I am looking to get a board. I was told I should start with something long thick and wide. I am 5 feet tall and weigh about 100 lbs. I want something I can learn on in North East Florida. What should I do? And any advice on actually surfing is greatly appreciated too!
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Thread: New to surfing. Need advice.
Jul 12, 2013, 06:57 AM #1Junior Member
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New to surfing. Need advice.
Jul 12, 2013, 11:29 AM #2
Stay away from people named Wayne, for starters.
The Florida surfers on this forum could pitch in some info for you.
Watch the videos from Surf Simply that are posted on youtube.
Jul 12, 2013, 11:50 AM #3Senior Member
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Best advice I ever got was, go visit your local surf shop and rent a board as often as you can to try a few and listen to what the surf shop guys have to say. Don't rush in and buy a board and maybe even take some lessons. this will pay off and you will enjoy learning instead of being frustrated, imo.
Jul 12, 2013, 12:22 PM #4Senior Member
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You are a girl I assume? Be ready to be stared at in the lineup, just a heads up
Your best bet is a longboard, I started on a shortboard and never really got anywhere till I picked up a longboard and suddenly my surfing went to a whole new level. It might not look as cool, but you will have much more fun, and it is always good to have a longboard because you will be able to ride smaller waves. Shortboards are meant for large waves.
I'm not expert on longboards but I'm sure people here can give you recomendations. I would say as your first board to get an epoxy, though some people probably won't agree with me. Epoxy boards are pretty indestructible. My fiberglass shortboard needs dings repaired everytime it hits a piece of gravel, or bumps into anything. Has also broken in half from a wave. My epoxy longboard has been blown off my car it was leaning on right onto the pavement and did not even ding. Not to mention the slams its taken into the sand and no break.
I have a South Point longboard, 8'9 I believe, and I would recomend that. While it isn't as long as other boards, so may be slightly more difficult to learn on, as you progress you will be able to turn it quicker and I believe have more fun then you would on say a 10'. I have a tri fin and would recommend that, for ease of turning. Unless you are looking to just ride straight down the line without much maneuvering.
I'm not sure the model, I will even check that for you later on. My board has performed perfectly in anything from 1 foot slop to pumping hollow overhead waves. But keep in mind this is my opinion. There probably are better boards, but I definitely think you should go with epoxy instead of fiberglass.
Jul 12, 2013, 12:44 PM #5
ah, umph, yeah, long and thick... yeah umph, and harrrrddddddd. No seriously, stay away from soft tops, they are crap.
Jul 12, 2013, 12:45 PM #6Junior Member
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Jul 12, 2013, 12:55 PM #7
As antoine said, it might be worth renting a board first or at least taking a lesson or two. There are a lot of great instructors in Florida who should be able to help you surf the right way. Instructors should also be able to guide you to a board that best suits your style.
If you're dead set on buying a board, I would begin the search in the foam top aisle. There's nothing wrong with riding a soft top; especially as a beginner. My girlfriend has one and she loves it. Hell, I love it. I take it out in shore pound all the time. No dings, no maintenance, no shame.
Stick with it, Kayla.
Jul 12, 2013, 12:57 PM #8
I have a 8'1" McTavish 8 Ball that I picked up for like $475-500 if I recall. It's light and Epoxy, so it doesn't ding easily. It came with a tri-fin setup that I used for a while, it gave more stability. Now, I'm using a single fin on it, and it's turned into a whole new board for me and I am really digging it. It's making my skills on my short board so much better, and that's really what my goal was when I got the board, to improve my overall surfing, for all boards. Having a LB will do that, you'll spend more time up and riding waves then anything else you'll ride (except maybe an SUP, which I highly recommend too, but different ball game all together)
Jul 12, 2013, 01:49 PM #10
Go in to a good surf shop and tell them you're new to surfing and looking for your 1st board. I don't think you need to start with a long board, but definitely a bigger board. I think a Fun Shape in the 7 foot range would be good for you to learn on.
If they have something used go with that. Don't let them talk you in to a super expensive board that won't work for you.