had a 6 ft david nuuhiwa board in the 80's (i was 18 or so) but i had depth perception issues and couldn't see sh!t. i sponged for the next 20 years, developing ways to see better. once i got the vision thing worked out i picked up a 9'6" dewey weber gun and have been enjoying it ever since. learning how to read waves as a sponger went a long way in helping me accelerate my surfboard acumen rapidly and profoundly.
I started at 13 and I learned on my friend's dad's old bing bonzer that he found on the beach about a month before I used it. I'm 19 now and I'm loving it. I'm picking up my first custom board tomorrow, perfect timing with this little swell coming up!
I'm so happy for you......I'll never forget the day I got my custom board. Here the picture....it was also the first day of the first hurricane of 2011.
To the other 4 people who selected over 30 in the poll......I'd like to chat. Maybe start an over 30 group or something.....I believe we'd be able to relate to each other in a way other just can't. Hit me up!