AMPhoto wrote:Is the Take Off another bic? Really when it comes time to get your own board, it pays to invest in a nice board from a good shaper. Dont buy a popout board because as you progress you will quickly realize that they just dont cut it, not to mention taking money from honest shapers. Go to the surfshop closest to you and have them help you pick out a board. If you cant afford one brand new, then have them help you find a good used one. Most surf shops will have a selection of used boards. You'll be much better off with a good used board than a new popout.
Yeah, exactly as above. Get yourself really comfortable using a soft top hired from the shop, then go for a second hand mini mal or something with a lot of volume (What size will also depend on your build). One that is hand shaped. As you start catching good clean waves you'll progress quickly and find that a bic or NSP just doesn't ride nicely at all. If you can find a second hand pop out mini mal for say 60 bucks then maybe give it a shot, but I would say buying a brand new one is not as good as buying a good condition 2nd hand shaped board for about the same price. Just keep dropping by your local shop as often as possible and leave them with your number as they tend to sell fast. Next time someone has to sell an unwanted present for their wife or clear out their garage to make room for a nursery you could be cashing in!