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    Beginning surfer new board

    So I've read a lot about how longboards are better for beginners but i just read that after i made a commitment to buy a shortboard on craigslist. I am 5'5" and i weigh 121 pounds. The shortboard is 6'1" and I'm getting it for $120, i want to know how much of a bad decision i made and what i should do.

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    New surfer

    Quote Originally Posted by nauticalnat View Post
    So I've read a lot about how longboards are better for beginners but i just read that after i made a commitment to buy a shortboard on craigslist. I am 5'5" and i weigh 121 pounds. The shortboard is 6'1" and I'm getting it for $120, i want to know how much of a bad decision i made and what i should do.
    You didn't make a bad decision. A 6'1 board will be good for size just starting. Stick with it and you will be fine. If your planning on riding a short board anyway when your done learning on a longboard then just start short

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    Be prepared for a much higher level of frustration as you learn. Short boards make it harder to catch waves, and way harder to actually stand up on the board. Far less stable. I'm sure people have learned on short boards, but it's going to be a lot harder.

    All that said, if the board is in fair shape and doesn't take on water, you got yourself a damn good deal. If you struggle just resell it for more than what you paid and buy a 9ft longboard.

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    Thanks everybody!! this really helps a lot, much appretiation

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    I'm 5'11 in height (most days) and have rode a 5'10 board since the 5-month mark of my surfing. I'll up it to over 6ft if I need more paddle in winter waves and a heavy suit. Like you, I bought a 6'1 to start and it was way too tho and high performance for me. Granted, whatever dimensions it is it will be bigger and more floaty for you than I. However, I didn't make any progress at all or begin to acquire any basics until I jumped up to a 7'4 for a month. Starting with at least a mid-length will keep you from feeling like you're on a boat but give you the reps (and stoke) you'll need to progress.

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    A short board with low volume will make a newbie irritated as hell...but being that light, that board may do, providing it's not super narrow and the thickness isn't a potato chip. Really need dimensions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nauticalnat View Post
    Thanks everybody!! this really helps a lot, much appretiation
    Learn to spell, and the use of proper syntax, or you'll be waiting on tables for peanuts the rest of your life. Not everybody gets to be Kelly Slater or Steve Jobs or an astronaut when they grow up.

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    metard posted a thread earlier today bout a brand new shortboard he's got his eye on. Think it would be perf for this beginner. yankee, thanks for serving as spell check for this new brah. That's like scratching an itch for me.

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    keep the shortboard but also look for a used longboard or even a softop like from costco so you've got some options, especially if its a smaller wave day. i moved to fla and started surfing 2 years ago and although i have shorter boards, my 9'6" is the one for me right now.

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    From my limited experience so far, when learning to surf, you want high wave count, i.e., you want to be able to catch as many waves as possible. A longer, high volume board will contribute to that. Bear in mind that actual ride time is only a small fraction of total time in the water during a session. There's also at lot of paddling, and the longer/larger boards are easier to paddle.
    There are a multitude of other skills, knowledge, and accumulated wisdom, involved in surfing. Surf etiquette, safety, and water survival skills are no less important. A lot of things you just pick up along the way. Get out on the water as much as possible. But I'm no expert. Only been at this a little over a year and a half (...but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night). There are folks on this Forum who have been surfing 30-40 years,