as for the "smooth & stylish" bit, i think i'm getting there. (i'm prob. not nearly as close as i think i am, but it FEELS like i'm getting there... :D ) if the waves stay in this knee-waist high range, i'll prob. have my cross step down just in time for hurricane season to crank up so i can jump back on my shorties! (at least i can still put a board on rail!)
Gave it the re-try a couple months ago. Gotta give props where props are due. The HD cams are decent to good, depending on locations. The forecast is much improved. The past 4 swells in VB as well as Assateague have been spot-on by Surfline. So, yeah, they are earning their keep at the moment.
One man's opinion. Your experience may vary !
1. Surfline Premium - forecasting as given on this site is just as legit as anything compiled by Surfline. Otherwise, the actual NOAA models are the real deal, and they cost nothing.
2. To the original poster (can't remember now who it is!), why complain about this? While I rarely longboard, I would take pride in going "against the grain". I don't ride shorter boards because it's popular, but I would be stoked if I were doing something (more) unique. Don't worry about not getting media attention. There's plenty of stuff on the internet apart from Surfline. It's also not a bad thing to NOT draw attention to ourselves. I for one would be thrilled if the following never existed:
a. Surfline (except LOLA, that was very new revolutionary stuff that has helped us all)
b. Soul Surfer
c. Blue Crush
It'd be a lot more chill in the water if the general populace didn't think surfing is so cool.
First off, Great thread. Some real good quotes and stuff in here. Regardless of what you ride now, shortboard, fish whatever... I bet that almost everyone, atleast on the east coast learned how to surf on a log and experienced that first thrill and that damn feeling we all are addicted to on that log so you can't knock longboarding at all. Its also great to take a big ol longboard out every now and then to work on your style and just loosen yourself up a little bit...(atleast in my experience)...riding a shortboard exclusively everyday regardless of wave size or quality really tightens you up and limits your creativity and vision on the wave. Gotta take the log out and get back to clean smooth lines and relaxed style and stance.
I've never ridden a longboard and i never much get involved in threads unless its to +1 someones humor(some of u r funny as hell) or to shut someone up( r.i.p avonsurfernc). but in regards to what the last poster said "regardless of what u ride", mixed w/ my affection for the boos this evening I have this to say;
Regardless of what u ride, u shouldnt be talkin **** to anyone else cuz of what they ride, no one chooses to paddle out on a certain stick w/ the mentality of gettin in ur way. Theyre tryin to have fun, which is what everyone should b tryin to do. Which leads me to the word kook and how loosely its thrown around like it makes someone more of a "real surfer". Not to be rascist, but as an anology, do u really have to call every black person u see a ni*ger, theyre already black it doesnt make u anymore white callin em n*gger. If u can surf and u love it ...it doesnt matter if Chris Christie is out ther blowin a fu*kin whistle in ur face , ur gonna have fun.
Learn how to read waves, get position and paddle hard and u won't have anything to complain about, except maybe not havin the funds to go score better waves....but u can blame urself for that