I agree 100% with what you are saying here.isaluteyou wrote:surfing is too vast to really limit it to a rating system.
You have to also include big wave riding say 12ft+ and then huge wave riding 20ft+ not to mention tow in surfing. All of this requires an entire different skill set.
I think in all honesty how you rate your skills must be on consistancy. I consider myself an intermediete surfer but on some days i can step it up. Then again ive also had days where i have surfed terribly. So consistancy counts here.
northswell wrote:Here's my interpretation of the four catogories listed.
Beginner= Someone in the white water/outback catching the open face and going down the line.
Intermediate= Able to surf bigger waves, say upto eight foot faces able to make turns. Get out back on those bigger days, keep control of his/her board at all times, and able to read a break.
Advanced= Your local charger
Expert= a pro or semi pro, someone who is sponsored maybe?
I'd think complete novice would be someone who can't yet get enough balance to do the poppup effectively. Novice would be someone who now can get to their feet on a few lucky occassions (less than 50% of poppup chances do they keep their balance) and can ride whitewater into shore or for a while. Emerging Beginner would then be someone who can get to their feet most of the time >50% but only is demonstrating success on small wave riding (under 4 feet) and they haven't learned how to turn yet.Johnny B wrote:I personally think you gotta separate the learning stages more;
Complete novice: Splashing about in the white water catching broken waves, popping up sometimes but unsteadily.
Novice: Catching waves further out (before they break) and popping up faster but still not riding the face.
Beginner: Catching waves in the line up and riding the face, No moves mastered yet.
I´d go further than that but I just stopped at the stage I´m at, I´d like to think I´m on my way to the next stage though.
isaluteyou wrote:"SUDO SURFER" definition = someone who walks the walk and talks the talk. But just goes out and floats on their board doing nothing
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