what level are you?

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by waterbaby, Apr 20, 2015.

What level are you?

  1. Beginner

    11 vote(s)
  2. Intermediate

    44 vote(s)
  3. Advanced

    29 vote(s)
  4. Expert

    5 vote(s)
  1. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    Good point. I dread the day that I can't surf a SB. Although some of the shapes we have discussed here in the past give me hope....
  2. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    ill pretty much return to the sponge at that point. have no desire to just glide....

  3. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    For those of you who took up surfing late I give you props. I started my surf addiction at 16. By 18 and for the next ten years or so I could hold my own at any break I paddled out at. Peak physical shape and zero fear.I never had the opportunity to surf anything over 10' to 12' and spent most of my sessions in 2' to 5' surf. I would say I was advanced in that time period and almost, almost expert at times for the breaks I surfed. Now 33 years later, with a beat up body, I'm still decent for an old fart but I know I don't shred. Some days it hurts the ego a little when I think of what I used to be capable of. Still get stoked and have fun 99% of the time. I agree with Pump if you're over 50 and still rock a SB you should get extra points!
  4. bubs

    bubs Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Advanced kook
  5. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    Lol! That's how I felt the first time out in full suit(e) and booties this year.
  6. Riley Martin

    Riley Martin Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2015
    With all due respect, my darling CEP, but this is a lil confusing.

    First of all this topic is moot anyway.

    But an expert is more than someone who can catch a wave and just ride down the line.

    So wouldn't that make Dion Agius an expert and not advanced?

    I don't like Dion Agius's fashion sense. Was he one of them Xanax award-show kids?

    Man, these new generations of pros are sooooooooooo boring. No characters.

    Man, give me Damien Hardman drinking his way through the world's airports and reclusive weirdos like Tom Curren any day.
  7. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Definitely have had some instant level drop/complete dork moments because of booties sticking. I avoid booties as much as possible. However, as most of you probably know, the trick is to have as little wax as possible under your feet when wearing booties. Just wax the sides (don't get any on the rails), so your hands and thighs don't slip.

    yes...but the variable is where you surf and how much you can get out there. If you're surfing decent waves a few days a week, even a 50yo+ should be fine on an SB (unless there's some sort of injury). For instance, my local is one of the most consistent beach breaks on earth (only time I don't surf there is when it's too big or too onshore) and there's a crew of 50yo+ shortboarders that are very good (a couple are expert...excellent slop management...airs...you name it).
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2015
  8. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    I've gotten out of shape due to hamstring injury this fall so I'm definitely not on my A game right now. If I can get out a couple times a week I'll get it back soon. It takes a little longer to heal these days though. One of the best surfers at my break is older than me and he just kills it.
  9. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    There's crap out of the water that'll eatcher azz up. Plus tons of Terciopelos (fer du lance).
  10. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sharks don't bother me cause I have the mermaids on my side. Salt water crocs and poisonous snakes, that is another story, and lightning really scares me due to my sinful past.
  11. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    So there are a few self proclaimed experts on this site, and I vote for Mitchell just from the photos he sends. In martial arts, when you get a black belt, the sensei says, "Now you are an expert!" Then he says after a long pause, with a upraised eyebrow, "and now you know the basics".

    Who da master? Sho Nuff!
  12. csawkid

    csawkid Active Member

    Sep 3, 2011
    Most of the time after 5 it's a BAC between 1.0 & 1.5.
  13. CJsurf

    CJsurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2014
    I'm almost 46. This summer will mark 34 years since the first time I surfed. I'm on the down side now. Still out there shortboarding every chance I get but father time is beginning to catch up. These days what level I surf at has more to do with how my shoulders and knees feel than my skill level or experience.