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RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« on: July 18 2006 15:07:00 »
Simon, if you can find a Bic dealer see if they carry the nat young model, it's actually not that badly shaped and durable to boot, as well as being a lot lighter than the big plastic ones. When I was living in Australia and surfing with a local dude out on a 10' bic he was getting up on swell that nobody else could even touch. You might feel like a plug for riding a board made by the pen/lighter company but at least you wont be out of pocket an unreasonable amount.
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #1 on: July 19 2006 14:07:00 »
Good to hear there's surf in Kingston.
I just moved two months ago from France to study for one year in Kingston, and was not even thinking about surfing here!
I miss the surf a lot though. Is it really worth trying to get some gears?
How many surfable day a month in average?
I was actualling considering trying kite surf while here. What would be the best place not too far too Kingston to take lessons (on a nice beach if possible!)
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #2 on: July 19 2006 15:07:00 »
Sorry Man if your only here for a year its not worth gettin some gear becasue the lake is manly flat in the summer there may be the odd swell and for good beaches in kingston well good luck its manily rocks but for an extremaly good beach km's long all sand with sanbars and good wind go to sandbanks which is about 30 minutes away in picton and there you can take some lesson for windsurfing now kitweboarding is hard to fin lesson but check with the locals they may be willing to give lesson and for a good location for many watersport activites check out pattereson park.
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #3 on: July 19 2006 21:07:00 »
Bloody hell! I'm glad this post is still alive. I don't check it as often as I should, but thanks all for adding to it. I'm still waiting for the surf to build in all these places mentioned to decide if it's worth getting surf gear. Jeff, thanks for the tip, but my understanding of a "Bic" board (correct me if I'm wrong), is it's built something like a windsurfing board - thick, with plenty of floatation (just like me), only lots lighter. Basically a beginner board? If so, not really my thing. If anyone knows of a board about 7'8" or more, I'd be interested. Also thinking of taking windsurfing or kitesurfing lessons, which I've heard you can do in Kingston. Anyone know where? Or of gear for sale for either?
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #4 on: July 19 2006 23:07:00 »
simon...i live at the sandbanks in picton. the waves arent big enough to surf usually. altho on a really windy day apparently weve had some overhead wind swells. idk. im just getting into surfing as im moving to australia in november. where r u from in oz? your best bet would be to either try here on a really windy day..or lake superior apparently isnt bad. oe go wakeboarding here. the wakeboarding here is preettty darn good on west lakes bath warm and shallow water.
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #5 on: July 20 2006 22:07:00 »
David - thanks for the tip. Wakeboardings a blast too. Helps if you have a boat!!
I'm originally from Adelaide in South Oz. Surf is great all around there and don't believe everything you hear about the sharks! Surfed many other places around Oz too. Enjoy it there mate.
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #6 on: July 21 2006 00:07:00 »
The ones you're thinking of are their basic models. The Nat Young and some of their other intermediate boards are epoxy resin, same stuff as the lauran yater tufflites, southpoints, etc. it's a bit chunkier than fiberglass but you wont be crying in your beer if you knock it around a little. I know the big heavy plastic ones you're thinking of, but this one is a bit nicer and I'm pretty sure the fin set-up on it is a 2+1 so you have some room to tweak it a little.
I think the problem is that slapping a huge BIC logo on a surfboard makes people take one look and go "hell no", it's like putting a nike swoosh on hockey equipment; it just feels so wrong.
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #7 on: July 22 2006 08:07:00 »
You are the Bic of Canadian surfers you kook!
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #8 on: July 26 2006 11:07:00 »
ahh no worries mate....shrimp on barbee to you!! oh simon, i wanted to ask u your opinion. im moving to the gold coast...but have heard sydney is wicked. and ive heard mixed opinions about both. some say gold coast rox...some say it wa just ok..and some say sydney rox..and some say it sux? ...whats your opinion , have u ever been?
RE: Surfing near Kingston, ON« Reply #9 on: July 30 2006 23:07:00 »
You're in luck mate! Some fantastic surf right there on the Gold Coast, however, CROWDED! there are some places you can ecape the massive crowds if you search & seek. Check the islands for example. Most of the posers can't be bothered travelling that far. Sydney - similar story. Great surf, but it's a huge city with plenty of surfers, so just be prepared to ask questions & travel out of the city for better spots. That's just me. I'd rather surf 2-4' uncrowded with some mates, that 6 - 10' perfection with half a city & too much angst! Either way, you'll find many waves to satisfy. Enjoy!