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This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« on: February 19 2008 15:02:00 »
I am moving to Tofino (a small surf town on the westcoast of canada) this august. I am ready to surf for a full month before heading back to school.
I need a board.
This is what Im all about:
- Im 5'8, 120 lbs BEGINNER
- I snowboard and skim
- Ive tried surfing once before and can catch waves and am getting used to standing up.
- Im looking for a funboard to grow up on, something I will get alot of use out of in the beginning and will still enjoy it later on.
- I have looked at the Surftech Kechele Pug 7'2 where I work and im liking the concepts behind that particular board. Is this a good choice??
Id appreciate any feedback.
As for waves in the tofino area, it is fairly mellow but can pick up at certain times of the year.
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #2 on: February 20 2008 12:02:00 »
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #3 on: February 24 2008 22:02:00 »
go with a mini-tanker. they are good for learning balance and are pretty much a wave catching machine. rusty, al merrick, int and many more make them.
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #4 on: February 24 2008 23:02:00 »
Find a good longboard. 9'0" being the minimum. no matter what brand. Remember a few things: 1. Just cause you snowboard and skim doesn't mean all skills cross over. no offense to those that do...it's just that I've taught surfing on the N.Shore and ever Utah kid that snowboarded and wakeboarded thought it would be a breeze. 2. You don't walk up the sand and hop in a chair lift to pop yourself into the line up. Go with something that will help you to build up stamina and balance on a liquid medium. Milk before meat. Make transition a continual process...an adventure...because that's the kind of person you seem to be
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #5 on: March 04 2008 03:03:00 »
BY FAR the best website i have ever seen for women to get their correct first board is explained in detail at the learntosurf. info site. go to the surf school page. spend just a few minutes there. Do not get a longboard. get a board as it is explained exatly at this website. you will be able to SEE IT CLEARLY. they have nothing to see you. just see it. it explains why high volume hybrid boards with maximum rocker are a far better choice than a traditional longboard.
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #6 on: March 05 2008 17:03:00 »
Hey , sounds like your are ready to surf. Just go with a longer baord. It will be easier to learn and it will be more stable of a surface. Practice jumping to your feet from a paddle position on the floor. Don't get on your knees, go right to a standing surfing position. Timing is the key. Take care and the best of luck. Hermosa Beach, Ca.
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #7 on: March 05 2008 19:03:00 »
I agree with whatsee ( Don't get a longboard)
It's more to carry around.
I feel learning to ride a short board is alltogether different to riding a long board.
(It's like you have to learn again anyway)
I could ride long boards when it's all what existed and really felt I had to learn to ride again on short boards.
Just holding a short board feels so much better and yes it may be hard to learn but be content to even ride it laying down to get the feel of it.
I still revert to laying down for awhile till I warm up etc.
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #8 on: April 10 2008 11:04:00 »
Anny has it right. A hybrid board with maximum natural and forward rocker like an Al Merrick M13 is perfect. That's what I learned on and it's being explained clearly at that site. I imagine you have been at it for a while now since you've not posted recenly. Maybe this will be helpful to anyone else who is getting ready to get their first board. For sure, forget about the longboard idea. You'll be able to go from the Merrick to a short board in no time, and it will feel natural.
RE: This girl needs help finding the RIGHT board!!« Reply #9 on: April 11 2008 01:04:00 »
I taught my chick to surf on the same board the surf schools use they are polypropelyne,like a boogy board, soft top & fins & a nice smooth bottom, they're light , paddle like a rocket & dead easy to get to your feet & stay there, once you can master standing up & are ready to do some turns , then advance to a glass board.