I've been riding my 7'6" funboard all spring and summer long.
Today I took out the 6'4" swallowtail I picked up the other day and blew it. I got up on two waves but they weren't official. I'm guessing I need more practice before I get on a shortboard.
What makes a good transition board after a funshape?
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Thread: I was a kook today
I was a kook today
that's a big step down (14 inches)...i'd also look at width comp. then thickness (but I think that might matter more once you're up) and don't forget rocker difference
a new challenge and change of scenery is always good though, keeps things interesting
Aug 4, 2014, 12:45 AM #3
two waves and you think you (blew it, sucked, lost your heat, etc) need to transition?
blow like 50 waves and then post
Aug 4, 2014, 12:47 AM #4
You weren't a kook. You were learning a new board. You've never paddled it. Sat on it. ANYthing. You're making a transition to a different shape man. Be easy on yourself and just Surf. You're not going to pop up and Rip. Remember how long it took you to even just Stand on that 7'6 fun board? This is all part of it brother. Again, go easy on yourself. 2 waves...hahahaha! That's like throwing 2 kicks and saying you suck at kung fu.
Right now your body and mind are quietly working and adjusting while you're Out of the water. The board will feel more familiar next session and You'll get better every session as the board feels more familiar, and one wave it will just "click".
Then you can come back here. Read what you wrote, and Really feel like a kook.
Aug 4, 2014, 01:00 AM #7Senior Member
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Paddle the shortboard a mile to get used to it. Then sit way inside and only go for the steep ones that suck out before they break. Eat it a few times for about three hours, then you'll be able to surf it. Just get to your feet a lot quicker than you are used to. Pop up fast ... use that as a mantra. Post back after four hours of self abuse and I'll bet you will be stoked.
Aug 4, 2014, 01:08 AM #8
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- milton delaware
Last edited by mitchell; Aug 4, 2014 at 01:11 AM.
Aug 4, 2014, 01:11 AM #9Senior Member
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The "transition" is to get spanked a few more times. Keep trying. You'll be surprised how you'll do second time, third time out.