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  1. #11
    I think you'll have a blast. Get ready to be humbled though. If your determined you can learn on anything. That board looks pretty fun to me and for 50 bucks its a steal.

    Your suits a little thin though. I would go 7 mil on the boots and gloves. Lobsters or mittens.

  2. #12
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    Yea bro I am stoked for ya board looks good! Dont need a longboard to learn a shorter egg is good! I would be more concerned about your suit. A 4/3 in Maine in the Winter must be cold up there most of us in Jersey are in 5/4's but once you get into it and have a year under your belt you will know what you need part of the fun of learning something new is learning what kind of gear you need etc.. I started surfing with half a wet suit and my buddy wore the other half haha looking back we must have looked like idiots but we didnt care!!! Anyway if you get too cold then wait for warmer water and learn then next year you will have bought a thicker suit. Seems like your stoked so you shouldn have any issues you love it!!

  3. #13
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    Get ready to be humbled though
    Agree. Surfing is one of the toughest things to pick up. You will spend months getting pounded by waves, never riding anything. Once it all clicks you though will be happy you suffered through the beginning months, there is no feeling like riding a wave.

    The main difference between surfing and other board spots like skateboarding or snowboarding is the ground under you board is in constant motion. You cant just stand on a surfboard and ride a wave like you can just stand on a skateboard and push, you need to learn to catch the wave which is much harder than it may seem. Stick with it no matter how many times you get pounded by a set or thrown over the falls its all worth it.

  4. #14
    learning to surf in a maine winter. You are a man.

  5. #15
    Honestly, i hate how everyone always says to start with a 9 foot soft board then keep moving down to shorter boards until you eventually hit a short board because no one has that kind of money. Like every one, im guessing your on a budget and $50 for that board looks like a great deal and it should be a perfect starter board. I started with my sister's 7'2 surf better and like other people have stated, yeah i got laughed at. But, now barely a year later i am on a 6'1 short board and having little to no trouble. Just stick to it and don't give up.

  6. #16
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    soft board no, but 9ft board yes. everyone says to use one because it is a lot more stable to learn to pop up on.

  7. #17
    Yea budget is tight and $50 sounded right. I know I'll look like a fool but I don't care. I've got some local friends who surf and I'll just tag along with them. It's been so cold here lately. I'm gonna wait for it to warm up a bit.

  8. #18
    You will be cold, you will get frustrated, but I have lots of respect for you trying it out in winter. Keep in mind that once the water temp drops below 40, it generally does not return to over 40 until mid april.... One thing I would recommend, if you really don't care about looking like an idiot, put your board down on the sand and practice popping up several times before you hit the water. Avoid getting up onto one knee.

  9. #19
    Cool thanks fisurf I was wondering when the water will start to warm up. I know beginning of may when the water hits 52 degrees the stripers start running around here.

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by RID View Post
    Agree. Surfing is one of the toughest things to pick up. You will spend months getting pounded by waves, never riding anything. Once it all clicks you though will be happy you suffered through the beginning months, there is no feeling like riding a wave.

    The main difference between surfing and other board spots like skateboarding or snowboarding is the ground under you board is in constant motion. You cant just stand on a surfboard and ride a wave like you can just stand on a skateboard and push, you need to learn to catch the wave which is much harder than it may seem. Stick with it no matter how many times you get pounded by a set or thrown over the falls its all worth it.
    Yea tell that to my friend who learned on a 6'0 flyer and was bottom turning in waist to chest high surf in one month of learning. You obv don't know anything about skating if you can skate a bowls, QPs, HPs, than you should have no problem what so ever learning on a HPS. The only thing that would be hard is just the knowledge you need to surf like where to paddle out ETC etc. You can also tell that to my dad, and experienced surfer who dropped into a QP first try considering hes never touched a skateboard in his life.

    Take this from someone who skates and surfs well: take away the fact that you need knowledge on how to paddle out, wave selection, etc.. and THEY ARE sooooooooooooooo similar its not even funny. theres more to skating then just pushing down the street you have never seen someone skate a pool or bowl so don't act like you know what your talking about no offence...

    P.S. to the guy who made this thread.. dont listen to them you can learn on a HPS if you are experienced with boardsports