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View Poll Results: What Age Did You Start Surfing?

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  • < 7 years old

    7 7.53%
  • 8 to 13 years old

    36 38.71%
  • 14 to 20 years old

    29 31.18%
  • 20 to 30 years old

    10 10.75%
  • > 30 years old

    11 11.83%
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  1. #21
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    Dec 2010
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    started when i was ten years old back in 1970...damn those were the days

  2. #22
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    Feb 2012
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    I started at age 13 in '72. My first board was a wide 6'0" first gen twinfin Challenger with a squared off tail. It was like new except for one ding in the rail and it only cost $65. It seemed like all the good surfers wanted to try it. I got my son surfing at age 7 and now we surf togehter every chance we get.

  3. #23
    I learned to bodysurf first. My dad taught me. He and my mom met bodysurfing in Belmar, NJ. He was impressed with the only chick on the beach who could ride a wave (this was the 50's) and asked her out.

    Rode inflatable rafts until one day at age 14, my buddies parents were renting this house in Lavallette and we found two old single fins in the garage. Took em out and that was it. Game over. Life changing. That was 27 years ago.

  4. #24
    learned to surf at 14. I loved it but i was real serious about organized sports to surfing had to sit on the back burner. at 18 i finally had a little freedom to surf more when it wasnt football season. now im going on 23 and surfing is pretty much it for me. i have never found something that i have loved so much and kept my attention for so long. i plan on surfing until im old and crippled and physicality cant anymore.

  5. #25
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    Aug 2007
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    South Monmouth County
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    Awesome story

    MDSurfer thanks for sharing. I hope that by the time I reach your age I'm still living by the coast and surfing regularly. Way to keep the stoke going. It's funny because I have a picture of me surfing a big wave during Igor that, like you, I'll probably relish for the rest of my life. Was one of those few epic days where I was actually captured on camera getting some great rides. I was the same age...24.

    Quote Originally Posted by MDSurfer View Post
    @ 14, and that would be in 1964. My first board was a home-made marine plywood round pizza skim board, and my first surfboard was a 9'4" "Royal Hawaiian" pop-out by Dextra from Turco's Sport Center in Wildwood, NJ. My first real board was a 9'4" Dewey Weber. My avatar is from a trip to La Libertad, El Salvador in 1974. Drove there that summer. I was riding a custom made 7'4" Nectar Brewer style single fin mini-gun that Jay Evolcisor ordered for me and I still have it. . . not many chances to use it since returning to the East Coast though. What a hoot, I need to go back before I can't stand up anymore.


  6. #26
    started at about 5-6 years old on a board my dad shaped in the 70's its like 5'8" looks like an egg. I live about three hours from the beach so I was only able to surf on family trips. then I turned 16 got a driver license and a job with weekends off and started driving to the beach every weekend. this is when I really started to progress, now I'm 26 still drive three hours to surf and I would have to say that surfing is a major part of my life. the feeling you have just being in the water with family or friends catching waves having a blast, relaxing clearing your head. a get away from all the bull **** in life. life would suck with out waves!!

  7. i started at 23 damn iam behind. i gotta say i picked it up pretty quick tho

  8. #28
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    Jun 2010
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    I started at 22, I had rented boards while on vacation a few times before then but that's when I got my first board and really started surfing frequently. Started on a 6' fishy hybrid type shortboard, I had a longboard for a couple months but once I started to get the hang of the shortboard all I wanted to do was keep progressing on it.

    I had always wanted to surf, grew up snowboarding and skateboarding so I picked it up pretty quick I think. I'm now 24 and surf just about every swell year round. I can't get enough, I'm constantly thinking about the next session. I do something new just about every session whether its a more critical turn in the pocket or link a few turns together smoother. Came out of my first barrel this winter, I was beyond stoked.

    Nothing compares to surfing, it has changed my life. It gives me a reason to stay in shape, work harder at my job and do everything I can to keep progressing in the water. I may have started a little late at 22 but hopefully I still have 40+ years ahead of me.

  9. #29
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    Dec 2011
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    Started at about age 13 on a friend's borrowed balsa wood board. Nobody realized how beautiful those boards were. It was about 8', small for those times.
    And, for wax we bought those boxes of parafin wax used for candle making, There was no surf wax on the market then.
    Took a 23 yr break from surfng to work, marry, live in Oregon, but never lost the stoke of riding waves.
    Sold our house just in time (08), moved into an apartment, made twice a year trips here after we bought 4 acres, then out of the blue one day my wife was laid off after 18 years at the big shoe co. in Oregon. So we made the move here, and things have come together nicely. I surf whenever there's waves, and there hasn't been much lately. I'm afraid we're done here until fall, unless we get a big storm.Summers here remind me of waveless Florida summers.
    And I still ride shortboards.

  10. #30
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    May 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJGOOFYFT View Post
    I started at age 13 in '72. My first board was a wide 6'0" first gen twinfin Challenger with a squared off tail. It was like new except for one ding in the rail and it only cost $65. It seemed like all the good surfers wanted to try it. I got my son surfing at age 7 and now we surf togehter every chance we get.
    Quote Originally Posted by RobG View Post
    I started at 22, I had rented boards while on vacation a few times before then but that's when I got my first board and really started surfing frequently. Started on a 6' fishy hybrid type shortboard, I had a longboard for a couple months but once I started to get the hang of the shortboard all I wanted to do was keep progressing on it.

    I had always wanted to surf, grew up snowboarding and skateboarding so I picked it up pretty quick I think. I'm now 24 and surf just about every swell year round. I can't get enough, I'm constantly thinking about the next session. I do something new just about every session whether its a more critical turn in the pocket or link a few turns together smoother. Came out of my first barrel this winter, I was beyond stoked.

    Nothing compares to surfing, it has changed my life. It gives me a reason to stay in shape, work harder at my job and do everything I can to keep progressing in the water. I may have started a little late at 22 but hopefully I still have 40+ years ahead of me.
    I started at 34 years old.....never skateboarded, wake boarded, snowboarded.....no boarded until the last year. So 22 is not too late and I hope to surf another 45 years

    Thanks for sharing your stoke.....it's nice to read about everyone's journey in surfing.