Hey everyone. So I have been following this forum for a while and decided to join. I am from Massachusetts(ok stop the booing and hissing) and am a fairly new surfer. 47 years old and started about 2 years ago. I ride a 7 x23 1/2x 3 1/2 Joe Blair Big Guy short board (at least thats what he calls it at 7 feet). Surfing has been my midlife crisis but if it is, then I am glad to have it! Surfing to me is like eating chinese food, an hour later I feel like doing it again! When Im not surfing, Im watching videos, reading articles, and training so that I can be better at it. I try to absorb anything I can as far as tips go. I can pop up easily on anything from 2 ft to 4 ft with this board but I have yet to try anything bigger than that. I can trim front side and back side, but have not been able to link turns together. Or turn quicker.. I am assuming my lack of skill and also the size of the board width wise is holding me back some. 6 ft tall and 215 so still trying to figure it all out. I surf Hampton, The Wall, and Jenness depending on what I see for conditions. I also have surfed Long Beach gloucester, nahant, kings, a nice little "hidden" spot in swampscott that hardly anyone knows about. I plan on hitting further North and some spots in Rhode Island soon as well as some spots in Nantucket. This past February I surfed in Aruba believe it or not..... I surf all year long and if there is decent surf, I will go at first light before work, or until the sun goes down after work. I really would like to go to a surf camp in Costa Rica or someplace like that for a few days just so I could have some video taken so I can see what I need to work on and how to better my surfing. To me that would be the ultimate trip for vacation...The only thing that keeps me out of the water is the lack of surf. Good thing I live in New England and not California or I maybe selling pencils on a street corner and a homeless surfer.... Obessed? maybe,... happy? Definately!