A misconception is that surfing is like skateboarding and snowboarding, or that the basics of it can be learned fairly well in a day, as they can be with those sports. This is a wrong assumption. But good luck.
Last edited by ThatSlyB; Mar 15, 2013 at 01:18 PM.
I learned on a 6'0 from the 70s (thing was probably 3" thick). What everyone's saying is right. It's a gonna be a b*tch to learn to surf on that thing, although it's a really nice board. If you're really committed to surfing then it's gonna be a good board to have in the future, but you might want to consider grabbing a fun shape for the time being. Since you've already dropped the cash you might as well try it out in FL but know that it's not gonna be easy or that much fun for the first couple of months, regardless of your skill with other board sports. Balance is only important once you've learned to catch waves, and unless you're exceptionally fit, catching waves is going to be tough at first. Despite all the wise guys, there's some really good info in the forum. Search through the older threads and you'll find plenty of info on surfing basics. Just starting out though, you might be better served just doing a bunch of push ups and pull ups before your trip