Erinelli wrote:Hi! Greetings from Canada! (land of cold water surfing & in my area, Great Lakes Surfing)
I'm 5' 4 1/2" & weigh 125 lbs.
I just spent 3 months last autumn learning how to surf (we were in the water at least 2-3x a week) in Ireland. Needless to say I fell in love with the sport!
-Surfed predominantly on foamies - Swell Surfboards and Vision Surfboards - I'm thinking they were about 7-8 ft long. Tried out a couple of fibreglass shortboards (sorry don't know the specs) for fun, but naturally it was pretty tricky on small waves.
-Looking to buy my first board in Puerto Escondido Mexico while on holiday there in March - plan to improve my surfing there in future (parents retired there), and later this summer back in Ireland. So I'll need gear that will adapt to both COLD & WARM water temperatures and TRAVEL well.
-Not looking for anything too advanced, but definitely want a board I can grow into.
So far, my research is pointing me to a Fun Board or a longish Fish Board - any thoughts on either? Advantages/disadvantages?
go for a mini-mal/fun board... fishes are allways edgy to progress on since they are quite unstable compared to other boards... you should get something minimal ish.. around 7.4... venon has a nice 7.2 epoxy mini mal with extra float... that might be something..
Secondly, what dimensions should I be considering given my experience, weight, height, etc?
nothing too big since you are quite light... as said, around 7.2 to 7.6 ish... a modern epoxy (not an NSP-Tank)
Fibreglass, vs. epoxy? Is this something I should be considering? Once I have selected the shape of my board, what brand(s) should I consider? There's so many out there, it's a bit overwhelming! I think I might purchase second-hand if a new board is out of my $250 price range.
go and look and see what you can come up with... epoxy generally are a bit tougher... yet it depends on the amount of resin used...
check it out, take it into your hands, get a feeling... 2nd hand isnt a bad idea.. .try to test it before you buy if you can..
Single vs. Twin vs. Quad vs. Tri fins? So many choices! Again what type/brands should I consider getting?
go for a classic thruster 3 fin set up... that should do it for now...
i like FCS fins, since they are very easy to replace, have a decent price and the range of options is just huuuuge..
thing of preference...
Any recommendations for leashes? 6ft, 9ft? Any brands?
leashes are usually the board size+1 foot... so id go with an 8ft leash...
Lastly, any tips for transporting my surfboard? Is there an ideal way to protect the board from damage in cargo? Any padded surfboard bags to recommend?
get a decent boardbag... thats the most important.. good padded.. again, FCS has good stuff.. but so does dakine...
at least 10mm padding, good straps, propper outer materials and then just pad it out with clothes, wetsuits, towels etc...
Thanks surfing community! - I really appreciate any advice you might share!
Erinelli wrote:nothing too big since you are quite light... as said, around 7.2 to 7.6 ish... a modern epoxy (not an NSP-Tank)
Sory to hijack a post, but ive been looking at a really nice Venon Retro fish for myself, and as you are the first person to mention them, you wouldnt happen to know their website, i have googled it, but nothing really comes up.
with the right technique and practice you can perform the same turns on a 9/10ft longboard that some can on 5-6ft shotboard (but jsut not as fast)
I'd recommend you get a longboard. I'm 5' 6" and 165 lbs and my first board was an 7'6" NSP "tank" minimal / funboard. I struggled something awful with it (although the waves I was trying to learn on were quite small)
tbh, i find the bigger NSP 7.6 - 7.10 quite good for learning.. i started on an 8ft foamie and then went down on a 7.6 and i remember it beeing way easier to surf... however its true, that those boards need a certain speed to run propperly... yet i find the learning curve is different, if you are having to get a 7.10 into waves than a 9.2...
but then again, its a question of the rider too..
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