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?
Do 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