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    Newb in VA Beach humbly seeks advice.

    So I went surfing for the first time with my wife's girlfriend's Dad. I used his board...a 7' 10\" x 21 1/2 (I think), x 3 1/4\" Nolte fun board. At first he was pushing me into the waves and by the end of the session I was paddling myself when he told me to and standing up. I couldn't really turn...just kind of rode straight toward the beach until I fell off or until the board stopped going forward.

    Then we went again a few days later and this time I was doing everything myself, sometimes with his direction and sometimes not. I was able to turn into the face and actually ride the face one time and almost did another time. All the others were the same as the first session...riding straight towards the beach.

    So now I want to surf whenever I get a chance. I recently bought a 6' quad fish for kite surfing strapless, which I've still yet to try, so I've got that board but I'm thinking it'd be better to get a longer board to learn on and to have it for the smaller stuff. The guy told me I could borrow his board, which I plan to, but eventually I'm going to get my own. Since I'll be learning on his fun board would it be better to get another one of those or should I consider a long board? Will a long board catch more waves than a fun board? That's important to me because I plan to do dawn patrols before work regardless of the tide just to get some water time...or is disregarding the tide an act of futility? Speaking of dawn patrols, I'd like to Surf at 1st street but don't want to get in anybodies way while I'm learning. Is it crowded there at all between 5:30-7:00 a.m. ?

    Any other advice is welcomed as well.

    Thanks in advance,
    Clint

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    Will a long board catch more waves than a fun board? yes

    ...or is disregarding the tide an act of futility? yes

    Is it crowded there at all between 5:30-7:00 a.m. ? Yes

    Any other advice is welcomed as well- Stick to kite boarding. Seriously. I see you guys flying by and launching airs while we grovel for surf

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    go to 42nd no crowds and better poeple there get alongboard but if he will let you use his ride then do

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    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post

    Any other advice is welcomed as well- Stick to kite boarding. Seriously. I see you guys flying by and launching airs while we grovel for surf

    It sounds good but I need something to do when the wind is offshore or just not blowing at all, and that happens a lot around here. I'm trying to broaden my beach activities repertoire since my free time only comes in short spurts. Plus, I had a blast surfing even though I'm sure I was doing it wrong.

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    I would just like to thank you for making a conscouis effort to stay out of the more experienced surfers way, I appreciate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwood View Post
    I would just like to thank you for making a conscouis effort to stay out of the more experienced surfers way, I appreciate that.
    True Dat,Might I add ,for the newbs out there,keep the questions coming.Use this site as a tool on proper surf etiquette.
    Last edited by GoodVibes; Jul 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM.