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September 20, 2005


I have had seven straight days in my new Super Star,
since it arrived here in reno, and I’m having a blast. Mostly I have been
paddling here in Reno on the Upper Truckee. I have a short play run up
near Floriston that has lots of small cartwheel spots, rock spins, and
short steep surf waves. Playing there has really allowed me to focus on
edging, and generally getting my timing and balance all dialed in. Yesterday
I went over the mountain and spent the day paddling on the S. Fork of
the American. Wow! I had so much fun. First Threat was an amazing crashing
wave that allowed for lots of air and all around some great surf tricks.
It was my first day in the Super Star

on a "real" wave and I was shocked how good
it was. Most of the year I competed against the Star series in holes and
when I had tried it myself earlier in the year I only had a hole to chose
from. So, this was my first experience with the Super Star and a wave,
and I couldn’t have been happier.

It was way faster then I anticipated, transitioned
from edge to edge really well, drove across the wave with speed, was easy
to hop out of the water, and was forgiving when I would land in an awkward
position. Oh ya, I never had to get out and empty water out of my boat
either. In short, I had so much fun and paddled so had that it hurts to
walk today. Maybe i’m not in as good of shape as I thought? So, tomorrow
I leave for the Gauley. It’s going to be a great week and I hope to see
some of you there.