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LachieSo I'm wanting to get into surfing this summer, but I don't really know where to start in terms of buying the right board, what to look for in a board (I'd probably buy second hand to start off with) and so on.
Can anyone recommend a Website or Forum that I could look into in terms of surfing? Kinda like NS?
Or can any of my fellow NSers help me out?
theabortionatorDo you live near the ocean or go there regularly?
Honestly I wouldn't buy a board at first, I'd rent one. See if you like it. There are shops pretty much anywhere there are waves where you can rent. Even if you decide to buy one early on. I'd at least take a day or two on a rental and see how you like it. Besides, a lot of places that rent have the big old foamers that are wide and long with a soft top. Not the best looking rides but they're good to learn on.
If you're going to be by the beach for a while(live there or staying there for a couple weeks) you could buy a board and then if you hate surfing by the end or want a different board, re sell it. Toss it on CL, ask some shops about trading it. Subtract a few bucks that you would have spend to rent for a few days and if you can get that back you're in good shape.
Another thing to think about. FLYING WITH A SURFBOARD IS FUCKING EXPENSIVE. Idk what it is now but even 10+ years ago it was $100 each way on some airlines. So if you're on a vacation might not be a bad idea to try and sell it before you fly back unless 100 home and 100 to your next vacation is worth it.
If you end up buying a board you might as well buy your own wetsuit as well.
But I'd def say go used. No point spending a ton of money on something you might not take to.
Good luck. I'm probably horrific at surfing now after not going out for so long. I should sell my board as it's just a big dust collector.
It's 3 am so if that wasn't hepfull my bad
I_Am_Modif you're an absolute beginner, start off with a course and try out some different boards.
then decide wether you want to go for something big and stable like a longboard or a malibu or you fancy something a bit smaller. a mini mal, hybrid, fish, short, etc.
My first own board was a small 5'11 hybrid, i bought it upon recommendation, i picked a high volume hybrid with a fat nose so it would be easy to paddle and catch waves. And i must say i love it!
So for a beginner who likes shorter boards, i'd say try a high volume hybrid with a wide waist and some volume in the nose. Or if you're more in love with big boards, check out some mini malibus or longboards. They're very fun to surf in less than good conditions and will be a lot of fun in the beginning but maybe later on, become a bit boring.
Also keep in mind where you're going to surf, are the conditions generally good? are the waves clean, big? then a short board might be more fun. Are the conditions generally a bit less, smaller waves, less clean, etc. then a malibu or a longboard will be a lot more fun!
Small boards are generally easier to paddle through the breaks, a bit harder to catch waves with and a bit more agile/nervous. Larger boards will catch waves easier, be harder to paddle through the breaks, more stable but less agile.
Hybrids are shorter boards with a high volume and fat dimensions to try and take the best of both worlds...
Also, take fcs fins that can be replaced and not glassed/fixed fins because you will break them as a beginner .
JohnCenaCenaThere's a surfing club at my school that I thought about joining. But they surf on Lake Superior, I'm not THAT dedicated.
.otto.DUde! join, it will be worth it, surfing the great lakes is sweet and theres a super small close knit community, i surf lake michigan when its good, its worth it man