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The Surfing General

First edition edition

>how do I learn to surf?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrwL5_57C6w

>How do I pick the right board?
Use a volume calculator, and find the right board type for your local break or waves you want to ride
https://www.jsindustries.com/volume-calculator
https://www.boardcave.com/surfboard-volume-calculator

>how do I know if the waves are good?
go check surfline or magicseaweed for reports
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>>121893
>First edition

We had a thread for more than a year here. It probably still hasn't reached page 10.
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>>121974
That was the pilot edition now we are officially having our first edition edition
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>>121893
Nigger
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>>121893
Fuck off we're full
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Bodyboarders welcome?
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>>122345
no
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>>122526
Lame
I’m a manlet (5’6”)
What size surf board can I get so I can stop body boarding ?
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>>122345
no go start a dick dragger general
>>122565
7ft 6 soft top or something gay like that
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>moving to MA soon
>read online that cape cod can be a good spot for surfing if you ignore sharks and such
>everywhere on the internet it says the best time of the year for cape surfing is starting at sept
>been checking magicseaweed all sept - oct on some cape beaches
>no star/1 (unfilled) star 99% of the time and the other 1% isn't much better with 2 full stars being the max I've ever seen EVER
>check some beach cams too so I can confirm the info is right and it always is
This feels like shit. Whoever wrote those articles about MA surfing must have been on fucking weed.
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>>123025
>MA
Wouldn't it be cold as fuck as well? you're basically in canada up there
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How much better are reef and point breaks than beach breaks? I've surfed a fair amount of beach breaks but nothing else, are they actually that shitty?
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>>123755
My scale from fun to intense goes
>Beachies
>Point breaks
>Reefs
>Slabs

However I'd rather any of the later 3 on a big day over a beachies. More predictable and less like to get caught with 10 on the head.
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>>123755
A good point break can be God tier good. Like legitimately the most fun I can imagine having
>Same wave everytime
>Perfect wall
>30 second rides
>Do whatever you want
That said there are good and shit points
Reefs can be good but hitting the bottom is quite painful and you can't be as carefree as a beachy but normally you can really feel the power difference to a beachy
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>>123789
>A good point break can be God tier good. Like legitimately the most fun I can imagine having

Agreed, plus you can paddle out around them rather than through like a beach break.
When two or more connect it's possible to ride so long your legs get tired and you'll kick out with some wave left just so you can rest.
River mouths and estuaries can also be a blast with similar consistency and often a combintion of current and bottom shape that produces deep bowls that jack up quickly, especially where a jetty is involved.
My home spot for years was like that: jump in the current to get out, wait at the takeoff spot next to the jetty for a big bowl to form around and launch you, play around across the channel then off the lip and glide ahead on the other side just in time for the sandbar to engage like a point break and if you want connect from that to the beach break on the inside.
The other cool thing with that jetty was that there was a refractive action so that a swell would come straight in and look promising but not peak until it was way inside, and way further away from the jetty....but right behind it peeling off the rocks was the refraction that was angled about 30° from the first wave and would produce that big bowl effect.
That first wave was super enticing so it would distract and draw the uninitiated and impatient away from the real takeoff spot behind it...then you had less interference and an audience as you got the best waves over and over and over and over.
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anyone here kitesurf?
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>>124109
sounds fun whats the break?

What do you guys ride?
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>>124504
I'm taking a wild guess of Moruya. But that would be random as fuck.
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>>122345
oi cunt
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>>124228
I do in San Francisco
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>>124109
It's called a peak you kook faggot.
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Based
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Galveston Texas
Flagship
9'1" Senator performance LB
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>>123755
Beachies are absolutely dogshit compared to a good point / reef. The wave always breaks over the same spot in the same way so it's very predictable and perfect for practicing your turns, you won't have to paddle like an idiot to get out and especially on big days that really is very nice
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>>121893
Should I do windsurfing or Wing Foiling?
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>>125494
location of your intended body of water?
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>>125539
I live by a large river with some small islands and no beaches
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>>125608

it's going to depend a lot on how the wind works where you are, but I know there are some people doing absolutely batshit crazy cool wingfoil runs from the Hatchery in the columbia river.

My vague understanding is that they are basically able to foil across the wind, upstream against the current, then just come back down with the current so they get like a downwinder type scenario without having to shuttle.

You're going to want to check out and keep an eye on wind forecast websites and go scout places you think you might want to get on the water. Wings are a lot easier to get in to compact launch sites than windsurf gear.
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>>125494
you should get a surfboard you gay homosexual wind surfing is a democrat sport for sissies
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>>126150
It's literally impossible to surf where I live otherwise I would
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>>125608
Can you surf the river

Anyone watching the challenger series
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I live near galveston. I tried surfing once but it was a short board that was too short and the time I went out it was choppy and shit breaks. Nearly died getting back to shore. What size board do I need to learn with the kind of crappy surf Galveston gets. I do know generally when good surf is supposed to be occurring so its possible I will see 5+ waves eventually.
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>>127515
Weight height age physical fitness level? This all matters. Also, do you want a strictly beginner board or, something you'll enjoy for years?
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>>121893
I have surfed once before and would like to spend a weeklong vacation getting half-decent: does anyone know of a camp or training program in HI, Mexico or Central America I could go to? Something kind of intense, borderline unenjoyable, from some good surfers would be ideal
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>>128330
booksurfcamps
I haven't done one of their things but they've been around for a while now.
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>>128330
Rise Up in Nicaragua
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>>123025
>no star/1 (unfilled) star 99% of the time

bro, learn to read the forecast, holy shit
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>>125636
In your last paragraph, the g's form a diagonal
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I have never surfed before but I body boarded, should I take lessons or just practice off youtube videos? what board qualities should I be looking for as a beginner? do I need wax? swimming in cold water (pacific ocean) if that matters
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>>130550
Where are you from?
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Do you guys ever feel burned out? Like it doesn't even make sense anymore? To the point where you don't go out anymore, at all? For me personally it was going to morocco for a surf trip. I had these long clean big points over there. Barrel sections and fat makeable leg burning walls. 800m rides. Nothing will ever compare. How the fuck can i ever paddle out at my shitty local that has, at the very best, two turns on offer? Where i can be happy to not get closed out on immediately?
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>>131226
Everyone who seriously dedicates themselves to any discipline feels this way sometimes. Some people recover from it, some don't. People who recover from it repeatedly sometimes go on to develop a strategy for recovering from it and maybe preventing it altogether, and generally those are the people that leave a lasting mark on their discipline and the world.
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>>131226
I moved from somewhere with consistent good waves to surfing city beachies with a million friends. Took 3 years of almost no surfing to start enjoying even paddling out.
>"Just get wet"
Was my motto. I stopped caring about getting waves and just wanted to be in the water.
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>>121893
I have never surfed before but I want to learn
I live in the Midwest. Wisconsin specifically. Are there any places to surf around my state?
Also does anyone have some tips for a beginner?
Thanks in advance for any serious responses bros
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>>131462
hey youre the guy from /out/!
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>>131465
Lol ya that was me
I didn’t know there was a surfing general up on this board and I thought /out/ would be the place for it
Were you the anon that redirected me here?
If so, thanks bro
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>>131462
Yes. There is a surf contest or festival in Sheboygan. The water is probably really fucking cold when there are waves.
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>>131462
Tip would be to start on a very large board in very small waves. You do not want a wave with a tube to learn on. Places like Waikiki in Hawaii, San Onofre in SoCal, or the small Lake dribble would be ideal.
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>>131479
Ok nice ya I’m browsing around and apparently the best time for surfing in Sheboygan is during the winter which is a bit unfortunate because I hate the cold but i guess I’ll have to suck it up
>>131480
Thanks for the tips
When you say large board do you mean long or wide
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>>131462
The lakes?
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>>131489
Get a copy of SURFING THE GREAT LAKES by Strazz. Check abebooks they have some reasonably priced copies.
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Surfing on the east coast is superior solely for the fact that you have to deal with less fucking faggot Californians. Unfortunately some of you moved and now this little spot in Maine I used to surf is crowded with you scumbags.
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>>131462
Pretty sure surfing is only really good in the winter/spring/fall at the lakes. You will 100% need a wetsuit and possibly even have to get a drysuit if you end up actually enjoying it enough to go in the winter. Don’t go when waves are over 3 feet. Don’t go when it’s windy, anything over 8 mph wind is pretty shit. The best time to go is after a storm. Do NOT get a shortboard. If your average height, get something 8+ feet tall. The longer the board, the easier it is to paddle, catch a wave, and balance on. But don’t go overkill and get a 12 foot paddle board or something. You could even just get a foam board from Costco for cheap, that way you don’t end up dumping 500 dollars on a sport you may not even like.
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>>122345
Yes

Pic rel is me. Newport beach. None of these pokey-tips in the thread have ridden a wave half this size
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>>132088
Dat nigguh is dead
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>>131226
Yes and I gave in which I regret alot. I started surfing again when I saw it as my escape and way to unwind. Alot of geezers go to the pub to destress or unwind I go for surfs. Simple as
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>>123025
One epic day on the O.C.
Long ago.
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Something a little more current .
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>>132148
>>131245
Idk i just went out and it was the usual paddling like a retard to stay in the same spot, waves breaking fucking everywhere and a million other assholes fighting over a shitty sandbar. I just rewatched some old footage of me and my buddies surfing the phillippines and i just made me fucking depressed. Hollow, crystal blue waves. Endless long rides, fat open walls, epic reefs. Makes we want to never surf here again. And i fucking idiot commited to buying a house to make the missus happy. I have two weeks of vacation a year and the missus will hate me if i don't spend them with her. Just kill me.
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>>132191
get a fucking chart of the new england coastline. There are cobblestone reefs and points an hour or so away everywhere except the O.C.
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>>131226
I'm burnt out by how retarded most surfers are here in socal. Every time I go out in the water there's just ridiculous amounts of tension. Went out today at a beach break, surf was fun but not amazing. Not too crowded. Got a few waves mid-beach then decided to paddle down to a better peak where there was just a couple of guys surfing. I sit out there for a while, a set comes through, the other guys take their waves. I take a smaller one that comes through mid-set. I paddle back out and end up paddling in between the two guys. Not on purpose, that's just where I ended up. One of the dudes mutters 'don't paddle on the inside of me'. I didn't even really realize that he was talking to me but he looked at me after he said it and started paddling to get closer to the other guy. I don't even get why he'd be worried, I hadn't taken any waves that he was going for or anything like that. People are just constantly on edge when they surf here.

I honestly don't even enjoy surfing any more
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>>132233
I went through all that. Tbh never found a solution. I just surf the least crowded spots with shittier waves. I enjoy that more than hussling retards for 3ft beachies. Can you drive anywhere to less crowded spots?
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>>121893
Secret spot edition. Cape lookout, Oregon. Hike down. High tide right hand pointbreak. Likes westerly swell. Has northerly wind blockage. Line yourself up with the rocks to your north. Don’t go to the outside, high tide inside is the break. There is a rip in front of the trail access. The spot to sit is just north of the trail. Breaks way out at a wash rock on big swells but rarely makes it all the way inside. Tillamook locals are mellow.
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>>132233
Iktf I've been hastled by old fags in the water for a while now it definitely spoils a session. I always pick the most uncrowded spots because of it. Most people are good desu just out doing their thing but cancerous competitive surfer fags are truly the worst of any other sport
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>>132360
People like you need to be taken out of the gene pool. Reread the post about surfing in Southern California above you and then think about if you really want to invite a bunch of 4channers to your secret spot
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>>132088
whats your name i go to wedge too might’ve been there that day -Ebomb
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>>132360
>Cape lookout, Oregon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZXf7mi7Mc4
is this the break?
Any other kiwi fags in here?
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>>133383
No, that is agate. No vids of lookout. Locals only.
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>>133177
Let’s fight. Come out to my lineup in Oregon, bruh. My name is Zander Riggs. Look me up faggot. I surf all the points and I will fuck you up. My main break is seaside.
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>>133634
post surf porn of it or gtfo you slut
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Beginner here. I can managed to stand up and ride along the face of the wave on a minimal. But I have no idea how to turn. I'm like a runaway train until I jump off or the wave dies out. If I try turn I just collapse forward or backward into the water.. How do I improve actually riding the wave? Any videos or something I can watch?
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>>133635
Poor Zander, he never hurt anybody. Why are you trying to fuck with him? Not cool anon.
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Did you guys ever get in a fight over waves? I was surfing in Lombok, Indonesia and this old, football player looking american tried localizing this one spot and bullied me. We went to the beach and he fucked me up. Was pretty embarassing to be honest, didn't surf there again.
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>>134042
When I was younger a lot. Never beaten up but plenty of arguements, pushing and had some 'local' tell me to go in once but I ignored him.
Last was some guy who dropped in on me 3 times so I decided to follow him around the line up and burnt him really badly. He got all agro and I told him why I did it. He pushed me pretty softly then paddled away.
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>>134051
Where was that? USA? I've only ever seen such cancerous behaviour by brazilians and americans.
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>>134035
https://vimeo.com/240953622
This is me, Zander. In the black hood. Come to seaside and just try to surf the point. Tell them Zander invited you.
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>>133177
chill out. Like anyone will hike 45 minutes down a mountain to surf a point that only works on a very specific swell direction at a specific tide for 2 hours max. This is why Cali surfers are such fucking kooks. It is about the journey and the search for spots like this. I want to capture peoples imaginations on finding and surfing a point to themselves. These places exist, and they will never get packed due to their rural locations and finicky nature. You cali kooks think all surfing has is a drive into a parking lot after sitting in traffic to surf an agro, mediocre beach break. Fuck offffffff, kooooook. Leave Cali and go explore Oregon, Washington, or Vancouver island.
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any aussie surfers here
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>>134231
Los Angeles here
I’m charge redondo beach shore breaks and try and die regularly with my bodyboard
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>>134243
I* charge

This summer I got picked up by an 8 footer and smashed into the sand
Planked on my board and knocked the wind out of me , then I got rinse cycled backwards three times and hurt my back

I’ll be back at redondo when it warms up again
Hopefully learning a valuable lesson one which ones to charge and which ones are going to lay complete waste to me

Nothing puts a smile on my face though like being put through the rinse cycle after an epic fail and then popping back up alive lol
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>>134231
Moving to Perth soon. Hoping i'll be able to get some good surfs in.
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>>134360
I thought Perth (or "Puhth" in the local dialect) was notoriously underwaved
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>>134360
Margaret River is sick tho.
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>>121893

Get off my wave kooks.

T. North LA. Zeros, Leo Carillo and Country Line are my spots. Also drive to Trestles occasionally.
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>>134231
I went to Oz and road tripped from Sydney to Brisbane. Amazing surf. Blueys beach, Boomerang Beach, Lennox Head, Kirra, Dbah are all amazing spots. Oz rips.
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>>134767
Is that in Western Australia?
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>>132233
Pick up skimboarding anon, hardly anyone does it in SoCal so free waves.
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>>134781
Yes. North and South of Perth is world class waves. Look up North Point and Gnarloo for what is on offer.
>>134915
I've seen some videos of skimmers and they seem like the biggest snakes in the world. So glad they don't exist here.
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damn, i wanted to try surfing this year, but this thread makes me think its going to be a cringe fest. >>132233
>>134085
>>134042
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>>134926
Not really, skimboarding's best waves are all shorebreaks, and if you're trying to surf that you're a moron and snaking the bodysurfers and skimboarders. The pro dudes you're watching are a whole different animal.
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>>134926
>Gnarloo

IT'S WHERE IMOGEN CALDWELL IS FROM. GNARALOO
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>>134936
Skimkook spotted. You're not in the line up. Your not part of the pecking order. You run in from the beach and snake waves people are already on on a wooden plant with no leash. Skimboarders shouldn't be in the water near Surfers, bodysurfers, boogers, whoever.
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>>134767
Is it true australian surfers are very competent and also very protective of their spots?
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>>135110
Well you don't paddle out at a lot of the heavier spots unless you can surf them. Cities have lots of kooks. Then, yeh there is a pecking order or locals. Some places are heavier than others. I've surfed all over, the most localised breaks with near no trouble. Show respect and don't snake a guy who has been surfing that spot exclusively for 20+ years and you'll be fine.
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>>134085
fuck this is funny everyone here looks like a massive faggot whats the story behind it?
>>135110
never had a problem with them desu brazzos and Israelis are the worst I've seen in the water. Brown people tend to be pretty aggro as well like hawaiians and what not.
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>>135071
>Wooden plant
Seeth more jealous skimlet. I'd be mad too if I had to fight boomers for waves as the superior skimboarder has free reign catching shorebreak waves while also being able to hit on chicks. You could enjoy this too if you weren't too much of a pussy to try skimboarding.
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Leo "my stepfawtha" Fioravanti

versus

some ozzy
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>>121893
heading to Tamarindo, Costa Rica in few days. Is there anything i should be aware of?
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>>135544
Beware of the locals, buddy of mine got stabbed
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>>132158
absolutely fucking barreled what a chad
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>>135727
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>>136233
Bald niggers shouldn't be allowed in the water surfing is for follicle chads only.
What boards are you guys riding?

I got a channel islands ultra joe and a sci Fi 2.0 the other day. The ultra joe is the best board I've ridden hands down. The sci Fi is sluggish and kind of gay
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZoPR4pCwm0&ab_channel=thedailysurf
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>be me, take a beginner surf lesson while on vacation in Hawaii
>have lots of fun, get excited about new hobby
>come home and read this thread
>realize that surfing culture is gayer than bug chasing

Maybe I'll get a foil board so I can ride circles around all of you faggots
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The guy in SoCal who wound up between two people.

You should be thankful. Just move to your spot and wait your turn. So many spots are complete swim meet hassle fests. That you were told not to snake/backpaddle position instead of being told to leave is hospitality.

Any beginners, find a beach, not a point or a reef. Look for unridden waves 50-200 yards off the end of the crowd.

Paddle 3-4x more strokes than you think you need, and don't push yourself up to stand. Your weight will bias rearward and you'll miss the wave.
Push the board down the face into the wave with your weight on your hands and then your front foot.

Probably best to learn standing up in whitewash, and actual duck diving and positioning on a bodyboard with swimming (flippers).
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>>121893
>want to learn to surf.
>screwing around on the beach/in the pools this past summer.
>never realized how shitty at swimming I was until now.
>can keep head above water some, but would definitely drown if got stuck in a rip current/got a little choppy.

wow.

guess I should really try and correct this. Not quite ready to meet my maker just quite yet.
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>>138024
Sandman, that you?
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>>138024
Honestly is it worth going to the west coast for a surf trip or should I just keep going to south america? It sounds like it’s pretty much impossible to surf a point or reef out there without basically waiting in line with a hundred people. Down in peru you could surf chicama with maybe 30 people on it. There were other bigger waves with even less people, suppose what I’m saying is that do the crowds outweigh the quality of surf and convenience of living on the west foast?
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>>136708
slater told me to tell you to kill yourself
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fucking how do you learn to kitesurf without getting babysat by an instructor for a billion hours?
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>>141096
You start by getting out of the surfing general and going to kitefags anonymous
>>141026
That photo is so fucking embarrassing
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If you are not wearing a full wetsuit year-round when surfing anywhere else than Hawaii, you are not a surfer.
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>>141293
You'll be laughed out of the water where I'm from
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>>141296
Why, do the other posers feel they are superior to a lesser poser?
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the vibe is very prickish out here

i wish it was more like a surf sesh with the bros
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Bells contest is on this week.,
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>>141466
Do I look like I give a fuck?
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>>141026
just needs more time
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>>141466
rio waida getting the hard pass. Brazilniggers getting boosted ahead. Slater getting a raw deal.
Why are is WSL so globohomo
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>>141836
Let me guess: you disobeyed Mitch Buchanon and shot the San Dimas pier.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3g5grXT7_o

Is he the most stylish surfer on tour?

Let me open it up to you, got any good surf films?
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>>142207
Throwing buckets, love it
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I learn to surf over the last couple months. I can't believe I waited so long. I think I have progressed quite well, am up and riding along the face of each wave I get. Comfortable upto 3-4 ft waves. But I am on a pretty big board. I was wondering when I should step down and what's the progression from minimal? What will I find more difficult? I still struggle to paddle onto waves. I miss a lot and my arms tire quickly, but I think a smaller board will allow me to get into position easier than the big log.
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>>133834
Kale Brock on YouTube.
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Summer's coming.
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Margaret River coming up. Last time I checked ventusky there was a 12 foot swell at 13seconds.
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>>142249
A fish is a pretty good progression from beginner to intermediate your best bet is to go to a volume calculator and use that as your guide see the sticky part
>How do I pick the right board?
Use a volume calculator, and find the right board type for your local break or waves you want to ride
https://www.jsindustries.com/volume-calculator
https://www.boardcave.com/surfboard-volume-calculator

Fish shapes are more buoyant and forgiving so you'll find it easier

Anything else is going to be a lot looser and paddle shittier. The mobility of a standard short board will be good down the line but not so good as a first step down.
One board I loves that might be a good fit is the ultra joe by CI it was super forgiving. The RNF 96 is probably a good one as well. That said you might not really notice the design subtleties so you can probably just go a generic fish
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>>142441
Those gstring wetsuits make having females in the line up tolerable
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>>143011
>A fish is a pretty good progression from beginner to intermediate

Fish boards are like shorter than 6 feet
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>>143110
A Fish for a beginner/intermediate? I guess that depends on how those terms are defined. No Fish for You.
see link:
https://surfmentor.com/is-a-fish-surfboard-good-for-beginners/#:~:text=Fish%20surfboards%20are%20not%20typically%20recommended%20for%20beginners.,is%20recommended%20to%20choose%20a%20longboard%20for%20beginners.
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>>143439
>>143110
read your own article you gay homo it says hybrids are good. Anyway get a hybrid fish type shape its the best for progression and use the volume calculator to figure out your size.
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I like surfing but how is there a general for this? What do you fuckers talk about
>Yep, waves still coming in
Enlighten me.
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>>143500
This>>143110
wasn't the guy asking for advice.

>>143501
Where are waves coming? How? Are you going to surf them? With what?
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>>143501
I tell everyone about the latest barrel I didn't come out of
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>>143614
>ooh look at me, I'm catching barrels
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>>143500
Tell him to hop on this Oedipus.
https://www.gumsurfboards.com/lis-fish/
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>>143501
because r/surfing is gay and we need a place to discuss whose hottest on the female CT.
>sally fitz literal S tier
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Margaret River is on tonight. Decent size, but a bit sloppy. WSL changed the rules so Sl8ter is back in the mix.
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>>144006
>WSL changed the rules so Sl8ter is back in the mix.

?

Also, what is your worst fear, if any, when surfing?
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>>144085
My board hitting me in the head and ko-ing me
Also kek at Slaters wildcard. WSL is so shit.
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>>144162
Fin cuts. Saw this happen. The only thing holding the guy's guts in was his wetsuit.
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>>144085
Smashing out my teeth by getting hit in the mouth by my board. Seen it happen, dude lost all his incisors. I already have some fake front teeth and they're expensive as fuck to get.

Als r/surfing fucking sucks
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>>143899
For me it's Eweleiula Wong
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Who here watches Zeke?
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>>144918
Unfortunately he popped up in my feed. What a kook. Don't even want to waste energy rating on him.
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>>144918
>>145024
Saw him on the beach in Margaret River about to paddle out, didn't look at me on purpose
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>>145246
That says something about you
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>>144085
getting shown up by a tranny, sharks, blue bottles, niggers that have learnt to swim

slater getting let back in is pretty typical he is WSL's biggest cash cow
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sl8ter had to throw last year's teahuopu contest finals. it was sponsored by his company, outerknown. can't win a contest your company sponsored; bad press.
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Anybody done any river stuff, theres a nice standing wave by my place and I've been thinking about trying to hit it this summer.
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Waiting for WSL to redeem itself with a tranny division. Mens' Womens' and trannies.
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Watching the finals at Snapper. Why do the finals always seem to be run off in crap surf. It's like 2 foot drool there today; it always seems to turn out like this.
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>>146156
You have to pay premium for the good waves
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WSL has been enjoyable. I surf narra a bit, although further south. Can be a pretty crunchy wave.
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Noob question, but is it harder to catch waves when they’re really small, think 2’ 8s? I live in south Florida and I’ve been practicing with a foamie but I *feel* like I can’t catch anything sub 2ft. I guess my question is, is it worthwhile to practice when the water is that calm or is it better to have a longer day when waves are 3ft+?
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>>147204
Depends on the size of your foamie. Smaller waves you need more volume but they are easier to ride. You should get out in all conditions and get your paddle strength up, that will help with catching waves with less power. And then bigger days you'll survive.
Regardless of conditions, more time in the water = improving
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total kook death
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the waves around where I live always look tiny, with the occasional 2 footer or so. should I look into something like kitesurfing instead, or can you surf on any sized wave?
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Since I last asked what board to step down from a minimal and have used a 6'9 shortboard (?) I borrowed from a friend. It's fat and thick, lots of volume and I didn't really notice much difference paddling or catching waves. A bit more squirrelly than the minimal but I quite like it. I want to buy a board similar, but perhaps a little smaller so I can duck dive a bit more comfy. Last time guys suggested like 5' fishes. I'm still too kooky for that and want to gradually step down.. I'm thinking finding some 6'7 with similar wide and thick attributes. Does this sound sensible? Anything else to consider?
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>>134936
Why does every skimboarder I've ever seen wear a rash vest with below knee board shorts
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>>148460
Post a picture of the average waves you go out in.
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Anyone here watch the Surf Ranch Contest
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>>148948
Just a random google image but I'd feel quite comfortable riding on a wave like this I think. Maybe a bit bigger, often a bit smaller. So far only beach breaks.
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>>148955
Actually looking again I think I have ridden bigger. 4ft surf I get a bit unsure.
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>>134231

Yep, but I'm a filthy dick dragger. No issues where I live though, have been going for almost 30 years now, and where I usually surf, everyone knows each other, and the stand ups and us boogers get along pretty well.

Spot is actually quite famous. Don't really wanna say much more, would prefer not to dox myself.
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>>148981
Noosa, isn't it?
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>>148955
This wave is overhead, probably twice overhead when the lip peaks. It looks small from the shore, but would feel humungus if you were out there.
Have you seen yourself on film surfing yet?
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Newfag here, east coast QLD near brizzy. Any reason to buy a new board or should I just buy a shitter off gumtree with roughly the right volume to beat up while I learn before i decide whether to drop eight hundo on a flash board?
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>>149067
I wouldn't call that larger than 3ft
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Just surfed peaky 6ft A-frames with 4 guys out. Goddamn i love my country. Americans would kill for this.
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>>125494
>>125636
bump
What should I consider if wind surfing will work for me? It always seems windy but idk that much about it. I like the idea of not relying on an engine and being able to do it alone. Should I just buy the equipment and fuckin do it or take lessons?
>massachusetts
>launch from beach that I can park at
>it's sort of sheltered by an island but usually still windy

I ruled out
>wings and hydro foils - gay
>powered surf boards and foils - expensive and also gay
>kiteboarding - would probably piss people off and get rekt trying it at my beach
>regular surfing - I'd rather do it near my house than drive hours
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>>149372
Those are sports in their own right that whilst somewhat crossing over don't really have anything in common when it comes to giving advice. I wouldn't have a clue where to start sorry and I doubt many others here would either.
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>>149372
>>149372
>Should I just buy the equipment and fuckin do it or take lessons?

take intro lessons to find out if it's something you even want to do and because the early learning stages are best done on a fuckhuge school board. also you don't seem very bright and probably can't learn windsurfing on your own/may get yourself ded, gear lost, or at least a walk of shame or ten.
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>>149408
Ok nigger
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>>149140
That wave in the picture is barelling anon
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Just started surfing 2 months ago

I've been acting as if i've been surfing for 10+ years. Telling people i'll slash their tires if they dont leave my waves. It's awesome being 6'5. No one can do shit to me and I get all the waves to myself
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>>148460
>>148948
After all the considerate advice, I found a 6'5, 22", 2 7/8 almost brand new custom board for $150 from some noob who quit, complete with a funny wax job. Hopefully I'll get some shakkas brahs.
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>>149135
shitter off gum tree go for big prolly 8ftish is what you want
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>>149870
this
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Day one report, spent about two hours down at Caloundra, almost got swept out to sea by a sketchy rip current, caught about six waves, failed to stand up every time. I will improve.
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Also need to get a swim top, thought surfers were just pussies afraid of sun and cold water but oh fuck it feels like someone ran sandpaper over my nipples.
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>>150476
its for the sun, the rugburn feeling you become immune to it after a few sessions
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Go with a long sleeve rashie or even just a short tee shirt for summer around there, get a 1mm top for autumn/spring, and maybe look for a 2/2 short arm full suit or a spring suit for winter.

Your man tits are gonna hurt until you develop the necessary callouses for 6 hour sessions
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>>142441
>mfw I live in Hawaii and its always summer, the lowest water temp I've ever seen it is 71 Fahrenheit and if one break is dead theres always some spot just a couple of miles away thats ripping
I grew up surfing in San Diego, and I always hated the low viz is in the water, and how fucking cold it gets, also theres all that nasty ass seaweed that just sits on the beach rotting with flies all around it. I love San Diego, and there are a ton of great breaks along the coast, especially in north county where I lived. The best I remember was Black's Beach, which was a nude beach when I was growing up, we'd always see old naked gay duded watching us as we floated on outside in between sets
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Surfed clean 1-2fters by myself today, felt like I made the most progress ive made in a while. Got more waves than I can count and only kooked a handful. Taking off was comfy and could pump down the line on a couple. Gave the arms a good workout. Happy day anons.
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Newfag here, was Surf's Up an accurate portrayal of surfing culture anons?
I mean are Cody, Chicken Joe and Big Z how surfers act in real life?
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>>151783
no not at all. but I've dated two girls who say I remind them of the shia laboof penguin
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>>149281
We will find you and we will blow up all your favorite spots on social media.
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This thread is so fucking dead...
Anons, why are you not shaping your own boards?
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>>152699

1. sanding is labor that is beneath human dignity
2. I get OCD about surface quality and if I tried sanding a shaped board blank I'd end up with a skimboard at best
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>>152699
What is the set up cost? I'm pretty kooky but bodyboarded a long time. I want to try a whole range of boards but can't afford them.
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Behead stand up paddleboarders
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Big Wednesday is a great movie about surfers
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Anyone have experience with Deadkooks boards? Thinking about getting a custom made ying yang
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>>152376
No need mate. Western Australia. Around one million spots like this one around. Most never surfed.
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>>152751
>Aversion to work
Sad. Many such cases.
>>152752
Depends whether you want to make a shortboard/groveler or a log.
Foam, fiberglass, resin, a couple more polimer components, sand paper, cutting blades, making tape... From 250 bucks total for something small, like your size. Three feet longer and the price will double up. You need more material than what it looks for those cases.
You can make some tools from scrap wood like a caliper or sanding blocks but of course will need a grinder and a planer.
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Any surfers or skimfags here live on the gulf side of Florida? The beach I live nearest to is mostly calm but sometimes has great surfing conditions on days when storms are hanging around. I have two skim boards right now so I can ride regardless of condition but if I wanna start surfing will I make it where I am?
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Has anyone ever suffered from picrel?
They're equally annoying both inland and offshore. Can anyone confirm?
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>>155081
Can confirm, the rare Deepwater Jew made me wipe out and then charged me 6 million sand dollars.
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I would surf if I lives near the ocean but I live in a shithole (Ohio) instead
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Newfag surfer here. Been enjoying my new board, I only fell on one take off today but I tried going pretty late. I can cruise down the line forehand and do some pathetic turn. Backhand is hard, I bog my bottom turns then just lose all momentum going up the face and fall off the back of the wave. Should I be trying to trim like on forehand or dig the rail in more and try straighten out more to go down the line?
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>>155125
It ain't the same but the river can scratch the itch.
https://www.ohioriversurfing.org/waves
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>>152953
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>>155134
Angle your takeoff
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sorry if this is a stupid question, but what speed would you guys describe as "terrifyingly fast" on a surfboard? something like the equivalent of 100mph on a motorcycle
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Pretty new to the sport trying to get out there as much as possible. How do I deal with chafing everywhere. Does my body just callous over time?
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>>158739
Try a surf shirt or a wetsuit, if you are using one of those make sure its the correct fit and is good quality. Trust me I have learned the hard way not to get cheap shit
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>>158757
seconding this, a bad rash guard or a normal shirt can make chafing worse. Look at reviews online to find the right shirt
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>>158757
>>158809
I honestly tried a jujitsu rash guard recently and things went okay. I also got a rash guard from rip curl gonna try it tomorrow.
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>>123025
New England surfing isn't anything like the famous areas except for extremely rare circumstances, and it's only going to be halfway decent in the fall/winter like people said. We're just happy to take what we can get.
>>123338
Wetsuits, gloves, boots, and hoods exist for a reason. In NH I'll surf into December, but there are people who continue into January/February.
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>>159071
Damn you were raw dogging that wax? I hope you don't have chest hair.
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>>159279
Is that why it sucked extra?

I started surfing this year after a few classes I’ve been trying to put in as much time as I can. Yesterday I felt like I was either too far back and couldn’t actually paddle onto the wave and today I feel like I was too far forward and the steepness of the wave caused me to nose dive. Am I looking for like a sweet spot of where I need to be positioned to catch an unbroken wave? Does it need to get to like some stage? Or is my paddle technique probably just shit?
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I live in holland, the waves dont get all that big here. Is it still worth bothering learning how to surf?
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>>159579
Probably. My top ribs get sore and my nips sometimes but I always wear a shirt at least.
And probably your paddling. By positioning I guess you mean your actual position on the board? There is a bit of a sweet spot you can find, your instincts are correct and you just need to find it. If you're positioned (for the wave) well you should be able to get onto a wave with minimal effort desu.
>>159761
Post waves. And sure why not? Wetsuits are handy.
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>>159765
I donno, maybe about this size at average
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>>159766
Looks fun if you don't have to deal with crowds
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if your nips are getting sore your form is wrong
in like a season you'll be completely immune to stomach rub ouchies you'll have just like an immunity trust but also as your balance improves you'll wiggle around less and get alot less turbulence on top of the water and instead cut through the water by placing your weight tucked right onto the stringer no dragging toes
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>>159761
Yes, but the water is polluted I hear.
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>>159929
What isn't anymore in this country
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>>159766
Looks good

>>160156
I know there were surf camps in Holland.
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>>132233
thats part of the reason why i can't bring myself to get fully committed to surfing and stick to dropknee bodyboarding.

What's it like at your local break? Do good bodyboarders tend to get treated better than poor surfers or the other way round?
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>>161129
Why can't we all just enjoy the water dude?
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>>131462
You're a surfer from Wisconsin and don't know about sheboygan?
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>>134054
You've obviously never been to Australia then
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>>161129
I'm a good bodyboarder and a poor surfer. I get treated better on the surfboard wherever I go. It's quite rediculous and usually the shit vibe comes from other kook surfers. But when the good slabs near me light up it's all peace and harmony between whoever can surf it (the kooks don't paddle out)
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>>135718
Yea surfers there hate tourists
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>>161243
Im australian
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Looking for anyone who lives in Japan and surfs, don't have a car so if you drive a bonus. I got a fish I usually use but haven't gone in a few months so wouldn't mind getting back into it.
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How do I get fit enough to be good at surfing? I tried surfing once and it fucking obliterated me after like 30 minutes or less.

My end goal is to move somewhere where you can surf, but that will likely not happen for 4-5 years minimum. How can I prepare myself in the meantime? My parents have a pool but I can only use it when I’m home, and I am going back to college for my last year in a week.
Any ideas?
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>>161806
I guess work on your core/balance and shoulders. Will make it easier to pick up. But you won't git gud without time in the water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSDi6J1LpGI
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>>161895
Got it, thanks for the video
>But you won't git gud without time in the water.
Of course, but I dont want my fitness to be the limiting factor when I can finally move somewhere that isn’t landlocked.
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>>161907
It's my arms that go first and end my sessions. Endurance is the key more than strength imo.
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>stupid gaijin tries to snake me
>instantly assassinated by the ninja surfers hiding in the water
Rocar onry, dumb piggu
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I can't find Under the Boardwalk (1989) for the life of me, no streaming sites have it. American anons, where do you get this movie?
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>>161806
have you tried not being a pussy?

https://youtu.be/9YWnCCg0pEc?si=NYJpLVeV-NJt91H0
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>>163539
not fair he's naturally buoyant
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How am i supposed to ride a wave that breaks and feels like It’s throwing me off a cliff? Today the waves were decent size but the entire wave broke at the same time so whenever I tries to pop up it felt like there was just a massive drop
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>>165059
Paddle hard and get in early before. Well I think I suck too and my arms turn to rubber after 45 mins and I can't catch shit.
Do you guys take any supplements pre surf? I think I'm way too unfit right now.
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>>165067
good stoke is the only PED you need brother
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>>165067
Swim, bitch
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Don't come here.
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>>166123
No one's travelling across the world to surf your wave that can't barrel
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I know these are for stand-up paddleboards, but would this type of fin connector be all that horrible for surfing?
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>>123025
Hey bro I knew dudes surfing Lake Superior in Michigan. You take what you can get.
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>>166296
depends on how much lateral pressure the mounting base can take.
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>>166539
my plan is to glass it so that the bottom flat plate part is underneath the fiberglass, and the rest comes up. all the real fins are retardedly expensive where i live, and require a router which i dont have
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>paddle for wave
>get on late
>vertical drop
>bail
>go over falls tangled with board
>fin hits my elbow
>cuts me through wetty
Being a kook is pretty painful
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I know this is discussed ad infinitum over the internet but I trust this place over reddit. I just moved to Jacksonville FL looking to get into surfing with my gf. We've surfed a few times already on some water logged soft tops just fine. I'm 6ft 190lbs she's 5ft 90lbs we're both athletic but busy so probably can only go on average every other weekend for now. I was gonna buy two boards and should one of them be a big soft top both for learning the basics and make it easier to catch waves on flatter days or just get two beginner friendly hard tops more fitted for each of us?
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>>167043
you’re not going to improve if you surf so little. Anyways get a soft top, no
point in going whole hog unless maybe a pvc board.

Just a warning to avoid really crowded locations, jax is not super welcoming.
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What do you guys use for sunscreen? I have a bottle of pic rel I've been using but apparently it's discontinued.
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>>166603
I don't know what kind of abomination is that...
I see it is mounted with some sort of screw.
I don't think it's a good idea to laminate that fin. Looks too "bendy".
But if you ought to do it, take out that ugly plug first.
Just superglue the fin first.
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>>167043
Jax and most of the gulf is flat as fuck.

>We've surfed a few times already on some water logged soft tops just fine

>I was gonna buy two boards and should one of them be a big soft top both for learning the basics and make it easier to catch waves on flatter days or just get two beginner friendly hard tops more fitted for each of us?

Secondhand boards don't have a fifth of the markup of surf shops or buying retail, it's foam in epoxy don't delude yourself about it's value. There are an abundance of people selling their boards, find the right one. Buy it.
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>>167107
I do a nice base layer of something thick, there's a really good Shiseido one that's like SPF 50. After that I put something even thicker on my nose/lips/ears, usually Zinka. I used to not be so good with it and never wore any at all, don't be like me bros I just had to get more shit cut off of my face by a doctor. Realistically anything over SPF 35 is a marketing gimmick with diminishing returns.
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>>167376
Also forgot to mention Vertra; it's kinda pricey but it works since like the Shiseido one you're pretty much just blocking the sun completely from your face
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saw this in a local shop today. Internet leakage makes me want to vomit
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>>168746
lol not a basedjak.. they are so far behind. even normies moved onto basedjaks by now
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This thread is like surfing on asphalt.
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Thoughts on surf schools?

I'm thinking about doing one in Sri Lanka; it's a 2 week affair
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skaters are nice people pretending to be assholes, surfers are assholes pretending to be nice people.
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>>169435
kook surfers are like scooter kids
you need to understand just by being in the line up you are a hazard to everyone else.



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