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Discussion in 'Surfboards and Surfboard Design' started by coolerthanmoney, Mar 18, 2016.
should have worn a condom.
Spray with Round-Up.
How you been bro? I'm here at my desk bored, haven't surfed in a week or so due to family yada yada, but life is still good, cuz I gots me a fambily. Hope you're getting some waves.
Should have saran wrapped that hoe.
Advice.. Stay away from shallow water with that board. You are going to wreck in all conditions, however shallow is the worst. When you wreck get away from the board and jump like heck toward the horizon or at least parallel to it if you can. Simultaneously cover your head with your arms and keep it that way till you surface.
Godamnit He abandoned us like he abandoned that board. He prolly abandoned his friends and family also.
Sounds like the '76 G&S board I bought for the wife. Thing might as well be a boat. I hate it, especially when I have to carry it. However, she loves the thing. I was trying to get her to adapt to one of my 9' modern boards, but she refuses. I will say that I have had the 10' tank out in some long stomach high stuff and had a blast.
That's what I was thinking too. Forget the length, that is a wide and thick boart right there.
First, excellent size to learn on, though a Costco board would be forgiving, cover your head.
Second take a lesson, take a lesson, take a lesson or two or three.
And then join the pack.
Lessons? Who needs em, the best teacher is failure. Get out there and fail as much as you can until one day you start to fail a little less. Then one day you wake up and you kind of know what you're doing. Repetition, Fail, try again, fail again, try some more, and boom! It clicks.
Maybe he bought the board, and didn't didn't heed this advice...
Yep. No one can teach you how to surf because surfing is all about the feeling and instincts (and fighting some other instincts). There is a very beginner dude who surfs my local that actually uses a "surf coach" who stays on the beach and films, and I assume, advises him afterwards on what he should have done, etc. I don't know how much he pays, but I do know he is not getting his money's worth. The coach is a local/regional pro so he rips and knows what to tell the kid, but that doesn't give the kid the ability to actually do those things and that's really what surfing comes down to.
edit: I say "kid" but the guy is actually in his mid to late 20's, which IMO, makes coaching make even less sense.
Yeah, IMO If you're serious about getting really good I suppose having a good coach would be helpful, but it's only helpful if there is a good student receiving the instruction. If you're dense or can't follow instruction or put a game plan into action then you're probably not good enough to need a coach anyways. But for me, I just never thought of surfing as something you get lessons or coaching on. I have always felt it's just something that you naturally evolve with as your experience grows and you pick up new skills from all the repetition of being committed to surfing. It's something that is organic and and I just go with what nature gives me and try to be creative and have fun. Following instruction from an instructor seems counter-intuitive to that thought process.
Exactly. The guy is basically stink bugging it out into the flats, and sometimes getting up onto the face, but it's obvious that he's at that stage where everything is just happening too fast for him to really put any of the advice into action. Makes me wonder if the coaching isn't hindering him because he's not getting better. He is not afraid to charge larger waves (relative to his ability) though I will give him that. Both the coach and the student are nice guys.
I agree with you though. I started surfing at a later age (26) and I pretty much just went out and got worked over and over again. Actually that's pretty much still what I do, but now I have flashes where it feels like I know what I'm doing.
Pointers are helpful.
I don't know much about tying a properre leash knotte, but If I see a screwed up newby... (see any connection to my screen name?) struggling with something, I'll offer some advice. Keeps the line-up more fun and sometimes safer.
When I first started surfing, actually a few months after I started surfing, locals started paddling up to me and giving me some pointers... Angled take-offs, feet position and even board selection... I guess they figured if I was still surfing in November I wasn't going anywhere... lol
Angle take offs are such a surrender to inferior skill level, unless, you are angling INTO the wave.
You mean you didn't learn everything you needed to know here on SI?
Foot position is still something I struggle a lot with. For one, our waves are so short that if your feet aren't set correctly right as you stand up, you're pretty much SOL. And two, I spent the first few years of my surfing life riding single fins of all shapes and sizes so after moving to thrusters and quads I had to relearn where and how my feet go on the board.