by NMcclatch » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:04 pm
by jaffa1949 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:34 pm
NMcclatch wrote:I started learning to surf this week. Yayyyyyy! I got 4 lessons over 2 days with 'surfing croyde bay' in Croyde, England. They were absolutely fantastic! Excellent instructors and great banter!
I enjoyed my first surfing experience loads and managed to constistantly stand up and began to work on turning.
I used a 9ft softboard in the lessons and found that I nose-dved a lot and found it very unstable in the pop up and very un-manoeverable.
After the 2 days I decided to continue my surfing experience by hiring a board. I got an 8ft epoxy hardboard and-even though the wave conditions made it much harder to catch waves-I immediately found it much easier to pop up, much more stable and didnt nose dive at all. also, turning was a dream!
Anyway, I just posted this in case someone out there has tried a softboard for their first time surfing and it has put them off. Try a hardboard if this is the case, it may be easier and more enjoyable for you.
by travelzomg » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:40 pm
by Rickyroughneck » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:32 pm
by tony g » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:23 am
by surferboy » Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:51 pm
Rickyroughneck wrote:Not that I advocate soft boards, but the ones you tried for the lessons were probably swellies, which are truly atrocious boards!
In the defence of softboards, there are some surfable softboards (some of the ones with a hard bottom) which are surfable. However they are quite heavy and the performance is mediocre at best; there is really no reason to go soft over a hard board.
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