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  1. #11
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    Welcome Newb! I second what Walking said, don't take anything too serious on here and get your feelings hurt. Sounds like you had a good time in Hawaii. Some pretty easy things to remember, don't drop in on others, since you are just learning, try to stay out of the crowds, use a leash, don't come on here and ask where is the best place to surf today (HA HA HA). Most guys are here are willing to pass on great information, but if you ask things like, "Should I wax the bottom of my board?", well, someone may have some words for ya. Have fun and good luck!!

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroevol View Post
    Welcome Newb! I second what Walking said, don't take anything too serious on here and get your feelings hurt. Sounds like you had a good time in Hawaii. Some pretty easy things to remember, don't drop in on others, since you are just learning, try to stay out of the crowds, use a leash, don't come on here and ask where is the best place to surf today (HA HA HA). Most guys are here are willing to pass on great information, but if you ask things like, "Should I wax the bottom of my board?", well, someone may have some words for ya. Have fun and good luck!!

    Thanks man. Yea the surf instructor really stressed the not dropping in on others part, took a couple days just to get a feel for the surroundings. But honestly, most amazing vacation yet, definitely will be coming back to hawaii.

  3. #13
    I WANT TO GO BACK!!! ... diamond head


  4. #14
    New...Surfer...Practicing....

  5. #15
    Its definitely an addictive sport! Course you may want to think about relocating. Are you really from O'Canada?

    Surfing is the greatest sport ever invented! It does require a lot of dedication though. Actually I would consider it more of a lifestyle than using just the term "sport".

    Sounds as if you may have picked it up a little quicker than some. It takes a good couple of years to really get the hang of it. A big part of surfing is knowledge itself. The more you know about waves and the way they break etc... the better you will do. Also most surfers are amateur Meteorologists. When it comes to predicting waves, locations and times of swells, meteorology comes in big time!

    Like you also mentioned, the paddling.... hitting the gym will help some but to ultimately build up your paddling motors you really have to get and surf for 6-8 hour sessions. I remember back in the grom days my triceps actually charlie-horsing to the point I couldn't move!

    Enjoy yourself man.... its a hell of ride....

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfnewb View Post
    Hi!

    I am 27 and a complete beginner to surfing, never surfed before (However I am a snowboarder, used to skateboard and also know how to wake-board, not sure how these skills would carry over to surfing though).

    I really want to learn how to surf, and what better place than Hawaii right? I am planning my trip for Jan 17-26 and so far from I can gather on these forums I would pretty much drown on the north side, however the south side swells are pretty much flat?

    So my question is, which Island/beach would you recommend?

    Also, I would love to hire a private instructor maybe even a guide to show me around a bit. I was thinking of getting a local to teach me for a few days instead of using one of the schools, would that be a good idea? As my nickname suggests I am a complete noob and would hate to be that idiot that has never surfed before paddling out on a short board to look cool and getting his ass handed to him. Any suggestions/recommendations?

    Any advice is appreciated

    Also, don't know if that matters but I'm travelling solo (you try to convince a buddy to fly half way across the world with 4 weeks notice haha).
    Go to pipe, rob JOB's guns, hide in the bushes and wait for swell, paddle out, find JJF, and punch him in the face. Tell me what happens.

  7. #17
    Yep, live in Toronto.

  8. #18
    That's awesome bro. Good for you.
    Seems like you have the ability to travel a bit, so you should be fine. The more time in the water you have the more comfortable you'll be.
    You'll enjoy Costa Rica.

    Good luck

  9. #19
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    Great to hear - thanks for writing back - it's feeds the stoke for us all, hearing about beginning experiences! Most ppl on here ask for advise on a surf trip here or there but never come back to say how it went...

    I would suggest swimming or paddling to stay in shape and more important , to stay comfortable in the water

  10. #20
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    glad to here you had a good trip man. i was stationed in hawaii, couple miles from the North Shore. glad some samoan didn't eat you alive, eh? hawaii is a great time, cool to see you have the will to travel alone and try new things. i wish i was at a position in my life where i could just drop everything and travel except i am a broke college student now a days. heres some tips; be safe, don't push your limits (yet), be respectful in the lineup, be humble, watch out for others, don't snake people, and don't be a ****.