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bawfuls
Oct 28, 2009
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There was no surfing thread so here is one now. I'm no authority & I wouldn't know where to start on any kind of comprehensive OP, so I'll just share what I've been up to lately.

I have gotten back into surfing recently after close to 10 years away from it, and man what a fool I was for ever leaving it by the wayside! I picked up a classic Costco Wavestorm (the ur-starter board) after moving closer to the coast last summer but started going more consistently this year. After a beautiful hot Sunday cruising long lazy shoulders in Oceanside on the foam board a couple months back, I was hooked again. So I got on Craigslist and scored a great deal on a 6'2" quad fin fish and it's a game changer. I'd never surfed a fish before and the combo of wave catchability, easy speed generation, and maneuverability is just so much fun, particularly in the smaller mushier surf we get during SoCal summers.



This past weekend an acquaintance talked me into going up to Trestles with him, and just wow! I can't believe I never made it up there before. Incredibly consistent and clean, even on the lesser peaks we surfed to avoid the main crowds. I was a little intimidated heading there at first, what with Trestles being perhaps the most famous/popular break on the west coast, but it was super chill and we had a great time surfing till our arms were ready to fall off.

I am trying to get out on the water at least twice a week right now in hopes of regaining some skills and conditioning before winter. Right now I'd have no shot trying to ride my old 6'6" epoxy thruster I used to ride in college (a dozen years and 25 lbs ago...)

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bawfuls
Oct 28, 2009
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Dik Hz posted:

I'm a complete noob who's only ever surfed once and didn't even get up. What's the best type of board to learn on? For reference, my beach is Kure Beach, NC. So we're not talking Pacific waves, but we do get the best the Atlantic can offer.
The easiest answer to this is a soft top around 8í or so. The staple here is the Wavestorm, which can be found at Costco (and now Amazon too i guess) for under $200. A lot of companies make soft tops now and you can get higher quality ones, but for a first board itís hard to beat the cost/benefit of the Wavestorm.

It will float and paddle easy, be nice and stable as you learn to stand up, and since itís soft itís difficult for you to damage the board in transport or the board to damage you (or others) in action.

bawfuls
Oct 28, 2009
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more goofy surf-like things, including an RC surfer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI7rXMs0ycA

bawfuls
Oct 28, 2009
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Wetsuits absolutely keep you warm and are a necessity at certain temperatures. When it gets cold enough you need to dry suit but at that point youíre probably not surfing.

I have a 0.5mm top (like a long sleeve shirt) for summer mornings and late spring/early fall, and a 3/2 full suit for the winter. When itís real cold (for SoCal) I bust out the booties cause itís hard to surf when your feet are numb.

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