A Newbies Guide for Newbies
I thought it may be of some good if I where to write here of my experiances as a new comer to surfing, i figure that sometimes getting info from someone just one step further on can be helpful...please note these are only my oppinions and findings. I am in no way brand concious so what i write is based on "feel".
first up my details...
Im Phill, 27, surfing in Scarborough UK Im 6'0, 11.4 stone and am healthy but not "fit" a skinny Yorkshire lad!!
time in water so far;
2x3hr instucted lessons
1x2.5 hour sesh
1x2 hr sesh
I learnt my fisrt steps on holiday in Lanzarote and had TWO lessons four days apart...my advice to anyone fitting into my fittness catagory "not very" is
a. get some lessons,they are so very worth the investment,I progressed fast enough to not feel like it was to hard and this kept my passion alive.Also I think I am now amore safe/considerate surfer because of what I was told...very important on a crowded beach like Cayton
b. get them a few days apart. I woke up feeling like i had been run over after my first seshand would have been very hard pushed to go back in the water straight after..my muscles needed to come out of shock!!
I came back wanting to get my own board, I very nearly bought a foam one on holiday...STUPID....glad I didnt, would have been a very weak investment already!!and baggage prices have rocketed.
I got back and nearly made another mistake goggling surfboards and coming up with a cheap Bic package..its very tempting...thats why there are so many of them..but again I would say wait, resist....
I decided to RENT for a while until i find something that works underfoot for me.
So far my honest oppinions from time in the water have found the following....
NSP 7.6 - I was initially pleased by its build etc its lighter then the foam board i was learning on but still felt solid..to me this seemed to make it feel very stable once it began to plane but tbh found i kept getting messed up by the tailpad. sometimes it tripped me up..sometimes i got up got moving but having my foot on the tailpad led me to be too far back and stall out of the wave, made me wonder why it was there..for use or as a sales gimmick? either way..it was workable, better then many would have had me believe, but still slightly frustrating.
BIC 7.6 - I took this out yesterday and first off have to agree with much of the advice given to me on this board..these are HEAVY not so heavy it spoils your day, but they definatly dont float as well at the other boards I have tried. seem lower in the water. mind you the one i was on had just one middle fin and i did like how manouverable this made it. am definatly going to o back to other boards and try them single finned as even at this early stage i can feel the differance but for the Bic itself I would say that unless your buget is absoloutly minimal invest more and move on.
Cortez 8'0 - I took this out on the same sesh as the NSP and really enjoyed it. Yes its a factoy board, but its light..compared to the others its lighter then either despite being longer then both. initially the few extra inches meant i was sat too far back but once i adusted where i laid i found it would pick up very easily .. so far this has been my fav board and I am thinking of buying one . I am just wanting to try two more combinations...
1. a Cortez 7.6 ...if I can get away with a bit less legnth on the same light quality board i might be onto a winner.
2. a differant 8'0 board...this should let me see how much the "magic" of the cortez was in the legnth.
will report back after next friday as thats when i wil be trying one if not both of the other combinations.