Surfers?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Naturegirl, May 8, 2009.

  1. Naturegirl

    Naturegirl New Member

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    I've always wanted to learn how to surf! Anyone surf here? Or at least tried??


    I would love to learn, I would probably make a fool out of myself but would have fun. Haha!
     
  2. littleblackxj

    littleblackxj New Member

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    Yeah I have tried in hawaii and it didn't go so well. My cousin was trying to teach me and I guess she thought I would just get it right away so we started on these freagin huge waves, lol. I was able to get up but I could never manage the turn the board fast enough. I am used to snowboarding were you turn with your back foot instead of your front.
     

  3. Crone

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    Sometimes I work down at the beach and in my spare time I have some old high school buddies who live down there help teach my how to surf. It definitely isn't something that you just pick up right away....it's taken me years of practice and I am only "okay" at the sport. I do have a growing love for it though.
     
  4. Carn75

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    I surfed alot way back in highschool. Kept at for a few years after,but now all my boards are sold and I havent been out in about 5 yrs. I definetly miss it,but work,personal life and other hobbies have taken over my time.
     
  5. machine

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    I want to learn, as a kid, I used to play on old boards in the pool and try to stand on them...... they were usually way too slippery to even try to get up on... is that what the wax is for?
     
  6. Carn75

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    That would be what the wax is for...and plus it gives you something to chew on between sets!
     
  7. Xterrain

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    I surfed throughout high school in Texas. Now, years later, because of the proximity of the lakes as opposed to the beach, I do more wake surfing than actual surfing...it just isnt the same though. I'm a hippy so I dig stuff the earth made for me to enjoy not a wakeboat, or a fiberglass 'wall' with 'grips' bolted to it, or fake snow, or any of that crap. Surfing = major stokage so if you get the chance do it. It is easiest if you buy your own board. Used one with a smooth once over, maybe $200. How tall are you? What do you weight? I'll try to help you figure what style and size board would best suit you.
     
  8. Gomez

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    Surfing is fun and as others stated it is not something you learn in a day. Get down to the water a spend some time watch others and observe, and get your feet wet. I started in Ventura, Ca where the waves are slow a seem to carry on forever, its a good spot for long boarding and for me a non surfer, to get a taste for the sport.
     
  9. Sammie

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    Not much for waves here in Texas.....guess it's good for learning? Where were you at in Texas, Xterrain?

    Hippies are always welcomes by me, as I am your fellow people!
    San Marcos and Austin are good places for hippie spirited people. Much more than San Antonio or New Braunfels.
     
  10. crazystreet

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    How much is it to get the fins re-attached to a board? I have some in my family with broken off fins...
     
  11. Biker

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    You can surf any where along the gulf.
     
  12. darkangel

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    Is having a perfectly aerodynamic board important for balance? What if a small chunk was taken out of the bottom or something? Also do you have to have fins for it to work?
     
  13. jopina7807

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    I love surfing! Did it all the time back home. Fins aren't 100% necessary, but just 1 center fin will do the trick. Star with a huge heavy board; might be a pain moving it in the water, but it'll be pretty darn stable when you get on a wave. The biggest thing I see beginner mess up is when they stand they stand nearly straight up; when you're learning you should be in a pretty athletic position when you pop up.
     
  14. carlharsch

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    As a teen, I surfed. Haven't done any since. It was the gulf coast of Florida, so the waves weren't much more than 3-7 feet, but it was fun.
     
  15. i12ride

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    Have been since 1975. Never won't..................HB 1993 & GoPro stills from Surfside,TX last spring
     

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  16. superj

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    i surfed back in high school and the army, also.

    long board and short board but i prefer long board.

    if you are trying to learn or a beginner, start on a long board with an spoon nose because they are very easy to get up on and very stable. the more fins you have, the easier it is to turn but sometimes they turn to fast on you. i had a single fin 7'6" spoon nose that was my favorite board. i rode it in hurricanes and on beautiful normal days. i also had a 6'8" twinsor (4 fins) that was more like a regular shaped pointy board, it was fun on days when the waves were large and smooth but other wise, it turned so quick it threw me a few times. i also had a 5'10" regular short board. it was a blast but you had to have a decent wave behind you to get up on it since it was so short.
     
  17. i12ride

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    I spent yrs hangin out down in your area & SPI more than home back in the day before full time employment, tax paying, child rearing & all that normal responsibility gig took hold. (1975 - 1987) It was worth the late start..........the ocean was my post graduate "work"
     
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  18. WabiFGSS

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    Surfs up, but...

    Local sandbar break about 3 miles by road from the house. Problem with surfing up here is you have to like cold water, ugly waves & today very cold air temps. Usually windy. Why I prefer windsurfing vs. surfing on L. Superior. Learned to surf back in the '90s down in the Dominican Republic. Other than the DR surf experience limited to morning sessions on the west side of Maui. Then back to the house for a afternoon Northshore windsurf session. Nice life until the money runs out.

    Tom Blake grew up in this area and is buried up in the Washburn cemetery. Met the man once. Didn't even know it was Tom Blake. Quiet, humble man who was more interested if I had good session. Seems to be common characteristic of all the real great surfers I've bumped into. Not the in your face of too many wannabeees.

    Lessons really cut down the time necessary to become semi-competent in the basics. Developing decent paddling skills just takes time. Have you considered SUP surfing. Relatively easy when compared to real surfing. Unless you get knocked around by the local aggro surfers. Another reason I prefer windsurfing. Not "cool" anymore. Close, tight and friendly community.
     
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  19. superj

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    i lived on the beach here for years. straight from work to surfing and then home to bed. i wish i would have learned when we lived in hawaii when i was a kid but we body and boogie boarded like crazy there. i have surfed socal, texas, and north carolina beaches. i like the long rolling waves in texas compared to the ones that just pop up and crash you into the sand on the other two coasts. our waves break in deep enough water that you don;t worry about eating sand, ha ha ha
     
  20. i12ride

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    Some pics would be very cool. Love to see it.

    There is something to be said for knowing exactly where the wave is going to break and what direction to take off in on a given day tho. And the green room is very addicting, not much of that here. Can be lot of luck and guesswork in TX........except for the tankersurf sessions in G bay. That's some weird but crazy fun stuff. Few odd pics of the area, couldn't find the tankersurf one..........
     

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