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Thread: New to surfing
Nov 14, 2013, 09:00 PM #21Junior Member
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there's innerlight surf shop, too. Both Waterboys and innerlight have their own (less expensive) in-house board brand, but I'm guessing waterboys might be the least exp because they're smaller...might wanna check both to capitalize on any deals.
once you get your board, be sure to start checking the reports for Dauphin Island, Alabama. Granted, Pensacola is the most consistent area in the panhandle, but you could shave up to an hour from your drive if DI is working...and skip some of the crowd pcola gets.
Nov 15, 2013, 12:03 AM #23
Nov 15, 2013, 02:23 AM #24Senior Member
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Nov 15, 2013, 11:11 AM #28
Don't know your age or athleticism, but to learn relatively quickly at a minimum:
7'-6" Egg. Epoxy if possible, for more float and so it lasts longer.
Surfysurfy.net and iconsofsurf.com ship nationwide.
If you're older, less fit and less flexible, a true longboard would be better until your fitness level improves. After all its all about paddling, timing and wave choice - not balance, in the beginning - so you're going to be paddling a lot more than surfing. Get used to it and get something you can paddle comfortably (and quickly)
Thank me later.
Nov 15, 2013, 11:34 AM #29
Nov 15, 2013, 11:54 AM #30
I rode a used and beat-up 8-4, very high volume beginner board for 11 months before attempting to transition down to 7-0. Perhaps too big a jump, but it was a high volume board as well. After 7 weeks (late Aug-mid October), going out at least 4X/week and catching only the occasional wave, I went back to my longer board. Surf conditions were generally not good when I went out on the 7-0, and maybe I didn't stick with it long enough; but I'm catching and riding waves again and having fun. For me at 58, that's what matters most. I'll be looking for a longboard during the next year. That's just me though.