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

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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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DIY Organic Surf wax

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One of the things ive often though about adding into the Float Captain product line was a simple bar of surf wax. It seemed logical that a surf related brand should at least try and make surf wax since its something that every surfer needs to use.  After researching and talking to factories it seemed like the most hassle free option was to make it ourselves by hand using organic and readily available materials rather than using weird chemicals that we couldn't even pronounce.

Organic wax is essentially made up of 2 - 3 materials, which are beeswax, coconut oil and sometimes tree sap (for cold water wax). Most recipes seem to revolve around 2 parts beeswax and 1 part coconut oil. However after some trial and error i wanted a more exact method of measuring so its easier to repeat at least. i found a great blog by Crafty Surf who did just that (using the density of the beeswax and the equivalent liquid measurement in grams). 

So what do you need?

- 160 grams of beeswax

- 2 US tablespoons of coconut oil ( 29.5ml)

- kitchen scale

- old pot for mixing

- moulds (we use silicone soap moulds after an epic fail using yoghurt cups…longstory short, the cup melted)

You can start by melting the beeswax in the pot first, don't forget to use low heat or you'll be in for a unpleasant surprise. Once the beeswax has melted you can add in the coconut oil and keep stirring until both are mixed well.  Once that is done you just pour into your moulds and let it set! Depending on the material of your moulds the setting time can vary, but i usually just leave it overnight.  The whole process (minus the setting) is  just measuring, melting and pouring so its relatively quick and easy. 

It may not smell as nice as normal wax, or maybe there is something wrong with ours haha! But its good fun to try yourself.  Alternatively if you don't want to go through the hassle of finding slabs of beeswax, tubs of coconut oil and fancy tree sap (which im still trying to find that special blend) then you can get some from our shop here!

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Explore - Jia Le Shui

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Surfing in South Eastern Taiwan has always been something special. In particular the little fishing village of Jia Le Shui which plays host to two super fun breaks. We've been coming here for years and always feel like we've escaped to somewhere which feels a lot more remote than it actually is. There is a very rippable river mouth set up in the middle of the bay which can be epic on a strong NE swell and light winds. 

On the left hand side we surf a point break cobble stone gem of a longboarder's spot which can be super long and fun in the right conditions. Its not only the surf that keeps us coming back for more but also the natural surroundings and friends that we have come to know over the years. The long beach is full of pebbles of all shapes and sizes and gives it an unique sound when the shore break pounds them day in day out. Its not the most beautiful sandy beach but does have a rugged charm that grows on you.

Our buddy Chris runs a series of great B&B's which overlook the bay with its stunning views and which are backed by a series of beautiful mountains. We always stay at Summer Point which one of his most well known spots. Its laid back vibe and spacious rooms and good food is always welcome after a long surf session. Chris also an amazing surfer and is up for just about any type of surf/ travel adventure. He also knows heaps about Taiwan's surf scene and is a great ambassador for its culture and history. 

We never seem to have enough time in Taiwan and we always leave wanting more. Whether your a surfer, backpacker or simple traveler Jia le shui is definitely worth a visit. 

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