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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by backside hack View Post
    skim boarding is to surfing - as - skiing is to snow boarding

    boogie boarding is to surfing - as - learning how to walk is to hiking the Appalachian trail.
    So jeff hubbard/mike stweart ect. shredding up teahpoo or pipe is just like walking eh?

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by backside hack View Post
    skim boarding is to surfing - as - skiing is to snow boarding
    I'm not sure I even know what this means. I've done all four of the things listed above, (including surfing for the last 30 years) and would say surfing is among the easier of the four. Certainly easier than skimming.

  3. #23
    This is so silly. The trolls are alive and being fed. lol.....I'm not sure what skim boarding has to do with anything. I agree it's more difficult than surfing. Then again I'd prefer to surf over skim board. Another example of something not having to be the most difficult to be fun.

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    As much as I agree w/ the pointlessness and redundancy of this discussion, part of me feels that’s a cop out and compelled to defend my way. Just a few random thoughts…chopes, ours, shark island, shippies, every other heavy slab pioneered by spongers; more and deeper barrel time; bigger moves on critical sections(ie/ MS at pipe, Hubb boosting at 12 ft puerto, sections where it just can’t be done on a hpsb); can throw tail and rail just as hard on the knee. Just a few examples imo of whats appealing to me about sponging. In terms of what I actually personally enjoy…feeling more in tune w/ the wave, barrels, gunning down the line head first and hitting the lip w/ my entire being(has a more kamikaze feel for me), the loose skatey feel of dk vs. standing up, getting pretty much every wave I want, and much more.
    Is bodyboarding easier to learn than surfing, sure, but both take many many years to master. And I'm not saying one is better than the other, I'm sure there's a surf kayaker out there reading this furiously right now, but it's just silly to say that high performance bodyboarding requires no skill or knowledge. And some(not all, you know I love you guys) of you standup guys have a god complex. Obviously popping up is critical, but it’s a small piece of the puzzle, and it’s not extremely hard, I mean kids could do it. And I speak from experience, I’ve surfed, and when I earned there were no fun shapes or internet, it was either a log or sb and I took the steeper learning curve. All I’m saying is that we’re all drawn to waves and that’s what it’s about, whatever it is you’re riding...if you're busy hating, you're definitely not gleaming the cube dudes.

    Half day then I'm off to the mountains for a couple days, you fellers be good.

    Oh yeah, done feeding the trolls, b/c in all reality, this is never an issue in the water, at least in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by South Bethany View Post
    I'm not sure I even know what this means. I've done all four of the things listed above, (including surfing for the last 30 years) and would say surfing is among the easier of the four. Certainly easier than skimming.
    you SERIOUSLY think surfing is easier than snowboarding??????

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    So, I am a little curious as to what it's like when a boogie boarder finally gets up the courage to call his parents and let them know that he is homosexual....

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    Just kidding =)

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by bassplayer View Post
    Well....This is in the bodyboarding section, so why flame them?
    They don't need flaming, they're bodyboarders, they're already flaming!

  8. #28
    I have to admit that I do have a sponge that I break out every once in a while.

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    disclaimer: Whatever gets you amped up and in the water is cool with me...

    And yes, there are dudes going big on slabs and stuff... But any of those waves are easily being towed into now and are being surfed by surfers... It is what it is. Being a professional body boarder certainly requires so skill and dedication, but come on everyone. To compare traditional surfing, especially high performance shortboarding to boogie boarding is just silly.... The level of skill and technique is not even in the same realm. yes, both are sports that require wave riding etc... Next time I see a guy on a boogie board make sportcenters top ten, I may stand to be corrected.

    But again, whatever makes you happy and get in the water... But my 6 year old niece was able to angle and ride down the wave face all the way to shore within about 12 minutes of first touching a boogie board.... She was not out busting airs, but I have seen kids doing little barrel rolls on their first day every in the water... The mechanics of it all are just very simple.

    Thats like the snowboarding comment. Yes, if you are riding in super pipe and hucking ridiculous airs, then yes, snow boarding is hard... But I will never forget the first time i snowboarded. I was about 13. I started on the bunny slope, and by the end of the day, I had ridden a double black diamond 3 times. I fell once or twice, but still... If you can do little air grabs and go over table tops with some speed on your first day, I would say once again that snowboarding (basic and generally speaking) is not even in the same realm as surfing...

    Like skating and any other board sport, if you can by a ski pass and go at the same jump or the same run, over, and over and over all day until you master it... its just plain easier... Snowboarding and skiing are just like any other individual sport. Track and field. Anything.. Because its repetition. over. and over. and over...

    boogie boarding is like surfing in that regard, but thats about the only similarity, besides riding wave faces.

  10. #30
    Bodyboarding isn't better than surfing, but bodyboards are better than surfboards. Now, you probably won't notice the difference if you're a stay-at-home gnome and never travel more than a few hours from your homebreak, but if you do any significant amount of surf travel, you'll come to recognize the truth of my words.

    Bodyboards are pretty much indestructible compared to surfboards. Not only do they survive heavy conditions better, but they also survive all the insults of backpacking around the world in pursuit of surf. After starting out in the UK, I gave up the ghost when my 3rd and final glass spear ended up with two unrepairable pressure dings courtesy of the Basque railway to Mundaka. Sfter that I reverted to a pair of esky lids which handily survived the med, agean, Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific with just a few minor insults. I carelessly rode right over reefs in the ments and rocks in the Maldives which would have de-skegged and gutted my fiberglass surfboards like a sushi chef.

    My world travelling boogers are now stashed on my secret island paradise. When I last visited, one hab become a home for a mess of wasps, but the darn thing still rode just as well as the day I bought it.

    More locally, my lid sits in the back of my car along with my wetsuit and fins, ready to paddle at a moments notice. I dont have to worry about melting wax, or where to squeeze in the groceries. I live a mile from my home break, and more often than not, my backup sponge is what I sling over my shoulder when I ride down for a dawn patrol. At lunch, except for rare occasions, its my bodyboard thats ready to rocky, while my thruster sits on its rack in my garage, gathering dust.

    I love surfing just like I love any kind of wave riding, but for the sake of getting as many waves whenever, whereever, you cant beat the boogie life!