dakoyote wrote:Thanks offshore...i honestly don't know anything about any surfboard or brand name...i'm that much of a noobie. So i just googled funboard, and these were a couple that i found and they seemed pretty cheap...so i thought i might ask if anyone had any experience. Would you suggest to just get whichever is cheaper then? Beats the hell out of me...i just really want to get started
Thanks...i totally appreciate your response
Here's some food for thought for anyone considering buying a surfboard for the first time.
The concept of a fun board is not a bad thing to consider f or your first board, but everywhere there is a multitude of brands to choose from, a oh Gosh! soft or hard tops length etc, so hard when you don't know.
If you are really new, try a surf school for a couple of lessons to see if you like it, then for your first board get a suitable length hard top.
For buying sake , it could be suggested that a secondhand longer older style board with some volume could be helpful.
Some people would like a new board, so we begin!
Many brands including some top names are now having boards shaped in Asia, "Professionally" that is,( don't assume it a professional surfer shaping) it's a guy in a factory in south east Asia whose profession is shaping does he know what the shape does
His profession is just replicating the shape over and over.
So cheap new boards may mean this. But one thing, cheap may be useful to a new surfer, however IMO each board sold made in Asia slowly degrades the home surf industry.So how to choose
From any board, Dakoyote, height, weight, age and fitness are important so tell us! With more information to help will come
With that advice you will know the length and volume, this will help determine the board you buy, so you can float and catch waves easily.
Second hand, new cheap or expensive and where and how manufactured are your
choices based on what you've learned.
After answering the questions above, go to a number of surf shops spend time looking around, keep your brain working don't let the glossiness and resin fumes confuse you You've done your home work and know the range in which your board will be found.
Look along the racks and see what meets your initial criteria!Next examine the boards
, is the shape symmetrical
are the rails even in their shaping
is the glass intact along the rails and the tail and nose
If you are buying secondhand is the wear and tear on the board acceptable to you at the price asked?
If you really keen, see if the surf shop has a similar model you can try before you buy, this is a little daunting for a beginner because they can't surf well to enough to evaluate.
I notice that the two brands you mention have various guarantees ( that might be worth something, they say they will buy the board back)
Talk to the most experienced person in the shop,( be aware that they probably know how to sell as well)
Maybe you can find some friends that surf and know a bit and can advise you.
When you have done everything and you look through eyes with knowledge quite often a board will appear and be the correct choice for you, it is however just the beginning THEN
I missed this information you gave in your other post so I've edited it in."So i'm not the biggest guy alive, but i've been snowboarding for about 16 years and now i'm planning to conquer surfing...
I'm 5'2" @ 130 lbs.....last week was my first time surfing....used a 9 foot board....caught 4 out of 5 waves...i think i did ok....but this board is so so hard to carry around for me....almost to the point that i don't want to go out there again because of the hassle of bringing the board out there.
Would anyone suggest a different size board based on my 0 skills and weight and size?? I want to learn
Thanks all for the help!"
A fun board will be ok and if you stick with a longer board there are bike trailers, all of the above however applies and basically wait and see what else is advised.
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