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Title: Beginner board
Post by: krash11554 on July 09, 2014, 03:30:44 PM
Hi, i had my first surf lesson yesterday and i think i did pretty good. I have body boarded all my life to just incase you wondering, lol.  I was on a 8'0 soft board and stood up on my second try and every try after tht i stood up and was even going left. surprisingly i didn't find it to hard and went far and beyond my expectations(i went into the lesson saying to myself i will be happy if i stand up once). I am about 5'5 and weigh 135 pounds. I live on long island and went to long beach. I want to get a board for my self but idk if i should stick to the 8'0 or go a tiny bit shorter, like 7'0. If anyone can help me make my choice i would gladly appreciate it.
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Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: Nektonic on July 09, 2014, 04:30:45 PM
You could go shorter based on your weight but if you felt comfortable on an 8' my advice would be to atick with an 8' board.  The extra length will make it easier for you to catch.  The more you catch, the more you will progress.
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: krash11554 on July 09, 2014, 04:51:13 PM
i did feel comfortable but i was having a hard time turning the board all the way around to catch a wave. i think i might go a little smaller. About what length do you think i should go down to?
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: bones on July 09, 2014, 07:27:57 PM
This forum has an amazing wealth of information in its archives.  Start at the beginning (recommended), or use the search function for beginner.



http://www.nynjsurf.com/forum/main_room_general_new_york_surf_and_new_jersey_surf_discussions/new_board_advise..._25043.0.html (http://www.nynjsurf.com/forum/main_room_general_new_york_surf_and_new_jersey_surf_discussions/new_board_advise..._25043.0.html)
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: Mayday on July 09, 2014, 08:34:29 PM
If turning the board around to catch waves was your only problem it's probably because you weren't close enough to the tail when trying. The closer you are to the tail the more it pivots and the easier it is to turn.  Don't go below 8' in my opinion if you're learning. In fact you can go up in size if you want.


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Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: Crackie Onassis on July 12, 2014, 06:42:52 PM
How old are you?


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Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: ehunzeker37 on July 17, 2014, 04:51:58 PM
i did the exact same thing. i moved to a 6'7" lost and it took maybe 3 sessions to learn the shortboard performance style


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Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: krash11554 on July 17, 2014, 07:24:34 PM
I am 17 and I'm most likely gonna go to a 7'. I was thinking on buying a used soft top but don't know where to go get it. My surf shops only have new boards
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: jammy on July 19, 2014, 05:24:29 PM
Craigslist.
If you are serious get a real board with real fins. Or a fin (single fin). A beater is fine but it needs to be watertight.
8 foot give or take. That's a bit of a weird size though, most longboards are 9 or more. At your size look for an 8-9 foot log, or a 7-8 foot funshape.
Finally, surfing is a long learning process, and that includes the simplest aspects, like turning a board while sitting on it.
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: krash11554 on August 03, 2014, 02:21:45 PM
Hello Guys. I surfed for the second time yesterday. Had another lesson with the same guy. Started on the 8 foot board and and actually started going left. i felt pretty confortable. Had a nice air drop as well. At the end of the lesson i jumped on the instructors board. It was a 6'6. Much easier for me to move around on. and since ive bodyboarded my whole life i had no probelm sitting on it. caught one good wave with it and rode the wave a little. if i had more time i defently would be able to ride it a whole lot better. next thing for me is to buy a board. instuctor said not to go 6'6 but also not a 8'. so something in the middle. and he also said not to get a foam board. any suggestions??
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: krash11554 on August 15, 2014, 10:49:40 AM
Just incase anyone was wondering i got a 7'2 NSP. And its perfect. Im able to move around on in pretty easy and was able to stand up. went out yesterday for the first time with it and had 5 good rides in a hour period
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: chuzzlewit on August 15, 2014, 11:24:09 AM
allow me to offer my condolences.
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: krash11554 on August 18, 2014, 09:47:10 AM
allow me to offer my condolences.


for what reason ? take tht sarcasm somewhere else
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: Mayday on August 18, 2014, 10:06:05 AM
Just incase anyone was wondering i got a 7'2 NSP. And its perfect. Im able to move around on in pretty easy and was able to stand up. went out yesterday for the first time with it and had 5 good rides in a hour period


Good luck on the board, although most people frown upon the NSP's, you're a beginner, and the epoxy will give you both buoyancy and durability for a long time all of which make it a decent beginner board, although I would have gone longer if possible.
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: Kdropin on August 18, 2014, 10:41:31 AM
allow me to offer my condolences.


for what reason ? take tht sarcasm somewhere else
Me 2....they push water...too much rocker...at least the one I tried once
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: damian on August 18, 2014, 10:47:02 AM
Just out of curiosity, how much did you pay for the NSP?  Often getting a clear fun shape from someone local doesn't cost as much as you would expect, and they will typically be dialed in for our variety of beach break. 
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: krash11554 on August 18, 2014, 12:47:41 PM
Just incase anyone was wondering i got a 7'2 NSP. And its perfect. Im able to move around on in pretty easy and was able to stand up. went out yesterday for the first time with it and had 5 good rides in a hour period


Good luck on the board, although most people frown upon the NSP's, you're a beginner, and the epoxy will give you both buoyancy and durability for a long time all of which make it a decent beginner board, although I would have gone longer if possible.
Tht board is what the guys at the surf shop told me to get so I listened. And they said it's very durable so I got it.
Title: Re: Beginner board
Post by: Kdropin on August 18, 2014, 03:44:05 PM
I should add if its working for you what the hell...enjoy it and progress...have fun