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  1. #1
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    Short board pop up

    I'm 5' 9" and 180 pounds I have surfed a funshape 8'-0" x 22" x 2 3/4" for a long time and for the last year or so ive been trying to surf on a 6'-6" x 17 1/2" x 2 1/4" shortboard. I have a problem with sinking the board, and losing all my speed by the time i do stand up. Any tips on popping up? Is the board i ride to skinny and thin? Is a wide and thick shortboard / fish a good new board to purchase?

    Thanks,

    Smell It

  2. #2
    take off late or in a bowly section and learn to stand up fast so you don't go over the falls....thats how i learned. after a few beatings in a row you'll start to get it.the more pressure your in the faster your reactions are.

  3. #3
    17 1/2 by 2 1/4 is pretty narrow/thin for a board that is 6'6'' .... my guess is its meant for bigger surf, and if your riding it in smaller stuff or mushy surf its gonna sink a lot more than what you are used to.

    if u get another performance shortboard get something thats like 18 1/2 x 2 3/8 minimum, especially for around here....

  4. #4
    practice, practice, practice. PRactice going straight, practice going left, practice going right. Sometimes taking off is the funnest part so its important to get real good at it.

  5. #5
    Yea I agree with the 3rd post

    I started out trying on a borrowed board that was 18" wide and 2" thick. Once I got a wider/thicker board it made a world of difference. You'll be able to pop up with more stability and it will be easier to paddle into waves. I'd say at least 19"wide and up