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    Which is better for cruising?

    I am a begginer who is looking into buying my first surfboard. I don't think I'll ever get another board so the board I buy has to be really good.
    So I was wondering if longboards or shortboards were better for just cruising big waves and making quick turns.
    Please note, that I do not want to do tricks on the surfboard because I already love doing tricks on my skateboard. So I am basically picking up surfing just for criusing big waves and making fast turns.
    I understand that it is hard to learn on the shortboard if you are a begginer but I still think I can because I already skateboard and longboard on land.

    My choices now are: Flyer II by Al Merrick, MSF by Al Merrick, or The Strange by Al Merrick

    Thank you for all the help!

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    Oh boy this should be good......fellas...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 17ak View Post
    I understand that it is hard to learn on the shortboard if you are a begginer but I still think I can because I already skateboard and longboard on land.
    you're probably wrong. you might as well just get an nsp midlength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    you're probably wrong. you might as well just get an nsp midlength.
    Great board advice. Get a NSP funboard and stay out of my way.

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    As a fellow skateboarder, as well as someone who skated first and then got into surfing...you're going to eventually approach surfing with the same mentality that you have skating, that "Well I just ollie'd this gap...let me try kickflipping it now" thought process. So don't say that you don't want to do tricks up front because that's likely to change.

    Have you considered looking at shapers local to you? Often times you can find something from a local shaper that's almost identical to a shape from a big-name shaper, not to mention that you'll save a ton of money. Case-and-point: I'm riding a 5'8" board shaped by Peli that's almost identical to the Channel Islands Dumpster Diver and cost me about $200 less.

    I wish I could give you a better recommendation on which board to get but having ridden none of them, it's the blind leading the blind. Best of Luck!

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    you need the board with the boots attached to the deck for your feet....

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    If you want to just cruise and carve on big waves, maybe a foil board like Laird.

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    As long as you get an Al Merrick you will Fn rip anything. I'd go ahead and buy a ticket to Bali now. You've made it dude.

    What kind of shell necklaces do you have? Don't skimp on shell necklaces or else you're gonna suck at surfing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    As long as you get an Al Merrick you will Fn rip anything. I'd go ahead and buy a ticket to Bali now. You've made it dude.

    What kind of shell necklaces do you have? Don't skimp on shell necklaces or else you're gonna suck at surfing.
    He will also need a Banana Republic t-shirt and some velcro strap sandals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    As long as you get an Al Merrick you will Fn rip anything. I'd go ahead and buy a ticket to Bali now. You've made it dude.

    What kind of shell necklaces do you have? Don't skimp on shell necklaces or else you're gonna suck at surfing.
    +1 Dont' forget to slap a bigass Salt Life sticker on your nose. Everybody is doing it!