bajoman wrote:Thanks beachbumuk- I did check it out, great info, but it doesn't really answer my question: At my stage, will single fin or 2+1 be best for my progress (or will it matter at all)? Looking to noseride and work on turns- should I concentrate on one before the other? And what's the best setup to learn them on?
Uncle Jaffa here, since you want to nose ride which is an advanced technique the first steps are to get your turns up and working smoothly.
The essence of longboard surfing is to be able to string effortless turns together and be able to move up and down the face naturally and be able to work the trim of your board to enhance your wave positioning
Practice cross stepping at every opportunity, sort of like a dance studio, nose riding is about feeling the balance of the board, IMO you need to find your boards trim spot first before nose riding, it's an essential part of speed and balanceHow? Do your first turn and look to set up riding across the wall, if you can cross step forward, (a shuffle will do but it roughens up the glide needed for nose riding) till you find a point where the board feels like it is continually accelerating ( this is the trim spot) about 3/4 of the way to the nose.
Long boarding uses the trim spot to gain speed and balance for the nose ride, forward of trim you are nose riding. Often noseriding competition board have different colours forward of trim to help judges see the surfer is on the nose.
Practice and control getting from turns to the trim spot and back, gain and maintain speed in doing this.
When you are confident move a little forward see what happens, come back from trim to lay out a turn.
Increase the range of when and where you do this, a lot of wave reading goes into noseriding.
Now for the fins for this either, a single will give you smooth rounder arcs of turn in the beginning a 2+1 system will make your turns easier and more angular.
What is best? The system that helps you do you stuff as easily as possible. Bajo try both if you can feel the difference use the one that feels best to you.
A lot of surfers who feature nose riding above progressive ( shortboard type moves) prefer a heavier single fin board more like the old logs with a deeper fin.
Nothing in any form of surfing is really achieved without gaining the basic wave riding skills and being able to gain speed and flow.
Watch all the good surfers around you, they have all the basics and seem to be able to do everything at speed ( actually they are able to gather speed from everything they do.
but I hope it helps
Added a picture to show how the trim spot generates speed even on a small wave.
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