justloafing wrote:Where are you located?
Do you have rentals around you? Yes I would go for a 9'0" probably around 3" thick and not a lot of rocker since the waves are not that great. As garbarrage said "2 years is a long time to have only learned to stand recently... kudos for the determination sticking with it". I echo that!! and RJD suggested not going for a minimal. I think he is right on that too. Get a longboard that can help you on those little waves.
garbarrage wrote:how often is often as possible? and what is your general fitness level?
2 years is a long time to have only learned to stand recently... kudos for the determination sticking with it.... if you are really having this much difficulty and have no bad fitness issues then maybe another board could help.
hard to say what would be right for you exactly as i would have thought 7'6 would be about right (unless the board has been damaged a lot and taken in water, lost some float or something). is it particularly narrow or thin? maybe post a pic of it?
failing that, your best bet would probably be to rent a few and see what works best for you.
CloverBoy wrote:I'm in the same boat. I grew up on the beach, but being the west coast of Florida there wasn't much justification in surfing 1/2 foot waves every other week. I'm 27, 5'9", and just started surfing about 5 months ago. I started by renting a 9' board but found it more challenging to surf something a little smaller. I have a 7'6" board now and I found it difficult to balance on at first. Paddling it, sitting on it, poping up were all a little more difficult than that first few times on a 9', but it was worth it. I'm a stronger paddler now than my buddy who surfs a 6'6", I pop up just fine, and get plenty of rides. I know that eventually I want to add a longboard to my quiver, for noseriding. Just keep getting out there. It may be easier and more fun instantaniously with a 9', but think of how much more challenging it is now, and how gratifying it will be when your really getting good rides on the board you have now.
Just my 2 cents.
I know that feeling. Being a short armer. I just carry mine on my headgreypump wrote:Go for a bigger board with more float but ensure you can carry it under your arms first - if it is very wide and thick you need longish arms!
I have been surfing for about 2 years now, I do live about 45 min from the beach so i try to go as often as possible. I can finally stand up now, but it has taken me quite awhile. I think my main problem is paddling into the wave and timing when i stand up. I am not a strong paddler yet, so i think i am not getting enough momentum before i stand, and part of me wonders if i should get a longer board. Right now I have a 7'6 board, and it is a former rental so was used by beginners. I am thinking that if i get a longer board that is a little wider, i might catch waves better and really start to progress. Its very frustrating to have so much trouble cathing a wave, but part of me is like, its hard now but it is forcing me to work harder and i will get better. But i feel i need to have more fun now so i feel like i have accomplished something. I am 5'8...so if i was going to look for another board, would 8' be ok or should i go to a 9 foot board. The surf in the summer where i live isn't the greatest, so i think i would really benefit from a longer board that would help me get out of this beginner phase.
Anyone have any thoughts?
BTW I am a female. Im 26, so i can't wait to get better....i only wish i had worked up the courage to learn when i was younger! Its something i have been wanting to do since i was in middle school. I neber knew anyone who surfed when i was younger, so I'm doing this all on my own and don't have many people to ask these questions to.
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