Heathen wrote:Also consider your local break as the guy in the surf shop told me for our local break a long board is a great investment we get good surf here but there is more days when its only 1-3 foot and really only good for fish fun boards or longs so even if I go to a short board one day which is my goal I will still be using my long board a lot and there hell of a lot of fun to ride as well.
Honestly save yourself extra heart break and get a long board or mini mal it make the learning process so much easier.
And if you think long boards are uncool and that's your reason well your going to look just as uncool learning on a short board lol.
Go rent a board first try a short and a long.
all of this x2, especially the bold bit. the most important thing with learning is just time in the water. if the surf wherever you're at is consistently powerful, but not too dangerous or overcrowded, and you can be in the water everyday for several hours, sure, try the shortboard. i would. but if you're somewhere and the prevailing conditions are small/weak surf or you'll only be able to make it out every few days/weeks for a couple hours, you're just shooting yourself in the foot trying to learn on a shortboard. i'd rather be out on a 9' bic in thigh-knee surf than floundering on my 6'2" or retro fish. it doesn't matter what you look like, people won't look at you and think, 'oh, he's on a longboard, what a kook.' well...maybe some, but fugg the haters, they're just idiots. but conditions at your local spot really dictate a lot of what is ideal to learn on