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RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« on: July 05 2009 04:07:00 »
Vixey will probably not find the board Darryl suggested in La Union. He said she should look for a 6’4 to 6’6 that’s about 2.5-inch thick and more than 19-inch wide.
The only board with that dimension is a fish. Of course, there’s the fun board, but they don’t come in the dimension Darryl suggested. So its fish.
To begin with, a fish the least common of the board groups. The most common boards are short and long-boards. A surfer may buy a fish as an extra board. Obviously, only a small percentage of the surfer has a fish. So its not common.
The fish Daryll suggest is the rarest of fish.
Fish comes in several general groups: 1. swallowtail (usually twin or sometimes quad fin); 2. thruster-finned (to which we may include 3- or 5-fin configuration); and 3. single fin.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #1 on: July 05 2009 04:07:00 »
Nobody in La Union or in the Philippines use a 6’4 to 6’6 thruster and swallow-tail fish (except maybe for one surfer). That’s because you have to be a giant to use that. There’s only one person of that size in La Union: an Aussie called Adam. Question is: does he have a fish and is he selling it?
That leaves us with single fin. Yes, one doesn’t have to be a giant to use a 6’4 to 6’6 single fin; an average Filipino or foreigner can and will use a board that dimension. But it’s very rare. It’s a retro board, more of a curio than mainstream.
So, will Vixey find a 2.5-inch thick 6’4 or 6’6 board for sale in La Union?
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #2 on: July 05 2009 04:07:00 »
Second, a 6'4 or 6'6 may not be appropriate. Vixey wants a board for her 11 & 13 yr old sons. They are already adolescents. A 6’4 or 6’6 board is too short for them to learn on. Also, Vixey says it might just be a passing fancy, so she should be able to easily sell it off later. If nobody’s selling a 6’4 to 6’6 fish (assuming she could find one), who'll buy it? Finally, Vixey want to learn surfing too when she said she tried it and enjoyed it. Is hard for her to learn in 6’4 or 6’6.
If I may suggest, get an 8’6 or 8’0 or 9’0 longboard. They’re available, you can sell it off easily and the kids & you will learn surfing fastest with it. Yes, it may be heavy, but at least, you’ll find one and will have fun. Locals in La Union will advise you well. Good luck.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #3 on: July 05 2009 18:07:00 »
Thanks kev but i guess with all the technical stuff you tried to explain in your post, i am confused as ever. I also tried asking around and got different opinions. some suggest I should get a long board for me and my kids to learn from while some suggest i should content myself at renting in the meantime and just buy a short board later as it is cheaper and it's what we would look for when we shall have learned to surf. thanks however for the effort to enlighten me kev.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #4 on: July 06 2009 01:07:00 »
Hey Kev, a fish is a fish......it has a rounded fish-tale ,it has 2 fins (uaually wooden keels),its short and wide---its not a swallow or a quad.......its a fish
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #6 on: July 06 2009 19:07:00 »
I have been coaching in australia for the past 18 years. Last year I was the one to certify all the coaches in Bali, Indonesia and recently coaches in Samar and Daet. The DOT has asked me to do this for the Philippines. I am making very little money (allowance style), so I only here to help this place. If people feel threatened, or think that I'm here to cause damage to the surfing lifestyle, they will see later that I am not. As for the surfboard I recomended, I myself ride a 6'4", by 2 and five eigths thick and it is18 and 3 quarters thick (nearly 19")
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #7 on: July 06 2009 20:07:00 »
My friend has a normal all round board that is a 6'4", by 19 inches thick. Its not a fish, its not a dog or a cat, its a normal surfboard and they are a dime a dozen. I use to train up to 60 kids every sunday that were around your kids age. I advised their parents on what sort of boards their kids should have and some of them went right on to the finals of the australian titles before most of the critics in here even started surfing (before 2002). Vixey, I can see you are frustrated in here with all the critism, so you or any1 else that would like some advice, or help with surfing just email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #8 on: July 06 2009 22:07:00 »
hi daryl, while jamming a filthy snap in the lip, how much should i consider paying 1000 for the barfine glamor back in the bar or 1200 peso what do ya reckon ????
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #9 on: July 07 2009 21:07:00 »
I've got soft surfboards availabe in 5'10 to 9'0. If you wanna make sure to be safe, these are the boards to choose specially for kids and those who are still learning.
Many of the instructors in La Union and Zambales prefer soft surf boards for their beginner students.
I know these boards arent as glamorous as the normal fiberglass boards but they will not cut you up or knock you out. Even the fins are soft and flexible.
If you wanna test them out just drop by club manila east in taytay at the wave pool.