pkbum wrote:the only way you can become good at paddling is to paddle more. If standing up is your priority then my advice might not be the best. But if you wanna improve and start using a shortboard, I think this might a good time to start right now.
justloafing wrote:pkbum wrote:the only way you can become good at paddling is to paddle more. If standing up is your priority then my advice might not be the best. But if you wanna improve and start using a shortboard, I think this might a good time to start right now.
Agreed totally in what you say. I was just trying to wipe out some of the frustration factor. I'd hate for her to get a shortboard and can't catch a wave because she is not a strong enough paddler and decides to hang it up.
billie_morini wrote:I thought a fun board would be good for my wife to learn on. She wasn't catching as many waves with it as I thought she should and she could never stand up. I put her on my longboard and the difference was like night and day. So, I tried her fun board and found a) it didn't paddle anywhere as easy as my longboard, b) in order to catch waves with it, the waves had to have more power in them than the easy waves offered, and c) it wasn't as stable as my longboard. Realitive to item c, it was like the board was on a rotissairie spindle funnung from nose to tail. The damn thing wanted to rotate or spin along its lenght. due to the challenge, I have mastered this fun board, but I bought my wife her own longboard and am back on mine. The fun board often gets left home.
Oh, the funboard is 8ft and the longboards are 9ft. The shape and additional float the longboards have are what make the difference
justloafing wrote:Here ya go
It is sorta what I explained above on the next board I thought would help you.
Are you ready for a short board? Not in my opinion but you could prove me wrong A short board you need to do quick or fairly quick turns on. Since you have not really learned turning yet a shortboard IMHO would not be a whole lot of fun yet. Fun is the name of this game
When and knowing your ready to go smaller is up to you. I would say when you learn on the fun board to: Catch waves with ease, make nice bottom and top turns, staying in the critical part of the wave and trimming your board for speed because shortboarding is all about speed. Plus with a shortboard your going to be only able to surf bigger waves like chest high(may be stomach) and higher. So get used to bigger waves. How long it takes I can't say. If your in the water a lot maybe a year or two before you would have fun.
Now I am not saying you can't go get a shortboard but from what you have described you would have a shorter learning curve if you went f
or a funboard. And whats the rush
foam boards and fun boards are not the same. About your foam, you said, "...its crap. its a 7ft foamy, and leaks." My advice to you does not concern a foam board. It does, however, indicate that a (fiberglass) fun board (or fun shape, if you prefer), should be avoided based on the information you have provided.
In your original post, you also said, "i do have trouble catching waves on a shortboard, i have tried my friends, its very thin and narrow, and i cant catch anything on it! im not a great paddler." This information points to the need for advantages associated with long boards.
You seem certain you want a short board, so hopefully you will receieve some useful suggestions. You have tried some boards that belong to friends. Another way to try different boards wihtout buying the wroing one is to rent them. Rent different ones on different days. If you think you can't afford a McCoy or whatever interests you, buy a used board.
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