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  1. #1

    Lookin' for a new board..Need help!

    I am looking for a new surfboard to help me get into surfing. I've been a bodyboarder all my life and want to try something new. I started looking on craigslist and everything, and dont really know what to look for. Thats where I need your help. I found a nice board myself, but dont know anything about it really.

    If this helps.

    I am 6' tall. 200 pounds.

    I am located in OC,MD

    Here is the board I found.

    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...133984106.html

    Btw. Please don't hate and dont just send me your board for sale and tell me its great. Tell me why it would be great for me

    Thanks dudes

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    you gotta tell us your level of surfing, but that board might work on like 5 days out of the year in oc.
    theres a reason hes on the east coast and its in great condition-its not a type of board that gets used here.

  3. #3

    Smile

    I do not have any surfing experience. I want a board I can go from beginner to intermediate, without switching boards kinda deal. If there is a board that can handle that

  4. #4
    Sandbar's right - that's a gun and won't work except on the largest of hurricane swells. The rocker and volume is wrong for you.

    I would recommend either a mid-range funshape (7'2" - 7'8") or a modern fish in the (6'5" - 6'10") range depending on the amount of time you are going to get to ride. If you're going to have lots of time to surf then you should pick it up pretty quickly and the fish would be better. Otherwise go with the funshape.

    I started on a funshape and have a Lost RNF now with 5 FCS plugs. Its a more modern fish which means the rocker and foil are different than the original templates. The 5 fin setup lets you ride the board as a quad when the surf is weaker. When it gets a little better, I set it up as a twin with 2 MR fins and its a lot of fun. And then you can use the
    5th FCS plug for a small center fin when the waves get a little steeper.

    I wish I had started on a fish, they're the most versatile in my opinion. And everybody makes one now.

    Good Luck!

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    hey bro get nothing short of a funboard. (7 foot plus round nose) or a longboard even better. Longboards and funboards develop style and you will be able to surf more days out of the year which means more practice. you are considered a large sized surfer(anything over 180lbs) so volume will certainly help you learn the basics. guys/girls who start on longboards learn faster. when you do get a short board you will actually be able to ride the thing the way it is intended to be ridden. people who stat on shortboards(except those who start really young) rarely develope good style and their progression is always prolonged no matter what they claim. they dont see what we see. in thier mind they rip. longboarding is a magnified approach to surfing and it enables the surfer to learn all the basics( trim, weight shift, pivoting,, the x-axis ect) some people fall in love and never leave the longboard and thats fine too

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    Oh, and if you can swing it, buy a custom from a local shaper. I bought the Lost on a whim and it works for me, but its the only board I have that's not custom. A good custom from a good shaper will beat anything off the rack and make learning much easier. Plus, it will be cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_rehmann View Post
    I am looking for a new surfboard to help me get into surfing. I've been a bodyboarder all my life and want to try something new. I started looking on craigslist and everything, and dont really know what to look for. Thats where I need your help. I found a nice board myself, but dont know anything about it really.

    If this helps.

    I am 6' tall. 200 pounds.

    I am located in OC,MD

    Here is the board I found.

    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...133984106.html

    Btw. Please don't hate and dont just send me your board for sale and tell me its great. Tell me why it would be great for me

    Thanks dudes
    i have to agree with everybody else either buy a funboard 7" or a longboard those will help you learn the basics and get you into the waves sooner and that helps with a beginner plus with a funboard or a log you can basically ride it year round unless a hurricane comes.

    but with the board your looking at on that craigslist post if youve been surfing for years and are going to charge pipeline then that would be the board you would want. but dont buy that board for east coast surf.

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    Ditto on what 420 posted; also consider a longer stick.,advantage of a longer board 8'6" to 9'4", 2 3/4" - 3 1/8" thick with 21.5 - 23" center width, 2 + 1 fin set up for your weight and experience level with less rocker for ease of paddling and catching waves. I saw quite a few used mini and long boards come in shops in DE & OC end of last fall that were in super shape and cheap by good makers. I would be more concern of getting the right board now to learn on at the right price than would it serve my needs at the next level.
    Last edited by goofy footer; Dec 31, 2010 at 06:20 PM.

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    Don't overlook the often overlooked "hybrid."

    True, shorter longboards and bigger "funboards" are easier to learn on. Longer longboards and under volumed "shortboards" are harder to learn on. (I have to say I hate funboards, and know for a fact that anything a funboard can do a hybrid can do better. It's just that not many people know what a hybrid is. I think of them as the forgotten genera.) That being said, what are your ultimate goals? If you want to catch waves easily, go out in just about any conditions, and think you'll like the glide and trim of a longboard, get a longboard.

    However,if you want to ultimately ride a shortboard, get an overiszed "hybrid" type board. If you already have the wave knowledge, are relatively young, and if you're 200lbs and fit, you could learn to surf on a high volumed, hybrid that will allow you to transition into a shortboard faster and accelerate the learning curve. Here's what I'm talking about...

    http://www.surfboardbuilders.com/Bro...aspx?ShapeID=5

    These will give you an idea. But like it's been said here already, talk to a local shaper and get some ideas and recommendations from him. If he doesn't know what a hybrid is, talk to another shaper.

  10. #10
    Nsp 7'2''

    I rode this from beginner to immediate and the thing works in inch waves up to overhead death waves. I love this thing and they will never ding or break. Really teaches you how to bottom turn and get on rail. Id say ride this for 3 years or so. I switched after 2.