16 Good or bad?

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by TWC, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. TWC

    TWC New Member

    Oct 15, 2013
    Is 16 a good age to learn how to surf? Can I still go far in the surfing? Maybe i'm just a kook who over thinks my age difference compared to the surfers that I look up to who started at super young ages.
  2. ThatSlyB

    ThatSlyB Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    By 16 your body is almost fully grown. therefore your body won't "grow" with surfing and will never be capable of the abilities it would be if you had started earlier. It is like this for many sports. It would be a waste of time to continue surfing.

  3. brewengineer

    brewengineer Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Nice. Nice.
  4. brewengineer

    brewengineer Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    I started surfing when I was 29, and am still learning at 31.
  5. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Forum Gold
  6. Sniffer

    Sniffer Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    Dude your a baby....16, give me a break I have a wart that is older than that. Nice one Sly!
  7. rcarter

    rcarter Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Come on another thread like this? Did you not basically ask the same question in your big wave surfing thread? If we told you you could train to big wave surf then why would it be any different here? Stop freaking worrying about your age so damn much and just surf!
  8. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Right? Someone please tell the dude that he's got to be at least twice his age before he starts getting serious about surfing...
  9. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I started when I moved near the ocean at 19. Lucky for me we didn't make the move til after hi skoo.
  10. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Really, what choice do you have?
    You're only going to get older, and the time will pass no matter what you do or don't do.
    Heart, drive, desire, motivation, attitude, whatever you want to call it, is what's important in most anything you do. Just go and do it. I started a year ago at 57.
  11. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    You're aware that the younger he starts, the more butts full of sand he will have to deal with, correct?
  12. Slashdog

    Slashdog Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2012
    It's quite clear to me that TWC is a troll. I bet one gallon of Hindi Milk that he won't prove otherwise.

    Your brotherly/fatherly instincts have blinded you all.

    Even so, if you have to ask 'is it worth it?,' the answer is no. We're not talking about necessary choices in experimental medical therapy here... if you want to surf, see where it takes you. If you don't, you can still put on a wetsuit and rollerblade on the boardwalk in the rain. Just stay out of the bike lane. Locals only ya f'n grommet!
  13. Koki Barrels

    Koki Barrels Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    The earlier the better, which applies with pretty much everything, except maybe slinging back 5th's of Jack Daniels.
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  14. Vince Fontane

    Vince Fontane Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2013
    No you wont because you'd rather be on forums asking ridiculous questions instead of surfing or training. Dont think, just do. If your getting into surfing because you want to get something out of it, then your in it for the wrong reason. You will NEVER go far in surfing(or anything else) because you have an ulterior motive. You will always be frustrated because you will always be worried about being good enough or rad enough. You will be too clouded by thinking about who is watching you (did any one see me ripping) and whether you are just as good or better than some one else. Forget about all that BS entirely and just enjoy the purity of the fun. You never know what might happen
  15. Stranded in Smithfield

    Stranded in Smithfield Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Pro? Not likely. Back in the day? Sure. When I first started surfing in the early 90s flow a solid cutty and a reentry would still get you respect. Heck just riding a log with mediocre talent made you stand out in the line up 'cuz no one rode them. However, nowdays surfing is progressing at such a rapid pace. Kids a third of my age can pull alley-oops on command at an age when I was trying to master floaters.

    Best to not worry about these things though. Amp off other people's surfing. Let it push you to be the best you can in a positive way.
  16. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    I remember this guy who moved down here from Ohio at age 17. In 2 years he surfed better than most. In four years, at age 21 he was doing 3 backhand 360s on on wave and winning all the contests he surfed in. Then he started missing heats due to drugs, and OD'd in Huntington Beach before he hit 30. Moral of the story: Don't take up surfing. It will ruin your life. I know.
  17. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Forget any attentiveness to technique whatsoever...JUST GO SURF.

    Same for you cubicle prisoners, forget the ins and outs of TPS report compilation...JUST MAKE CHEDDAR.

    Anyone who's ever achieved any level of greatness in anything in world history has attended to zero rhyme to their reason. They go out and JUST DO IT.

    Brought to you by Nike, the people responsible for Julian's alley that he went out and JUST DID. There's no way he, at any point, worked on his technique or athletic conditioning or explosiveness. HE JUST SURFED. He also would never have considered the ludicrous notion of aspirations of high achievement if he started surfing any older than 18 months. Just would never happen.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2013
  18. ClemsonSurf

    ClemsonSurf Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Have you even bought a GoPro yet?
  19. RIsurfer

    RIsurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    In my opinion, anyone can surf. Anyone, any age. One pro that I see in your age is that you can buy a wetsuit and use it forever. Therefore, you buy a great suit like a ripcurl or patagonia or something, and it will last you forever. I'm 13 and I started 3 years ago. I'm buying suits (growing) and boards (skill level) almost twice every year.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2013
  20. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Rhodey grom brah! You should pin (yes, like Gruvi) those growned-out wettys to your wall so when you're winning ESAs soon you can show the EConn wahines how you started from the bottom now you here. What adult wettys you talking bouts that last forever? I gotta get me one of those!! Maybe the ones you put in the closet and never take out. I don't want to perpetuate the useless wetty threads so I'll say it here (for the 38th time) - XCEL Drylock is where it's at!!! Although...I can't get enough RC baggies plus that hacker Mick reps their gear so in some possible world I could see myself stepping into an E-bomb.

    BTW...short funny wetty story: put on my 3/2 backwards today at the AM sesh!!! Would've charged with it like that just for schitts n gigs but woulda been tough fastening that chest...er I mean back neck zip!!!