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Hi,
Just bought a Fluid Element to bring down to Mexico for some ocean surfing. Today at Chacala I ended up banging into rocks and getting some scrapes in the bottom. I know in the river this would have little to no effect on the boats performance, but in ocean surf I feel like having a smooth boat (like a surfboard) is important.

Any suggestions on how to smooth out some rough scrapes? Sand paper?
 

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Does it really make that much difference for ocean surfing?
You could certainly sand it, being careful not to rough up the nearby surfaces that aren't rough already. Kayak plastic I've worked with is fairly soft when it comes to sanding it. Could start with 80 or 100 grit, then go to as fine a grit as you want.
 

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I'm not positive that it does matter, but surfer friends think it does because it would matter on a surf board.
Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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I would just use a big knife and scrape down the area around it a little. How do you like the Element? I've got a carbon one, in the large size, and that shit is so awesome. I still haven't taken mine into salt water, though.
 

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I've been using it without fins in the river. I really like to grind river waves, and I feel like the fins would probably put a stop to that. It seems to behave really well without them. I do want to try out the fins at some point. I wonder if they will help me get air or stick me to the wave.

Man, now you've got me back to thinking about the Element. I'm taking a little paddling trip in about two weeks, but until then I'm stuck in rocky drytown, Colorado. No place for a carbon surfboat. I feel like I'm going to freak the hell out here. Do you have any photos? Do you surf it like a surfboard, or like a playboat?
 

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No photos on the ocean yet. It's only been out twice. Once in Playa Brujas near Mazatlan, Sinaloa and another at Chacala, Nayarit. Looking forward to trying it out at Ticla, Michuacan.

Without fins it reacts mostly like a play boat so its more fun in white wash. I've been getting on some big faces and slipping like crazy without fins so I'm looking forward to see how that works.
 

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Slipping around? I think you don't need fins, you need tighter hip pads. Get that sucker up on edge and it should bite in pretty good. But then again, I haven't had mine on anything but river waves. I will remember to take fins with me on my upcoming trip.



Also, because I'm so proud of it, I want to post this playboating shot of my element:

 
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