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Re:the new guy - 2009/01/23 04:27 Hey new guy. I'm from central fla.Rent a good starter board from a reputable surf shop. One that floats you real good.Wait for a day thats not too gnarly. Start with catching the white water after the wave breaks. Work on standing up and riding the white water in. Get that wired than progress to turning the board right and left in the white water by moving your body weight out over the board in the direction you want to go. Get that wired than try to get to the lineup and catch a wave before it breaks. Time your take off with the rolling of the wave ang get up as fast as you can. KEEP AT IT !

Post edited by: Surfdog60, at: 2009/01/23 04:29
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Re:the new guy - 2009/01/30 15:14 Surfdog is on the money about getting a good board that's going to float you. When you're just starting out, for the most part, the bigger the board the better. A bigger board's going to be more stable trying to stand, it's easier to paddle, and it's more forgiving as far as actually catching the wave goes.

Once you're hooked, and you will be, and you decide you want to try and rip it up, keep going smaller and thinner.
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Re:the new guy - 2009/03/19 09:48 Bring beer. Best way to get help.
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Re:the new guy - 2009/03/21 18:03 Hey New Guy,

Learning how to surf is difficult but very rewarding.

If you are serious about learning, then do yourself a favor and take a surf lesson. There are several surf schools in southern FL that can help get you started. Look for a reputable school that will teach you the basics with an emphasis on safety and etiquette. You should be able to get a decent group lesson for around $50 (well worth it).

If you can't afford to pay for a lesson, find a friend that surfs and ask them to give you some tips.

You won't really know what you are doing after one lesson, but you'll be well on your way towards learning to surf.

Surfing takes a long time to figure out. The more time you spend in the water practicing your basic skills (paddling, turning the board, timing and catching the waves) the quicker you will learn.

As others on this forum have suggested, get a surfboard that will float you. I'm not sure if the board you have fits the bill. Take the time to learn how to ride a bigger board first. It will make moving to a smaller board so much easier.

Post edited by: Pisco23, at: 2009/03/22 05:38
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Re:the new guy - 2009/03/31 03:29 Hey New Guy.How's it going with the surfing? Costa has some good advice there as well.I'm not sure where in so. FLA. you are but if you want to spend a day in C.FLA. I can recomend a surf school run by East Coast Hall of Fame Member Mimi Munro.It is a well respected school and she definitely will get you going.
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Re:the new guy - 2009/05/01 05:04 Cocoa beach is fun, try the pier there, i would surf there any day, even when its tiny, sooo cool and peacefull!! Give it a go bro!!
Peace
J
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