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SunSurfer last won the day on September 15

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    Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
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  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    10+ boards between 160 & 180cm, 1995 to 2017 builds.
  • Current Boots Used?
    Modified UPZ RC10S. A pair of standard boots is just the start of the fun!
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Regular stance. Models: F2 & Bomber TD3 Intecs. Isocline plates, both DIY design/builds and BBP 4mm, with UPM & 4x4 pattern, ride with fixed axle front. Experimenting with stance distance & skwal style stances.
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  1. About to buy my season pass for the 2022 Southern Hemisphere winter. Unclear what the future holds here as Delta Covid is about to become widespread here in NZ, after high level lockdown and human frailty failed to eradicate it. I'm willing to take the chance and think that I will be able to travel within NZ next winter.
  2. If you choose to ride hard boots on a wider board at significantly different angles from your normal stance, then you should watch this video first to understand how the angle changes change the geometry of your stance and how that interacts with your physique.
  3. @Neil Gendzwill Although the experiment shows a significant result using the intra-ocular traumatic test of statistical significance, the engineers and scientists amongst the watchers will cringe at the uncontrolled variables on your test bench (floor). Some learned comments from another thread to inform your test results.
  4. @pow4ever Paper is a preprint and has not been peer reviewed. However, from USC Davis, a usually reliable source. Evidence of viral load in the USC paper is reported at only one point in time, and does not describe what happened to viral load over time. Hence the reference to the Singapore paper where it was tracked over time, but the USC paper gives us no information that confirms or refutes the Singapore finding. IF the key findings (similar distribution of viral loads in Delta infected subjects, vaccinated or unvaccinated) are REPEATED in other settings THEN it would appear that vaccine passports allowing greater freedom of movement are not appropriate. An old saying "One swallow does not make a summer."
  5. Does having Covid and recovering mean all is well? Report here of a large followup study on "long Covid" symptoms. Researchers tracked 270,000 survivors in USA for 9 defined symptoms (up to 200 long Covid symptoms have been reported). 37% of survivors reported at least 1 of the 9 symptoms at 6 months after their illness. (Can't find a direct link to the data/paper at this point. The link takes you to a Guardian article describing the paper) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/covid-37-of-people-have-symptoms-six-months-after-infection
  6. Or where you got the vaccination.
  7. If you choose to take ivermectin, and I am not recommending that anyone does for Covid-19, here is the ivermectin data sheet put out by the branch of the NZ government that regulates medications. The document describes the dosages that are used in humans and the potential toxicity of the drug in humans. Might not do you any good, but at least it should minimise any physical harm. https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/Datasheet/s/Stromectoltab.pdf In relation to ivermectin use for Covid-19, there is a paper from a reputable and peer reviewed source showing ivermectin significantly inhibits Covid-19 growth in a laboratory cell-line setting (not humans). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166354220302011 The only problem is that this inhibition occurred at ivermectin levels between 2.5-5uM solution strength, approx 2-4ug/ml (microgram/ml). A standard dose of ivermectin for an adult (12mg) produces peak concentrations of 46ng/ml (nanogram/ml) 4 hours after dosing (see medsafe doc). This issue is explored further in the letters that follow this editorial in the same journal that published the inhibition paper. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7172803/ So to achieve the kind of concentrations described iin the inhibition paper you would need to take roughly 100 times the normal dosage of ivermectin. This is not something that has been trialled in humans, although the medsafe document describes some studies where relatively large doses of ivermectin were given to volunteers to see what happened (described in more detail in the letters after the editorial). So we don't have a plausible mechanism for ivermectin to act on Covid-19 at normal doses. And we don't have any human trials at the higher doses. (though the inhinbition paper suggests that studies to work out if there is a suitable human dose might be a good idea) Covid-19 vaccine technology and mechanism of action is, by comparison with ivermectin , well understood. All the vaccines in use in Western nations have undergone all stages of human trials - https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-consumers-and-patients-drugs/inside-clinical-trials-testing-medical-products-people and are now in the surveillance phase, where extremely rare complications that were not identified earlier are likely to be found. So, seems to me that people who won't take the vaccine because it "hasn't been tested enough" but will take ivermectin aren't really thinking straight.
  8. @TVR I looked at the Facebook page you linked. So the anecdotal Facebook "evidence" supports an avalanche of deaths due to Covid vaccination? Really? In New Zealand, a nation with a sophisticated, joined up, centrally organised healthcare system where 2.9 million people have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, where there is a national patient registration system, where all deaths are required to have a death certificate with the cause of death, where there is universal access to free public hospital care, and where there is a rigorous drug adverse reaction monitoring system (https://nzphvc.otago.ac.nz/reporting/), ANYONE may report a possible death or reaction to a drug to CARM. I've reported drug reactions to CARM myself, and have published case reports of newly identfied, or rare drug reactions. Doctors in NZ have no financial incentive to withhold information about adverse reactions to any drugs or vaccination. A number of deaths have been reported that were associated in time with Pfizer Covid vaccination. Just 1 death, due to myocarditis in a patient with multiple other health issues, has been determined to be due to the vaccine. During the vaccination campaign there has also been just 1 death decided to have been caused by Covid, in a 90+ year old woman with multiple other health issues. Association in time is not evidence of cause and effect. I am not sure whether you "trust" Facebook as an information source to make decisions about your own health. I don't want to win an argument. I do want you to be as safe as modern medical science can make you, in the face of an illness that can kill.
  9. New to me. Having fun on Hot assym's.
  10. Family members of unvaccinated people who died of Covid tell their experiences. Some insights into why people who aren't keen to vaccinated feel that way. The piece is not unsympathetic to the vaccine hesitant. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/14/the-virus-is-painfully-real-vaccine-hesitant-people-are-dying-and-their-loved-ones-want-the-world-to-listen
  11. UK data showing how vaccination reduces death rates from Covid. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/13/fully-vaccinated-people-account-for-12-of-englands-covid-19-deaths
  12. Covid immunology explainer for the general public. The immune system is actually incredibly complex but this gives you the basics. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/126331885/covid19-to-boost-or-not-to-boost
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/10/boys-more-at-risk-from-pfizer-jab-side-effect-than-covid-suggests-study The link takes you to a newspaper article describing follow-up after vaccination research that, for now, suggests caution about vaccinating healthy teenage boys against Covid with the Pfizer, and possibly Moderna, vaccines. As with everything Covid, what we "know" keeps changing as new research becomes completed. Any decision about what we personally do should be made in the light of our current best information.
  14. NZ and the USA are very different places despite both starting from people leaving England (and other parts of Europe) and wanting to start a new life. We trust our government. ⁠https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/30/even-as-new-zealand-battles-covid-trust-in-government-bucks-global-trend⁠ And, one of our founding "myths" about ourselves is highly valuing fairness and natural justice as described in - "Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies, New Zealand and the United States" by David Hackett Fischer. ⁠⁠https://artsfuse.org/56492/fuse-book-review-fairness-and-freedom/
  15. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-covid-graphs-prove-vaccines-works-delta-pfizer-1.10101640 Doubting science has become a cult. Vaccination removed smallpox from the world apart from a couple of secire laboratories. It has pretty much removed polio from the developed world. Vaccination of young women prevents deafness from intrauterine German measles. And the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine prevents many cases of cervical cancer, other genital & throat cancers. Care to catch hepatitis B, typhoid, Japanese encepahlitis, meningococcal meningitis etc etc. Or just get vaccinated!
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