finally managed to snag a 5"10 from a shop in California we were all stoked!

On first impressions it looks like a regular quad fish but look closely and you can see all the details that make this a special fish. Low entry beak nose, winged tail, slight concave deck, beautiful sloped rails and a vee to double to single concave out the tail for a tonne of speed.

I took it out at lined up Courts at Ala Moana (Hawaii) with a solid SW swell running at about chest to head high. Paddling was as expected with a fish although this one was narrower than my other fishes usually running at 21" wide. Getting into a few set waves took sometime but I finally managed to stroke into a few. Once up the board felt super drivey and fast down the line. A lot faster than expected and with a much more controlled and a precise feel. Surfing the waves top to bottom was easy and I found that I could push it really hard through cut backs and not have it slide out.

The lok box Speed dialer quad fins work insane and give you a lot of hold with a decent amount of release off the tail too when coming off the top. They are basically a pair of twin keel fins that are split into two fins . The lok box fin box allows you to adjust the position of the fins and I experimented over a few sessions to get my preferred position sorted.

All in all a very well balanced board which was easy to ride and really fast. I found the board definitely preferred lined up waves with some power. I found it didn't grovel as well as my other fishes which had a wider planing surface and less rocker.

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Sea what? w/ Desmond Centro


"Sea what?" is a series of photos taken by photographers from different places and differrent walks of life. We wanted to see how they view Float Captain through their lenses, we're stoked to see how each one will turn out!

Desmond Centro is a Honolulu based photographer and surfer. "Living in Hawaii makes it really easy. Hawaii is a great place to just grab a camera and walk around. The people are just as interesting as the landscapes." Desmond feels most comfortable in the ocean, either surfing of shooting photos, the ocean is his natural playground. 
Check out his Tumblr Walk Thee Earth and Instagram: @desmondo!

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Explore - Kahana Bay


Located on the windward side of Oahu, the Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park is just a shorts drive from the North Shore and about 26 miles out from Honolulu. This quite and unspoilt area sits on ancient Hawaiin land which was once home to an thriving fishing village before the 19th century!

The park itself consists of 2 hiking trails that are both relatively easy. We went on the shorter one of the which is more commonly known as the lookout trail or the Kapa'ele'ele trail. You start from the orientation centre and there will be signs to a dirt path leading to the 1.2 mile trail up to the lookout. A lot of trail is covered by the natural canopy of trees and plants, until you walk higher up where parts begin to open up to the stunning view below.

Once you get to the actual look out you can see clear right across the bay below and the surrounding mountains where you realize how the spot gets it name. The bay itself isnt really clear water as you may expect, but is murky because of the runoff from the Kahana stream. The entrance is opposite the beach park side which you can drive to via the Kamehameha Highway.

Back in the day, fishermen would be able to spot schools of fish from the lookout by the reflection on their scales and shadows in the water. Using smoke signals, they would be able to signal to the fishermen waiting below where to go!

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