New board purchase advise please

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New board purchase advise please

Postby Rentaghost » Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:36 pm

Hi there.

im new to all this and this is my first time posting, sorry if what I'm about to ask has been asked 100 times before. :? But any help would be much appreciated

I'm 5"8. roughly 163lbs (73kg) and I've had two lessons on a soft lard which I believe was about 9ft. I've stood up 5/6 times and ready to start practicing on my own and would like to buy a board. I'm not looking to spend much between £150-£200 or less if 2nd had but what I was looking for is:

1. Any recommendations on specific boards or types. I'm no way near any sort of confident riding, no turning anything like that. Main thing I'm looking for is getting on and staying on the board.

2. Someone said that I'd be better on a 9ft softboard however there's far more choice with 8ft softboards. Would this be no use and hinder my progression if I went for an 8ft soft board. Would a 7ft be totally outta my size limit?

3. If I went for a beginner softboard how much use would I get before I would need to get another?

Below is a few I was looking at anyone got any experience with these?

Sorry again I realise my questions are a bit muddled but there's so much choice out there it gets confusing.

I don't have any local surf shops to go to for advice. My purchase would be online.

https://www.wetsuitcentre.co.uk/vision- ... Gwod9XMJ0A



https://www.surfdome.com/surfdome_softb ... t_0-200940
Thanks
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Re: New board purchase advise please

Postby r896neo » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:35 am

I think a soft top will hold you back a little. It may only be useful for the next 4/5 trips and then you could have out grown it. You'd be much better off buying a second hand 8-9ft minimal type board.

Most important thing by far is dont go too short, you'll catch less waves and it will slow your progression significantly.

In the hands of a good surfer a soft top can be surfed surprisingly well (i.e you can turn it) but they can be very slow and are very light so dont pick up or hold speed very well compared to a hard board and this is the factor that will hold you back when trying to begin turning across waves and going down the line.

Your not very big so i would say an 8ft sized board would probably be ok. I wouldnt go shorter than this for the next few months or until your consistantly trimming, getting across waves and turning to a basic standard.
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Re: New board purchase advise please

Postby Leven » Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:13 am

r896neo wrote:I think a soft top will hold you back a little. It may only be useful for the next 4/5 trips and then you could have out grown it. You'd be much better off buying a second hand 8-9ft minimal type board.



This. While you're learning still get an 8ft BIC or NSP minimal. They're pretty much bullet proof. If you get a foam/fibreglass board, there's a fair chance you'll ding and dent it up. Progress on the BIC, then get something else when you're a bit more proficient.
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