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Tips for beginner group on a road trip needed« on: May 06 2009 03:05:00 »
Hi everyone, Singaporean here. I'll be driving a caravan with some friends from Adelaide all the way to Brisbane through Melbourne, Sydney etc. over 3 weeks and would like to try surfing on the way down.
Would appreciate it if some of these questions can be answered:
1)How's the water temperature like?
2)What kind of wetsuits should we get? Any factory outlets to recommend?
3)Should we rent a board each time we surf or buy a second hand one to sell at the end of the trip?
4)Does wakesurfing behind a boat help as practice? Cuz my country's "waves" are like 1 foot high.
RE: Tips for beginner group on a road trip needed« Reply #1 on: May 07 2009 16:05:00 »
1+2) In winter...
you'd want a 4/3 for adelaide Melbourne just a 3/2 if you like the cold. but being from a warm climate i'd say a 4/3
For south coast NSW and sydney etc a 3/2 is fine. For Goldy etc you could get away with a 2/2 short arm. But why bother packing so many suits. So a 3/2 is good you'll be nice and toasty.
Summer time... i'd take a 3/2 for adelaide melbourne personally... though that is just becasue it can still be cold.
For the rest a short suit and boardies is what you'll be in.
Try getting suits 1 to 2 seasons old most surf shops have these cheap.
RE: Tips for beginner group on a road trip needed« Reply #2 on: May 07 2009 16:05:00 »
3) Don't rent a board. buy a second hand one. Renting is ridiculously expensive and you'll eb annoyed changing boards from day to day. Get a board learn how it feel snad you can progress. If you are constantly changing boards you are spending the time adjusting to the board. For the coast of like 4-5 days renting you could get a second hander.
RE: Tips for beginner group on a road trip needed« Reply #3 on: May 07 2009 16:05:00 »
4) Wakeboarding is more like snowboarding on water. When your learning to surf half the battle of surfing is paddling into and getting up.on a wave. But it's better than having no experience at all.
Hope that helps.
RE: Tips for beginner group on a road trip needed« Reply #4 on: May 08 2009 01:05:00 »
I agree cathing a wave can be the hardest part of surfing.
One way is to stand next to the board a sort of throw it into the wave to take off. Standing on a rock if available in deeper water. The method can be a lot easier to catch waves. I once had a lady friend Leesa stand on a Malibu while I balanced the board. When the wave came I pushed the board and Leesa who was standing on the board into the wave. It had to be done smoothly and it was an incrediable moment what really beamed the lady right up. Aloha
RE: Tips for beginner group on a road trip needed« Reply #5 on: May 31 2009 06:05:00 »
hey--I know ! rent a jetski !! yeaaaahh ! a jetski to tow you onto the waves !! That way you don't have to practise standing up or catching the wave !! because you'll allready be standing up !! ........and get some hamburgers!! because I reckon you'll be hungry when you finished surfing, or maybe you can get the hamburgers first ,and take them out on the jetski !!!................and some watermelon (don't get cocacola or tarax ),,,hope this info helps
RE: Tips for beginner group on a road trip needed« Reply #7 on: June 08 2009 04:06:00 »