by LongIslandSurfer » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:41 pm
by dtc » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:28 pm
by pandarturo » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:44 pm
dtc wrote:Not catching waves is the biggest impediment to learning, forget about glide, cutbacks, airs and pump and etc. If you can't first get yourself on a wave, nothing else will matter, and to get on a wave when you are a novice, you need volume (or 'foam').
And, if the waves are small, you need foam.
Snowboarding helps, to the extent it does, only after you are standing up. 80% (maybe 95%) of surfing happens before you stand up. You may have been able to catch your first wave, but then what happened? Can you paddle out through a big set? Can you catch a steep beachy? Can you read the waves, can you paddle for 5 minutes without stopping? How quickly can you pop up? Can you turn? etc etc
All that points to a longboard - as is the case for all beginners. Meaning a board that at minimum is 7ft6 but I reckon at your height and weight you want something 8-9ft. Make sure its wide (22inches+) and thick (2.5inch+).
Remember that surfing is not a sport where you start on the board you end up on. You will improve, you will get to the stage where you can use a shorter board and you may want to get a shorter board. Thats the way it is; if you don't like the way surfing progresses then don't surf. Starting on a short board means you dont catch waves which means you dont learn to surf.
Even if you are a natural and you buy a longboard but decide after 3 months you can get a shorter board, you havent wasted your money. You would not have been able to transition in 3 months with a shorter board. And you can always sell the board, or keep it for fun.
Finally - yes, a 9ft board looks enormous when you are in the shop or on land. But in the water, honestly you dont notice it.
by LongIslandSurfer » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:17 pm
by pandarturo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:35 pm
by LongIslandSurfer » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:21 pm
by pandarturo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:39 pm
by pandarturo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:46 pm
by IB_Surfer » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:23 am
by LongIslandSurfer » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:09 am
by pandarturo » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:08 pm
by LongIslandSurfer » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:16 pm
by pandarturo » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:39 pm
by dtc » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:08 am
by IB_Surfer » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:01 am
LongIslandSurfer wrote:Yeah ive found quite a few 7'8 boards but thats to small for me?
by LongIslandSurfer » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:48 am
themathteacher wrote:LongIslandSurfer wrote:Yeah ive found quite a few 7'8 boards but thats to small for me?
Well, it depends how much you want to spend. Longboards are expensive, 7'8 funboards are way less.
If you are in shape and swim then a 7'8 board will be ok as a begginer, I started on an thick wide 8ft funboard, but I was in shape and boogieboarding a lot when I started. If you are borderline couch potato stick to the longboard, more money or not.
by drowningbitbybit » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:19 pm
LongIslandSurfer wrote: i see more small days then big.
by dtc » Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:11 am
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