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Buying your first Surf Board.... - 2007/07/24 04:45 Okay, so my 9 foot soft top that i've been riding for the past year finally started taking on water, and is pretty much irreplaceable, i had to rent a board this weekend. The largest board they had for me was a 7'4 board.

I used that sucker all weekend and I LOOOOVVVVEEEDD It! IT was amazingly awesome. Its about time i got the training wheels off, you know?

So im looking to buy a board. I have limited funds and it seems, endless options. I liked the board I rented, seemed to work for me. They sell em at that shop used for $200.00. Im thinking about buying one there, like the one I tried, but i'm not sure if this is a good price.

The shop seems very reputable, so I would trust buying a used board from them. Plus i figure, my first board is probably gonnna get thrashed, so shelling out the $$$ for something brand new is probably a waste, right?

My questions are:

1. Is $200.00 a good price for a used board?

2. Is something in the 7 foot range a good size and something I will be able to use for a long time or am i gonna grow out of it? (Im 5'3 btw)

3. I saw a place on craigslist that sold custom shaped blanks for around $260.00, if it's legit, would that be a better route? (Im skeptical cause it sounds too good to be true)

Any advice for buying my first board, cost effectively would be soooo apprectiated...Thanx guyz!!!
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Re:Buying your first Surf Board.... - 2007/07/24 09:18 $200 for a 7'4" fun board is good ... the $260 for a new one seems way to cheap? I ride for Jean-Luc Roberts www.JLBoards.com out of Redondo Beach but a board like my 7'2"
Super Fish (gallery) would cost you more but you would love it turns on a dime is fast and loose and paddles and catches waves like a 9'0" longboard.
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Re:Buying your first Surf Board.... - 2007/07/24 10:31 Dear Junglebunny,

In my experience if anything sounds to good to be true it probably is! The advice by DrC123 is sound, it often pays to save a little longer and buy the best you can afford.

You guys in the states get good prices on equipment, we pay twice the money in the UK. However, even though an XCEL winter costs the equivalent of $500 US I would never buy any other wetsuit. The reason ....simple I can stay in the water in February for 3 hours and still tie my shoes up when I get out of the water. Buying cheap is a false economy...trust me I've made the mistake.

Surfguy888
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Blue blue condition brrrrrrrrrrrrrr - 2007/07/24 12:13 3 hours in ice water? what the hell do you wear a 7/6 ... SOCAL gets down to 48F in mid winter and after an hour and a half with a 4/3 and 3 Mil booties I have to use my palms to put the car key in the door ... my fingers are numb!
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Re:Blue blue condition brrrrrrrrrrrrrr - 2007/07/24 19:06 DrC123,

The water temp here drops to as little 8 degrees C, nearly cold enough to induce a sex change if you wear a cheap wetsuit. I wear a full hooded XCEL 5/4/3, booties, mittens and a thermal rashie in Jan /Feb. The photos in my user area from Llangennith and broughton were taken in Feb.

Hence my philosophy buy the best, stay warm, surf more.

Surfguy888
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