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  1. #21
    I really enjoy longboarding when the surf is waist high or smaller and mellow. When I'm riding I find myself riding just front of center most of the time. I only get back to the tail if im trying to do a serious pivot type turn. With ur walden I think u would be better off initiating turns by shifting your weight from somewhere near the center of the board. At least until the surf gets bigger and more powerful. As u get comfortable start inching forward ull find the sweet spot. I've heard nothing but good things about wardens so I'm sure ull get it dialed.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Spring Surf View Post
    I went to the public beach past the beach houses (~3 miles east of 332) rather than the jetty.
    Problem solved! you were 3 miles from the break. It doesn't break up there like it used to.
    Surf Beach Dr.
    Last edited by les freese; May 24, 2013 at 01:27 PM.

  3. #23
    Thanks Les. I did not know that! Would be interested to know why, but maybe that's another post.

    Had the board out twice since my first post, and I love it. Removed the side fins, started paddling earlier, walking front to back to adjust speed, and generally staying forward on the board for everything. Last time out I was catching and riding waves at will.

    I'm still having trouble getting it to bite when I want to trim into the face; it wants to go straight to the beach rather than across. I switched from the 7" fin it came with to an 8" and moved it a little more forward in the box. We'll see. Thanks again for all the help. Great forum.

  4. #24
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    bring the board to Hawaii, ride pipeline with your eyes closed to get a good feel for the wave.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by Spring Surf View Post
    I'm still having trouble getting it to bite when I want to trim into the face; it wants to go straight to the beach rather than across. I switched from the 7" fin it came with to an 8" and moved it a little more forward in the box. We'll see. Thanks again for all the help. Great forum.
    When you're riding the single fin, try angling yourself down the line before takeoff or watch some youtube videos on the "drop knee" and/or "pivot turning." It may require more finesse, but it's definitely worth it in the long run. If your still having trouble, put the side-bites back and the 7" back in. You will increase your hold and you will be able to generate tighter turns. You may lose some speed, so get ready to pump.

    I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying your Walden. It's a great shape.

  6. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spring Surf View Post
    I switched from the 7" fin it came with to an 8" and moved it a little more forward in the box. We'll see. Thanks again for all the help. Great forum.
    I did the same thing recently and it made all the difference. Makes turning easy, I had a blast on my LB last time out

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    Lots of good info here. Remember a lot of groms and beginner adults start out on foam longboards with thruster set ups, and can catch waves. So technique is always more important. On my all-around 9'2'' board, I use a 8'' Rainbow rake when going 2+1. I use this most of the time in average NJ beach breaks. The occasional point break or when the waves are small and mellow and peeling nicely, I'll use the 9'' Wingnut cutaway without the side bites, mainly to go faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spring Surf View Post
    I am a native Houstonian and have been surfing Galveston and Surfside since high school. For the past 10 years I've been riding a 7'5" Haut shaped like a longboard. Although the board is great and much better than the gun I tried to ride in HS, I am almost 50 years old now and have started missing more waves than I wanted.

    For my birthday got a brand new Walden 9' and took it to Surfside on Saturday. I had the wife and kids with me so I went to the public beach past the beach houses (~3 miles east of 332) rather than the jetty.

    Conditions were waist high on sets, nice swell, and some wind out of the east. Perfect, I thought. However, all I could manage was a few short rides. The outside (second sand bar) was barely breaking with just a bit of foam on top for about 30 feet then it would die. I was hoping the longboard would take me on into the inside, but it just went flat.

    The inside was dumpy and closing out, and although I could get on, I couldn't get the board turned across the face.

    Am I doing something wrong?. Wrong conditions for a longboard? Is the 9' that much different than my 7'5"? When paddling for a swell on the outside it felt like a tank. Just couldn't get it moving. Appreciate any tips.

    Thanks, Steve
    Sounds tidal? If it was dying on you after luring you onto it. Check those tide tables before you decide to turn the stick into a wallhanger.

    And whatever you do, don't succumb to the allure of the $500k Gnome Stickpile. Hint: no one looks good in a pile of kindling with a smidge of orange accent.

  10. #30
    look at all these helpful ppl. AMAZING! If you cant get good speed when paddling adjust your body wieght. it is nice to figure paddling longboards out on glassy days when there wont be any water flying off the nose into your face and you can really get a sense of gliding- when im paddling well my nose is almost diving into the water but its not it is trimmed just so, as others have suggested. when you have the board right so that it is not dragging or bogging you can really glide on it with lots of momentum- and the more momentum you have when paddling for weak waves makes a big difference. also if your all forward like this when your paddling for the wave, make sure your ready to shift your weight much further back when you pop up or start to drop down the face while still paddling- otherwise your basically garanteed to pearl!
    Last edited by beagleagle; Jun 13, 2013 at 04:42 AM.